The Gospel According to Isaiah – Isaiah 53:11

“Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.”

This verse is taken from the fourth “Servant Song” in Isaiah that is frequently quoted in the New Testament and, of course, finds its fulfillment in Christ. In this fourth song Isaiah describes the “Suffering Servant” and explains that all the promises of God will come true for His people because the Servant removes their guilt before God by his sacrifice.

This Servant is a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief, and despised and rejected by people (vs. 3). Yet ,there was a divine purpose underlying the oppression of the Servant in which He becomes a guilt offering and the executor of God’s plans and purposes (vs. 10).

The outcome of the Servant’s sufferings is not regret but the satisfaction of obvious accomplishment. His experience of grief and personal sacrifice results in the salvation of many because the Servant bears their sin.

In this “Servant Song” Isaiah provides a clear explanation of the gospel of Christ centuries before the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Yet, the message of God throughout the Old and New Testaments is the redemption of His people whom He exceedingly loves. Isaiah envisioned it before it occurred; we have the privilege to experience and live in the salvation of Christ after it was obtained through His personal sacrifice and suffering and triumphant resurrection.

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