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Echo Evangelique

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He wore My Crown

Text: Isaiah 53

Key concepts:

  • The Good Shepherd lays down His life for His sheep.
  • He gave His life to ransom those who were alienated from God.
  • The Messiah accomplished God’s redemption using God’s word.

 

            There is no doubt that the book of Isaiah is among one of the most significant in the Old Testament, one of the most vital in the bible. The scope of its teaching and the importance of the message within, make Isaiah a truly remarkable book. Its appeal lies in its portrayal of Messiah as The King of kings and as the suffering servant. The focus of the importance of the writing revolves around the author who prophesied about the Messiah 500 years before Christ’s birth. The name Isaiah is also significant, as it stands for Yahweh is salvation. The theme of the book is revealed in these command “Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.” (Is. 45: 22, NIV) This is consistent with “… in the beginning God… (Gen. 1:1). There is something universal about this statement; according to Isaiah, God desires that humanity be saved. Why does God have such a desire?

 As part of creation God made men in His likeness and breathed life into him. He then placed the man in paradise, the garden of Eden, and tasked him with caring for the garden. God also established the principle of obedience by which men should live. In relationship with God, man being the image bearer of God, must live in obedience to God. Man is given the freedom in the garden with one exception: the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Men is warned with the inevitable penalty of death for disobeying (Gen. 2:17). Instead of harking to the warning, man disobeyed God and sin triumphed and enslaved man. The image of God in men is then forsaken. As a result of disobedience, man is cast out losing his standing in the garden. This led man to need a suffering servant, because sin separated man from God who desired reconciliation. Accordingly, Paul points us to the mission and the goal of Christ’s coming to earth (1 Tim. 1:15, Rom. 5:6). Jesus death was not the result of human liability nor is it a matter of history; rather it was by the divine purpose and plan of God. His death is the most crucial part of his messianic mission. It is in the light of this reality that one must seek to understand who Christ is. To appreciate the meaning of Good Friday, we must first understand what God did for us. Christ became a willing sacrifice who died to fulfill His Father’s plan (Mark 10:45).

The Passion of Christ is a necessity of redemption. There is no Christian life outside of Christ. If you have not confessed Christ as your personal savior, if the death of The Savior was not ascribed to you, you cannot claim to be a Christian. One is not a sinner because of a particular sin but we were all born sinners through Adam. From birth, we are lost and condemned and in need of a Savior. For one to trust God, one must first know God. Faith begins with knowledge of who God is. One can only know God by accepting His self-revelation in the bible. He is not whomever one makes Him to be.

Isaiah presents four songs to describe who Christ is. It is the story of The Passion of Christ, the act of our redemption. In the first song, he describes Jesus as a servant called to service (Is. 42:1-4). The servant is the delight and the chosen one of God. Isaiah also calls the servant a branch (Is. 11). He calls him the messiah who will bring justice to the nations (Is. 61). That is the mission of the branch; far from being a broken branch, He is a healer.

In the second song, Isaiah reveals the servant to be a prophet. The servant serves through His office of prophet (49: 1-6). The Lord called the servant before His birth to be a double-edge sword. The Messiah would speak the word of God to accomplish God’s redemption. He came to teach us about God and His kingdom. Paul echoes Isaiah 46 and presents Christ as light to the gentiles (Acts 13:47). The mission of Christ to bring the word of God and light to unbelievers is also given to every believer. This is in order that the nations may be saved.

The third song celebrates Christ as the martyr servant (Is. 50:4-9). This points to the savior’s death as a willing sacrifice rather than a historical tragedy. He is the anointed one who came to die and subsequently learn obedience in suffering. He is the servant who is afflicted by God, but He trusted God, nonetheless. The ultimate destiny of the servant, however, is glory. He will not be disgraced. It will be honor rather than shame for there was no wrong nor stain in Him. None could condemn Him. Equally, some may accuse the elect of God, but none has the power to condemn us for He who called us is greater than all. Our lives are in His hands.

The fourth song has four stanzas (Is. 52: 13-15; 53). The first stanza speaks of Christ as the divine servant (Is. 52: 13-15). The servant is fully man and fully God at the same time. He will ensure blessings and prosperity for His people. He is the exalted servant (Phil. 2:10). He is a divine servant to whom worship is due. This speaks to His lordship. The second stanza (53:1-3) bears a tone of condemnation for rejecting the servant. Messiah is described as Shiloh to come, the stump of Jesse; He who had no beauty, familiar with suffering, and would be rejected. The third verse (53:4-6), He is portrayed as the divine substitute. He bore our afflictions, shame, and iniquity. In the fourth stanza (53: 7-9) Christ is the divine sacrifice. He is the willing lamb of God. He is led to the slaughter as lamb but opens not His mouth knowing that everything that happened to Him was by God’s will. The final couplet (Is. 53:10-12) is about the divine satisfaction. We should always seek to ensure that our offerings are acceptable to God. The servant’s suffering will lead us to the resurrection morning.

Christ surrendered Himself to this much pain because the reward was The Church. Because He has done this great deed on our behalf, we are able to worship. How then shall we live in view of such a great gift? We are no longer to live as the gentiles/non-believers do. Christ died to free us from sin. We are freed from sin not to sin. When we sin, we will not lose our salvation for that is not possible, but the consequences of sin can be painful. May we learn to hate sin and be imitators of Christ, the blameless one. May God enable us to live by the profession of our faith and never deny our Lord. May we never live shameful defeated lives. May God keep us from compromising our convictions. Christ needs to be at the center of our lives and be honored in all things. We may have to go through sufferings sometimes to glorify the name of The Lord. In the end, we will approach the presence of God with confidence. We will then receive mercy and grace for the day of trials and pain. Now more than ever we need our God. And if you do not know The Lord Jesus Christ, do not delay the decision anymore. For, you do not know what tomorrow will hold. You need to repent from your sin and put your faith in The Lord. He is the only means to access God and to receive salvation. For He is the only mediator between man and God. May God grant His grace. 

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