Resurrection Reflections

Behold, My servant will prosper,
He will be high and lifted up and greatly exalted.
Just as many were astonished at you, My people,
So His appearance was marred more than any man
And His form more than the sons of men.
Thus He will sprinkle many nations,
Kings will shut their mouths on account of Him;
For what had not been told them they will see,
And what they had not heard they will understand Isaiah 52:13-15

Jesus’ Mission

Jesus’ First Advent ended in failure—at least to man’s way of thinking.

Death by crucifixion was a torturous death; a disgraceful, appalling, death designed to not only heap pain, but horrendous shame on its victim.

And so it was—never mind the mocking and horrific beating Jesus underwent before they marched him to Calvary and hung him naked on a cross.

However God speaking through the prophets painted a different picture. Isaiah tells us God’s servant will prosper. Jesus will be high and lifted up; greatly exalted. But-based on the historical, empirical facts how can that be?

We must remember Jesus’ primary mission was to save His people Israel. He was not coming as a conquering king, although Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on what most Christians call Palm Sunday was a reminder for that time and prophetic declaration of who Jesus really was.

Nevertheless Israel rejected their King. But The Christ will reign over the Jews. He will bring them back under his wing and into The Promised Land.

Jesus as the suffering servant did prosper. God’s sovereign plan did eminently succeed; carrying out God’s ultimate plan. Jesus was high and lifted up on the cross dying for all men (John 12:32). Because of Jesus’ obedience to The Father, He is high, lifted up, and exalted when He ascended back to The Father.

His obedience to willing suffer the beating of the Romans to be marred, disfigured “more than any other man” as we see in the passage above.

In all of this Isaiah is declaring He will sprinkle many nations. In this context, the meaning is that Jesus will cleanse the nations from sin, not just Israel. Indeed, we have already seen, his Jewish brethren had rejected him. Nonetheless, as the Sacrificial Lamb dying on the cross, Jesus took on Himself the sins, past, present, and future of all men (John 14:6).

Nevertheless you can only be cleansed of your personal sins by confessing your sins to Christ, turning away from your sins, and following Jesus’ commands as your Lord and He then becomes your Saviour.

All of this is about Christ’s crucifixion; His death on the rough, Roman cross which we remember on Good Friday.

But Sunday is coming!

Jesus’ Resurrection

This Sunday we celebrate Jesus rising bodily from the grave. Jesus defeated both Satan and death at that instant. And because Jesus rose, we who claim Christ as Lord and Saviour will also rise.

More than that, because Christ rose from the tomb, we too will rise to be with Him (1 Corinthians 15:51-52).

The second line of our passage proclaimes He will be high and lifted up and greatly exalted. This refers to Jesus’ death on the cross and it also tells of His Ascension back to heaven to sit at the right hand of The Father (Acts 2:33).

Jesus’ Return

This small passage of scripture closes out with the prophetic statement that

Kings will shut their mouths on account of Him;
For what had not been told them they will see,
And what they had not heard they will understand

This will occur when Christ returns as King, Conqueror, and Judge. He will judge the nations (Psalm 110:5-7)because the powerful, the Kings, and despots of the world did not choose not to hear the Truth.

Those of us who claim Jesus Christ as Saviour will then see Him face-to-face.

This is the Good News. Go and tell others!

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