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The Suffering Servant

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 4, 2009

Isaiah 53:4 – Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.

It was on this very point that the Jews of Jesus day missed the Messiah. In fact, it is why they still miss him today.

How could a conquering king be conquered without equating it with defeat?  Jesus lays out throughout the course of His ministry why it had to be this way.

Humilty – Remember that Jesus was born in a manger. If He was destined for earthly greatness, then a palace would have been more appropriate. Instead, he is born in cattle puke and dies with criminals.  He stayed consitent throughout His life on earth. Doesn’t get much more humbling. 

Sacrifice – The whole point of lamb, ram and bull sacrifice was to pay a penalty for sin committed; however, no ram equals a person.  This is why the price was paid over and over.  The true payment for sin could not be met until the sinner paid it with his/her own death. Only then is it paid in full.  The only problem with that is that the death’s byproduct is separation from God. Your death doesn’t gain you anything, it just pays the price – you’re still broke.

Only Jesus, who is God, could pay the price because His life is worth more than all who have ever lived combined.  His payment is enough to pay in your stead so that you can benefit from the paid in full.  It gives you free access to God.  He had to die so that we could live – plain as that.

Finally, God had to do it. Yes, God killed Jesus. OK, semantics says that the Jews did it with the Roman’s help, but the reality is that God did it.  Who else do you really think could kill God?  Jesus became obedient to death (Philipians 2). God submitted to laws of nature that He created. 

Think about this question: What was God’s sacrifice – the cross or the cradle? For us, it is the Cross. We needed His blood. For God, it was the cradle.  

God became man. It was a one way trip whether he die on a Cross or not. There was no going back.  To put on human flesh was the ultimate sacrifice because he is still human. He ascended in a human body, exists today with scars still present on that body for us to remember what he did. He is fully God, but he is still fully man.


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