2009-04-01 - The Righteous One, Part 1
Isaiah 53:11, "As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; by His knowledge, the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities."
I have in mind two looks at this verse. There are two things in view here. We have the Righteous One, who takes the sins of the many, and secondly we have the many. We will look closer at the many, in the second look at Isaiah 53:11.
The Righteous One is Christ. who was a servant. and who bore the iniquities of the many so that they might be justified before God. There are several titles we could focus in on there, but there is nothing more personal to a sinner than to consider that Christ has carried away their sins and offers forgiveness. God is pleased with us because of our connection to Christ. He has taken our iniquities (sins) upon Himself, and this truth is the central theme of the entire Bible. If you take this out of the Bible, there is nothing left. We see the precious theme of Redemption all throughout Scripture. Christ is front and center, even in the Old Testament where the Israelites looked forward to a Redeemer. The sins of God's people are laid upon Christ. This is not a metaphor. This is actually what happens. "He will bear their iniquities," Isaiah 53:11.
Christ, the Righteous One in our verse, has made an end of sin. Consider for a moment what Christ has done for us. If we had suffered in Hell for a thousand years, 10,000 years, a million years even, God's justice would never have been satisfied. After countless years of crying out in hell, agonies beyond description, for times without time, there would still remain a debt due to God's justice which we could never pay. It would matter not how long we suffered. Our suffering would not make us holy. Our suffering could not make up for the wrongs that we have done to a holy, loving God. Christ bore our iniquities on the cross. He offers forgiveness and right standing before God, to all who come to Him in faith. Our sin has been laid on Christ, and it matters not what you have done. We are all sinners; Christ turns no one away. All who come to Him for forgiveness have it given to them.
There are many who think that free grace - full forgiveness - encourages the sinner to continue to live in sin. On the contrary, the redeemed in Christ know that they have been forgiven with the price of Christ's blood. Their sins are what He died for, and so much as been done for a forgiven sinner that he/she cannot do enough in loving response to what Christ has done for them. When we are under the burden of sin, we cannot serve God well, but when that burden has been taken off us, when we are freed from our sins, then we don't wish to continue sinning, but we cannot do enough in thanks to God for His grace and mercy. We are free, when we know that Christ has taken our sins upon Himself. The forgiven sinner never looks at free grace as an excuse to live in sin. We respond to forgiveness by faithfulness to the Righteous One.
Soli Deo Gloria,