2009-04-04 - The Righteous One, Part 2
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."
In part one of this two-part look at Isaiah 53:11. we looked at the Righteous One who redeems the many. Today I would like to look at the "many." The first thing for us to consider is that the many need to be reconciled to God. The Righteous One would not have come. if they were in good standing with the Father. Sin has put them under the wrath and condemnation of God. Christ makes the many righteous. Christ bore the sins of those who trust Him, on the cross. We cannot work to earn His favor. It is given freely by faith. Remember the thief on the cross who was crucified with Him? The thief did very little to earn Christ's favor. He is one of the many who are justified, not because of any works he did, but because he believed in the Savior. Maybe you think you have never done a good work in all your life. Maybe you think that you deserve to be damned in Hell for all eternity because of your sins, or because of that one sin you can't forget and think God can't forgive. If, like the thief on the cross, you trust the Savior, Jesus will take away your iniquities, and you will be in the right standing before a holy God who will look upon you as He does His beloved Son.
Many years ago, in a nation at war, a man was drawn by lottery, as they sometimes would do in times of war - if your number came up, you were not a millionaire - you were on the front lines, but his number came up. He was able to find someone who was willing to go in his place. His substitute died in the war. However, he was still alive, and his number was drawn again. His reply, "No, I am dead. Number so-and-so went to the war, and is dead. He was me. That was me. My substitute is dead." The courts agreed with the man. and he did not have to go. He had served by his substitute. So also when God's justice calls to me, I will not answer it. Why? Christ answered it a long time ago and died for me. I am dead in Christ. I live, but not I, but Christ lives in me. My sin cannot be laid to my charge, because Christ has stood in my place, paid my penalty, and because of His Atonement for sin - my sin is gone. He is my substitute.
Our text says God will do this for "many." That ought to give us pause for thought - are we part of the many? Am I one of the many? Or am I one in the countless other number who are not part of the "many" of God's grace? It is a good question to ponder. Am I one of the many? Let me put it to you another way. Here is also a promise. Many will be justified, and it is good for us to ask if we are part of that many, but let me put it another way, why not me? Why not you? Why should you or I not be part of the many who God justifies in Christ? To be one of the many, we must come to Christ, rest in Him, trust Him with all our heart, sit at His feet, and learn of Him. He bore the sins of many. He put them in right standing before God the Father. It is our benefit, but it is Christ's glory that He justifies the many. May each of us be part of that many.
Soli Deo Gloria,