Isa 53:11                   For He Shall Bear Their Iniquities                      7/12/2009      ßà   

#1.       The Pleasure of the Lord (Isa 53:1-12, 53:10, 55:11, Mic 7:18)

 

 

 

 

  • Shall Prosper in His Hand (Isa 53:10, Eph 1:5, John 6:37-40, Heb 11:1)

 

 

 

 

#2.       He Shall See of the Travail of His Soul (1Cor 2:2, Isa 53:11, Luke 22:44, Heb 12:2)

 

 

 

 

  • And Shall Be Satisfied (Isa 53:11, Rev 5:9-10, Dan 12:4,9)

 

 

 

 

#3.       My Righteous Servant (Isa 53:11, 42:1, 49:3, Eph 5:25, Matt 2:15, Hos 11:1, Rom 11:26)

 

 

 

 

  • By His Knowledge Shall He Justify Many (Isa 53:11, John 17:3, 2Cor 4:6, 2Pet 1:2-3)

 

 

 

 

#4.       For He Shall Bear Their Iniquities (Isa 53:11, 2Cor 5:21, Matt 20:28)

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the Prophecy of Isaiah, Isa 53:1 (2X). Today we are having another Lord’s Supper service, and that is why I am continuing to unravel the secrets that are buried in Isa 53. Today we are in Isa 53:11, and the title of this sermon is, For He Shall Bear Their Iniquities (2X). Let us begin to read the entire chapter, so that we can know what the context says. We read in Isa 53:1-12,

Isa 53:1-12 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

We read in Isa 53 at the end of verse 10, “And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.” What does this mean? What is the pleasure of the Lord?

#1.       The Pleasure of the Lord (Isa 53:1-12, 53:10, 55:11, Mic 7:18)

What does the Lord take pleasure in? We have read in Isa 53:10, “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him.” Why was God pleased to bruise Christ? The Lord Jesus was His only begotten Son. God loved Him since Christ was His only Son. But God also loved His plan of salvation, which included that the Lord Jesus must be crucified and must suffer for the sins of His elect the equivalent of what His elect had to pay for their sins. And so, it was through the suffering done by Christ that millions of His elect were drawn into the Kingdom of God. This is what the Lord takes pleasure in. The Lord delights to extend mercy and grace to these millions who have their sins forgiven, for the Lord delights in mercy. Please turn two pages to your right, to Isa 55:11. That is why the Lord is delighted when the saints go out on an evangelism trip, or when the saints are suddenly confronted with questions about their faith. For this provides opportunity for the saints to draw others into the process of being Born Again. These are others for whom Christ died already, and thus they need to hear the Gospel. We read in Isa 55:11,

Isa 55:11  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

In other words, when we speak to others in Christ’s name about what God has done for us, we are 100% successful. The persons whom we speak to are either going to be better off, because they believe the Gospel, or they are going to be worse off, because they refuse to believe the Gospel. In either case, the outcome was God’s will, and that is why God said, “it shall accomplish that which I please.” But all the saints praise God for His mercy like the prophet Micah praised Him in Mic 7:18,

Mic 7:18  Who is a God like unto Thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He retaineth not his anger for ever, because He delighteth in mercy.

Our God delights in mercy. That is why He created His elect which were chosen out of sinful mankind, on whom He could pour out His mercy and His grace. And so, the pleasure of the Lord:

  • Shall Prosper in His Hand (Isa 53:10, Eph 1:5, John 6:37-40, Heb 11:1)

These last words from Isa 53:10 come alive when we consider them in connection with Eph 1:5, and with John 6. Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Ephesians, Eph 1:5 (2X). God dictated this Epistle to the Ephesians primarily to emphasize the sovereignty of God in choosing whom He is going to save, and to show that we are saved by grace, and not by any work that we can do. In fact, we can conclude from this epistle that anyone who believes that he or she is saved because they have done something, is definitely not saved. No one can be saved by a works-gospel. We read in Eph 1:5,

Eph 1:5  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

Since God has predestinated millions of people, in fact a multitude which no man can number, to become adopted children of God through the work of the Lord Jesus Christ, it is absolutely certain that these millions of people shall receive their destiny and become children of God, according to the good pleasure of His will. If God predetermined their destiny, then who can hinder His purpose? This is how the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in the hand of Christ. Please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel according to John, John 6:37 (2X). God dictated this Gospel to the apostle John primarily to emphasize the sovereignty of God in choosing whom He is going to save, and to show that partaking of the Lord’s Supper cannot be a requirement for salvation, for it is something that WE DO. Therefore the eating of Christ’s flesh and the drinking of His blood must be understood spiritually. We read in John 6:37-40,

Joh 6:37-40  All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

How is this passage related to “the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in Christ’s hand”? The Lord Jesus said, “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me.” No ifs and buts; they shall come to Me. Furthermore the Lord Jesus said, “And this is the Father’s will, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing.” Not one of those who have been elected from before the foundation of the world shall be forgotten, or shall go astray into another gospel. Not one sheep shall be lost. And what is the evidence that they have been drawn into the Kingdom of God? Faith! Every one of these sheep shall believe on Christ and shall believe on the atonement that Christ made for their sins. God says in Heb 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Faith is the substance and evidence of salvation. Did the Lord Jesus Christ also have faith? O yes, He did have faith However, it was not faith which serves as the evidence of salvation, but it was the faith that His Father would not leave His soul in Hell. We read about Christ’s faith in Isa 53:11. Please turn in your Bibles again to the Prophecy of Isaiah, Isa 53:11 (2X). And you remember that we read in John 6:40, “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him” where the verb “to see the Son” must be understood in a spiritual sense, not in the sense of physically seeing Jesus. The scribes and Pharisees physically saw Jesus, but they did not believe on Jesus, and they were not saved at all. Instead they developed a hatred for Him. This proves that God has spiritual seeing in mind.

#2.       He Shall See of the Travail of His Soul (1Cor 2:2, Isa 53:11, Luke 22:44, Heb 12:2)

Here the Lord Jesus also has a spiritual seeing in mind, for it is impossible that He would physically see the entire world history unfold down to the details for every human being. It is not necessary that God would show Him all the details of all of world history that would follow after the crucifixion. And Christ’s payment at the cross was so great and so comprehensive that indeed all of NT world history hangs on the hinges that are called the cross of Christ. For this reason God wrote in 1Cor 2:2, “For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” We read in Isa 53:

Isa 53:11  He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

Christ was permitted to see, or better to know, of the fruit of the sufferings of His soul, and He was satisfied to see that this was a generous recompense for what He has done, and for what He had to endure. He looked on the multitude that no man can number, and He saw the true faith spreading over the world, and He saw the glory that shall result unto God from all that He has done, and He saw that this was an ample compensation for all that He has endured. But why this focus on His soul? This was His human soul. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Person resulting from the unity of God the Son with the man Christ Jesus, who was fully man with a human body and a human soul. There are two reasons why God focuses on Christ’s soul. First of all, the Lord Jesus Christ suffered the atonement, the equivalent of an eternity in Hell, in his human soul to indicate that He paid the payment for our sins in the human side of His being. Man has sinned, and man has to pay for those sins, and not God the Son. Secondly, Christ suffered in His soul and in His body, but the greatest part of His suffering was in His soul. When the Lord Jesus finished the atonement for our sins in His soul, He cried out with a loud voice, “It is finished.” What was finished? He was still bleeding and hanging on the nails in His hands and in His feet. He was still bleeding from the thorns in His head. He was still bleeding from the stripes on His back. And He was still enduring the scorn from the scribes and Pharisees who were assembled there to celebrate their victory over their enemy. And thus His physical sufferings were not finished at all. But He finished the sufferings in His soul, which were by far the greatest part of His sufferings. Spiritually He had come to the end of the tunnel. Spiritually He had completed the equivalent of an eternity in Hell. We can see that when we look at God’s description of His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane. We read in Luke 22:44, “And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” No man laid a hand on Him yet, but He was already suffering in His soul. This was not suffering in anticipation of the cross. This was not motivated by fear because He was afraid to die by crucifixion, for we read in Heb 12:2, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” And so we understand that the Lord Jesus saw the horrendous suffering that He had to endure in His human body and soul; a suffering so great that it would have consumed Him if He were only a human being. But since He was strengthened by God the Son who also lived and resided in Him, He was able to endure this suffering without being consumed in the process. Even when He died He did not die because He was crucified, but He died because He gave up His life. Then we read in Isa 53:11,

  • And Shall Be Satisfied (Isa 53:11, Rev 5:9-10, Dan 12:4,9)

Isa 53:11  He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

Why is it that Christ shall be satisfied when He shall see the travail of His soul? Let me just bring up one example. Please turn in your Bibles to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Rev 5:9 (2X). We have here the scene whereby God has in His right hand a Book, or a Scroll, that is written within and on the backside and that is sealed with seven seals, and no one in heaven was found to be worthy to open that Book. John wept because no one was worthy. But then, the Lamb of God having seven horns and seven eyes, which stood as if it had been slain, took the Book out of the hand of Him that sat on the throne, and that was the moment when all of heaven fell down before the Lamb. Then we read in Rev 5:9-10

Re 5:9  And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

Re 5:10  And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Christ was the only one who was worthy to open the Book. Before we can understand how great the honor was to open the Book, we first have to understand what this Book is. The man on the radio tells us that it contains additional information concerning the end times, as if it was the added information that was promised in Dan 12:4, where God says, “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end:” And then God repeats this message in Dan 12:9, where God says, “Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.” Could this be true? No, that is not true. This Book is far more important than a revelation added to the Bible. This Book is not simply a copy. This Book is not the Bible or an added extension of the Bible. This Book is an original, for it is sealed with seven seals. The fact that this Book is written within and on the backside means that it is complete and it is one whole. This Book was in the hand of Him that sitteth upon the throne, which means that it contains the eternal thought and plan of the living God. This Book is symbolic of the living and powerful decree of God with regard to the things which must shortly come to pass. This Book is not a dead copy of that decree, or the symbol of such a copy. In that case the opening of the Book would simply be nothing more than that the hidden things of God’s counsel were prophetically revealed to us. But that is not the case. This Book is the symbol of the decree itself, of the living, irresistible, powerful decree of God, whose chief purpose it is to bring into being the Kingdom of God, which He planned from before the foundation of the world. The breaking of the seals does not simply open the hidden things of God’s counsel, for its idea is not simply that of revelation. But the opening of the Book signifies the very realization of that powerful, all comprehensive decree of God. It signifies, therefore, the very realization of the Kingdom. He who is honored with the distinction of breaking the seals receives therefore the power to establish and to complete the Kingdom, actually to bring to pass all that is written in the Book. That is why John wept, for if no one can be found to open this Book, then the Kingdom of God cannot be realized. But now, after the cross, the Lamb of God is given the honor to open the seals of this Book and thereby bring the Kingdom of God to realization. This is the great honor that is given to the Lord Jesus Christ. It is an incredibly great honor. And that is why we read in Isa 53:11, “He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied.” Please turn again to the Prophecy of Isaiah, Isa 53:11 (2X).

#3.       My Righteous Servant (Isa 53:11, 42:1, 49:3, Eph 5:25, Matt 2:15, Hos 11:1, Rom 11:26)

Isa 53:11  He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

What does God mean when He says, “My righteous Servant”? We already know that the Lord Jesus is called the Suffering Servant of Jehovah. We already know that the Lord Jesus said many times that He came to do the will of Him who sent Him. It does not mean that God the Son is inferior to God the Father, but it means that the man Christ Jesus was born to the Virgin Mary for the single purpose of being the Servant of Jehovah, and being the servant of all the elect of God to pay for their sins the payment that they are unable to pay. Moreover, the man Christ Jesus must be perfectly righteous, for only if He is righteous can He fulfil the role of the Redeemer of His people. Therefore He came in the likeness of sinful men. It means He was born without the original sin of Adam. He was not exactly like sinful men, for then He would be stained with original sin and then He would not qualify to be “the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world.” That is why He came in the likeness of sinful men. Please turn about 16 pages to your left to chapter 42, Isa 42:1 (2X). Since the Lord Jesus was born as a man, He too was ranked among God’s elect, which means God’s chosen ones, or God’s favorite ones. Isa 42:

Isa 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

No, not only to the Gentiles. The Hebrew text reads, “to the nations,” which means He shall bring forth judgment to all the nations of the world, including the nation of the Jews. How is Christ going to bring judgment to all the nations? On the cross He paid for the sins of those whom He intended to save, and He passed by everyone whom He did not intend to save. He paid for the church that He loved (Eph 5:25) whatever was necessary to gain control over that church, and He passed by all other organizations in the world. He paid for the privilege to rule all nations with a rod of iron. Thus, some were immediately judged at the cross, and others were passed by, which guaranteed that they would be judged later on Judgment Day. And so, in effect all nations were already judged at the cross. Please turn a few pages to your right to Isa chapter 49, Isa 49:3 (2X). We have here in verses 1-10 the 8th Servant Song in the Prophecy of Isaiah, and this 8th Servant Song refers entirely to the Lord Jesus Christ. But here we read in Isa 49:3  “And said unto Me, Thou art My Servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.” Do we see this clearly? The Lord Jesus is called Israel. To most of us this comes as no surprise, for if we combine Matt 2:15 with Hos 11:1 we will arrive at the same conclusion: The Lord Jesus is called “Israel”. If Christ is called Israel, then all those who are in Christ are also called Israel. This is useful information when we need to interpret difficult passages, like the one in Rom 11:26 where we read, “And so all Israel shall be saved.” Please turn again to Isa 53:11 (2X). And there we read,

  • By His Knowledge Shall He Justify Many (Isa 53:11, John 17:3, 2Cor 4:6, 2Pet 1:2-3)

Isa 53:11  He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

By His knowledge” essentially means “By His doctrine”, or “by the knowledge of Him.” God points out the way and the method by which we experience the power and effect of the death of Christ: It is through faith in knowing Him. Knowing Him is salvation, and knowing Him means that we also trust that His atonement bought salvation for our soul. The Lord Jesus said in John 17:3  “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” Repeatedly the Bible says that to know Christ means that we have been saved. For example, we read in 2Cor 4:6,

2Co 4:6  For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give

the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

This knowledge of the glory of God is by knowing our Savior Jesus Christ. And this knowledge of Him came to us because God commanded the light to shine in our hearts. And thus, salvation is entirely by grace, a free gift from God. A double example is shown to us in 2Pet 1:2-3,

2Pe 1:2  Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

2Pe 1:3  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

And so, by the knowledge of Him shall He justify many.

#4.       For He Shall Bear Their Iniquities (Isa 53:11, 2Cor 5:21, Matt 20:28)

Isa 53:11  He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

In what way did Christ bear our iniquities? He was the spotless Lamb of God. He could not substitute Himself in our place, for then He would be defiled with our sins, and then He would disqualify Himself. The solution is found when we consider the same problem with 2Cor 5:21, where we read, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” He was made sin, and we are made righteous; that is, He was treated as if He were a sinner, though He was perfectly holy and pure; we are treated as if we were righteous, though we are defiled and depraved The idea is that on account of what the Lord Jesus has endured, not in our place, but on our behalf, we are treated as if we had ourselves entirely fulfilled the law of God and had never been exposed to its penalty. This is God’s plan of making man righteous, or justifying them, that we in Him and by Him might be made righteous, by a righteousness imputed to us by God. Let me state it differently: The perfectly righteous Judge declared the penalty for our sins, and then He came from behind the judge’s bench and paid the penalty on our behalf. The Judge was never defiled by our sins, but He paid the penalty on behalf of our sins. The Lord Jesus said it a little simpler in Matt 20:28,

Mt 20:28  Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

And because He gave His life a ransom for many, and because He bore our iniquities which were imputed to Him, He was empowered to impute to us His righteousness. But His righteousness rests on us as a cloak. When God looks at us He sees only our righteousness, for all our sins have been taken away.  Our soul is made perfectly righteous, but in our members we are still inclined to sin. But the sinfulness of our members are hidden behind the cloak; it is the cloak of Christ’s righteousness.

AMEN.                 Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.