The Nature Of The Father And The Son by R. H. Clark
In Isaiah 53:1-2, Isaiah asks the question, “Who will believe and see the power of the Lord?” Jesus would not be impressive as he grew up and who would expect Jesus, the Messiah, to be raised up in the home of a carpenter (the dry ground)? He had no special beauty or sense of royalty to attract people and at best he was average in appearance.
In Isaiah 53:3, we know that Jesus had a period of popularity, but he was finally rejected and hated by his own people. He was even rejected in his hometown.
In Isaiah 53:4, Jesus has taking up our sins and sorrows, but we accused Him of being rejected by God because of His crucifixion and conviction by a false court.
In Isaiah 53:5, even though we rejected Him, Jesus took our punishment so that we could have the choice to receive peace by accepting Jesus as the savior.
In Isaiah 53:6, each of us as a sinner, often going on the wrong path, choosing our will instead of God’s will. Yet, God lays that guilt upon Jesus.
In Isaiah 53:7, Jesus took our conviction and punishment without defense or complaint.
In Isaiah 53:8, Christ’s earthly life was taken away without justice and according to Jewish custom not having children was considered a curse from God. He died because we are sinful.
In Isaiah 53:9, Jesus was executed as a criminal and was buried among the wicked and the evil rich people.
In Isaiah 53:10, all of this was God’s will. In spite of Jesus dying as a sin offering for us, He will see HIs spiritual children (that’s us!) and Jesus will live forever.
In Isaiah 53:11, Jesus’ very soul will suffer, but He will see the light of Heaven, and His satisfaction will be great. Through Jesus’ suffering, many will be saved.
In Isaiah 53:12, Jesus’ honor and reward in Heaven will be great, not because of conquering the world, but because He sacrificed Himself in obedience to God’s will. He willingly became guilty of our sin and that is how He is worthy to intercede for us before the throne of God.
Nature of the Father
Exodus 34:6-7 & Numbers 14:18
The Lord is compassionate.
The Lord is gracious.
He is slow to anger.
He is abounding in love and faithfulness.
He maintains love to thousands.
He forgives wickedness, rebellion, and sin.
He does not leave the guilty unpunished.
Nature of the Son Servant to all
Did not lord it over others
Leads by example
As a child
As the younger
As the least
As the last
No force used
No blind ambition
Of no reputation
Obedient unto death
Isaiah 52:14 tells us, “Just as there were many who were appalled at him– his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness–” and even knowing what was ahead, Jesus chose to endure this horrible fate. He did this to be obedient to His Father and because He loved us. He could have come down from the cross at any time, but He stayed up there so that we might be saved from eternal suffering in the lake of burning sulfur created for Satan and his demons.
It was not created for us! Don’t waste this precious gift.