by Jonathan McLeod

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Series: Born to Die
Jonathan McLeod
Isaiah 53:10-12

10 Yet is was the will of the Lord to crush him;
he has put him to grief;
when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
The will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,
because he poured out his soul to death
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and makes intercession for the transgressors.


The suffering of the Servant proves that God loves us.

1. The cross was PLANNED by the Father.

Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief (v. 10a).

ILLUSTRATION: Parent sacrificing a child for the good of others.

"I will put enmity between you [Satan] and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel" (Genesis 3:15).

This prophecy is sometimes called the protoevangelium, which means "first gospel." Many Christians believe the reference to "her Seed" looks beyond Adam and Eve to Mary and Jesus. The seed of the woman (Jesus) would crush the head of Satan. ("You'll do something bad to Him, but He'll do something worse to you!")

"Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?" (Luke 24:26; cf. vv. 25, 27-28).

"This Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men" (Acts 2:23).

The Servant (Jesus) was seen as a failure. His life ended in crucifixion. But verse 10 says He will have many descendents ("he shall see his offspring"); He will live a long l ...

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