Yet it 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.
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.
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.
– Isaiah 53:10-12
Consider Jesus Our Savior. Consider his victory. Jesus rose victoriously. It is not stated in so many words in these verses, but is everywhere implied. After he has made an offering for guilt (by dying), he yet will see his offspring, his days will be prolonged, and the will of God will prosper in his hands (v10). Again, he will see and be satisfied (v11). And then he will receive the victor’s prize in v12. All of these things require his resurrection in order to happen in any realistic meaningful way.
And yet his victory is not simply found in his resurrection, but in what he accomplished through his death and resurrection:
- By making an offering for guilt, he brings about an offspring (v10), a people for God who have had their sins paid for so that they might have a relationship with God.
- By his perfectly righteous life, death, and resurrection, he makes God’s people to be accounted righteous (v11), so that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
- He intercedes on our behalf (v12), through his payment of sin on the cross, and now in heaven, so that no accusation of the devil against us can stand.
- Finally, he conquered death and lives forevermore (v10), that in Christ we too might have the sure hope of our own resurrection someday through him.
Consider Jesus our Savior. Consider his victory in his resurrection and for our salvation.
Father, thank you for the good news of the resurrection of Jesus.
May we live in gratitude and hope as we ponder the many saving benefits
of your salvation purchased for us.