Monday, May 17, 2010
Isaiah 53: 12 states:
"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."
Isaiah's report ends with the Messiah's triumph. Hard won as it was to be, it will qualify Him to receive a "portion with the great." Although the Messiah may be greater than them all, He is only to receive "a portion." For the suffering He endures will be to redeem others and bring them back with Himself. There is to be no hoarding. There is to be no selfishness. Though He may earn it all, He will take only "a portion" and leave a "division" with others who may share in His joy. He abased Himself, and taught all others to do the same. (Matt. 23: 10-12.)
This is nothing akin to the faithful son complaining about the Prodigal. (Luke 15: 29-30.) Christ will not only willingly share with His lesser brothers and sisters, but He will go further and "make intercession for the transgressors." He is neither jealous of their sharing in His triumph, nor resentful to "divide the spoil" of His great victory.
Here is a Messiah indeed! Here is a Redeemer indeed! "Truly, this Man was the Son of God!" (Matt. 27: 54.)
Despise Him and His servants, He will still condescend to succor you so far as you permit Him to do.
Turn your face from Him and His servants, He will still plead for you to listen.
Forsake and abandon Him and His servants, they will still forgive and make intercession for your errors.
Those who follow Him will be misunderstood, reviled, persecuted. It is in the nature of things for this world. He anticipated that, and gave instructions to you when you encounter it. (Matt. 5: 10-13.) The entire prophecy in Isaiah 53 is a description not only of the Messiah, but also of the Messiah's children. They will not be welcome here, for the ruler of this world has nothing for either Him or His children. (John 14: 30.)
Surely Isaiah knew His Lord.