GOD’S WORD FOR APRIL 15
GOD’S WORD FOR APRIL 15~ ~ GOOD FRIDAY ~ ~ Isaiah 53:10-12~ ~”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.”
Immediately after sin came into the world through Adam and Eve cooperating with the lies of Lucifer, God put into motion the Plan of Salvation that they knew they would do for their people before they ever created anything. Nothing comes as a surprise to God. He knows everything ahead of time. Nothing happens in this world until it has already happened in the spiritual realm.
Sin corrupted the human race as well as the earth and creation itself. Man began to die the minute sin entered. We are dying from the minute we are born. Corruption is the result of sin, which we inherited from Adam directly. We also inherited the sin nature in the human gene pool.
God is perfectly Holy, perfectly loving, and perfectly just. He cannot allow any contamination in heaven. Therefore, no one could get to heaven as long as that sin nature was present in the human race.
No one could be perfect with the sin nature. Jesus took on humanity by being born of a woman, retaining His Godhood, while giving up the glory for a time. As the first and only human perfectly without sin He qualified to be a substitute for all humanity’s sin. He alone could satisfy the Justice of the Father for anyone who would become one with Him.
He was the ultimate sacrifice, surpassing and fulfilling the symbolic sacrifices of lambs. He is the True Passover Lamb, allowing the death angel to pass over those who truly believe in Him as their Lord and Savior. (see the story of the Passover in Exodus chapter 12)
Because of that, our bodies will die, but our spirits remain alive to live eternally with Him in new bodies, never to die again.
The verse says He will see His offspring and prolong His days—-this refers to His resurrection in three days, which will be our experience also, because 1John 3:2 tells us: “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.” Therefore, we, too, will see our offspring and prolong our days in eternity, because of Jesus.
Isaiah says,(above) “ 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.”
He means that the Father will see the suffering of His Son and pardon all the sins He took on Himself.
The Justice of the Almighty is satisfied.
But, it goes on to say that this only applies to those who have KNOWLEDGE of Jesus, for He cannot bear the iniquities of those who are not in Him. This word translated “knowledge” doesn’t mean just knowing that He existed and that He died for the sins of the world. It means an intimate knowledge of Him through His Word and the Holy Spirit, which He gave to us, giving ourselves to Him in submission to His will, and making Him the primary focus of our lives, knowing that we cannot possibly get to heaven by ourselves. Instead, we obey Him out of gratitude, not out of a determination to save ourselves.
The last line says that He bore the sins of many and made intercession for them (the transgressors, or sinners who know Him personally). He prays for us continuously, as we’re told in Romans 8:34: “who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, but rather, was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.”
Let’s use this time to draw closer to our Lord and Savior and tell others about His Salvation!