The story of Jesus‘ selfless love and His sacrifice is the most amazing message, the greatest “good tidings” (Isaiah 52:7), of all time. Jesus had to suffer to be your perfect Savior. That is why He is your sympathetic High Priest “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).
What were Jesus’ credentials? The book of Isaiah gives us a glimpse of Jesus’ sufferings:
“He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed
He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter…” (Isaiah 53:3-5,7).
Jesus is very touched by your sufferings, sorrow, and disappointments. All the sufferings that evil men could put upon Him were His daily cup, which reached the climax in His trial and crucifixion. God’s Son suffered in your stead. The punishment that you deserved, He received. Therefore, Paul invites those that are suffering, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrew 4:16). For Jesus assures, “I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
Because of His death all that accept Him will live; because of His sufferings many will find peace and eternal happiness, and all that had been lost as a result of sin (v. 10) will be restored. Christ became the “heir of all things,” and He will share His inheritance with those that He has rescued from the hand of the enemy (Heb. 1:2; Rom. 8:17; Col. 1:12). They will share in His triumph, not as slaves, but as sons and daughters redeemed by His blood and destined to reign with Him forever (2 Tim. 2:12; Rev. 5:10; 22:5).
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