Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
(Isaiah 53:10, NIV)
In this one verse we see the wonderful mystery of the cross expressed. What a marvelous gift that God gave this word to the prophet Isaiah, and how it must have moved and mystified that holy man and so many others, to ponder what all this could mean. Yet in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the mystery is made plain, and we are left with adoration and awe.
The cross was not an accident of history, the tragic death of one more good man at the hands of the wicked. It was the will of God, the divine act of redemption for the lost human race. Here the Son of God suffered for us, perfect obedient Servant, pure Substitute, Holy Savior of mankind.
Christ was made an offering for our sins. By His sacrifice, the wrath of God is satisfied and our guilt is washed away. What we could never accomplish for ourselves, Christ did on our behalf. And for all His wonderful miracles, His greatest act was offering Himself up to make atonement for us.
And yet He lives. He sees offspring–the children of God, who through faith may be saved because of what He has done. His days are prolonged, for He defies death and is raised to life eternal. And He accomplishes the redeeming purpose of God, securing a people for the Lord redeemed and renewed by His blood.
Praise to God for His wonderful work, for the saving death and resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord.