Isaiah 53* The person. (1-3) sufferings. (4-9) humiliation, andexaltation of Christ, are minutely described; with the blessingsto mankind from his death. (10-12)1-3 No where in all the Old Testament is it so plainly andfully prophesied, that Christ ought to suffer, and then to enterinto his glory, as in this chapter. But to this day few discern,or will acknowledge, that Divine power which goes with the word.The authentic and most important report of salvation forsinners, through the Son of God, is disregarded. The lowcondition he submitted to, and his appearance in the world, werenot agreeable to the ideas the Jews had formed of the Messiah.It was expected that he should come in pomp; instead of that, hegrew up as a plant, silently, and insensibly. He had nothing ofthe glory which one might have thought to meet with him. Hiswhole life was not only humble as to outward condition, but alsosorrowful. Being made sin for us, he underwent the sentence sinhad exposed us to. Carnal hearts see nothing in the Lord Jesusto desire an interest in him. Alas! by how many is he stilldespised in his people, and rejected as to his doctrine andauthority! 4-9 In these verses is an account of the sufferings of Christ;also of the design of his sufferings. It was for our sins, andin our stead, that our Lord Jesus suffered. We have all sinned,and have come short of the glory of God. Sinners have theirbeloved sin, their own evil way, of which they are fond. Oursins deserve all griefs and sorrows, even the most severe. Weare saved from the ruin, to which by sin we become liable, bylaying our sins on Christ. This atonement was to be made for oursins. And this is the only way of salvation. Our sins were thethorns in Christ's head, the nails in his hands and feet, thespear in his side. He was delivered to death for our offences.By his sufferings he purchased for us the Spirit and grace ofGod, to mortify our corruptions, which are the distempers of oursouls. We may well endure our lighter sufferings, if He hastaught us to esteem all things but loss for him, and to love himwho has first loved us. 10-12 Come, and see how Christ loved us! We could not put himin our stead, but he put himself. Thus he took away the sin ofthe world, by taking it on himself. He made himself subject todeath, which to us is the wages of sin. Observe the graces andglories of his state of exaltation. Christ will not commit thecare of his family to any other. God's purposes shall takeeffect. And whatever is undertaken according to God's pleasureshall prosper. He shall see it accomplished in the conversionand salvation of sinners. There are many whom Christ justifies,even as many as he gave his life a ransom for. By faith we arejustified; thus God is most glorified, free grace most advanced,self most abased, and our happiness secured. We must know him,and believe in him, as one that bore our sins, and saved us fromsinking under the load, by taking it upon himself. Sin andSatan, death and hell, the world and the flesh, are the strongfoes he has vanquished. What God designed for the Redeemer heshall certainly possess. When he led captivity captive, hereceived gifts for men, that he might give gifts to men. Whilewe survey the sufferings of the Son of God, let us remember ourlong catalogue of transgressions, and consider him as sufferingunder the load of our guilt. Here is laid a firm foundation forthe trembling sinner to rest his soul upon. We are the purchaseof his blood, and the monuments of his grace; for this hecontinually pleads and prevails, destroying the works of thedevil.
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