Advent: The Plan (Isaiah 52:13-53:12)

ww42In focusing on the advent of Jesus, we have seen the reason for His coming through two lenses: the problem and the promise. We have sinned and need a Savior. From the narrative of Genesis 3, we see this Savior has been promised to come. But how will this Savior go about being the solution to our problem of sin? For that we turn to God’s plan. As with the case of God’s promises, the Old Testament is replete with explanations of God’s plans. One such plan is laid out in Isaiah 52:13-53:12. The plan begins by showing us a Servant, who we know to be Jesus. He is exalted and lifted up (52:13). However, we also get an understanding of what Christ will do so that He may be exalted over all. He is exalted because of His Person and saving work by coming to earth. Before His exaltation in the resurrection and ascension, Christ Jesus would face humiliation. He would be despised (53:3) and afflicted (53:4). He would suffer by being pierced and crushed. He would do all this for us! He was “pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities” (53:5a). Dealing with our problem of sin, Jesus came to earth, lived a sinless life, and suffered through a horrendous death on a cross for the forgiveness of sins. He died so that we might be forgiven. It is only through this message and Man, the gospel, we can have peace with God and healing brought to our relationship with Him. Christ, our Lord and Savior, makes intercession for us as our Redeemer (53:12). If we repent and trust in this truth, we are saved and reconciled to God. The suffering Servant is the exalted Servant. The awe of this all is this was God’s plan. “Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him…the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand” (53:10). Praise be to God for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Reflection Time:

  • How does knowing God’s plan for Christ coming as suffering and exaltation reflect on how we view and live the Christian life?
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