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In today’s YouTube video on the Bob Spradling channel, Rudy Ross and I will end our discussion of Isaiah 53 and connect the message to Paul’s writings.
Paul’s great hymn in Philippians 2 is a natural response to what God did through the Suffering Servant.
Paul wrote, “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
Who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
But emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
So that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
And every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2.5-11)
The Exalted Servant
The Suffering Servant was abused for the sake of sinners like me and people who read my blog. Our sinless Servant is worthy of all praise and adoration.
As Paul wrote, Jesus did not clutch his heavenly status. As he emptied himself, he fulfilled the Servant’s mission.
Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain.
When you make his life an offering for sin,
he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days;
through him the will of the Lord shall prosper. (Isaiah 53.10)
Jesus, the Suffering Servant, made people righteous through his sacrifice on the cross.
Out of his anguish he shall see light;
he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge.
The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities. (Isaiah 53.11)
Jesus bore our iniquities and brought God’s light into the world. As Paul wrote, he was humble and perfectly obedient, even to death.
Paul declares that every knee will bow and every tongue will praise Jesus. Isaiah gives reasons why this is so.
Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
because he poured out himself to death,
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors. (Isaiah 53.12)
Jesus bore the sins of the world. He interceded for rebellious, prideful, and self-willed people.
Hebrews states that Jesus continues to make intercession. “Consequently he is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7.25).
The Witness of Colossians
Paul seems to connect his message to the Colossians with Isaiah 53. The Suffering Servant was more excellent than anyone could imagine.
— Colossians 1.15 – “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.”
— Colossians 1.17 – “He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
— Colossians 1.19 – “For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.”
When we consider who Jesus is and what he has done for us, we must marvel at the amazing grace and love of God.
Jesus has every right to reign supreme over everything, but as the Suffering Servant, “God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross” (Colossians 1.20).
Paul correctly challenges the church to make Jesus our example. As we contemplate Paul’s message and Isaiah 53, Paul’s admonition is perfect for us.
— Philippians 2.3 – “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves.”
— Philippians 2.4 – “Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.”
About This Blog
Please join Rudy Ross and me on YouTube today as we discuss how Isaiah 53 and the writings of Paul correspond with each other.
I am indebted to John Oswalt for his insights. His two-volume commentary on Isaiah is very insightful.
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