How was the Father pleased at the death of the Son?

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Isaiah 53

10   Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;

He has put Him to grief.

When You make His soul an offering for sin,

He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,

And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.

11   He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied.

By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,

For He shall bear their iniquities.

There is a concept about the crucifixion and the death of Christ that is hard for us to understand.  We look at this event with great pain of mind and of soul.  We see the images of a beaten “Christ” we groan and writhe with human disgust.  We don’t like these images of a man beaten beyond recognition whose face and body are blood covered and whose face is agonizing in pain.  We have struggled with whether Christ was killed by the Roman soldiers, by Pilate, by the Jews or by our sins.  We would rather give someone else the blame for this horrific crucifixion.

Here, Isaiah, giving us the very mind of God, tells us that it pleased the Father to bruise the Son.  The Father put the Son to grief.  The Father’s pleasure was fulfilled; the Father saw the labor of the soul of the Son and the Father was satisfied.  Does this make sense to you?  Can you imagine an earthly father seeing his earthly son being unjustly crucified and being happy about it?

Note this, we are being shown the mind of God, the Father of the Son and the Father of all humanity.  We are being shown the heart of God for all whom He will save and for whom Christ was dying.  In man’s rebellion against God he has always needed a Savior.  Not the blood of one lamb nor of a million lambs could remove one sin much less the sin of the world.  God the Father loves His created ones and devised an eternal plan of redemption that demanded the sacrifice of God the Son whose perfect blood alone could take away our sin.  So, as God the Father watched the sacrifice of God the Son on the altar of the Cross He was satisfied that the price of our redemption had now been paid.

When Jesus cried out His last words on the cross: “It is finished!”  He was not talking about the end of His life but about the end of the plan of our redemption.  So, yes, at the crucifixion of the Christ the plan of God was complete, the work of God was done, and He was satisfied.  Thank God that He looked past personal feelings and longed for our salvation.  He looked past the emotions of suffering to the joy that was set before Him, the salvation of mankind.  Let us take time today to thank God for His immense love for us, the ones He created in His image with His desire that we live with Him, redeemed forever.

Tonight is our regular time of kids club, youth group and adult Bible study and prayer time.  God is working as we continually cry out to Him. 

Tomorrow we leave for our Victory trip.  If you have any thoughts about going but have not confirmed it please do so today.

Have a great day in the Lord,
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