Original post: 2/3/2014 3:44:28 PM
Verse 1: Yea, even doth not Isaiah say: Who hath believed our report, and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?
Verse 2: For He shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground; He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him there is no beauty that we should desire Him.
While I don’t always understand’s Isaiah’s meanings nor references, I can feel the pain and beauty of his description of the Messiah, the Savior and Redeemer of mankind, Jesus the Christ.
When he asks who believes our report is he asking who believes the words of the prophets since Adam who have written about the Savior’s sacrifice since man was upon the earth? Perhaps he is asking which of us believe and have faith in the Son of God who shall give His unblemished life for what we do wrong?
I believe that he is saying that those who believe Jesus and have faith in Him will see the Lord’s arm – or His power wrought – in what the Atonement accomplishes for mankind but especially for us individually.
Verse 3: He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.
Verse 4: Surely He has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
Verse 5: But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.
Verse 6: All we, like sheep, have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquities of us all.
Popular society; political leaders through time have often disdained Jesus, the need of a Savior for mankind, and the Jewish culture from which He came to this life. His sorrow and grief came from mistreatment and misunderstanding of those whom He came to die for. Too often, we pretend we don’t need Him or that He isn’t good enough for us. Man despises the Son of God.
He came to earth to bear our griefs and carry our sorrows. He came to earth to make it possible for us to return Home with Him to Heavenly Father. Yet we think somehow He deserves the behavior He received or that God is perhaps punishing Him for righteousness sake. But it is for mankind’s transgressions, for our iniquities, that He suffers. His wounds came so that we won’t have to suffer for our own transgressions. He was bruised and beaten both body and soul to help us overcome our iniquities – our injustices, our wickedness. He received chastisement so we could have peace. He bore wounds so we could be healed.
Yet we like sheep, animals who follow without thinking, go astray, turn to our own or another’s way and do not follow His way. All mankind’s iniquities were laid upon the Messiah, Jesus Christ, Savior, Redeemer for us. How often do we think upon these things; what part of our thoughts do we give to what pain our mistakes caused Him? Are we grateful for His suffering in our behalf?
Verse 7: He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb so He opened not His mouth.
Verse 8: He was taken from prison and from judgment; and who shall declare His generation? For He was cut off out of the land of the living; for the transgressions of my people was He stricken.
Verse 9: And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death; because He had done no evil, neither was any deceit in His mouth.
The Son of God was downtrodden and afflicted; but He didn’t complain. He let Himself be taken and slain and He didn’t stop it. He had the power to speak and the heaven and earth obey Him, but He opened not His mouth as He was falsely accused and illegally tried.
His earth life was ended; He suffered for the transgressions of God’s covenant people; He was placed between two breakers of law to die and then put in the tomb of a rich disciple. He had broken no law except the will of the corrupt leaders of His day. He had always told the truth and did not seek to deceive either His followers or those who tried Him.
There have been other individuals and people upon this earth who have experienced similar rejection for doing right. Perhaps each of us at some time in our lives also has a small taste of this experience. It surely doesn’t seem fair.
It always amazes me, when I think about it, that Jesus could have spoken and ended the mockery He was placed in by the political leaders of His day. He did not. He understood the greater thing which was happening as He fulfilled the Plan of Salvation which would entitle every person to live again, resurrected body and spirit, and those who followed Him and lived His way of obedience and service would be able to live with Heavenly Father forever.
His life was the payment for these eternal blessings. He gave it because He loves us. He gave it because He loves His Father and desired to fulfill His will. What love and hope and faith He had in us. Giving so great a Gift with love and hope that we would accept His Gift, His life, His example, His teachings and use His given blood to change from our human weak motives and selves to seeking and doing the will of our Father in obedience and service. Do we accept His Gift?
Verse 10: Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief; when thou shalt 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.
Verse 11: He shall see the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied; by His knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities.
Heavenly Father gave His Son to enable the rest of His spirit children to return Home to Him. He allowed, and Jesus went through, anguish and despair in offering His soul for our sin. The Savior was resurrected. He lives today on the right hand of His Father.
Because of His Gift, His Atonement, our sin can be cleansed; our anguish can be overcome; our pain healed. He understands what we go through; He can help us overcome. He will let us change our behavior. He lets us move from the darkness of sin into the light of obedience and love and sacrifice. As His sacrifice blesses us, we can also give up good things in our lives to give and receive better – eternal – blessings for others and for ourselves.
His Way is the Way to happiness and Salvation. The principles He taught are the ones we can live to overcome the challenges of our lives to walk in His Light. Faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, work, compassion, kindness: these are His principles that bring us into His light, as we live them in our daily lives, and let them get deep into our hearts and minds. When these are our mode of operation, when we are seeking to have them become our mode of operation, then we are receiving His Salvation and walking in His light. We are on the path that takes us Home to Heavenly Father and Jesus.
Verse 12: Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong; because He hath poured out His soul unto death; and He was numbered with the transgressors; and He bore the sins of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Jesus fulfilled the Plan of Salvation. He did His Father’s Will so that we can share with Him eternal blessings and glory. His motive was selfless. He wants us to receive the greatest happiness and opportunities that He has. For we who sin and are full of weakness, He offers us freedom from sin, pureness, holiness, fullness of joy. He offers us Eternal Life to share with Him the happiness and wonder and love of Eternity with Heavenly Father.
Do we grasp this? Do we “get it”? Do we realize the hope and opportunity that Jesus Christ has provided for us? I think if we could think on it more, and remember it longer, during our normal days we would be more kind and obedient and giving. I would.
May understanding of the Son of God and His purpose in coming to earth dwell in our hearts and grow in our minds.