“Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities…he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.” Isaiah 53:11-12
For awhile now I have been captivated by the first line of verse 11. Out of the anguish of His soul, Jesus sees and is satisfied. He sees victory. He sees freedom, joy, hope, and love win. He sees salvation for us and the glory of God the Father on display. And He is satisfied. How amazing is our Savior? How much must He love us? That He endures so much more than we can fathom—His very soul is in anguish—yet He believes the outcome is worth it. Not just with the cross before Him, but even after He walked that path and experienced the pain, sorrow, betrayal, and agony of it. It was worth it to save unworthy, evil sinners and show the glory of the grace of the Father. To turn their hearts toward Him, breath life into their souls, forgive their sins and cleanse them from all unrighteousness, and transform their lives forever. Jesus is satisfied knowing that He has accomplished this. That’s a powerful love. If Jesus loves us this much, there should be no question—nothing will separate us from His love. Not death. Not life. Not angels or rulers. Not anything in our present nor anything in our future. No powers or height or depth. Absolutely nothing in all of creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).
Another aspect in this passage in Isaiah that amazes me is that the Son of God who poured out His soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors, bore their sins and makes intercession for them. No matter how many times we’ve considered Jesus as our intercessor, isn’t it just astounding? Jesus lives to make intercession for us. Even when we’re stuck in the mire of our sin. Perhaps especially then. He doesn’t excuse our sin or make light of our rebellion. But having experienced every temptation and grief, He does understand our weakness and show compassion. He intercedes for us, that we would have strength. That we would hold fast to faith. That we would cling to good and hate evil. He stands at the right hand of God for us, our help in times of trouble and our strength for each moment in the day. Covering us with His blood so that we know new mercies every morning.
See the enduring love of our Savior. Jesus Christ. Our only hope for grace. He who bore the wrath of God in our place, and out of the anguish of His soul saw His victory and was satisfied. And now “He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25).