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As expressed by Rev. Russ Ramsey in his interpretation of Isaiah 53:
Who Is Jesus? Isaiah 53:1-3 tells us he is the Servant of the Lord, who was, in every way, ordinary in appearance. His birth was like a root out of dry ground—unnoticed by almost everyone. He had no beauty that people would be drawn to his appearance. Nor would he have an easy life. His life would be filled with sorrow. People would despise him.
But he came to be our Man of Sorrows (Isa 53:4-6). Jesus took upon himself our grief. He carried our sorrows. Yes, people in positions of power brought pain upon pain into his last days, but they were not ultimately the ones to crush him. God was the one who did that. Jesus was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities, and the punishment that would bring us peace was laid upon him.
Then, in vs 5-9, we learn that Jesus would willingly submit to the Father’s plan. As the full weight of God’s wrath toward the sins of his people was placed upon his Servant, Christ received it. When he could have spoken up to defend himself, he stayed silent, like a lamb led to its slaughter.
He would be struck dead, cut off from the land of the living for the sins of God’s people. He would die among the guilty and be buried in a rich man’s tomb, even though he had done no violence. And yet he would yield willingly, even unto his own death.
Why? Why would Jesus go through all this?
Because we all have gone astray and deserve God’s wrath. But God laid upon his servant the iniquity of his people, Isaiah tells us. Jesus took God’s wrath toward our sins upon himself. He stood in for us and be our substitute in death, and God looked upon this substitution and was satisfied. The Servant of the Lord would “make many to be accounted righteous, and He shall bear their iniquities” (Isa 53:11).
Listen, God did not perform some magic trick to secure our salvation. It was a life for a life—the Suffering Servant, his only begotten son, Jesus Christ, described in Isaiah 53, who came incarnate as a living, breathing man to die a real death in our place. But since death held no claim on him, he rose on Easter, securing our victory over death forever—thus fulfilling God’s Covenant of Peace.
Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
The second we accept Jesus Christ into our hearts as our Lord and Savior, we are considered a new creature. The Holy Spirit comes into our spirit along with the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. They are all there inside us but it is up to us to take steps to grow those fruits so they can be evidenced in our lives.
We must change our old ways of thinking by renewing our mind with the Word of God. We must study the scriptures to understand God’s will for our life and who we are as this new creature. The best way to have this new way of thinking to settle into our spirit and for us to believe what the Word says about us is to speak it out loud. In Genesis, it tells us how God formed the worlds and all creation by speaking forth words. Words are powerful. They can either speak life into us or death. Words will build someone up or tear them down. So speaking the Word, which is full of God and life, will change our lives. Speaking God’s Word will transform us and our way of thinking. The more we speak these words of truth, the more we will begin to believe them. We will not only change our way of thinking but we will change our actions. We will begin to see the fruits of the Spirit that have already been planted in us by the Holy Spirit.
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