仆人的态度 读经： 以赛亚书五十三章7至12节
忧伤之子 读经： 以赛亚书五十三章1至6节
THE SERVANT'S ATTITUDE Bible Reading: Isaiah 53:7-12
THE MAN OF SORROWS Bible Reading: Isaiah 53:1-6
7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth.
1 Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
9 And they made His grave with the wicked? But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth.
3 He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
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.
4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.
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.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death,And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Silence under suffering is not easy for humans. Why was Christ silent? . Because he knew his suffering and death were all in the will of God and he accepted it as such. He could easily have avoided being arrested. He could have slipped away in the darkness in the Garden of Gethsemane. Those who came to arrest him and even his disciples seemed to find it difficult to understand his quiet surrender.
One of the greatest proofs that the Bible is the Word of God is fulfilled prophecy. Many prophecies in the Old Testament concern the coming of Jesus Christ, including his birth and his death. Here of course, we are dealing with his death. Notice first of all the strangeness of this prophecy. If man on his own had been writing the Bible, he would have certainly portrayed the coming Messiah as a great attractive personality who would come with a great show of power and splendour.
His judges could not understand him either. Pilate could not believe that Jesus had nothing to say for himself. Herod was very disappointed in his silence.
But that is not how the Old Testament pictures him. One of the names given to him here is 'man of sorrows'. While he was on earth he knew so much of humiliation and loneliness.
But Christ was the Lamb of God. Just as a Iamb does not fight back so he quietly faced death without any cry or complaint. He said he was laying down his life. It was not being taken from him against his will.
Secondly, notice the rejection that was prophesied. One of the saddest verses in the Bible is John 1:11 - 'He came unto his own and his own received him not'. Isaiah says 'we hid ... our faces from him'. Literally it means 'we turned our faces away when we met him'. Is there anything harder to bear than to have those who should be our friends turn away from us when we meet them?
There are many other details of his death given here in this chapter. Verse 8 tells us how wrong his trial would be. Verse 9 says his executioners would plan to bury him in a common grave with others who would be crucified at the same time. But this would not happen. Instead of being flung into a pit with others, a rich person would come and bury him in his own prepared grave. That is exactly what happened.
Thirdly all his sufferings were for us and not himself. Look at verses 4 and 5. It was just as the hymn says 'He took our sins and our sorrows and made them his very own'. Transgressions are those occasions when we break God's laws. Iniquities are our attempts to twist God's will to fit our own. Peace is what we did not have, yet we badly needed.
It is obvious from verses 10 and 11 that he would be alive after his death-in other words resurrection! Notice verse 11 says he would actually see the results of his own work. He could only do that if he were alive again.
We could not atone for these things by ourselves. God knew that and he sent his own perfect sinless son into this world to accomplish it for us. But it costs him his life. No-one has ever suffered as Christ did. No sorrow has ever been so deep. No sorrows were ever so undeserved. Yet no sorrow has had such tremendous results.
In verse 12 God says he will give him great rewards for his work. How could this be true if he were not alive again after his death?
Why not thank God the Father again today for the way he planned our salvation. Thank the Son of God for all his suffering and death on your behalf and mine?
The whole chapter is a marvellous picture of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ written under the inspiration of the Spirit of God 600 years before it all happened. How wonderful is the power of God.
Put your own name into some of these verses and see for yourself the wonder of Christ's suffering and death for you.