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Summary: Contemplating the sufferings of Christ

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JESUS, OUR PASSOVER LAMB

Isaiah 50:4-11 - Third Servant Song

Like the fourth Servant Song, Isaiah’s third Servant Song fits remarkably with some of the details of Jesus’ sufferings.

Jesus did not shrink from His task (Isaiah 50:5). His attitude to the Father who commissioned Him was, “not my will, but yours be done” (Matthew 26:42).

He allowed His back to be sorely whipped (Isaiah 50:6), and suffered the torments of the Roman soldiers. He faced the spiteful vindictive taunts and venomous spitting of his own people.

Jesus knew that the LORD would sustain Him. He set His face like a flint (Isaiah 50:7) so that He might cry “It is finished” (John 19:30) at the completion of the task for which He came to this earth.

In another of the Bible’s many courtroom dramas (Isaiah 50:8), the roles will one day be reversed. He who was the accused will be the judge at the final summons. Those who condemned Jesus will then have to face up to what they have done (Isaiah 50:9), as will those who kindle the fire of rebellion against Jesus (Isaiah 50:11).

Even in the midst of the contemplation of His sufferings, Jesus is calling us out of darkness into light (Isaiah 50:10). He continues to cry out to the weary (Isaiah 50:4) and heavy laden (Matthew 11:28). Put your trust in the LORD, and He shall sustain you (Psalm 55:22).


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