Isaiah 53:11 – Out of the anguish of His soul He shall see and be satisfied.

Have you ever wondered why Jesus chose to suffer and die on the cross? I don’t mean the usual answer, the easy answer: “Because He loved us.” That, of course, is true. But if you are like me, there’s something in the back of your mind that occasionally whispers: “You can love someone and still be disappointed in them. You can love someone but not like them very much. What if Jesus only puts up with me because He HAS to—because that’s His job? What if He takes care of me because He’s that kind of a person, but not because He really wants to? What if He’s just patiently putting up with me and would secretly be glad if I vanished off the face of the earth?”

I do not know if you think of these sort of things in the most secret, darkest, innermost part of your mind. If perchance you secretly do this little blog of encouragement is for you. Isaiah gives us a glimpse of Jesus’ mind toward us—how He thought of us when He was walking toward the cross, and how He still thinks of us now that His suffering, death, and resurrection are all accomplished.

And this is what Isaiah says: “Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush Him; He has put Him to grief; when His soul makes an offering for guilt, He shall see His offspring; He shall prolong His days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. Out of the anguish of His soul He shall see and be satisfied” (Isaiah 53:10-11).

“He shall see and be satisfied”—with what? With you! You are the fruit of His cross. When He looks at you, He sees His offspring—the child He has given life to. You are the result of the anguish of His soul. And He is satisfied.

This is why you don’t ever have to be afraid that God is secretly disappointed in you. He has told you already what His mind is toward you. He thought you were worth the cross. And He will never change His mind.

Walk with your head held high, but your heart humble. “For God S-o-o loved the world (you) that he gave us (you) his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him to forgive ALL of their sins shall never perish but have everlasting life.”

Christ was born in a stable in Bethlehem, which is history. He wants to be born in your heart, which is salvation. Though Christ were born a thousand times in a stable in Bethlehem; though Christ were crucified a thousand times upon the Cross, It would avail you nothing, until he is born in the stable of your heart.

Repent and believe and He will come and live inside of you. That is what Easter is all about. That is the power of the Resurrection!

Respectfully Submitted,

Dr. Robert Bryant