Wednesday, 12 October 2005 06:56

Christ Not Cursed But Blessed

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Isaiah 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt 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.

We return to the chapter which describes the sufferings and exaltation of our Lord Jesus Christ. This passage contains the gospel in all its fullness, and it is profitable for us to meditate on it. As we do, let us realize these truths are not just facts of history alone, but affect us for time and eternity. Our response to the truths proclaimed here will decide our destiny, whether we will spend eternity in the presence of God or apart from Him.

This verse offers some problems, for how could the LORD be pleased to bruise the Son He loves. Some take these words as if they were describing further the sufferings of our Lord. So many take it that not only was He rejected and despised by men, not only was He cut off out of the land of the living; but the hand of the LORD was directly involved in it. Though this truth is taught in the Scripture, it is not taught here. The reason is that verses 8-9 had already dealt with His death and burial and the word

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