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.
This verse is one reason why I have come to see Isaiah as an important transition point in the redemptive history of man. We see here that God putting into place a sequence of events that will lead to the arrival of the Messiah who will not only redeem Israel but bring in God’s people from all over the world. In these latter chapters of Isaiah God talks a lot about the gospel that would be taken to the gentiles. God was the first one to think globally and act locally.
The seed, or offspring, that Jesus will see is us, His church and He has enjoyed the fruits of His success for thousands of years. These days we see people are consumed with pursuing “success” but it is usually within the context of some career ambition. We also see many people who are trying to figure what to do in light of their failure to achieve or find any fulfillment in life even after they have succeeded. Jesus teaches us some profound lessons about what real success looks like.
Not only has Jesus benefitted from His sufferings until His death on the cross but we also enjoy those benefits. This chapter describes some of those blessings. We have been healed and justified by the Son after He suffered the punishment of our iniquities. He exchanged our sin for His righteousness and made us one with Him. Hallelujah.
We see a clear summary of this in the New Testament:
For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Do you belong to this number? Are you part of His seed?