Lesson 10:Doing the unthinkable.
The lesson writer has brought us to consider a Chinese Christian called Lough Fook who out of his compassion for slaves in south American mines became a slave in Demerara to tell his fellow workers about Jesus for 5 years but after his death, (L. Fook) 200 people were liberated from the hopelessness by accepting Jesus as their Savior. L. Fook did the unthinkable, how amazing is the self-sacrifice ? That is humbly “taking the form of a slave” Phil. 2:7. Jesus too had reached the unreachable you and me and all the world steeped and lost in the abyss of sin.
Isaiah testing truth…because of God’s live , His Messiah would choose to suffer. But why? Isaiah drives the “golden spike” in to complete the unthinkable truth: He would choose to suffer in order to reach the unthinkable.
Isaiah 52:13-53:12 Introduces us to the suffering servant poem whose core is God’s unthinkable quest to save a race steeped and lost in sin.
The poem gives us stunning points:
-Isaiah 53:2,3. a painful descent from the Servant’s origin and ordinary appearance to His sorrow and rejection
-Isaiah 53:3-6.The suffering is really our punishment which He bears to heal us
-Isaiah 53:7-9. Innocent Servant’s descent to the grave.
-Isaiah 53:10-12 .Servant’s ascends to the exalted reward foreseen.
Compare this poem to the “valley” shape of Philippians 2:5-11.
Who Has believed?
When Messiah’s appearance is disfigured or marred with scourging, a crown of thorns , crucifixion but above all bearing the sins of the human race that made the “Son of Man” appear inhuman. Compare with the story of Job Job1,2..who suddenly plummeted from a position of great wealth, honor and power to a miserable wretch sitting among ashes on the ground and scrapping his painful sores with a potsherd.
Why does Job suffer? Why must Messiah of God suffer? Neither deserve it. Both are innocent. Why then the suffering? So that the Lord’s arm or power of salvation is revealed to those who believe the report.
Thus the unreachable is us! Who we despise the Servant but we know who He really is…that He took our curse Deuteronomy 21:13 &Numbers 25:4…Yet all this was God’s will why? Because Galatians 3:13.
“What a price has been paid for us! Behold the cross and the victim uplifted upon it. Look at those hands, pierced with the cruel nails. Look at His feet, fastened with spikes to the tree. Christ bore our sins in His own body, That suffering, that agony is the price of your redemption” E.G .White God’s Amazing Grace p.172. And hence the suffering Servant’s life became a transforming reparation offering for us… An offering for our sin read Leviticus *5:14-6:7 & Leviticus 7:1-7..Although “cut off from the land of the living” Isaiah 53:8 & Daniel 9:26, completely consumed in the sacrifice that kindles the flame of hope for us, The Servant comes for the from death, the land of no return to receive exaltation: see His “offspring”; and prolong His days Isaiah 53:19-12.