The Suffering Servant: Part Two - Fulfill The Will of the Father
By Shawn Tomlin
So as we begin with this second article of the Suffering Servant passage of Isaiah, we are switching our focus from the Atonement and Imputation to this article’s subject, Christ fulfilling the Will of the Father. So let’s get started.
As I was studying this passage, 4 verses really stuck out at me. Chapter 53:7, 10-12 will be our focus for this article. I decided to show how Christ gave himself for us in order to fulfill the Will of the Father because often people view Christ as loving and view the Father as angry and wrathful. In reality God is loving, angry, wrathful... all at once. He has a just anger because He abhors sin, is ready to pour out wrath upon unrepentant sinners, but God is love. Christ’s will is God’s will. Christ didn’t battle the Father to win our salvation, Christ accomplished what the Father wanted him to. So with that, let’s get started.
“Just as it always has been, it is the Will of the Father for His chosen to be drawn to Himself through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.”
Isaiah 53:7 reads, “He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth.” We see a direct link here between Christ and a lamb. After all, Christ is the Lamb of God (John 1:29; 1 Corinthians 5:7; Revelation 5:6). The Lamb also showed obedience to the Will of God (Matthew 26:63; 27:12, 14; 1 Peter 2:23). Christ understood what he had to do in order to fulfill the Will of God. Christ perfectly submitted himself to the Will of the Father. This plan if salvation can be found as early on as Genesis 3:15, but right now let’s focus on something about Christ. I’m talking about Christ’s obedience in his death. He was fully submitted to the Will of the Father. Simply, if he wasn’t obedient in his death it wouldn’t have been a satisfaction for our disobedience. Paul clearly states this in Romans 5:19 when he states, “For as through one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.” Now that we have established the fact that Christ’s death was the Will of the Father, when did the Father decide to send the Second Person of the Trinity to die for the sins of the world? After He saw that we were THAT bad? Way back in Genesis 3:15? Let’s see...
Isaiah 53:10 reads, “But the Lord was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, and the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand,” If the Lord was pleased to do what He did, it was in accordance with His Will, and Acts 2:23 tells us when God had determined that this would happen, “this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and out Him to death.” A covenant of redemption was made within the Godhead before Creation. The Father always willed it, The Son always knew what He needed to do, and the Holy Spirit always knew He would come to call the elect and be their comforter.
Isaiah 53:11 reads, “As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities.” Here in this instance, the word “knowledge” is used to refer to Christ’s insight into the divine plan. This has always been the Will of God the Father, The Will of the Godhead before Creation. Christ was fully obedient to the Will of the Father. Why? Because “By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities.” Christ didn’t do this to impress the Father. Christ didn’t need to prove his legitimacy to God. He willingly took on this task because of His intimate relationship with the Father and for His love for us. He died for us. This divine plan was put into place so we, God’s chosen people, could be justified, our sins atoned for, be brought to saving faith in Christ, and ultimately we return to communion with God. None of this can be accomplished without the Sovereign Will of God.
Lastly, let’s read Isaiah 53:12, “Therefore I will allot Him a portion with the great, and He will divide the booty with the strong; because He poured out Himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet He Himself bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors.” Now that Christ accomplished this, in accordance to to the Will of God the Father, there is victory in his death. In Christ’s dying, death, sin, and the devil were defeated. Hebrews 7:25 says, “Therefore He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” Just as it always has been, it is the Will of the Father for His chosen to be drawn to Himself through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.