Jesus, God’s Servant

Isaiah 52: 13-15.

13 Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently, He shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.

14 As many were astonied at Thee; His visage was so marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men:

15 So shall He sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at Him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.

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Jesus would be prudent; that is, circumspect, intelligent, considerate, expert, prosperous,skillful; have good success, have wisdom, behave wisely and with understanding. 

All these traits are indicated in the Hebrew word for prudent. No wonder the crowds followed Him, wanting to hear every word from the lips of the Master.  He was everything  mankind could ever want or need.

He would be exalted (highly praised); extolled (praised above all others); and be very high (Jesus will be high and lifted up above all others).

And yet!  His suffering  was beyond understanding.  Rome was a cruel executioner, making sure that the victim suffered as much as possible.  It wasn’t unusual for a man to die before he ever made it to the cross.

Verse 14 tells  us that people were astonished His appearance. He face was unrecognizable because of the beatings,  having His beard ripped out, the crown of thorns shoved down on His brow.  He was a mangled mess, barely looking human by the time they nailed Him to the cross. He looked worse than any other man.

There was nothing, absolutely nothing, glamorous or beautiful about His death;  there is nothing, absolutely nothing, glamorous or beautiful about sin once you look under the surface. Jesus became sin for us, Who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (II Cor. 5:21).

In v. 15, sprinkling many nations is a reference to the custom of sprinkling guests with perfumed water for their refreshing and cleansing. The words actually means to spurt, sprinkle. It has nothing to do with baptism done by sprinkling. In reference to the nations, His blood is figuratively sprinkled on all mankind for cleansing from sin. In the Millennium, many nations will accept Him, finally, as Savior and Lord.  Kings and rulers will be amazed at Who He is, and will worship Him.  They will finally hear, see, and understand what Jesus had done for them.

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  1. For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities– all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. [Colossians 1:13-18]

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