Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;

by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,

make many to be accounted righteous,

and he shall bear their iniquities.

Isaiah 53: 11

 

God gave Isaiah a very strange gift. He provided him with a view of events that would not happen for almost 800 years. Additionally, this ancient prophet seems to have an understanding of the fact that the effects from those events would still be playing out today. Isaiah expresses one of the most important realities that we can understand and accept. Christ suffered great pain and distress as He lived and died on this earth. I do believe that this suffering was a very accurate reflection of the same agony that God, the Father, endures as a result of our rebellion against and rejection of Him. So, Christ experienced pain in His body that was, itself, a weak image of what He was feeling in His soul.

 

Christ was not just experiencing the pain that sin brings upon this earth, but He was taking on the punishment that each of us deserves personally. Yet Christ’s acceptance of our guilt and the necessary payment for our crimes against God and His Creation was a singular act that continues in its impact and effect throughout the remainder of days. The sacrifice that Jesus made upon that cross and the resurrection work that God did next are a completed operation that covers the sin and bridges the gap of separation from God for everyone who accepts Christ. This is true for all of the generations of humanity to follow.

 

So, this is the reality of life as we live it today. In Christ we are listed in God’s ledger book of those who are righteous. As we accept the Son as our Lord and Savior the sinfulness of our lives is transferred to His account and God views us as blameless. Thus, Christ calls to us to live out our lives as a true expression of this reality. We are holy ones of God. Our lives and the way that we conduct them are important to our Lord, and the words and the actions of our days matter to His Kingdom here on earth. Christ’s anguish has gifted us with the peace and the freedom to live fully in His presence and to let our lives be bright beacons of truth and love in our world.