"When Thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed" (Isaiah 53:10).
Our LORD Jesus has not died in vain. His death was sacrificial: He died as our substitute, because death was the penalty of our sins. Because His substitution was accepted of God, He has saved those for whom He made His soul a sacrifice. By death He became like the corn of wheat which bringeth forth much fruit. There must be a succession of children unto Jesus; He is "the Father of the everlasting age." He shall say, "Behold, I and the children whom Thou hast given me." A man is honored in his sons, and Jesus hath His quiver full of these arrows of the mighty. A man is represented in his children, and so is the Christ in Christians. In his seed a man's life seems to be prolonged and extended; and so is the life of Jesus continued in believers. Jesus lives, for He sees His seed. He fixes His eye on us, He delights in us, He recognizes us as the fruit of His souls travail. Let us be glad that our LORD does not fail to enjoy the result of His dread sacrifice, and that He will never cease to feast His eyes upon the harvest of His death. Those eyes which once wept for us are now viewing us with pleasure. Yes, He looks upon those who are looking unto Him. Our eyes meet! What a joy is this! — C. H. Spurgeon (1834-1892).
If this is not a promise in form, it is in fact. Indeed, it is more than one promise, it is a conglomerate of promises. It is a mass of rubies, and emeralds, and diamonds, with a nugget of gold for their setting. It is a question which can never be answered so as to cause us any anxiety of heart. What can the LORD deny us after giving us Jesus? If we need all things in heaven and earth, He will grant them to us: for if there had been a limit anywhere, He would have kept back His own Son. What do I want today? I have only to ask for it. I may seek earnestly, but not as if I had to use pressure and extort an unwilling gift from the LORD's hand; for He will give freely. Of His own He gave us His own Son. Certainly no one would have proposed such a gift to Him. No one would have ventured to ask for it. It would have been too presumptuous. He freely gave His Only-begotten, and, O my soul, canst thou not trust thy heavenly Father to give thee anything, to give thee everything? Thy poor prayer would have no force with Omnipotence if force were needed; but His love, like a spring, rises of itself and overflows for the supply of all thy needs. — C. H. Spurgeon (1834-1892).
1. He suffered all that the justice of God did require. Hence it is said that "God set Him forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins" (Rom. 3: 25). And you may observe that the apostle uses the very same words in respect of Christ's suffering that he uses in respect of the sufferings of the damned angels (Rom. 8: 32): "God spared Him not." And when He would speak of the righteousness of God in inflicting punishment upon the sinning angels, He doth it by that very word, "God spared them not." So that whatever the righteousness of God did require against sinners, Christ therein was not spared at all. What God required against your sins and mine, and all His elect, God spared Him nothing, but He paid the utmost farthing.
2. The sufferings of Christ did answer the Law of God. That makes the next demand of us. The Law is that which requires our poor, guilty souls to punishment, in the name of the justice of God. Why, saith the apostle, "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us" (Gal. 3: 13); by undergoing and suffering the curse of the Law, He redeemed us from it.
3. He suffered everything that was required to repair and make up the glory of God. Better you and I and all the world should perish than God should be endamaged in His glory. It is a truth, and I hope God will bring all our hearts to say, Christ hath suffered to make up that. The obedience that was in the sufferings of Christ brought more glory unto God than the disobedience of Adam, who was the original of the apostasy of the whole creation from God, brought dishonour unto Him. That which seemed to reflect great dishonour upon God was that all His creatures should as one man fall off by apostasy from Him. God will have His honour repaired, and it is done by the obedience of Christ much more. There cometh, I say, more glory to God by the obedience of Christ and His sufferings than there did dishonour by the disobedience of Adam; and so there comes more glory by Christ's sufferings and obedience upon the cross than by the sufferings of the damned for ever. God loses no glory by setting believers free from suffering, because of the sufferings of the Son of God. This was a fruit of eternal wisdom. — John Owen (1616-1683).
All this ensued according to the covenant of grace, which was settled between the Divine Persons upon the throne of Heaven; and when the Lord Jesus was sacrificed, then was this covenant ratified and established, Jehovah interposing Himself therein, and through the divided flesh and spirit of Messiah, satisfying the Law and justice for the remission of sins. By this new testament in the blood of the Saviour, His people are not only admitted into fellowship with Himself as their brother, yea, as flesh of their flesh and bone of their bone, in more than espoused nearness; but they are also entitled, by a gracious right, to approach unto God as their Father. They are adopted into His family; and the covenant, established in the hands of the Mediator, is the testimony and seal of it. Hence, they are no more strangers and foreigners, much less slaves and enemies, but sons and heirs, children and heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ Jesus: and so when they look up and pray, they do not take God's name in vain and speak falsely, when they call Jehovah Himself, Abba, Father; but they utter what they have a right and privilege to utter, and what the Lord delights to hear. — Ambrose Serle (1742-1812).