Success! Jesus stayed on mission.

Earlier this week, I posted the following on Facebook:

Really comforted, encouraged, strengthened, etc. by our study in church on Sunday of the seven sayings of Christ on the cross. I was struck yet again of how Jesus, though in genuinely unspeakable pain, remained in complete control of the situation. No one was taking His life from Him. He was willingly laying it down for His sheep (disciples present as well as those to come). He had consciously lived an unblemished life of obedience to the will and word of His heavenly Father and that obedience was taken to and through the cross, resulting in the glory of God and the temporal and eternal good for His people representing every tribe, tongue and nation! In other words, Jesus was successful as the Savior. “It is finished” was the declaration of victory! I am grateful to be able to meditate this week on the facts and implications of the sufferings, death, burial and resurrection of Christ.

In a similar vein, I found the following on the web:

Was Jesus successful in what He did on the cross? Did He actually pay for sins? Did He actually redeem from death and hell those for whom He died? Isaiah is telling us here in these verses that He did, that He was successful.

And that is why particular redemption is so important. To say that Jesus died for all men, but that most of those people for whom He died will still go to hell, is to deny the success of the work of Jesus. What kind of sacrifice is it if God is not satisfied with it and people for whom Jesus died are still sent to hell by Him? No, there is victory in the death of Jesus on the cross. He paid there for sins. He cried out, “It is finished.” That was His success. He did pay for sins in His death.

Now let us go back and look at the reward that God gives Him. If you still have your Bibles open, you see that that starts again in verse 10. I said that this section is about the success and the reward of the mission of Jesus. And you see that in each verse here.

In verse 10, “When thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.” Here you have the success and the reward of Christ. The pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. Under Christ’s charge, the Lord’s plan will prosper, it will succeed. “He shall see his seed.”

Who are His seed? Jesus was never married. He never had children. Who are they? The reference here is to the spiritual family that comes as a result of His death on the cross. His seed are those who believe on Him. John 1:12 reads, “As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” The seed of Christ are all those who are born again by the power of the Holy Spirit, who are born not of the flesh but by the word of God. This is the success of the cross. The family of God is gathered by the message of the gospel. And Christ’s reward is that He gets to see His seed.

Do you not think that this would have been a marvelously encouraging promise for Christ as He went to the cross? When it seemed in His suffering that He was all alone? When even His closest friends and disciples had forsaken Him? He could look at this passage and this promise and think about the many thousands and millions who would hear the gospel through history and believe on Him. He could think of the coming Holy Spirit, who would regenerate men and women and bring them into the family of God. He could think of the multitude without number who would stand someday before His throne in heaven. This was the joy and the glory that was set before Him as He went to the cross.

For the whole transcript, see:  http://www.prca.org/resources/sermons/reading/item/3978-the-success-of-his-christ-s-mission

With another Easter rapidly approaching, I praise God that Jesus actually did what He said He would do.  From Bethlehem to Golgotha, Jesus never wavered from the Father’s plan. He stayed on mission.  Even on the cross He was fulfilling prophesy.  “It is finished!” meant “Mission Accomplished!”  He had glorified the Father, remained qualified through genuine temptation and great suffering and laid down His life for His sheep.

Isn’t He amazing?!

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