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The hard work of Jesus:
Bringing justice and law
to everyone. He would
“A bruised reed He will not
break, and smoking flax He
will not quench; He will bring
forth justice for truth”
The salvation work of
Jesus; suffering and
rejection would come in
“It is too small a thing that You
should be My Servant to raise up the
tribes of Jacob, and to restore the
preserved ones of Israel; I will also
give You as a light to the Gentiles,
that You should be My salvation to
the ends of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:6)
Jesus would be whipped,
humiliated; but He will
trust God to help Him
and vindicate Him.
“I gave My back to those
who struck Me, and My
cheeks to those who plucked
out the beard; I did not hide
My face from shame and
spitting” (Isaiah 50:6)
Exaltation and humiliation (Is. 52:13-15)
• “Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently; He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high”
Rejection: man of sorrows and suffering (Is. 53:1-3)
• “He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as
it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him” (Isaiah 53:3)
Atonement: He carried our transgressions (Is. 53:4-6)
• “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement
for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5)
Suffering: Judgment, death and burial (Is. 53:7-9)
• “And they made His grave with the wicked—but with the rich at His death, because He had done
no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth” (Isaiah 53:9)
Glorification: The wonderful result of Jesus’ death. Resurrection, justification; He
shares His victory and intercedes for others (Is. 53:10-12)
• “He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall
justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities” (Isaiah 53:11)
The ministry of Jesus driven by the
• “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the
Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the
poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to
proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the
prison to those who are bound” (Isaiah 61:1)
Dwell on all that Isaiah 53
says that Christ did for us.
How can you make this
personal, and know that no
matter what you have done,
the assurances here can
apply to you if you give
yourself to the Lord in faith
“so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those
who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart
from sin, for salvation” (Hebrews 9:28)
Every human being is condemned to
eternal death: “For the wages of sin is
death” (Rom. 6:23 fp)
Nevertheless, Jesus offered Himself
to take our place. He never sinned,
but He experienced the eternal death
in our place to give us eternal life:
“…but the gift of God is eternal life in
Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 6:23 lp)
Jesus died for sinners. He was without
sin (Heb. 4:15) so that when He gave
His life as a sacrifice He would not die
for His own sin. On the contrary, He
was “to bear the sins of many” (Heb.
9:28, NKJV), to “make propitiation for
the sins of the people” (Heb. 2:17,
NKJV), and to put away sin forever
According to Hebrews 2:9, the purpose
of making Jesus “lower than the
angels” is so that He could suffer
death. The point is to explain why
Jesus’ death is an indispensable
requirement for His exaltation. In
simple terms, in order for humanity to
be saved, Jesus had to die. There was
no other way.
In this passage, the goal of the Incarnation is the death of the Son. Only through
the suffering of death could Jesus become the Author of salvation (Heb. 2:10).
Why was it fitting for God to let Jesus suffer? The context in Hebrews 2:14–18
suggests that Jesus’ death was necessary in order to rescue God’s children from
the slavery of death, from the devil, from the fear of death, and to qualify Jesus
to become a “merciful and faithful High Priest” (NKJV).
In short, the Cross had to precede the crown.
“Upon Christ as our substitute and surety was laid the iniquity of us all. He was counted
a transgressor, that He might redeem us from the condemnation of the law. The guilt of
every descendant of Adam was pressing upon His heart. The wrath of God against sin,
the terrible manifestation of His displeasure because of iniquity, filled the soul of His
Son with consternation.”—Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages, p. 753.
Christ, the Creator of the universe, died as a human being for your
sins. Dwell on what this means. Think of the incredible good news
that it is. Think of the hope it offers you personally. How can you
make this amazing truth the chief motivation of all that you do?
“For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless,
undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the
heavens” (Hebrews 7:26)
Every sacrifice in the
Sanctuary was carefully
examined. It was rejected if
any defect was found in it.
Only a spotless, sinless
life could substitute a
“Jesus was an earnest, constant worker. Never
lived there among men another so weighted with
responsibilities. Never another carried so heavy a
burden of the world’s sorrow and sin. Never
another toiled with such self-consuming zeal for
the good of men. Yet His was a life of health.
Physically as well as spiritually He was
represented by the sacrificial lamb, “without
blemish and without spot.” 1 Peter 1:19.
E.G.W. (The Ministry of Healing, cp. 3, pg. 51)
In body as in soul He was
an example of what God
designed all humanity to
be through obedience to
“how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through
the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God,
cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the
living God?” (Hebrews 9:14)
Once an animal was dead, it could no longer do anything.
Nevertheless, it still had to be carried before God’s
presence to intercede for the sinner. Its blood was carried
there, since it represented the whole animal.
Unlike that animal, Jesus resurrected, so He can do all that
work the blood of the victim did in the Sanctuary,
representing the victim.
Therefore, when someone is talking about the blood of
Christ in the New Testament, he is talking about what Jesus
did at the cross and what He is doing now in the Heavenly
Sanctuary for us.
The New Testament states that the blood of Christ
brings eternal redemption. It also brings purification
from sin, forgiveness, sanctification and resurrection.
We must understand that simile (the blood) in the
rites in the Sanctuary.
The concept of redemptive blood pervades the entire Bible.
Starting from the earliest sacrifices after Adam and Eve
sinned, blood was always present when animal sacrifices
occurred. Blood rituals characterized the Israelite sacrificial
system in order to illustrate the crucial truth that, without
blood, we would not have any chance to be forgiven
our sins and to enter into the presence of God. Blood
was the only way to receive God’s mercy and to have
community with Him.
Read the following passages in
Hebrews about Christ’s blood
and the blood of the Old
Testament sacrifices. What do
they teach us about the blood?
Christ’s blood does not refer to His life, but instead it is a symbol of
His substitutionary death. As such, it describes the functional aspect
of that death. Christ’s shed blood is amazingly multifunctional.
Christ’s blood obtains eternal redemption for us, provides us with
cleansing from sin, provides us with forgiveness and sanctification,
and is the reason for the resurrection.
In Hebrews, there is a powerful
contrast: Christ’s blood is better than
any other blood. In fact, no other
blood can really provide forgiveness;
Christ’s death is the only reason sins
are forgiven, before and after the
Cross (Heb. 9:15). The shedding of
Christ’s blood, and its effects, are clear
evidence that Christ’s death was
substitionary, which means that He
took the penalty that we deserve.
“Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought
worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the
blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing,
and insulted the Spirit of grace?” (Hebrews 10:29)
Not taking the sacrifice of Jesus
seriously is very dangerous.
We may run the risk of believing sin
and forgiveness are just automatic. We
may forget the high price that was paid
for our forgiveness.
The rites in the Sanctuary were
designed to etch the horror of sin and
the high price of redemption on the
mind of the Israelites.
Let’s reflect on the death of Jesus every
day. That way we’ll understand how
horrible our sin is and how much we
need His grace to overcome it.
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