The Messiah in Isaiah Bible Study
Isaiah 53:11 - The Satisfaction of the Saviour
by I Gordon
 ↩ I have a particular type of cold apparently. It is called a, um, 'man-cold'. I had to give this message on Isaiah 53:11 at church this morning and when I said that they would have to bear with me for I had been told that I have a 'man-cold' I would say that probably 50% of the congregation instantly spoke up with one voice saying 'Oh those are the worst type!'. So that 50% of the church, surprisingly all male, gave me great sympathy. The other 50% obviously don't agree or realise how bad a man cold can actually be!
 ↩ Then when I'm left with one verse next time we'll split that down the middle and do half. Then we'll half the remaining half that is left giving us a quarter. And when finally down to one or two words we'll start looking at the meaning of syllables. This could go on forever! No, it's not going to be the next Coronation Street. The next time is the last time on Isaiah 53. I've just been enjoying it a lot myself so was happy to stretch it out a little but all good things come to an end (apart from grace and salvation!). Trust you are ok with that.
 ↩ For example, say that someone is selling their car for $10,000 and I say that 'I'll give you $2000 for it.' And they say that they'll come down to $9,900 and I say 'How about $5,000?' To which they reply that their lowest is $9,850 - take it or leave it... And I say, 'Mmmm, ok, I'm satisfied with that. You've got a deal!' Well, the use of 'satisfied' in that sense gives the idea that it is ok... I'm happy enough but I haven't really got the deal I was really hoping for! But that is not what 'satisfied' means here as we shall see.
 ↩ Interestingly, it is the same word as in Psa 17:15 which says 'As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.' David wasn't just saying, 'yeah, I'll be satisfied with that - that will be ok.' No, He was saying that he will be 'satisfied to the full!' He was saying that he will be 'completely utterly satisfied - I'll be in His likeness!' Are you satisfied now? Are you satisfied with your Christian life? If we are honest, most would say 'No - I'm not completely satisfied'. That's ok. It is normal. It doesn't necessarily mean something is wrong! In this life we get experiences and touches from the Lord when we do we experience again something of His intense love. Sometimes we are left with the thought - Who is this God? Yet, we are still in training down here and he desires for us to grow and walk in faith, not sight. So there can be long periods where God seems distant or absent. But let me tell you that if you are a believer in Jesus Christ you will be satisfied - to the full. I'll give an example of that at the end of this study.
 ↩ In connection to the John Gill quote above, F. B. Meyer writes: 'Each time one comes to Him, and finds healing, peace and salvation in his words, cleansing in his precious blood, shelter beneath the outspread arms of his cross, he sees his seed, he sees of the travail of his soul, and is satisfied; he is vindicated, and recompensed for all his pain.'
 ↩ There is a saying 'what do you get for the person who has everything?' At Christmas we pick a name from a hat and purchase one present for that person. So sometimes you get someone who is easy to buy for, sometimes it's a bit of a nightmare! My sister is hard to buy for but EVERYONE wants to get her as the person buying the present for them! My brother is easy to buy for but you don't want him buying for you! : ) So what do you get the God who has everything? Well there is something that He wants, as we have been discussing and both Old and New Testaments show us what God's portion is through this whole plan... We'll look at that soon.
 ↩ Try to understand the positive side of justification because it isn't just bringing the believer into a neutral position. For example, if I owed the grocery shop $10,000 (I do enjoy food) and they saw that I am a man of poor means (yet obviously expensive tastes!) then they could declare my debt cancelled. They could wipe the slate clean and I could start again. Well, that would be good and I wouldn't say no yet with my bad eating habits it wouldn't take long before I'm back in debt again. Justification is not just wiping the slate clean. It is having the grocery store cancel my debt and giving me unlimited credit at the shop. Justification is not just having your debt of sin cleared. It is also have the righteousness of Christ added to your account. And that is the positive side of justification!
 ↩ J. Vernon McGee wrote: 'We have a living and rejoicing Savior, for His suffering led to satisfaction. He took our hell that we might have His heaven. He is happy, for down through the ages multitudes, yes, millions, have come to Him and found sweet release from guilt, pardon for wrongdoing, and healing from the leprosy of sin. Christ said there is joy in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, and that number can be multiplied by millions. Think of the joy and satisfaction of Christ today! We have a happy Christ, a joyful Christ, and it is going to be fun to be in His presence.'