In my study of Isaiah 53, I have seen what seems to be a dichotomy of truths:
- It pleases God to bruise His Son. He has put Him to grief : He shall be satisfied.
- Jesus’ soul was made an offering for sin : The pleasure of God shall prosper.
- Jesus’ body and face was marred/beaten more than any man : He shall be exalted and be very high.
- He was wounded : We are healed.
Have you ever wondered about the many dichotomies we see in the Bible?
- But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. Matthew 19:30
- The least of you will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation. I am the LORD; in its time I will do this swiftly.” (NIV Isaiah 60:22)
- At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:1-3
- Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death worketh in us, but life in you. 2 Corinthians 4:10-12
- They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus [death] and the resurrection. NIV Acts 17:18
- Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. Acts 14:22
- And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Mark 8:34-36
- But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. Mark 10:42-44
These dichotomies make no sense to someone who is not a believer! Why would you purposefully follow a teaching that will bring you persecution? Why would you knowingly lose your own life? What philosophy teaches that if you want to advance you must first of all be a servant?
Yet, these are the teachings of Jesus — and we see from His own life that He lived these teachings out. He was a servant to those He taught. He willingly gave His own life. He did suffer persecution.
We also see a victorious Savior. We observe through His example that although He served, suffered, and died; He is now sitting on the right hand of God ruling and reigning.
Our persecution, our suffering only lasts for a moment. We too shall one day pass on to our eternal reward and see our Savior face to face where there shall be no more pain. One day, all of our trials here on earth shall be worth it all – when we see Him.
Not only will it all be worth it all one day in the future, but these dichotomies should bring you great comfort here on earth!
Here are some truths we can keep in mind in the hard times we may be going through here on earth:
- God is sovereign! He is in control! He knows best! When situations at your church or family change suddenly — God knew that would happen! He has a plan for us. (Jeremiah 29:11)
- When your health fails, when money is tight, God can still work all things together for good. (That seems to be a dichotomy!) Even if it doesn’t look good in our eyes, God is good, and He can bring something good out of the bad. (Romans 8:28)
- If He had not chosen to bruise His Son (something bad), we could never have had forgiveness of sin. (Isaiah 53)
- If we are not willing to take up His cross here on earth, then we will never experience the joy of heaven. (Mark 8:34-36)
- We are not promised a life of ease and peace here on this earth. In fact, the opposite is true. This world of sin will be a difficult place to live in. However, Jesus has promised us that He has has overcome the world and to be of good cheer. (John 16:33)
- We are not promised a life of ease as a Christian. Again, the opposite is true! We are promised a life of persecution if we are true believers. Yet through it all God promises us happiness or true joy. (Luke 6:22)
- Our sorrow will not last forever. God says that our “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalm 30:5
Sometimes when we are going through hard times, it is easy to take our eyes off of the Savior and His promises and instead focus on the difficulties. Hopefully these truths will encourage us to focus on what is true — God’s promises and the eternal reward that is in the future.
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