According to Isaiah, “all we like sheep have gone astray,” and as a result we are full of transgression and iniquity. But all this is credited to the account of the one who came to bear our sins. And yet the suffering servant comes not only to take away our sin, but also to grant us his righteousness. Just as he was guiltless and was nevertheless condemned as a sinner, so too we who are actually guilty will be justified and treated as if we had perfectly obeyed God’s holy law. Join us as the hosts conclude their four-part series on The Suffering Servant.
“The whole bible in one sense really hangs on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But if he is raised from the dead, he’s vindicated and it shows that my servant who has suffered is also successful in his mission. So yes, he was stricken, smitten and afflicted. He suffered sorrows but now he is successful in his mission through his resurrection.”Mike Brown
TERM TO LEARN
“Humanity of the God Man”
(Q. 37) How did Christ, being the Son of God, become man?
(A) Christ the Son of God became man, by taking to himself a true body, and a reasonable soul, being conceived by the power of the Holy Ghost in the womb of the virgin Mary, of her substance, and born of her, yet without sin.
(Q. 38) Why was it requisite that the mediator should be God?
(A) It was requisite that the mediator should be God, that he might sustain and keep the human nature from sinking under the infinite wrath of God, and the power of death; give worth and efficacy to his sufferings, obedience, and intercession; and to satisfy God’s justice, procure his favor, purchase a peculiar people, give his Spirit to them, conquer all their enemies, and bring them to everlasting salvation.
(Q. 39) Why was it requisite that the mediator should be man?
(A) It was requisite that the mediator should be man, that he might advance our nature, perform obedience to the law, suffer and make intercession for us in our nature, have a fellow-feeling of our infirmities; that we might receive the adoption of sons, and have comfort and access with boldness unto the throne of grace.
(Q. 40.) Why was it requisite that the mediator should be God and man in one person?
(A) It was requisite that the mediator, who was to reconcile God and man, should himself be both God and man, and this in one person, that the proper works of each nature might be accepted of God for us, and relied on by us, as the works of the whole person.
(Questions and Answers 37-40 of The Westminster Larger Catechism)