The Satisfaction of Calvary

2 05 2015

Isaiah 53:1-12

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Isaiah 53 is the John 3:16 of the Old Testament, one of the clearest pictures of Calvary in all the Bible that describes what went on there physically and spiritually. It is the most quoted OT chapter in the NT, being quoted or referred to 85x.

He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 

Isaiah 53:11

“What does it take to satisfy you anyway?” It is question you may have asked at one time or other. Maybe it is aquestion reserved for someone in whom you are frustrated. Of Course, some people can never be satisfied…

• Alexander the Great was not satisfied, even when he had completely subdued the nations of the known world. He wept because there were no more worlds to conquer, almost made it to India. At age of 32 in Bagdad, Iraq- many believe was alcohol poisoning.
• Napoleon, French General in the early 1800’s and product of the French Revolution, spread fear and havoc over all of Europe. He could never be satisfied. But 200 years ago on June 18th, He was bested in the country of Belgium at a place called Waterloo.
• Hitler could not be satisfied and it took the combined armies of the world to stop him.
• In Bible, Pharaoh could never be satisfied no matter how much the 10 plagues hindered, kept on demanding more and more from the Jews, even their lives.
• Proverbs 30:15-16: The horse leech hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough: The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough.

But what about God? Is He ever satisfied? Is it up to us to do our best so that God would be satisfied enough with us to let us into heaven? How much is enough? What does it take to satisfy God? The answer is shocking, I’m not sure I understand it all. Isaiah 53:10a, tells us, “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him”. This is the same one who said at the  baptism of His only begotten Son: “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased”. Here, it pleased the Lord to bruise Him! It does not mean the Father is some kind of sadist who derives pleasure through the physical or mental pain of others? No, it means it was a part of His plan and He was pleased that all was going according to plan. It is part of God’s plan of redemption and it “pleased the Lord to bruise Him”. To “bruise” means to to beat or crush; but God was not satisfied until He saw the travail of His soul (v.11). The word “travail”means to wear away.

God saw the kiss of betrayal, was not satisfied. He saw the mockery of a trail and the travesty of justice against His Son, but was not satisfied. He saw the crown of thorns, scourging, jeering crowd, spittle, nails, and the pain. He heard the words “My God ,My God, why hast thou forsaken Me”,  but was still not satisfied. He saw the 6 torturous hours of agony and knew His Son would reject the pain relief that was offered, but was not satisfied. Now he was pleased with all of that (not happy about it). He was pleased because the prophecies of Isaiah 53 and many others are going according to plan. God was satisfied only when the soul of Jesus was wearing away, moments before departing from this life when Jesus cried out, ”It is finished”. THEN- God was satisfied

The finished work of Calvary is what satisfies God!

What an act of pride or rebellion when we say that there is something we can do to satisfy a holy God enough to make it to heaven! No, 10,000x no! It is only the finished work of Calvary that satisfies!

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