He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied.” (Isaiah 53:11)


Gospel preachers speak frequently about the satisfaction of Christ, declaring that He has both made satisfaction for the sins of His people and that He shall forever be satisfied with the results of His finished work. Be sure you understand this. It is crucial to the Gospel. Indeed, this matter of Christ making satisfaction and of Christ being satisfied is the Gospel.


The Lord Jesus Christ satisfied the law and justice of God for His elect, when He suffered and died as our Substitute upon the cursed tree. By obeying all the precepts of Gods holy law as a man, He fulfilled it as our Representative and brought in everlasting righteousness for us. By dying under the curse of the law, bearing our sins, bearing its penalty to the full extremity of Divine justice, dying as our Substitute under the wrath of God, our all glorious Christ satisfied the wrath and justice of God for us. Thus, He put away our sins by the sacrifice of Himself. He has forever secured for His people complete, total immunity from all the evil consequences of their sins. He has secured the eternal salvation of God’s elect by His satisfaction, making it impossible for God in justice to impute our sins to us (Romans 4:8; Galatians 3:13; Hebrews 9:12).


Having satisfied the law and justice of God for us, we are assured that our great Redeemer shall see of the travail of His souls and shall be satisfied. He will see His elect, every one of them, saved: justified, sanctified, and glorified. Not one ransomed sinner shall perish under the wrath of God. This is the good news we declare in the Gospel. (Isaiah 40:1-2)









Don Fortner



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