Four Great Deeds Of Grace By Our Great Savior  

Isaiah 53:12


     Isaiah 53:12 is a summary of Isaiah's remarkable 53rd chapter. If Isaiah 53 is a prophetic sermon on the substitutionary work of Christ, verse 12 is its conclusion. Here the prophet of God shows us four great deeds of grace by which the Son of God has secured his everlasting glory as our Savior and the everlasting glory of all God's elect in him.

     1. "HE POURED OUT HIS SOUL UNTO DEATH." Death is the penalty of sin. "The soul that sinneth, it shall die." "The wages of sin is death." When Christ poured out his soul unto death, he did so as a Divine substitute for God's elect, bearing the just and righteous penalty for their sins so that the holy Lord God might be both just and the Justifier of all who trust Christ. When Isaiah says, "He poured out his soul unto death," he means for us to understand that the Son of God actually died for us, that his death was his own deliberate, voluntary sacrifice, and that his sacrificial death for us was a complete sacrifice of himself upon the altar of Divine justice, by which he made atonement for our sins.

     2. "HE WAS NUMBERED WITH THE TRANSGRESSORS." He was not and never could be a transgressor. Christ had no sin, knew no sin, and did no sin. Yet, he was numbered with sinners in his incarnation, by the tongue of slander, in the opinions of men, and in the courts of earthly justice. However, it was in the court of heaven before the bar of God himself that the Lord of glory was numbered with the transgressors that he might redeem us from all iniquity, transgression, and sin.

     3. "HE BARE THE SIN OF MANY." This is the reason of our Savior's death. He was made to be sin for us! "He bare our sin in his own body on the tree!" He did not bare the sins of all, but of many. The many sins he bare, he bore away forever (Heb. 1:3; 9:24). Thus, there is no sin abiding upon, neither can any sin be charged to those for whom Jesus Christ died (Rom. 4:8).

     4. "HE MADE INTERCESSION FOR THE TRANSGRESSORS." "Not merely in a petitionary way, but by presenting himself, his blood, righteousness, and sacrifice, pleading the merits of these and calling for, in a way of justice and legal demand" (John Gill), the complete salvation of all his people.


Don Fortner