Ahhh. We should all be exhaling with a big sigh of relief. After the last 13 weeks of focusing on the need for, and demands of the law, we now begin to look at the One who paid the price for our inability to keep the law...try as we may.
The law has done its perfect work in God's economy. It provided a means for covenantal relationship with a loving God intent on restoring man to fellowship with Himself, and simultaneously it drives us as men to the end of our proverbial ropes as we strive to keep it consistently . Yes, the law had more than one purpose in God's mind, and it did not fail.
What is the answer for a burdened, guilty, tired and shamed man? We need someone who can lift the burdens we carry; someone who will somehow free us from the guilt and shame; and then in what seems too good to be true we must have someone to fulfill the requirements of the law on our behalf. This man could not fail...he must not sin...not even once. He had to fulfill all the requirements of the law, and then pay the price for the sins he himself did not commit.
In chapter 53 of Isaiah the prophets record, he speaks of such a man. Fittingly he begins the chapter by asking, "Who would have believed what we heard?" It's too good to be true. Isaiah speaks of the man we needed, the one who is the suffering servant of God. We will learn much more about him as we continue this lesson, but for now we stop and stand in awe of the One God provided for us.
4 But he took our suffering on him
and felt our pain for us.
We saw his suffering
and thought God was punishing him.
5 But he was wounded for the wrong we did;
he was crushed for the evil we did.
Jesus Christ, the Redeemer...God's provision for every need of man.