By Michael Zaucha
“The Lord GOD hath opened Mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back. I gave My back to the smiters, and My cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not My face from shame and spitting. For the Lord GOD will help Me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed. He is near that justifieth Me” (Isa. 50:5-8).
The text of Scripture reveals much about God and of His Christ, and all that He would have to endure in order to accomplish that for which the Father sent Him – to obtain eternal redemption for us (He. 9:12). But in seeing God’s faithfulness to His Beloved Son, those that are in Christ Jesus and abiding in Him are given hope in His God and our God, in His Father and our Father (Jn.20:17).
Christ’s Exaltation-the Showing of God’s Faithfulness. What awfulness of suffering and shame Jesus must endure in order to accomplish that which He was sent for: to taste death in its full embodiment - for every man (Heb. 2:9). Yet, God’s willing, suffering Servant, our Lord Jesus Christ, endured the cross, despised the shame, and endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself (Heb. 2:2-3) according to the will of His Father.
Having been shamed, humiliated, beaten, mocked and hung on the cross –dying – as all manner of men and rulers passed by the Lord’s Christ “and they that passed by reviled Him, wagging their heads, And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save Thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking Him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He be the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him. He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now, if He will have Him: for He said, I am the Son of God” (Mt. 27:39-43).
From all the earthly appearances, it looked as if God had forsaken His Beloved Son that day, but that vain imagination was cast down to the ground forever when God raised Jesus from the dead, received Him into glory, and set Him down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens (Heb. 8:1).
God is My Helper. In all His afflictions which He would be required to endure, Jesus was strengthened with might in the knowledge of His Heavenly Father and the promises made to Him. “He is near” was our Savior’s testimony even in the time of His agony. The Apostle Paul affirmed this to be the truth declaring: “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them” (II Cor. 5:19).
The knowledge that Lord God will help Me was the Lamb of God’s sole trust. With His face like flint trust in His God and in the promise made Him, like Moses His illustrious predecessor and type, “He endured as seeing Him who is invisible” (Heb. 11:27) relying fully on His promised care and nearness.
And so, as the mocking and spittings were cast upon Him, yet Jesus opened not His mouth (Isa. 53:7), but rather “committed Himself to (God) that judgeth righteously” (I Pet. 2:23), trusting that in due time He would not be ashamed anymore, for God would indeed help Him, justifying Him all that He did according to the will and purpose of God.
And this God did when He raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory (I Pet. 1:21), “Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come” (Eph. 1:21). With a promise that all His adversaries and enemies would be dealt with even forever and ever: “The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool. The LORD shall send the rod of Thy strength out of Zion: rule Thou in the midst of Thine enemies” (Ps. 110:1-2).
Hope in God. The One who became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross (Phil. 2:8), has a word of exhortation and good hope unto His people, to those who are suffering affliction, and trial and persecution for His names’ sake; for all who are engaged in fighting the good fight of faith (I Tim. 6:12); for all who are mortifying the deeds of the body (Rom. 8:13): “let Him trust in the Name of the Lord; and stay upon His God” (Isa. 50:10).
Take hold of the promise, and be certain of it, for He that promised is faithful (Heb. 10:23): “For He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Heb. 13:5-6). Amen.