THE SERVANT'S ATTITUDE
7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment,
And who will declare His generation?
For He was cut off from the land of the living;
For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
9 And they made His grave with the wicked?
But with the rich at His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was any deceit in His mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief.
When You make His soul an offering for sin,
He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,
And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.
11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied.
By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,
For He shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great,
And He shall divide the spoil with the strong,
Because He poured out His soul unto death,
And He was numbered with the transgressors,
And He bore the sin of many,
And made intercession for the transgressors.
Silence under suffering is not easy for humans. Why was Christ silent? (v. 7). Because he knew his suffering and death were all in the will of God and he accepted it as such.
He could easily have avoided being arrested. He could have slipped away in the darkness in the Garden of Gethsemane. Those who came to arrest him and even his disciples seemed to find it difficult to understand his quiet surrender.
His judges could not understand him either. Pilate could not believe that Jesus had nothing to say for himself. Herod was very disappointed in his silence.
But Christ was the Lamb of God. Just as a Iamb does not fight back so he quietly faced death without any cry or complaint. He said he was laying down his life. It was not being taken from him against his will.
There are many other details of his death given here in this chapter. Verse 8 tells us how wrong his trial would be. Verse 9 says his executioners would plan to bury him in a common grave with others who would be crucified at the same time. But this would not happen. Instead of being flung into a pit with others, a rich person would come and bury him in his own prepared grave. That is exactly what happened.
It is obvious from verses 10 and 11 that he would be alive after his death-in other words resurrection! Notice verse 11 says he would actually see the results of his own work. He could only do that if he were alive again.
In verse 12 God says he will give him great rewards for his work. How could this be true if he were not alive again after his death?
The whole chapter is a marvellous picture of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ written under the inspiration of the Spirit of God 600 years before it all happened. How wonderful is the power of God.
Put your own name into some of these verses and see for yourself the wonder of Christ's suffering and death for you.