Isaiah 53:10-12 NIV
Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. [11] After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied ; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. [12] Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Sometimes suffering has purpose, as was the case with Jesus. This is a dense and richly packed passage and worth meditating on – do so if you have time, in fact make time! At the heart of it is Jesus, faithfully following his Father’s will – this is what righteousness is about, being faithful in relationship – and bearing our sin and brokenness even to death. To death he stood for us and prayed for us. Because of this faithful service, his Father brought him to life from the grave and declaring his greatness!

Read the passage again slowly, letting it sink in, and then celebrate Christ’s love and faithfulness!