Hi everyone, why do you think it pleased God to “crush” Him and put Him to “grief”?Quotation marks are mine.
@SpiritfilledBerean If you keep reading Isaiah 53 you will see the answer in verse 11. A similar answer is also in Hebrews 12:2. God takes no pleasure in violence. Rather God was pleased to offer His Son because He knew that the result would be the salvation of many souls (my servant will justify many) and that His Son would receive both joy and honor as a result.
Isaiah 53:11-12 - 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.
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.
In fact, in Hebrews 12:2 it says that Jesus endured the cross for the ‘joy laid before Him’. The CEV says that He would be glad He did. There was suffering, yes, but what great joy at the resurrection when death was conquered and souls redeemed!
We must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete. He endured the shame of being nailed to a cross, because he knew that later on he would be glad he did. Now he is seated at the right side of God’s throne! Hebrews 12:2, CEV