But the LORD was pleased
To crush Him, putting Him to grief;
If He would render Himself as a guilt offering,
He will see His offspring,
He will prolong His days,
And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.
Isaiah 53:10 NASB
How can this be?
How can this please God?
The Father says at His Son’s baptism
…and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased." - Matthew 3:17 NASB
Jesus Himself said this.
And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him. - John 8:29 NKJV
But did Jesus come at the behest of the Father simply to walk, to heal, to preach, or was He sent to die?
What not the cross the very thing that pleased the Father, because it was a demonstration of His will, His supreme plan?
… for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. - Hebrews 12:2 NASB
The joy was not in the crushing – the joy was in the final outcome.
As a mother in labor, their in no joy in the travail – the joy comes with the cries of life.
And as Isaiah foresees – though a blood sacrifice was made – this Lamb’s days were not numbered.
Jesus could stand with Job and say with confidence,
Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. - Job 13:15 NKJV