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
Here we face a paradox.
It was said of Jesus
… who 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
Part of Christ’s motivation – one of the reasons for His willingness and ability to endure the torture we remember today – was the joy set before Him.
This verse gives us a few keys:
- the joy of pleasing the Father – of doing His will – of completing the work He came to do
- the joy of seeing His offspring – of bearing fruit – of bringing many sons to glory – of setting the prisoners of sin free
- the joy of spending all eternity at the right hand of the Father
As Jesus walked the path set before Him – this road of horror and shame – He knew most certainly that this path to death was in reality the path of life.
You will make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.
Psalms 16:11 NASB