“The Sufferings of the Suffering Servant” by Graham Cole

“The servant sprinkles the nations, an idea with sacrificial overtones (Isa. 52:15). He takes on our infirmities and carries our sorrows (Isa. 53:4).

He is pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities and bears our punishment (Isa. 53:5).

He substitutes for others. But in so doing He brings peace (shalom, Isa. 53:5).

His wounds heal (Isa. 53:5). All this when we mistakenly thought it was God who was afflicting Him for His iniquities (Isa. 53:6).

He suffers for the sins of others, not His own. He is like a sacrificial lamb going to slaughter (Isa. 53:7). His conduct is exemplary (Isa. 53:7).

Experiencing violence, He returns none (Isa. 53:9). He even intercedes for the transgressors (Isa. 53:12).

He bears our iniquities and in fact bears the sins of many (Isa. 53:11-12). He becomes a guilt offering (Isa. 53:11).

This is the offering that wipes out guilt (cf. Lev. 5:1-19; Num. 5:8; 1 Sam. 6:3-8)… His faithfulness leads to triumph (Isa. 53:10-12).”

–Graham A. Cole, God the Peacemaker: How Atonement Brings Shalom NSBT, Vol. 25 (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2009), 100-101.

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