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The Sufferings, Success, And Joy of Messiah.

The Sufferings, Success, And Joy of Messiah.

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" He shall see of the travail of his soul, and sha'.l be satisfied. " — Is.A.iAH, liii. 11.

" He shall see of the travail of his soul, and sha'.l be satisfied. " — Is.A.iAH, liii. 11.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on May 05, 2013
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THE SUFFERIGS, SUCCESS, AD JOY OF MESSIAH.REV. V. MARSH, A.M." He shall see of the travail of his soul, and sha'.l be satisfied. " — Is.A.iAH, liii. 11.Blest as we are with the ew Testament Scriptures, Me need not ask thequestion, Of whom speaketh tlie prophet thus? To our present peace, and toour cverhisting happiness, we may know that tliis chapter testifies of Jesus ourRedeemer. It plainly refers to his incarnation, preaching, and ministry ; tohis rejection, sufferings, and death; to his atonement, mediation, and resurrec-tion ; and it predicts the effects of his Gospel, and the extension of his kingdomthroughout the world.We must not wonder that this chapter has been peculiarly honoured in theconversion of the heathen to the faith of Jesus, in the conversion of Jews to thefaith of Jesus, in the conversion of infidels to the faith of Jesus: nor must wewonder that this chapter has been the delight of the Church of God in every age,to the believing Church of God under the Old Testament dispensation, and tothe believing Church of God under the ew. I might also venture to say, withreference to the private meditation of our adorable Lord, with reference to theview that he would take of liis own sufferings, and of the glory which shouldfollow — one would almost venture to say, that this chapter would delightJSIessiah himself; he would tluis be encouraged by the views the spirit of prophecy had given respecting his work, and the final success thereof: whencehe could say, though his ministry among the Jews would not be very efficacious,and tliough Israel be not gathered to him, " Yet shall I be glorious in the eyesof the Lord.*' Indeed, in the verse preceding mv text, it is asserted, " He shallsee his seed, he shall prolong liis davs, and the pleasure of the Lord shallprosper in iiis hands." Thus, while his sufferings were not concealed from hisview, neilher were his triumphs; and, "for the joy that was set before him, heendured the cross, despising the shame," till he "sat dov/ti at the right handof the throne of (iod:" and he will finally triumph over our miserable world:" He shall see of the travail of his soul, and sh.aU be satisfied."ow, my brethren, I shall call your attention from these words to threesimple, yet grand points. We have only to consider his Sufferings, his Success,and his Joy : and if the Holy Spirit of God loads our minds into scriptural viewsof the sufferings, the success, and the joy of our Redeemer, we shall not onlyhave peace in our minds, but we shall have a powerful motive to lead us touse all the means we can to make known his sufferings, his success, and his joy,to the rest of mankind.• Of Birniingliam. On behalf of the Church Missionary Society.
THE SUFFERIGS, SUCt'f.'SS, AD JOY OF MESSIAH. 515Let me then call your attention to his Sufferings." He shall see of the travail of liis soul." o language could be adopted, nofigure employed, which could more strikingly set forth the sufferings of Messiah,intimating that they would be fearful, and that the bitterest parf of his agonieswould be those that he should finally endure in his soul. Had not oui* Lordsome reterence to this when he said, " ow is my soul troubled V" 'J'hesufferings inflicted on the body of Christ when he died, were so great that theycould scarcely be exceeded. He was mocked, scourged, wounded, and subjectedto death, even the death of the cross. Thus, if we look only at what was visible,he was indeed, a man of sorrows. But what should \\c think when we recollectthat all his bodily sufferings were as nothing, when compared with the travailof his soul. It is of the travail of his soul that believers are said to be the fruit,because in them consisted the very essence of his sufferings.These sufferings it is impossible for us accurately to describe: these sufferingscould only be known to Him who endured them : yet some notion may be formedfrom the intimations of Scripture. But the chief was the loss of the divinecountenance. Hence, when our blessed Lord hung upon the accursed tree, heexclaimed, "My God, my God, why hast thou for forsaken me?" He did notrefer to reproach and persecution, for this might have been the case withoutany desertion. An Apostle could say of himself and of his brethren, " We arepersecuted, but not forsaken:' they still enjoyed the spiritual presence of Godin the midst of all their afflictions. But Messiah was both persecuted andforsaken: and in this desertion consisted much of the travail of his soul. Inthe work he was to perforin, he was to yield himself up body and soul ; and hefailed not in cither part of the condition. As he willingly offered his body tothe pains of laceration and crucifixion, so he willingly offered his soul to thoseof desertion: "He shall make his soul an offering for sin."This desertion seems to have consisted in the temporary deprivation of therich consolations which the gracious presence of the Father bad given himthrough the whole of his previous course. When he spake of the disciples asdeserting him, he said, " Yet am I not alone, because the Father is with me."But now this was no longer the case. The love of the Father could not bewithdrawn from him ; yea, he loved him as he never loved since lie made man ;yea, be loved him because he saw man as he had never seen him since the fallof Adam ; he saw a man in whom there was no sin ; who was holy in his verynature, as well as harmless in his blessed life. I speak with reverence, but Ispeak with truth, when I say, that God delighted in the man, Christ Jesus. Theeye of God had never seen such a man from the time of Adam. But \\q aretold that God loved him especially on this account, that he laid down his life:God loved him because he laid down his life. Oh what a proof is thatof God"s
love to us, that he is represented as loving Christ because Christ laid down hislife for us ! Our blessed Lord was actually to bear our iniquity, be was to feelthe desert of sin. Tliis indeed, may well be termed the soul of his sufferings.We know that the greater the enjoyment of a blessing, the more acutely is theloss of it felt. ow the children of God wlio have tasted tluit the Lord isgracious, groan under the loss of it, when, from any cause — omission of duty,or leaning to unbelief^from wiiatever cause, when they groan under it, howdeeply do they feel this above all afflictions ! What then must have been thefeelings of that human nature which had enjoyed the divine presence withoutmeasure, and knew infinitely better than we how to value and esteem it2 I. 2Mf) THK SUFTKRIGS, SUCCESS. AD JOY OF ME^HIAH.The cliiUlreu of GoJ may also be assured, when they lost tiie light of thedivine countenance— as it is said, for trial and correction — so it is in love.Christ endured God's deserved wrath against sin ; the sword of Jehovah wassheathed in his bosom; the foretaste of whicli occasioned him in amazement toexclaim, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even unto death:" therefore "hissweat was as it were great drops of blood falling to tlie ground." This wasthe fire of heaven in which our great Sacrifice was consumed. It was not thefire of temporal death and bodily suffering, which caused the agonies of ourblessed Lord; he could have smiled in the midst of all; yea, he could turn ininfinite compassion (and a beautiful instance it was of the compassion of Jesus) — he could turn and say to the daughters of Jerusalem, "Weep not for me, hutweep for yourselves and your children." But when he was to be made a cur.^e,when he was to endure the agony of separation from all sense of the divine love,then he was filled with terror and amazement.Let me remark, before I proceed, that tiie natural man may taste the bitternessof sin, and may taste in some degree its desert: but if he could not take a propervifw of this part of our subject, Christ's thoughts respecting sin and thedesert of sin, and that most tremendous part of the punishment of sin, the lossof the enjoyment of the divine countenance — he will be but little affected by it :yet he might learn from what took place on Calvary to flee from sm ; and Godgrant tliat any who have hitherto thought liglitly of it, and have never consi-dered the sufferings of Christ, may be led there to see the desert of it laid uponthe Saviour. Of what value, then, is the soul of man, if Jesus thus suffered !\yhat must be the value of the soul if it required such suffering to make atone-ment ! How tremendous must be the pain of eternal separation from tl.epresence of God !Such were the sufferings of the blessed Lord. Our Church particularly callsour attention to it at one particular season of the year, and from time to time

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