Summary of passage: God’s servant will act wisely and be raised up and exalted. Despite the number of people who were appalled at his appearance which was so disfigured and marred by beatings, he will sprinkle (cleanse) many nations and kings will be silenced. And the people will see and understand.
3) Because He will sprinkle (cleanse) many nations of sin. He will act wisely. He will triumph.
4) He will appear glorious and exalted yet He will also appear suffering to the point where many were appalled at His appearance because He was beaten so badly.
5a) His back was beaten, his beard pulled out. He was mocked and spit upon. He was beaten so much His appearance was unrecognizable. They stripped Him, put a scarlet robe on him, a crown of thorns and a staff. He was insulted and told to save himself if he were indeed God’s son.
b) Acts 2:32: God has raised Jesus to life and we are all witnesses
Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9: Jesus blessed the people and was taken up to Heaven before them, disappearing behind a cloud
Acts 2:33; Philippians 2:9: God exalted him to the highest place and give him a name above every name. He sits at God’s right hand and has received and poured out the Holy Spirit
Conclusions: I like the contrasts here between the suffering Jesus endured yet His eternal reward. Reading all Jesus endured for our sakes is heart-breaking and humbling but seeing His reward is uplifting and reassuring.
It’s comforting to us humans who go through various stages of suffering but know we will have our reward as well. Most Americans and those in the developed word (and most of the developing world) won’t be physically tortured, paraded through the streets, and crucified. But some face abuse (physical and sexual). Just most crimes today are hidden behind closed doors. Others are paralyzed by the fear of war and death.
The evils of the human heart are innumerable but Jesus saved us from them for all of Eternity.