He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many…
I. THE SUFFERINGS OF OUR LORD. These sufferings were —
5. Completely effectual.
II. THE SATISFACTION WHICH HE FEELS IN VIEWING THE EFFECTS OF HIS SUFFERINGS.
1. The sight. Our Lord has seen of the travail of His soul(1) From the beginning He beheld in contemplation all the fruits of His sufferings; this was the joy which was set before Him.
(2) During the various dispensations preceding His actual coming in the flesh He saw the effects of the sacrifice which He had engaged to make.
(3) But it was on the cross itself that the Lord Christ saw with one unerring view the full and splendid results of His undertaking.
(4) After His ascension into heaven, however, the prospect of the salvation of men began to be realized in a more ample manner.
(5) Throughout the succeeding ages of the Church the Saviour has still continued to behold the fruits of His travail.
(6) But not only has our Lord already seen of the travail of His soul, He still does see of it. "His arm is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither is His ear heavy, that it cannot hear."(7) But the Saviour shall, see hereafter in a still more ample measure this glorious sight.
2. The satisfaction. We are not merely to consider the salvation of sinners as satisfying the Saviour, but as satisfying Him after all the preceding anguish of His sufferings.Conclusion:
1. The light which the subject casts on the value of the soul of man. Both the inconceivable agony of our Lord's passion, and the satisfaction He derives from its effects, suppose the unspeakable worth of the human soul.
2. The light which this subject reflects on the hope of a penitent's acceptance with Christ. Surely, if He endured such a travail, such anguish of soul and body, and that for the redemption of sinners, He will never reject any one who sincerely renounces his sins and flies to Him. Surely His atonement can reach the case of the worst offender.
3. The illustration which this subject supplies of the powerful motive, by which the Christian is constrained to obey his Saviour. What can claim and fix our love and obedience, if such sufferings, voluntarily endured for us, cannot?
4. The light this subject throws on the future propagation of the Gospel throughout the world. For, if the engagement of the Covenant of redemption expressly be that our Lord "shall see of the travail of His soul and be satisfied," then we may go forth in the cause of missions and of the Bible with a humble confidence.
(D. Wilson, M.A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.