Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, … and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand (Isaiah 53:10 NIV).
We stand on holy ground as we meditate on this verse. It talks about the suffering of Jesus. His suffering is described as the fulfillment of God’s will. Though the purpose of God in allowing His Son to suffer is difficult to understand, we should think much on the attitude of Jesus, who accepted His suffering as God’s will.
This verse says that it was God’s will to crush Jesus and cause Him to suffer. That means that Jesus’ suffering was part of God’s deliberate plan. It was no accident. It also means that God was willing to take part in the pain of human suffering. This is the uniqueness of the God whom you and I worship. He did not stand afar off. Instead He came down and experienced first-hand human suffering. He went through it. It was a willing acceptance.
Think for a moment. There is much teaching in the Christian world today that all suffering is from the devil. Their teaching is fully focused on prosperity. But what do they have to say about the truth that is presented in this verse? Here it is clearly stated that it was God’s will to crush Jesus and cause Him to suffer. So, any Christian philosophy that dismisses all suffering as “lack of faith to believe in miracles” fails to see that God’s great purposes are achieved through the suffering of His servants. But that does not mean that God deliberately brings suffering; for the Bible says, “For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men” (Lamentations 3:33 NIV).
Finally, when God’s will brings suffering, He has a desired end in mind. In Jesus’ life, after His suffering, it is said: “the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.” This prospering refers to the eternal salvation that you and I have received through His suffering. It includes the forgiveness of sins that He purchased through His blood for you and me. All this was made possible because it was God’s will to crush Him.