Time to celebrate the greatest sacrificial act any man ever performed throughout all time.
Easter is coming. What is Easter for? Something maybe you’ve never thought about.
I love reading Isaiah 53 and the prophetic description of Jesus and the benefits and blessings of His sacrifice.
Isaiah said, “For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.
“He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
“Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” (Is. 53:2-5 NKJV)
Many times, we stop reading at verse 5 or even 7, but the latter part of verse 10 and all of verse 11 say something interesting and worth pondering.
“When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities.” (Is. 53:10b-11 NKJV)
So, what is Easter for? Yes, to take away the punishment of our sins and offer forgiveness. But what else?
He shall see His seed. The labor of His soul. Why? “The plan was that He give Himself as an offering for sin so that He’d see life come from it – life, life, and more life.” (Is. 53:10 Msg)
Seed in Hebrew also means offspring, sowing, posterity, child, fruitful, descendants, and so on. We are God’s children, His seed, His children of promise.
Jesus was planted as resurrection Seed, “that He might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Rom. 8:29 NKJV), and those after Him would receive resurrection from death to eternal life as His seed after Him.
Jesus said, “The truth is, a kernel of wheat must be planted in the soil. Unless it dies it will be alone–a single seed. But its death will produce many new kernels–a plentiful harvest of new lives.” (John 12:24 NLT)
God was satisfied that He had not sent Jesus in vain. His pleasure flourished.
James said, “He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all He created.” (James 1:18 NIV) And that One Eternal Seed is still to this day producing more seeds of like kind.
What is Easter for?
For Jesus to become “the Giver of eternal salvation to all those who obey him…to seek and to save that which was lost…that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (Heb. 5:9 TLB, Luke 19:10 NKJV, John 10:10 NKJV)
And for holy seeds to be planted.