I S A I A H.
The two great things which the Spirit of Christ in
the Old-Testament prophets testified beforehand were the sufferings
of Christ and the glory that should follow, 1 Pet. i. 11. And that which Christ himself,
when he expounded Moses and all the prophets, showed to be the
drift and scope of them all was that Christ ought to suffer and
then to enter into his glory, Luke
xxiv. 26, 27. But nowhere in all the Old-Testament are
these two so plainly and fully prophesied of as here in this
chapter, out of which divers passages are quoted with application
to Christ in the New-Testament. This chapter is so replenished with
the unsearchable riches of Christ that it may be called rather the
gospel of the evangelist Isaiah than the prophecy of the prophet
Isaiah. We may observe here, I. The reproach of Christ's
sufferings—the meanness of his appearance, the greatness of his
grief, and the prejudices which many conceived in consequences
against his doctrine, ver.
1-3. II. The rolling away of this reproach, and the
stamping of immortal honour upon his sufferings, notwithstanding
the disgrace and ignominy of them, by four considerations:—1.
That therein he did his Father's will, ver. 4, 6, 10. 2. That thereby he made
atonement for the sin of man (ver. 4-6, 8, 11, 12), for it was
not for any sin of his own that he suffered, ver. 9. 3. That he bore his sufferings with
an invincible and exemplary, ver.
7. 4. That he should prosper in his undertaking, and his
sufferings should end in his immortal honour, ver. 10-12. By mixing faith with the
prophecy of this chapter we may improve our acquaintance with Jesus
Christ and him crucified, with Jesus Christ and him glorified,
dying for our sins and rising again for our justification.