Seeing the Suffering the Servant – (Excerpt from The Millennium Chronicles)

The men were all staring at the floor coming to grips with the implications of the evidence.

Many minutes passed.

“There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance,” one of the men finally said breaking the silence. “There was nothing to attract us to him. He was even despised and rejected just as we are.”

“A man of sorrows,” Caleb’s mother added.

“Very familiar with suffering,” another interjected, “and just like we are, like one from whom people hide their faces.”

“Yes it’s true; we despised him,” Reu’el pined.

“And we did not value him,”[i] another said. Then there was silence for several minutes.

Caleb looked around and could see tears beginning to well up in the eyes of all the men as the truth began to set in.

“All these centuries,” Reu’el continued choking up a bit, “we turned our backs on him and looked the other way.”[ii] No one said a word as the gravity of the realization that the one they had rejected was the only one that could save them now fully sank in.

“Yet it was our weaknesses he carried!” they all mouthed the painful words that began bringing them healing and restoration. “It was our sorrowsthat weighed him down.”

“We wandered away like sheep!” yet another Knesset member admitted candidly. “We have left Adonai’s ways to follow our own. Yet Adonai laid on him all of our rebellion and treason.”[iii]

“We…we thought,” one of the elders stuttered over his words, “thought his troubles were a punishment from Adonai for his own evil!” He said while choking on his words, dumbstruck how Yeshua had been oppressed and treated harshly. “Like a lamb led to the slaughter he didn’t say anything as they led him away to his death.”[iv]

“True. But actually he was crushed for our evil,” Caleb’s father acknowledged. “He was beaten that we might have peace.”

“He was whipped,” Sha’ul said overcome with grief when he finally realized that Yeshua had given up his life-force for his and his people’s wrongdoing, suffering for their violations though he had done no wrong, and he never deceived anyone, yet died like a criminal and was put in a rich man’s grave,[v] “– and yet we are healed!” They all looked around the room understanding the conclusion they had come to. They were overcome in a wave of emotion. Hot tears rolled down the cheeks of the men. The women too were crying as they also meditated on their stance toward their gentle deliverer.

“It is like a veil has been lifted from our eyes,” Reu’el said, “and now we can see that it was Adonai’s good plan to crush Yeshua and fill him with grief. Yet when Yeshua saw all that was accomplished by his anguish, he was satisfied, because of the joy set before him.”[vi] The gravity of having rejected the Promised One, the seed of the woman, overwhelmed them; for the first time the leadership of the Hebrews had acknowledged their offense of rejecting the one sent to deliver them.

A gentle wind suddenly blew a fragrance more delightful than roses into the room. “Yet even now,” they heard a faint, breathy whisper say, “Turn back to me with your whole heart. Turn back to me your King for I am gracious and compassionate, slow to become angry, overflowing in kindness.”[vii] Adonai was infusing them with the desire to seek his face with all of their hearts, to discover his great power so that they would petition him as they looked to him, the one whom they had pierced.

Caleb looked around the room. Everyone was weeping bitterly just like they would mourn at the death of an only child! Each person was lamenting alone in profound sorrow, terribly broken and agonizing over the centuries of rejecting their Promised One[viii] – the very one who loved them more than any other. Their hearts were broken with contrition[ix] as they desperately called out to the one they had despised. Their hearts were vexed realizing all the misery that might have been avoided if they had embraced him sooner. They realized that Adonai had consequently given Yeshua the honors of one who is mighty and great, because he exposed himself to death, had been counted among those who were doers of wickedness and had born the wrongdoing of many and interceded for wrongdoers.[x] Their tears continued to flow for a very long time as they realized that the one that they had rejected was the one who was still waiting for them to welcome him back.

[i] Isa 53:3

[ii] Isa 53:2, 3

[iii] Isa 53:4-6

[iv] Isa 53:7-9

[v] Isa 53:8, 9

[vi] Heb 12:2

[vii] Joel 2:13

[viii] Zech 12:10, 12

[ix] Isa 66:2

[x] Isa 53:10-12