"True Life's Location"
The human condition is desperate. It is for this reason that Jesus had to suffer. Just as foolish sheep wander off, we too turn our backs and walk away from God to our detriment. We all do it. This is why it was important for Jesus to bear the sin "of us all" on his shoulders. But suffering was not the end of his story. The prophet Isaiah speaks of a future tense as well, beyond the excruciating torment of the cross, about a time when Jesus would see "the light of life" and the satisfaction of receiving his reward: our justification. We are justfied before God when we are declared not guilty for our individual sins because of Jesus' payment on our behalf. This divine satisfaction of our sin debt is secured by personally placing your faith in Christ alone.
Jesus is the perfect fulfillment of this Old Testament prophecy. It was Jesus' clear purpose in coming into our world that he would not be served, as he deserved, but would instead serve us by giving up his life to ransom us because we were held in desperate captivity. We were wandering sheep penned up by an evil captor who have now been set free by the gentle Savior. Jesus did not suffer on the cross in spite of who he was, but rather precisely because of who he was. Our redemption was his mission. Service and sacrifice were (and continue to be) part of his nature, as they should become part of ours. The example Jesus set of servanthood transcends any example people have ever seen before or ever will again. This other-centeredness, as it was so clearly modeled by our Savior, in now our foremost calling. And he has promised us that this is the means whereby we will find true life.
Receiving the life you were created for only occurs by trading in your spiritually emaciating selfishness for his singularly satisfying sustenance!
"He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all."