“He shall see His seed, He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied.” Isaiah 53:10-11
Jesus is now exalted to His throne in the highest heavens; and from there He takes a wide survey of the universe. He looks down upon our world and beholds kings in their grandeur, victorious generals with all their power, nobles and great men in all their pomp. But these are not the objects that please His eyes.”He shall see His seed!” He sees one here and another there, bought with His blood, and born of His Spirit; and this is the most delightful sight our world can afford Him. Some of them may be oppressed with poverty, covered with rags or with famine; they may make no great figure in mortal eyes; but He loves to look at them! He esteems them as His children, and the fruits of His dying pangs!
The happiness of His exalted state consists, in a great degree, in the pleasure of seeing the designs of His death accomplished in the conversion and salvation of sinners!
His eyes are graciously fixed upon all of us today! And if there is one of His spiritual seed among us, He can distinguish them in the crowd. He sees you drinking in His Words with eager ears! He sees you at His table commemorating His love! He sees your hearts breaking with repentant sorrows, and melting at His cross!
But these are not the only children whom He delights to view; they are not all in such an abject, imperfect state. No! He sees a glorious company of them around His throne in heaven, arrived to maturity, enjoying their inheritance, and resembling their divine Parent!
How does His benevolent heart rejoice to look over the immense plains of heaven and see them all peopled with His seed! When He takes a view of this numerous offspring, sprung from His blood, and when He looks down to our world and sees so many infants in grace, gradually advancing to their adult age; when He sees some, perhaps every hour since He died upon Calvary, entering the gates of heaven, having finished their course of education upon earth; I say, when this prospect appears to Him on every hand, how does He rejoice!
“He shall see of the travail of His soul–and shall be satisfied!” If you put the sentiments of His benevolent heart into language, I think He would say, “Since My death has been so fruitful of such a glorious posterity, I am well satisfied. I desire no other reward for all My agonies for them. If this end is but answered–I am fully satisfied by My hanging on the tree for them!”
Suppose that He should this day appear to you in that suffering form–sweating great drops of blood, accused, insulted, bruised, scourged, nailed upon the cross! And suppose He should turn to you with a countenance full of love and pity, and drenched with blood and tears, and address you in such moving language as this:
“See, sinners–see what I suffer for you! See at what a dear rate I purchase your salvation! See how I love you! And now I have only this to ask of you in return: that you would forsake those murderous sins which thus torment Me; that you would love and serve Me; and receive that salvation which I am now purchasing with the blood of My heart! This I ask, with all the importunity of My last breath, of My bleeding wounds, and My expiring groans. Grant Me but this–and I am well satisfied! I shall think of all My sufferings as well bestowed.”
Must not your heart melt away within you to hear such language as this? See the strength of the love of Jesus! If you are but saved, He does not begrudge His blood and life for you! Your salvation makes amends for all His sufferings! This He accounts His greatest joy, a joy more than equivalent to all the pains He endured for you! He has full satisfaction for all the sorrows you have caused Him!
But alas! for the person who is not saved, they will perish forever under the weight of His righteous vengeance, and He will rejoice over their damnation. He will glorify Himself in their destruction. The flames of hell will burn dreadfully bright when He will please Himself in the execution of His justice upon them.
“He shall see His seed! He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied!” Isaiah 53:10-11
– Samuel Davies