Let us look at 3 or 4 things;

1. The tremendous promise of v. 13

He will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.
I find it amazing that the Old Testament uses words like that prophetically, because that is exactly what happened in the experience of Jesus. Isaiah 53 gives us the most amazing picture of Christ’s sufferings…Let us look at 3 or 4 things;

1. The tremendous promise of v. 13

He will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.
I find it amazing that the Old Testament uses words like that prophetically, because that is exactly what happened in the experience of Jesus. Isaiah 53 gives us the most amazing picture of Christ’s sufferings.

Man of Sorrows, what a name!
For the Son of God who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim.
Hallelujah! What a saviour!

Lifted up was he to die.
“It is finished!” was his cry.
Now in heaven exalted high.
Hallelujah! What a saviour!

Well, there is the gospel. He was lifted up. Jesus said;

John 12 v. 32
If I am lifted up from the earth I will draw all men unto me.

He was raised, lifted up and exalted and has been given the bane that is above every other name. There is a lesson here.

Isaiah 52 v. 13
See my servant will act wisely; He will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.

As we look at the anointed one there is a lesson. He was always the servant and never became anything other than a servant.

Matthew 26 v. 39
Nevertheless, not my will but yours be done.

That is perhaps a secret to the anointing, that if we so desire power we will never get it. We can use the right language and never get the power. To whom does God give the power? He is with those who are humble and lowly of heart, of a contrite and broken spirit.

2. Secondly, note the contrast between the start of verse 14 and the beginning of verse 15;

Isaiah 52 v. 14-15
Just as there were many who were appalled at him – his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness –
So will he sprinkle many nations, and kings will shut their mouths because of him. For what they were not told, they will see, and what they have not heard, they will understand.
The emphasis is on the horrific sufferings of Jesus. No-one ever knew such suffering. Even his beloved Mary or John could not stand the sight. They looked in horror because the one they saw on the cross bore no relationship in physical form at that moment to the one with whom they had shared fellowship for so long. He was battered beyond belief. “Just as…”

We should do what God told Moses to do – take off our shoes. We stand on holy ground. I pray that we never become contemptuous or familiar with Calvary – that we will see Him there.

It is only to the extent that we understand the “Just as…” that we experience the “So will…”

So will he sprinkle many nations.
The action at the heart of anointing was sprinkling. This is a tremendous prophetic promise here in Isaiah. After his suffering for salvation to bring us cleansing from sin and to break the power of satan;
Colossians 2 v. 15
He has made a public spectacle triumphing over them by his death on the cross.

First he is going to die as the Lamb of God without spot or blemish. Secondly he is going to rise in triumphant power taking to himself a God-given ministry. Today after his suffering Jesus has an appointed ministry; to sprinkle many nations. First he was the suffering servant, second he becomes the sprinkling servant.

Let us look at Acts 2 to see that this is what Peter says in his Pentecostal address;

Acts 2 v. 22-24
Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s set will and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, for it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.

v. 32-33
God has raised this Jesus to life and we are all witnesses to the fact. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured-out what you now see and hear.

v. 36-39
Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has this Jesus whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.
When the people heard this they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers what shall we do?”
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and for your children and all who are far off – for all who the Lord our God will.”

I wonder if you understand that when Jesus went back to Glory he received a gift from the Father. We think that Jesus went back to intercede, well, he did. but the scripture says that when he went back to Glory he received a special gift from the Father. Jesus called it “the promise of the Father”. Peter says that Jesus has received the promised Holy Spirit, and “that he has poured out what you now see and hear.”

Let us look at the movements;
1. He is exalted
2. He has received
3. He has poured out
4. “The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off – for all whom the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2 v. 39)

Where is the anointing going to end? Nowhere!
All over the world, the Spirit is moving.
All over the world, as the prophet said it would be.
All over the world, there’s a mighty revelation
Of the Glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

So, Jesus has a ministry today. He has received the promised Holy Spirit from the Father and is pouring it out. He has poured it out not just for Pentecost, but “for you and your children” as well as “for all who are far off” looking into the reaches of history right through to the Second Coming. The anointing is for everyone the Lord will call.

The answer to what the anointing is is given right here. It is the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit to become effective in our hearts. God established the promise in the reality of the Israelites. The reality of the Old Testament is the type of the New, and God established it in the word of his promise. “Just as…So will he sprinkle many nations.” God fulfilled it on the day of Pentecost and has been opening heaven ever since. I believe that is the challenge to us today, to come before his presence and say, “Lord, do it again. Release in me that which will give me super-natural to do your mighty will.”

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