, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

This time I want to be rather silent and offer you an interpretation of Isaiah, chapter 53, verses 1-12, by T. Austin-Sparks. I guess most of us are familiar with this chapter that describes the suffering Messiah. But have we ever pondered on the possibility that we might reject our Savior Jesus Christ, not as the One who has died for our sins, but as the One who has revealed Himself to us personally because He wanted to lead us further into the truth… than we were willing to accept?

I know what I am presenting here on my blog is not easily digestible, most of the time it is challenging at least. But just imagine, dear reader, if your and my lifetime on this earth will be shorter than we might have expected, what will we do in the end when we cannot change our lives anymore? Will we regret profoundly for not having listened to God’s subtle voice earlier? Dear brothers and sisters, our Lord is so rich in His mercy. He wants to share ALL His spiritual blessings with you and me! What He really has in store, no human being apart from a revelation through the Spirit of God could ever imagine, like apostle Paul said,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”—these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.” (1 Cor 2:9-10 ESV)

This revelation does not come through our intellect nor through our feelings. Neither can our will power take hold of such things as this unseen reality is exclusively spiritual. Although my life has not been an easy one, either, I feel that God wants to bring everyone of us onto a higher elevation than we might find ourselves on today. There will be a continous progress since “[o]f the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end” (Is 9:7 ESV). I have also come to see that God in Christ wants to give us a heavenly perspective of this life which is not easily touched by worldly concerns any more. If we have tasted this freedom already, we might realize that Christ is all worth it (i.e., our losses, our sicknesses, and all this death around us) because HE IS THE LIFE, even LIFE ETERNAL.

“And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (Jn 17:3 ESV)

Basically, I did not want to write anything on my own, but it appears, it has happened again.  😉 Eventually, here is T. Austin-Sparks with his interpretation of Isaiah 53.

“Do you notice that it is all in the past tense, or most of it is in the past tense? It is looking back upon something. And yet all this was written many years before it happened, but it is a retrospective point of view from which it is written, and it is a tremendously impressive thing when you recognise that the Spirit of God is causing a man to write from the standpoint of something having been effected. It is not the prophet who is saying this. Do not forget that. While the prophet writes this, it is not the prophet who is saying this. Isaiah is simply the inspired instrument of the Holy Spirit to write down things which in the mind of the Holy Spirit are being said to a people at some future date. 

“It is not the prophet saying: “Who hath believed our message?” [emphasis added] It is a people many years later looking back over their unutterable folly, seeing their unspeakable madness, and they are saying this: “Who has believed that which we have heard? It is not ‘our report’ in that sense, something we have given out. We heard something, and who believed it among us? Who of us believed what we heard; the report that was given to us concerning Him?” The inclusive answer to the enquiry is: “We did not believe what we heard, and because we did not believe what we heard, all the rest followed: ‘He was despised and rejected of men’ and so on, because we did not believe.”

“Oh, I want to throw that from the commencement of this chapter right on to the issue. Beloved, that is a tremendous challenge to our hearts in some other particular direction. If it is not in the specific direction in the atoning work of our Lord Jesus, it may apply in some other respect to us. We have heard something about Him, there was a report which came to us concerning Him and we did not believe it. Throw that right on to the Lord’s issue. Here is “very high”, “exalted”, and about Him things were said under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in our time, and we did not believe. What might be the awful issue of that for us?


“The Lord is constantly breaking open the content of His Son to His own people. He is constantly bringing forth the treasures of Christ, constantly bringing out of His treasure, like the householder, things new and old, all concerning His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. He is bringing to us ever-fresh fulnesses of Christ in revelation and in truth.

“What are we doing with it? Have we believed in that active way of faith which apprehends, lays hold? Beloved, every bit that the Holy Spirit gives concerning the Lord Jesus will be proved at last to be true. The thing is, shall we be in it? For it is all for us. There is not a glory, a moral excellency and splendour of the Lord Jesus that is not for us to share, but it calls for faith’s apprehension, faith’s action. Oh, what a lot we hear, what a lot comes to us as the Lord’s people. How many-sided is the revelation of Christ. How true it is, He is the manifold, the many-sided Wisdom of God, and we are constantly seeing Him from some new angle which means seeing some fresh facet of this glorious Gem. But it is not good enough for us to come together and see, not good enough for us to have it presented to us, to be told about it.


“Where are we in the light of all this?” […] But oh, that we might be in the place where all this truth, this report of Him that we have received should have faith’s outworking in our own lives. That whenever there is brought to us some fresh unveiling of Him from any one of the ten thousand angles of His full and glorious Person and work, that ours may be the attitude which shall not call for future penitence, whether that penitence means salvation at long last or whether it is penitence too late, that we shall not have shame in that day, but that we shall now respond in a true heart-exercise in faith’s apprehension, appropriation, entering into every bit of the truth concerning God’s Son.

“I say again, this is a challenging word. Where are we now? The Lord save us from all self-deception, all self-sufficiency, all self-excusing of hearts, and rebellion of heart, all prejudice and stubbornness, everything like that, and give us grace to humbly get down now in penitence and say: “Yes, I have heard much, I know much, the report has come to me of Him in a very full way, but I am far from the value of that truth.” Let us be penitent now. Oh beloved, not one of us can stand outside of that. The speaker stands in that as much as anyone else. We know so much, but so little active, energetic faith has been exercised in relation to what we know to make that ours.

“The Lord in His grace and mercy give us a due exercise of heart, but bring us in our lives and experience abreast of our knowledge, that our knowledge in the great day of the unveiling of Him may not be ahead of our character. The Lord bring us to the full measure of Christ.” (1)


(1) https://www.austin-sparks.net/english/004983.html

“In keeping with T. Austin-Sparks’ wishes that what was freely received should be freely given and not sold for profit, and that his messages be reproduced word for word, we ask if you choose to share these messages with others, to please respect his wishes and offer them freely – free of any changes, free of any charge (except necessary distribution costs) and with this statment included.”

All pictures by Susanne Schuberth 2022