67. Was His Father then opposed to Him?
No. But He had to be afflicted in this way in fulfillment of what had been foretold by Isaiah, that “he was smitten by the hand of God for our sins and wounded for our transgressions” (Is. 53:5; 1 Pet. 2:24).
“You are my Son; today I have begotten you.”
“This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
“For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing.”
“…you loved me before the foundation of the world.”
As we see from these Scriptures, the Father has incomprehensible love for his Son. How then could the Father bruise the Son whom he loves so dearly? Isaiah does not leave us any wiggle room. He was “smitten by God” (Is. 53:4). “The LORD laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Is. 53:6). “it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief” (Is. 53:10). Jesus’ words ought to make us shudder: “My God, my God, why have YOU forsaken me?”
In a moment, the beloved Son was the forsaken Son. We could see the hands of the Jews and the Romans attacking and persecuting the Son, but it is through Isaiah’s words and Jesus’ cry that we see the invisible hand of the Father. Again we ask, how could the Father bring such condemnation on the beloved Son who has perfectly obeyed him?
The answer, we see, lies in Isaiah’s own words. The Son was to be the perfect substitute for God’s people. We committed sins and should have been crushed, but the Son took our place. This does not mean, as some supposed, that the Father loves us more than he loves his own Son, for Isaiah goes on to say,
when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong (Is. 53:10-12).
The Father did this not because he hated his Son, but so that the Son would be exalted forever as resurrected Redeemer, Savior and Lord (Phil. 2:9-11). May we who have been counted righteous rejoice in the suffering Servant, for it is through his wounds—the wounds given by the Father—that we are healed.