Isaiah 49:4 But I said, “I have toiled in vain,
I have spent My strength for nothing and vanity;
Yet surely the justice due to Me is with the LORD,
And My reward with My God.”
When Jesus died on the cross, it certainly appeared that he had “toiled in vain,” and “spent his strength for nothing and vanity.” However, his resurrection from the dead was “the justice due him and his reward from his God.”
In the crucifixion, Messiah had suffering (that’s the first two lines of Isaiah 49:4). In the resurrection, however, Messiah had glory (that’s the last two lines of Isaiah 49:4).
For more on Messiah’s sufferings and glories, see Index to Posts on Sufferings and Glories.
The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)