Isaiah 52:13-15 See, my servant will act wisely; he will be
raised and lifted up and highly exalted. 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.
Jesus was raised, lifted up and exalted to the right hand of the Father.
He went from the position of servant to that of ruler; from that of despised
to that of honored. John writes, "in this world we
are like him." 1John 4:17 In this world we Christians should
also naturally expect to be despised as our Lord was. And remember the
words of our Lord:
"If the world hates you, keep in mind
that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you
as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen
you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words
I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted
me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will
obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they
do not know the One who sent me." John 15:18-21
And so also our destiny. For as Jesus was raised and exalted so also can
we look forward to the glory to come. For we will also be raised from the
dead to glory and reign with Christ.