My good servant will make many people right with God.
As I am writing this, it is pouring rain and the forecast says we will have heavier rain tomorrow — not much sign of the sun! But, of course, we know sunshine will return and the gardens will blossom abundantly because of the rain.
Isaiah chapter 53 is in many ways like a dull, rainy day but, because of all that it tells us, the sunshine of God's salvation comes shining through in the most amazing colours. And all of this comes to pass because of what the Lord Jesus Christ, God's "good (righteous) servant", has done.
This chapter of the Bible shows us in vivid and sad detail all that our Lord Jesus suffered and endured as he went to his death on the cross. It is the saddest chapter in the Bible, for we realise that all the suffering of Jesus was not for any wrong thing he had done, but to pay the debt for all the wrong things we had done — all the reasons that made us not right with God. But we read, "My good servant (Jesus) will make many people right with God." That is what Jesus has done.
It is for that reason that we can sing:
"Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned he stood;
Sealed my pardon with his blood;
Hallelujah! What a Saviour!"
Thank God for His "good servant" — Jesus!