The main point of being “in Christ” is that we share–we’re partakers–of who He is and what He has done. We’re the eternal beneficiaries of His finished work. Another way of saying that is that Scripture is fulfilled in Him.
For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: “And he was numbered with the transgressors.” For what is written about me has its fulfillment.
While Jesus specifically referred to this verse in Isaiah as having to be “fulfilled in me,” He also stated that all Scripture stands in relation to Him: “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me” (John 5:39). What does it mean for a Scripture—or all Scripture—to testify of Him? It means that the true and ultimate fulfillment of Scripture is through Christ alone. He’s the essence of the Bible.
Paul confirmed that: “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory” (2 Cor. 1:20). Every promise has its true and ultimate fulfillment in and through Jesus. We can never see a promise apart from Him.
Isaiah’s fifty-third chapter is famous for its description of the Suffering Servant—Jesus. It foretold His coming, “like a root out of dry ground” (Isa. 53:2), and carrying our sins: “And the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isa. 53:6). The last verse states: “And was numbered with the transgressors”—a reference to being treated as a criminal, having the two criminals next to Him.
As stated earlier, the truth that Scripture is fulfilled in Jesus doesn’t only stand in relation to being “numbered with the transgressors,” but also refers to all of Scripture. For example, the psalmist wrote: “Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me: I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart’” (Isa. 40:7-8). The author of Hebrews related these verses to Jesus: “Then he added, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will.’ He does away with the first in order to establish the second. And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Heb. 10:9-10). All the Old Testament’s prescribed sacrifices have truly and ultimately been “fulfilled in me.”
Lastly, all prescribed righteousness throughout the Bible, which God commands us, is also only fulfilled in Christ: “Only in the LORD, it shall be said of me, are righteousness and strength; to him shall come and be ashamed all who were incensed against him. In the LORD all the offspring of Israel shall be justified and shall glory” (Isa. 45:24-25). Indeed, “Christ is all, and in all” (Col. 3:11).
The Devotional Writer
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