Our Lord Jesus has not died in vain. His death was sacrificial: he died as our substitute, because death was the penalty of our sins. And, because his substitution was accepted by God, he has saved those for whom he made his soul a sacrifice. By death he became like the grain of wheat which produces a great harvest. There must be a succession of children for Jesus, for he is the “Everlasting Father” (Isa. 9:6). He will say, “Behold, I and the children God has given me” (Heb. 2:13). A man is honored in his children, and Jesus has his quiver full of these arrows of the mighty (Ps. 127:5).
A man is represented in his children, and so is Christ in Christians. In his seed a man’s life seems to be prolonged and extended; and so the life of Jesus is continued in believers.
Jesus lives, for he sees his seed. He fixes his eye on us; he delights in us; he recognizes us as the fruit of his soul’s labor. Let us be glad that our Lord does not fail to enjoy the result of his dreadful sacrifice, and that he will never cease to feast his eyes upon the harvest of his death. Those eyes, which once wept for us, are now viewing us with pleasure. Yes, he looks on those who are looking to him. Our eyes meet! What a joy is this!