"The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back. I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed." (Isaiah 50:5-7)
Unlike the natural man who fails, the Lord Jesus did not neglect any aspect of the Father's will. Christ's ministry was, as His character, impeccable. So much was the case, that Jesus could say with boldness and honesty, "...The Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him (John 8:29)."
Out of love for helpless sinners, the Lord gave His physical body to the abuses of His persecutors. The sins of mankind, not any fault or weakness on the part of Jesus, placed the Savior in this position; yet He endured because His compassions determined that He would be "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8)." In the Gospels, the Holy Spirit did not record the account of Christ having his facial hair pulled off, so this passage provides some extra insight into the physical pain and humiliation experienced by the sinless Son of God. Apparently, pulling out one's beard was not an uncommon form of punishment by the Jews since this same behavior is seen in the book of Nehemiah (Nehemiah 13:25). In the Israelites' culture, spitting in one's face was considered to be the apex of contempt. Despite theses atrocities, Jesus "endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2)."
The last verse presents a beautiful contrast to the Savior's humiliation and sacrifice. True, He is the Servant-Savior; yet, He is also the conquering King. The humiliation and pain of the cross was followed by unimaginable glory. The word for confounded means humiliated. A difference exists between humiliation of person and humiliation of purpose. In person, Christ temporarily underwent shame and humiliation, but in purpose, He knew none. In pure faith, the Lord's face was set as a flint against the mockery and disdain of His enemies. As the enemy cursed Him and said, "He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him... ," Christ confessed, "I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee (Psalm 22:8, 22)."
The perfect balance of submission and victory displayed in the life of the Savior provides excellent guidance for the Christian. Performing all things in charity does not mean living a life of weakness and defeat. Submission and humility must dominate every aspect of the believer's life; yet, in these things true victory is experienced as faith finds strength in the sure dominance of Christ's everlasting kingdom.