ISAIAH 53

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ISAIAH 53

PROCLAIMING HIS DEATH

 

·       This morning I will preach the greatest message of my career, and will never preach a greater one.

·       This morning I will be joined by many other pastors who will preach the greatest messages of their careers, and they will never preach a greater one.

·       This morning I will be joined by most of you who will preach the greatest messages of your careers, and yes, you will never preach a greater one.

·       An unusual feature of this preaching is that you, I, other preachers and other congregations will all do this preaching without saying a word.

 

Read 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

In verse 26 the word “shew” means to proclaim or to preach. Therefore, every time you or I or any other person who is saved receives communion, we are preaching the death of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

We are preaching or proclaiming our faith to others. We are preaching, proclaiming to others our own personal faith in the death of our Savior that we might have forgiveness and eternal life.

 

It only makes sense that we remind ourselves as to exactly what we are preaching about when we proclaim the death of Christ. And one of the great Scriptures which describe this death so vividly is Isaiah 53.

 

Remember that Isaiah is writing about 700 BC, hundreds of years before these events actually took place. What our Lord did was in fulfillment of this and other prophecies.

 

According to Isaiah 53 to proclaim the death of Christ is to:

PREACH HIS REJECTION

 

Vs. 3 - The word “despised” means to be thought little of.

Here was the very Son of God who was despised.

 

·       He was despised enough to be betrayed by His own familiar friend.

·       He was despised enough to be given a mock trial instead of a fair trial.

·       He was despised enough to be mocked, spit upon, and beaten.

·       He was despised enough to forced into carrying His own cross as far as He was able to carry it.

 

Not only was Jesus despised, but He was rejected.

 

Israel as a nation rejected Christ, and most of the people within the nation also rejected Him.

John 1:11 - He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

Today the Lord Jesus Christ is still being rejected by people who do not want Him as their Lord and Savior.

 

In His day, Jesus was despised and rejected of men.

In our day, Jesus is despised and rejected of men.

Has Jesus been despised and rejected by you?

To not accept Him is to reject Him. You can’t be neutral about Jesus.

 

Luke 11:23 - He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.

“Man of Sorrows” – Our Lord knew what it was to have His friends forsake Him

Our Lord knew what is was to pour out his heart all night in prayer, knowing that in just a few short hours he would be unfairly crucified on the Cross.

 

“Acquainted with Grief” – This acquaintance with grief makes Him the ideal Savior. He did not sit up in Heaven and joyfully announce, “I’ll sit up here and save you!”

 

Instead He left the glories of Heaven and experienced the same sorrows as we do. And in order to save us He experienced even greater sorrows.

 

…and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

For all His suffering, the Israelites wanted nothing to do with Jesus.  How true that is today.  For all that Jesus went through to offer eternal life for all, so many people hide their faces from him, despise Him, and show no respect.

 

To preach the death of Christ is to:

PREACH HIS BEARING OF MY SIN

 

Isaiah 53:4 - Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

Notice that he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows…”

 

What causes grief today? What causes sorrows?

 

If we had time we could trace back every grief, every sorrow, to one little three letter word, “sin”.

 

Before man sinned there was no sickness.

Before man sinned there were no natural calamities.

Before man sinned there was no death.

Before man sinned there was no heartache and grief.

 

So, in order for us to have eternal life, that is, a life of no death, no heartache, no grief, no calamities, and no sickness, someone had to bear away the sin.

 

Notice that when God sent someone to bear sin that He did not send an angel.

Neither did he send a common man.

Instead, God sent His own son, God Himself, to take care of the problem.

 

Vs. 4 gives an ironic twist. … yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

 

This was the attitude of the Jewish rulers who had Jesus nailed to the cross. They accused Jesus of Blasphemy when He told them that He was the Son of God.  Consider some of Luke’s account of the crucifixion from Luke 23:34-37.

 

To preach the death of Christ is to

PREACH HIS SUBSTITUTION

 

Isaiah 53:5 - But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

His wounds were for our transgressions.

His bruises were for our iniquities.

The chastisement he received was so that we could have peace with God.

His stripes healed us from our sins.

 

Isaiah 53:6 - All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Just as sheep like to wander off, so do we, into sin.

We leave the right path to do what displeases God.

No one is excluded. All we like sheep have gone astray;  

 

…we have turned every one to his own way;

 

Now, isn’t this a true definition of sin?  We don’t sin because a fellow with a red asbestos suit, a pointed tail, horns, and a pitchfork walks up to us and says, “Hello, I’m the devil! Let’s sin!”

 

Instead Satan is subtle. He makes us think that we want something, or desire something.  We sin when we seek to satisfy ourselves. We turn to our own way.

 

The guy in the red suit we could turn down.

Yes, we’re guilty of sin, but our sins have been paid for by the Lord Jesus.

 

and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

 

How important is it for you to have a substitute for your sin?  If Jesus did not pay for your sins, you would be judged and forced to pay for your own sins. Matthew 13:49-50

 

In Mark 9:44 hell is described as a place …Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

Praise God for the substitute! 2 Corinthians 5:21

If you have trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior, you are preaching that He is your substitute when you take the Bread and the Cup.

 

To preach the death of Christ is to:

PREACH HIS BURIAL

 

Isaiah 53:9 - And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

In His death Jesus was assigned to die with wicked men, criminals.

A criminal’s death would have meant a criminals grave.

However, he was buried in a rich man’s tomb.

The reason – no violence, no deceit was in Him. Not only was He an innocent man, He was a sinless man.

The grave of Jesus was the tomb of Joseph of Arimethea, the one who laid the Lord Jesus in his own new grave.

 

I also think that it is important to remember that by being buried in a rich man’s tomb that had never been used, it would be very easy to confirm his death, burial, and especially his resurrection.  No other person had been buried in this tomb.  And the tomb was empty!

 

To preach the death of Christ is to:

PREACH HIS RESURRECTION

 

Vs. 10 - God was certainly satisfied with the work of Jesus on the cross.

Notice, that because God was satisfied, "he shall prolong his days."

Jesus' Days were prolonged by His resurrection from the dead.

 

Revelation 1:18 - I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

 

Also notice it says that Jesus shall see his seed.

That would be his descendents.

Jesus had no physical descendents.

But Jesus has plenty of descendents.

Every person who places their faith and trust in Christ is a descendant of Jesus who has the same hope of eternal life.

 

Vs. 11 - May I remind you again of Romans 5:1- Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

 

Because of what Jesus did on the cross, whoever has placed their faith in Christ has eternal life.  

Jesus has justified millions of people, including most, if not all in this room.

 

Jesus has every reason to be satisfied with the wonderful redemption He has wrought for so many.

 

Vs. 12 - Jesus has a portion with the great.

He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Philippians 2:9-11

 

We are coming to the Lord’s Table.

We are coming to preach, to proclaim his death.

 

To preach the death of Christ is to:

PREACH HIS REJECTION

PREACH HIS BEARING OF MY SIN

PREACH HIS SUBSTITUTION

PREACH HIS BURIAL

PREACH HIS RESURRECTION

 

 

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Isaiah 53

GOD’S SERVANT AT WORK

 

REJECTION OF GOD’S SERVANT – Vss. 1-4

REDEMPTION THROUGH GOD’S SERVANT – Vss. 5-9

RESURRECTION BY GOD’S SERVANT – Vss. 10-11

 

 

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ISAIAH 53

THE STORY OF THE CROSS – GOOD FRIDAY

 

I want us to go back to the Old Testament and reflect on the prophecy of Isaiah 53, which tells the story of Jesus' atonement for our sins long before it happened. We will consider the Story of the Cross.

 

THE SIMPLICITY OF THE CROSS - Vs. 2

 

Vss. 1-2 - A tender plant is a shoot. Just a little wee thing.

               Jesus came simply. He was God, but was born to the

               home of a humble carpenter through the Virgin

               Mary. 

He was of the Kingly line of David, but did not have the benefits of living in a King's house.

 

He was as a root coming out of a dry ground.

Think of Israel at that the time.  The once proud nation was now a desert politically and spiritually.

 

Israel this time was under Roman domination.  Israel really did not control its own affairs. Rome ruled, and what Rome said was the law that superseded all other laws.  Their political system was a desert.

Israel at this time was also a desert spiritually. They worshipped in the temple, but many were entwined in a liberalism that didn't believe in the resurrection or in a conservatism that led to legalism.

 

Not only did the Israel have God's law, but it added many man-made writings that interpreted the law.  They took their man-made ideas and in many ways placed them on equal footing with God's Word.

 

It says here that Jesus had no form nor comeliness. That doesn't mean Jesus was ugly.  Although as the perfect man, I believe Jesus was good looking, but I don't feel that he looked much different than any other Jewish man.  Contrary to some of the classic art works, Jesus did not walk around with a glow or halo on His head.  He simply looked the part of a humble servant.

 

There is another way that Jesus had no form nor comeliness.

It goes along with the last phrase in Vs. 2 - and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

 

When he was on the cross, suffering for our sins, there was no beauty to be found in what people could see. Isaiah 52:14

The birth and life of Jesus were in many ways simple.

His appearance on the cross was also simple.

 

THE SHAME OF THE CROSS - Vs. 3

Why did Jesus go to the cross?

Yes, to die for our sins.

But Jesus was nailed to a cross, because He was despised by the very people he came to save, especially their leadership.

 

Going along with Jesus being despised, He was also rejected. John 1:11

 

We are told here that Jesus was a man of sorrows and aquatinted with grief.   Jesus took upon his shoulders the sins of the world. In order to die for sin he had to bear the sin.

 

…and we hid as it were, our faces from him.

The very people he came to save hid their faces from Jesus.

That's a shame! And yet today, people who Jesus came to save our still turning their backs on Him by failing to believe in him as their Savior.

 

It says, he was despised and we esteemed him not. Luke 23:35-37, Luke 23:39

 

THE SACRIFICE OF THE CROSS - Vss. 4-6

 

Vs. 4 - The Jews thought of Jesus as being judged by God, that is, stricken and smitten by God.

 

But that is not what was truly happening.

What was really happening was that Jesus was bearing on the cross the griefs and sorrows caused by our sin. The words griefs and sorrows mean pain and sickness.  He was taking the pain and sickness of our sins upon His own shoulders. 2 Corinthians 5:21

 

Vs. 5 - Jesus was wounded and bruised for our transgressions and iniquities.

 

Jesus was chastised so we could have peace with God.

Somebody had to appease God for our sins.

This is what Jesus did. Romans 5:9, 5:1

 

Vs. 6 - Like sheep every one of us have gone astray. Romans 3:23

 

Romans 3:23 - For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

 

Everyone one of us has done our own sinful thing and gone our own sinful way.

 

In love God laid our sins on to His Son. It is with His stripes, His beatings, His wounds that we are healed.   

 

THE SILENCE OF THE CROSS - Vss. 7-9

 

I see two kinds of silence here.

·        Silence of Words - Vs. 7

 

When Jesus was asked concerning his identity, He answered.

When Jesus was falsely accused, mocked, and beaten, he remained silent.

He took it quietly.

It is often hard for us to take abuse quietly.

Jesus took the most abuse of all, and took it quietly.

 

·        Silence of Death - Vss. 8-9

 

Jesus was cut off from the land of the living. His voice was now silent.

God allowed Jesus to be buried in a rich man's tomb.

He had earned it.

 

THE SATISFACTION OF THE CROSS - Vss. 10-12

 

There is not just sorrow in Isaiah 53.

Isaiah 53 ends on a high note.

For all the grief found in Isaiah 53, there is much satisfaction.

I see satisfaction here in three ways:

·        Satisfaction of Resurrection - Vs. 10

 

God was certainly satisfied with the work of Jesus on the cross.

Notice, that because God was satisfied, "he shall prolong his days."

Jesus' Days were prolonged by His resurrection from the dead. Revelation 1:18

 

Also notice it says that Jesus shall see his seed.

That would be his descendents.

Jesus had no physical descendents.

But Jesus has plenty of descendents.

Every person who places their faith and trust in Christ is a descendant of Jesus who has the same hope of eternal life. John 14:1-3, 19

 

And the neat thing is that there is still room for more descendents. Revelation 22:17 says, And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

 

Notice also in verse 10 that the pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand.   

I am sure that there are many ways to interpret this phrase, but I want to suggest one specific idea.

 

Where is Jesus right now?

He's in Heaven sitting at the right hand of God.

He is prospering at the right hand of God. Romans 8:34, Psalm 110:1  

 

·        Satisfaction of Justification - Vs. 11

 

Vs. 11 - May I remind you again of Romans 5:1- Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

 

Because of what Jesus did on the cross, whoever has placed their faith in Christ has eternal life.  

Jesus has justified millions of people, including most, if not all in this room.

 

Jesus has every reason to be satisfied with the wonderful redemption He has wrought for so many.

 

·        Satisfaction of Glory - Vs. 12, Philippians 2:9-11

 

Jesus has a portion with the great.

He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

 

 

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Isaiah 53

BENEATH THE CROSS OF JESUS

(A Complete Message)

 

V     Due to the movie, The Passion of the Christ, there has been much talk about the sufferings of Christ.

V     What has impressed you most about the sufferings of our Lord?

V     Imagine yourself in the crowd below the cross. What do you see?

 

Probably the best known prophetic picture of the sufferings of Christ is found in Isaiah 53.  Tonight we venture “Beneath the Cross of Jesus” to see some very sobering and yet beautiful truths about the sufferings of our Lord.

 

CHRIST, THE SERVANT – Vss. 1-2

V     This chapter is a continuation of Isaiah 52:13-15. God calls Christ “His servant”.

V     What is the job of a servant?  In what ways did Christ prove himself to be a servant?

V     What does Philippians 2:6-8 tells us about Jesus as a servant?

 

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: [7] But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: [8] And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

V     What is a tender plant?  How did Jesus show Himself to be that?

V     How was Jesus a root out of a dry ground?

V     What does verse 2 tell us about the humanity of Jesus?

 

CHRIST, THE SORROWFUL – Vs. 3

V     What made Jesus a man of sorrows?

V     In what ways was Jesus despised and rejected of men?

V     How did Jesus become acquainted with grief?

V     How did Jesus’ enemies hide from Him?

V     How did Jesus’ disciples hide from Him?

 

CHRIST, THE SUBSTITUTE – Vss. 4-6

V     According to verse 4, how were Jesus’ enemies confused?

V     Was Jesus smitten of God?

V     According to verse 5, why did Jesus suffer?

V     How does His “substitutionary atonement” bring us peace?

V     Are all our physical sicknesses healed at the cross?

V     What does verse 6 tell us about the nature of sin?

V     What does verse 6 tells us about the work of Christ?

 

CHRIST, THE SUFFERER – Vss. 7-9

V     How did Christ go about suffering according to verse 7?

V     Why was Christ’s suffering so amazing?

V     In what situations might we be called upon to suffer in the same way?

V     What impresses you about verse 8?

V     In what ways was verse 9 fulfilled?

 

CHRIST, THE SATISFIED – Vss. 10-12

V     Why was God satisfied with His righteous servant according verse 11?

V     Why was God “pleased” to pour out His wrath on the Lord Jesus? According to verse 10.

V     According to verses 10-12, what results of the death of Christ will

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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