Confident in Christ’s Sufferings


Text: Isaiah 53:3-7, 10-12
Title: Confident in Christ’s Suffering
Introduction: As the New Testament presents the Lord Jesus Christ as its theme, so Isaiah presents the Lord Jesus Christ as his theme. Isaiah has been called the 5th evangelist; the Book of Isaiah has been called the 5th Gospel. Christ’s virgin birth, His character, His life, His death, His resurrection, and His second coming are all presented in Isaiah with definiteness and clarity.

STYLE AND CONTENT:

The prophecy of Isaiah is strikingly similar to the entire Bible, which can be seen in the following comparison:

Also, there are some 66 direct quotations from Isaiah in the New Testament.

Bible

66 Books
39 Books in Old Testament
27 Books in New Testament

Book of Isaiah

66 Chapters
39 Chapters on LAW, the Government of God
27 Chapters on GRACE, Salvation of God

This chapter foretells the sufferings of the Messiah, the end for which he was to die, and the advantages resulting to mankind from that event.

  1. The Purpose of His Suffering
    1. For our Transgressions – v5, v6b, v10b, v11, v12
      Quote – Luke 19:10
      Turn – Romans 3:23-262 Cor. 5:21
      21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

      Ill – What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus!

      Note – Are you saved?

    2. For our Peace with God – v5
      Turn – Romans 5:1, 8:1; 1 Pet. 2:24Ill – The safest place in a forest fire is at the place where the fire has already burned.

      Ill – The fires of God’s judgment burned themselves out on Him, and all who are in Christ are safe forever, for they are now standing where the fire has been. (H.A. Ironsides)

      Eph. 2:14
      14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

      Note – Before we received Christ, we were enemies with God.

      Romans 5:10
      10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

  2. The Privileges of Salvation
    1. A Home in Heaven
      Turn – 2 Cor. 5:1

      Romans 6:23
      23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

      John 3:16
      16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    2. An Abiding Relationship with Jesus ChristRomans 5:2
      2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

      Turn – Heb. 4:14-16
      Note – v15 – He can be touched; He knows how you feel. He’s been there.
      Note – God invites us to the Father. We can bring our prayer requests to Him!

      Ill – A little boy stood outside Buckingham Palace. He wanted to see the king. The Guards rebuked him. As tears rolled down is face, a man came by and said, “What’s wrong?” The man took him by the hand and took him in to the throne. He had taken the hand of the Prince of Whales.

      Turn – Heb. 10:18-25

  3. The Pattern of the Saviour
    1. A Pattern of Humility – v3
      Turn – Phil. 2:5-8

      Quote – He who never began to be but eternally existed, began to be what He eternally was not and continued to be what He eternally was. – Charles Spurgeon

      Note – He suffered rejection – v6

      Isaiah 50:6
      6 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.

      John 1:11-12
      11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

      12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

    2. A Pattern of Sacrifice – v7
      Turn – 1 Pet. 2:23; Mark 10:45

      Turn – John 10:27-28

      1 John 5:3
      3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

      Want to be a follower, disciple? – Luke 14:26, 33

      Note – A comparative verse: Your love for Christ should be so intense that when it’s comparative to all other earthly relationships, it looks like hate.

      Ill – Do you love something or someone more than you love the Lord?

      Ill – Christianity that does not include sacrifice is not Biblical Christianity.

      Note – You think of Christianity, you think of what Christ did on the cross.

      Ill – When I Survey the wondrous cross…

      Ill – Must I be carried to the skies

      On flowery beds of ease,

      While others fought to win the prize,

      And sailed through bloody seas?

      Are there no foes for me to face?

      Must I not stem the flood?

      Is this vile world a friend to grace,

      To help me on to God?

      Sure I must fight if I would reign;

      Increase my courage, Lord.

      I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,

      Supported by Thy Word.

      Note – The devil’s tool is to get a child of God to wait on the right circumstance to serve God.

      Ill – Moses – Heb 11:24-26
      24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;

      25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

      26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

      Romans 12:1-2
      1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

      2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Conclusion:
The Purpose of His Suffering
The Privileges of Salvation
The Pattern of the Saviour

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