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• The only way that people could be so cruel to Jesus was to write Him off as a sinner.
• Today people write Jesus off as just a good teacher, a fable or anything else to justify not following Him.
• The religious leaders incited the hostile feelings toward Jesus because they did not want to lose their power structures.
• Today we put Jesus on a lower level than we should because we do not want to have anyone tell us how to live our lives.
• The Jews of the day were very black and white in their thinking. In their thinking if you are being punished, you must be guilty. Seeing Jesus hanging on the cross made many of them forget all the great things that Jesus had done over the course of His ministry.
• Isaiah and the rest of the Bible tell us the real reason that Jesus suffered.
• SLIDE #6
B. The reasons for the Saviors’ suffering
• In our passage we can see five reasons. The first reason that Jesus suffered:
• SLIDE #7
1. He suffered so He could bear our griefs (4)
• Isaiah says that one of the reasons that Jesus suffered was so that He could bear our griefs. The word griefs in many contexts referred to diseases and sickness.
• In Matthew 8:17 said after Jesus had healed many people of various illnesses and possession we are told, “This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: "He Himself took our infirmities and carried away our diseases."
• The word for grief means “sickness, disease, anxiety, and affliction”. It does not refer to sins, but to sufferings.
• This means that the Messiah would take upon himself the suffering of people, and would remove their sources of grief. It does not refer here to the fact that he would take their sins. That is stated in other places Isa. 53:6, 12.
• He was so afflicted, that he seemed to have taken upon himself the sicknesses and sorrows of the world; and taking them upon himself he would bear them away.
• The word “bore” means as when one removes a burden from the shoulders of another, and places it on his own. The word means “to take up, to lift, to raise”
• Jesus wants to lift your source of grief from you; He wants you to place ii on His shoulders so that He can carry it for you. You do not have to bear your griefs alone.
• SLIDE #8
• The second reason that Jesus suffered:
2. He suffered so He could carry our sorrows. (4)
• The difference between “griefs” and “sorrows” is that “sorrows” refers to the pains of the mind, or anxiety and trouble of the soul.
• Jesus suffered so that He could carry our sorrows. Many of us are fighting fears in our minds about many things; Jesus wants to carry those for you.
• SLIDE #9
• Hebrews 4:15 (ESV) For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
• SLIDE #9
3. He was pierced through for our transgressions. (5)
• Jesus did not suffer for His
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