Summary: 1 of ? The prophet Isaiah declared a future time when God’s Servant would provide the remedy for sin. Jesus is God’s remedy for sin. By His stripes I receive His...
BY HIS STRIPES--I—Isaiah 52:13—53:1-12
OR: God’s Remedy For Sin
Beware of Curare:
In 1799 the famous Prussian explorer and scientist Baron Von Humboldt discovered a potent drug called curare.
On an expedition into the jungles of Venezuela, he watched an Indian hunter bring down a large animal with a single shot from his bow and arrow. The arrow had been poisoned with curare, a potion with two curious properties, derived from the jungle plants.
Curare injected into the bloodstream, as it was when hunting animals, was deadly. It immobilized the body, attacked the vital organs, and caused death almost instantaneously.
Humboldt discovered the second property of curare in a more dramatic fashion. He became sick, and a native witch doctor forced Humboldt to drink some curare that had been diluted with water. Terrified that he was going to die, Humboldt was surprised to find that after drinking the curare, he felt significantly better. Curare, when it was diluted and taken orally, he discovered, could have a positive medicinal value without causing any damage to vital organs.
The key to curare’s result lies principally in the way it enters the human body. Injected into the bloodstream, it’s a deadly killer. Ingested orally, it’s a soothing muscle relaxant.
Curare is a curative poison.
It is a ‘seeming’ paradox that the cure for sin resides in One who was executed as a criminal, but Who’s death was actually the sacrificial payment for every man’s sin.
~700 years prior to the Cross of Christ Jesus, Isaiah prophesied of the substitutionary atonement which would one day come thru God’s Servant. Isaiah records details of the coming Servant’s willing sacrifice for the sake of all sinners.
The prophet Isaiah declared a future time when God’s unique Servant would provide the remedy for sin.
Jesus is God’s remedy for sin.
Why/How/When is Jesus God’s remedy for sin?
We receive certain truths when we receive Jesus as God’s remedy for personal sin.
‘RECEIVE’—More than mental acceptance, which only makes possibilities plausible. ‘Receiving’ has to do with acceptance by the heart, so that what is received, is taken to the point of actual reliance upon what or Who is received.
1—By His stripes I receive His...
52:13—“Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently; He shall be exalted & extolled & be very high.”
“Behold, My Servant”
“Behold”–calls special attention to this One who is the promised “Servant” of God.
“My Servant” is God’s Servant who is himself also God in human flesh.
Jesus Christ would be, & has been, & is, & will remain, the “Servant” of God. Because God’s Servant is Himself God(the Son)—as are the Father & the Holy Spirit—He perfectly ‘serves’ His Father’s Kingdom, because God’s kingdom is likewise His Kingdom as well!
Jesus ‘enslaved’ Himself to meet your greatest need!
Jesus ‘enslaved’ Himself to your deepest need in order for you to meet God’s desire—to save your soul ‘from’ an eternity in hell ‘to’ an eternity in heaven.
Jesus, God’s Servant, committed Himself to your need in order to remove the penalty that your personal lifetime of sinfulness secures, & thus ‘from’ a lifetime of ‘dead/empty/vain’ works!
“Behold/See”—hnh hin-nay’—Demonstrative Particle—1) Behold, lo, see, if. Strong—prolongation for Nh; Lo! Used 17X.
“Servant”—dbe eh'-bed—1) Slave, servant—1a) Slave, servant, man-servant, 1b) Subjects, 1c) Servants, worshippers(of God), 1d) Servant(in special sense as prophets, Levites etc), 1e) Servant(of Israel), 1f) Servant(as form of address between equals). Strong—from dbe aw-bad’;[ a primitive root; To work(in any sense); by implication--To serve, till, causatively--Enslave, etc.]; A servant.
Isa. 11:1-5—“There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom & understanding, The Spirit of counsel & might, The Spirit of knowledge & of the fear of the LORD. His delight is in the fear of the LORD, And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, Nor decide by the hearing of His ears; But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, And decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, And faithfulness the belt of His waist.”
Isa. 42:1-4—“Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles. He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, Nor cause His voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth. He will not fail nor be discouraged, Till He has established justice in the earth; And the coastlands shall wait for His law.”