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Summary: Epiphany 2(A) - Great is the Servant of the Lord: Christ. In Christ eternity is revealed. This Savior is rejected. Mankind is redeemed.

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GREAT IS THE SERVANT OF THE LORD (Outline)

January 17, 2010 -

Epiphany 2 -

ISAIAH 49:1-6

INTRO: Much like last week we will study Isaiah’s description of the servant of the Lord. The Lord uses the term servant in a manner far different from how the world views this word. The Creator came in humility to serve his creation. Great is the servant of the Lord. By all outward appearances Jesus came in great humility. Therefore all too many still try to deny Jesus’ divinity. Jesus’ very name reveals his greatness. "Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth" (PHILIPPIANS 2:9,10). The word great and the word servant are not often combined together. We learn God’s truth about his Son, our Savior, Christ the servant of the Lord.

GREAT IS THE SERVANT OF THE LORD.

I. Eternity is revealed.

II. A Savior is rejected.

III. Mankind is redeemed.

I. ETERNITY IS REVEALED

A. Verse 1a. These words of God written by Isaiah are meant for all people throughout the world.

1. Verse 1b. The servant was named, known, and called by the Lord – before his earthly birth.

2. Remember Jesus, as servant was still God’s Son, God. His divinity was hidden by human flesh.

3. From eternity God’s divine purpose was determined. A servant would be needed for mankind.

B. Verse 2. The servant Jesus was kept safe as an arrow in God’s quiver. His words were sharp – true.

C. Jesus revealed eternity to mankind because of God’s chosen purpose. From the very time that man first sinned in the Garden of Eden God chose his eternal Son to be the servant. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection revealed God’s eternal promise made, kept, and fulfilled. The very words of Jesus were also the eternal words of God brought to life. Scriptures reveals God’s eternal truth. Man sins. God’s law reveals the wickedness we try to cover up. "For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart" (HEBREWS 4:12). God’s word – eternal, true – does judge.

D. Even in his humanity Jesus was still intimately connected to eternity. As children of God we are also connected to eternity. Our lives are not just a matter of chance. God in his infinite wisdom, mercy, and love has laid out all of the steps of our lives. God has chosen the best for us, always. At times we make the wrong choice. God’s eternal purpose is still a comfort for each of us. "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations" (JEREMIAH 1:5). By grace we live in the light of the knowledge of God’s choice for us.

GREAT IS THE SERVANT OF THE LORD!

Jesus’ words and life reveals God’s eternity for us.

II. A SAVIOR IS REJECTED.


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