Summary: His Mediatorial Mission -
v. 4 & 5 His Mediatorial Mission -
"Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows:"
Spurgeon "I have lost the power to doubt him, when I see those wounds"
1. The Majesty of His Mission - "He hath borne" i.e. God Himself
Jonah "Salvation is of the Lord" Romans 5 v. 8 "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
2. The Mercy of His Mission - "He carried our griefs"
John 3 v. 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."
Revelation ch 5 reference - read whole chapter - v. 1 - 8
1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
(1) The Silence - v. 3 "And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon."
(2) The Sentence - v. 6 "And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth."
(3) The Signifcance - v. 9 "And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;"
"They sung a new song" - Song of Redemption
Carried and borne - "Taken the debt of our sin upon himself and carry it as his own as a scapegoat" - Leviticus 16 v. 22 "And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness."
Matthew 1 v. 21 "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins."
3. The Mystery of His Mission - v. 4 "Yet we did esteem him stricken"
e.g. as Job - accused of sin, guilt,and judgement i.e.
Stricken down just as a leper
Smitten - hung upon a cross in defeat against God
Afflicted - humbled in the dust, in judgement
4. The Meaning of His Mission - v. 5 "But he was wounded for our transgressions" Transgressions -
our violatoin of the:-
Word of God
Way of God
Will of God
Wounded to death or pierced through
Zechariah 12 v. 10 "And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn."
Acts 2 v. 23 "Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:"
He took my beating
John 20 v. 24 - 28 "But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God."