Summary: Christmas Series from Isaiah
Passage: Isaiah 53
Interesting Statement: The Bible says that God "richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment." He didn't have to do it, but he did, because he loves us – that’s the best Christmas present ever.
Introduction: Isaiah’s primary purpose in writing was to (1) remind the people that they had a special relationship w/ God, (2) awaken them to the fact that God was sold out to them (covenant relationships in Gen. - Deut.) and (3) restore or call the people back to their God despite their sin. Isaiah 53 is an account of foretelling (prophecy) on the death of the Servant (Jesus the Messiah). Israel will become open-minded after they realize the significance of Christ’s death on their behalf. Like many, the people (and us) underestimate Christ as Messiah’s importance.
#1. Christ’s Rejection (Isaiah 53:1-3)
• Explanation: Isaiah’s opening question “Who has believed?” reveals Israel’s unbelief and rejection of Messiah. Isaiah says we, like Israel, reject the Messiah in three ways…
• Rejecting His Message (1) - The Jews in Isaiah grieved over the fact that so few people believed their message about the coming Christ and power contained in Him. Isaiah uses “arm” to suggest strength (in relation to Christ’s coming and revelation from God). This concept of the “arm” is a word Isaiah frequently states (See 40:10).
• Rejecting His Humanity (2) - Christ was a mundane/ordinary. There was nothing about Jesus appearance that would draw people “He [Jesus] had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.” (2). Christ grew up “a tender shoot” (Coming from David’s line) as “a root out of dry ground” (Coming from an infertile spiritual area) and where one would not expect (Bethlehem). Christ looked nothing like a royal person (in beauty) or like a royal person (in majesty).
• Rejecting His Passion (3) - The nation of Israel (and “us”) rejected/despised Jesus’ human emotions (sorrows and suffering). Christ would not only feel what we feel but feel a great amount of sensitivity for people regardless of their attitudes toward Him.
• Illustration: John validates the above, “He [Jesus] came to his own, and his own people did not receive him... though he had done many signs before them.” (John 1:11)
• Application: What causes you to miss the message of the Messiah? Don’t let yourself (or another) hinder the way you hear the Word/message of Jesus. It would do us well to remove previous assumptions of God/Jesus and receive Christ’s authenticity of Messiah. There’s no excuse for rejecting Christ the Messiah (OT prophecies and NT Gospels).
2. Christ’s Redemption (Isaiah 53:4-6)
• Explanation: Why should innocent Jesus Christ die terrible death? The explanation…