Summary: An Easter message about lessons we can learn from our suffering savior.
Our insulted Savior
I. Have you ever been insulted?
A. We hear all the time about how people are insulted by the things other people say and do.
1. From the cowboy who took no insult without going for his gun.
2. To the modern day response – law suits, rioting and murder.
a) Law suits or fights or killings all in the name of not tolerating insult.
b) People feel the need to protect their honor, their position, their pride.
c) Some are even inclined to riot and kill people because someone insulted their leader.
3. We have all heard in recent weeks about how Muslims were rioting and killing people because some people drew cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammad.
B. And seeing that it was close to Easter I began to think about Jesus in that context.
1. How did He respond to insults and abuse?
2. Why did He respond that way?
3. The Bible has a lot to say about His suffering.
a) Is. 53:7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted…
b) Ps.22:7 All those who see Me ridicule Me; They shoot out the lip, they shake the head,
c) Lu 23:11 Then Herod, with his men of war, treated Him with contempt and mocked Him, arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him back to Pilate.
4. Jesus’ whole life was a pattern of insults by others.
a) He was said to be illegitimate
b) He was said to be under the influence of Satan.
c) He was accused of associating with low life politicians and prostitutes.
d) He was accused of inciting revolution.
e) He was said to be mentally imbalanced.
f) People were constantly trying to catch Him saying something wrong twisting His words.
5. Even while he was on the cross it continued Matt. 27:39-44.
a) People looked at Christ’s passion as a sign of weakness.
b) Their advice to him was
(1) He saved others himself he cannot save.
(2) Come down from the cross and save yourself
(3) Stick up for your rights
(4) Call down fire from heaven
c) The irony of it is that He did have the power to do those things and yet He remained there.
6. We wouldn’t be here today if Jesus Christ hadn’t been willing to endure the insults of others.
7. That is why Paul makes the statement he does in 1Cor. 1:22-24
a) It isn’t normal for people to focus on great leaders in this way.
b) They don’t want to show the weaknesses or failings of their leader.
c) They are always presented in a good light.
d) Jesus suffering on the other hand is prominent in the Gospels and in the writings of Paul.
8. Jesus endured the cross for our sake.
C. It is interesting that many people reject the notion of a suffering Savior.
1. The Jews – couldn’t understand a Messiah who must die they wanted a conquering Messiah not a suffering one.
2. John Piper points out that most Muslims are taught that Jesus wasn’t crucified.
a) One of their writers says “Muslims believe that Alla saved the Messiah from the ignominy of crucifiction”
b) Another says “We honor (Jesus) more than you (Christians) do… We refuse to believe that God would permit him to suffer death on the cross.”
D. We celebrate His resurrection today but I want to look at what happened before. I want to focus on His suffering for a moment today.