Summary: Is there not hope for the dark chaos of your fallen nature?
Pastor Allan Kircher
Shell Point Baptist Church
21 October 2012
"To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house."-Isaiah 42:7.
I. Looking at the first verses/chapter/we will consider who it is that sends Jesus Christ/accomplish/liberation of the sons of men
• because much/depend upon/liberator's credentials
• the authority by which he is warranted
• and the power by which he is backed
Sing for joy as we see the Infinite God himself commissioned the Lord Jesus to be the deliverer of men; and he did this, first, in his capacity as Creator.
Behold the great author of/Redeemer's commission: Isaiah 42:5
• He, then, who spared not his own Son
• but sent Him forth on the embassies of love
• is Jehovah
• the all-sustaining One who bears up the pillars of the universe
• And impels the earth in its majestic circuit.
He who gave its luster to every precious stone from the mine
• the life to every blade of grass
• the fruit to every tree
• the motion to every beast and winged fowl
• All this may be said to come out of earth/ but not so…
• But is from God: the same God who cuts/bars/iron asunder
• So the slaves/Satan might escape/bondage/their sins.
Jesus, the Son of God, comes armed with the power of the Creator himself.
• So Rejoice today you that are lost
• the power which spoke all things out of nothing
• can make you new
Even though there’s nothing/good within you to aid the godlike work.
Rejoice, you that are marred and broken
• Like vessels spoiled upon the potter's wheel
• your great Creator puts his hand a second time to your soul,
• He resolves to form you for himself that you may praise Him.
• He who made you in secret is able/his mysterious working
• to create in you a new heart
• and infuse into you a right spirit.
Is there not hope for the dark chaos of your fallen nature?
• Is anything too hard for the Lord?
• Is there any restraint of his power?
The Lord says, "Behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former will not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create ___________________________________________
God also describes Himself as the life giver here in our text.
• Sent forth/Lord Jesus as His Elect One to restore our fallen nature.
• V. 5, "He gives breath to His people, and life to those who walk on it!"
• The Lord creates all life
• he puts breath into the nostrils of men and beasts
• he gives also mental life
• Life/thinks, imagines, doubts, fears, understands, desires.
This Eternal One, who has life in himself, has girded Jesus with his own power
• It is by the word of Jesus that the dead will rise
• "for the hour is coming,
• And all us in the graves will hear His voice
• And we will come forth.
• no case of human corruption is beyond the Redeemer's skill
Even those who rot, like Lazarus will come forth when he calls them, the bonds of death and hell will be loosed.
Thus says the Lord of life: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life, and will not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life."
The vision of Ezekiel's valley has become a fact since Jesus has appeared;
• It’s no marvel that it should be so
• The Eternal and Ever-living God has sent him.
• He can breathe the Holy Spirit into the dead soul
• Thousands of dead/dried Israelites/to life.
• When your heart palpitates with penitence
• He gives it the softness required to comfort
• And your heart leaps with desires after God.
He can give eyes to the blind and feet to the lame.
The great obstacle in his way is spiritual death
• The eternal one can remove that!
• Salvation for man is not difficult!
Rejoice, for among the graves of our sins, and into the very charnel-house of our corruption, the Quickener has descended, and is quickening whomsoever he will.
_______________________________________________Reading further in the same verse, you will perceive that the ever blessed sender of the Lord Jesus is omnipotent, for is it not added, "I will take hold of your hand"?
• God will give to the Mediator all his power.
• Christ is the power of God.
• Omnipotence dwells in him who was slain
• but now lives,
• And he is able to save/vilest that comes to God by him.