Summary: Easter 2017
Good Friday 2017, April 14
Who has believed our message?
To whom has the LORD revealed his powerful arm?
2 My servant grew up in the LORD’s presence like a tender green shoot,
like a root in dry ground.
There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance,
nothing to attract us to him.
3 He was despised and rejected—
a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
We turned our backs on him and looked the other way.
He was despised, and we did not care.
4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
it was our sorrows[a] that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,
a punishment for his own sins!
5 But he was pierced for our rebellion,
crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
He was whipped so we could be healed.
6 All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
Yet the LORD laid on him
the sins of us all.
7 He was oppressed and treated harshly,
yet he never said a word.
He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.
And as a sheep is silent before the shearers,
he did not open his mouth.
8 Unjustly condemned,
he was led away.[b]
No one cared that he died without descendants,
that his life was cut short in midstream.[c]
But he was struck down
for the rebellion of my people.
9 He had done no wrong
and had never deceived anyone.
But he was buried like a criminal;
he was put in a rich man’s grave.
10 But it was the LORD’s good plan to crush him
and cause him grief.
Yet when his life is made an offering for sin,
he will have many descendants.
He will enjoy a long life,
and the LORD’s good plan will prosper in his hands.
11 When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish,
he will be satisfied.
And because of his experience,
my righteous servant will make it possible
for many to be counted righteous,
for he will bear all their sins.
12 I will give him the honors of a victorious soldier,
because he exposed himself to death.
He was counted among the rebels.
He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels.
The week of Easter for me or any other Pastor is always a very hectic time
We know we will have many visitors
And we want everything to be just right
The right music
The right sermon
We want everything to be perfect
And we know that in spite of all of our best efforts
Perfection is not attainable in and of our selves
God in his creation wanted perfection also
He made man
The bible says
In his image
He made them Male and female
And placed them in a garden
And told them
Just love me
And obey me
Because of human nature
The desire for perfection was unattainable
Or so it would seem
Because of disobedience
The perfect world was plunged into sin
Death had once been unknown and now became a reality
Shame and guilt
Came on the world just as the briars and thorns
Covered the once perfect ground
Thought he had won
But he had no idea that God still had a plan of perfection
Let me tell you the story of that perfection
Let me tell you a story of true love
Let me tell you what God did for us
Let me tell you how God made a way
For sinful humanity
To achieve perfection
God sent his son
God in the flesh to come to earth and to live and grow and learn as a man
He came to earth so that he could feel our pain
Experience our sorrow
God so loved that he sent
Into the imperfect world that resulted from disobedience
And Jesus grew
And he experienced all of our temptations
He never sinned
But he knew temptation
And he loved
So Christ loved
He loved enough to heal people from their illnesses
He loved people enough to heal them from their spiritual brokenness
He loved enough to deliver all who would believe from the penalty of Sin
And he loved enough to know full well what this kind of love would cost
He knew full well the price he would have to pay
And still he loved
Jesus walked the earth God in human body
And fully Man
For 33 years
And in those short years
He made it possible for imperfect people to become perfectly redeemed