Summary: Redemption was born in suffering, so is our peace.
The Lord’s Servant, Isaiah 52:13-53:6
“After a mission service, the preacher of the evening was hurrying away to a late train. He had just three minutes to catch it when he saw a man running after him. “Oh, sir,” he said breathlessly as he came up, “can you help me? I am very anxious about my salvation.” “Well,” replied the preacher, “my train is just here, and it is the last one; but look up Isaiah 53:6. Go in at the first ‘all’ and go out at the last ‘all.’ Good night.” The man stood staring after him until he had disappeared into the station and then he muttered, “Go in at the first ‘all’ and go out at the last ‘all.’ What does he mean?” When he arrived home he took down his Bible and turning to Isaiah 53:6 read these words, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” “Go in at the first ‘all,’ “he repeated. “ ‘All we like sheep have gone astray.’ I am to go in with that ‘all.’ Yes, I see. It just means that I am one of those who have gone astray. And go out with the last ‘all.’ ‘The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.’ I see. Yes, I am to go out free with those whose iniquity has been laid on Christ.” At last he realized his individual lost condition and his individual redemption. This is actually the message of John 1:9. The eternal Light of Christ illumines the individual who responds affirmatively. “Go in at the first ‘all’ and go out at the last ‘all.’”
This morning we will immerse ourselves in the beauty of Isaiah’s account of the Suffering Servant of the Lord. The beauty of this passage is the promise of God to bring about ultimate victory for His people Israel, and the entire world, through the Jewish Messiah.
Here it is foretold of His redemptive suffering. As we travel through various Old Testament literary genres this summer I long for you to see the importance of the connection between the Old Testament and the New Testament. Christ is their common theme. My desire is to make this plain in concrete ways.
The Bible is unified. The Scriptures are one revelation. In them is contained the message of the redemptive history of God’s people; all of which hinges upon Christ alone.
The thesis for this message is as simple as it is rooted in the text. The Lord’s victory over sin was born of suffering. I will flesh out ways that applies to us in the here and now of the Christian life.
Many seek gain by conquest. Surely there are near countless examples of this. There are overly ambitious preachers whose desire is for personal fame rather than the Lord’s glory. There are excessively shrewd businessmen climbing the latter of success by stepping on the heads of others.