Summary: A message that explores the Suffering Servant as described in Isaiah 53.
The Wounds of God - March 8, 2015 - Isaiah 53
Do you ever feel you're just scraping by in this life? I don’t just mean financially, although that is an issue as well. But scraping by…because of our wounds. Because of being paralyzed by our fears.
We’re racked with doubts about ourselves, our friendships. We’re scraping by because life has broken us, we sense. Loss that we’ve known has left us lost.
We bear physical wounds from evil done to us. We bear the scars of guilt because of evil we have done to others. We live with diseases, or we live with the knowledge that disease has taken someone we were close to away from us forever. Or we live with the fear of disease.
We live our lives in a bubble, perhaps rarely allowing even those closest to us to truly get close enough to know us. Our experiences have diminished us.
We look at children and on the occasions when we remember we were children once, we wonder at how we got to here from there. Once we were free, carefree and alive. Now, it’s all about scraping by.
We’re continuing our journey through Lent, the period of time leading up to Easter Sunday, and the message today is entitled: “The Wounds of God”.
We’re going to be exploring Isaiah 53, about The Suffering Servant, our Saviour Jesus Christ, and how and why it is that He came to us, and why it is that 2000 years later, Jesus is still so important, still so central to the lives of soooo many people, still inspiring places like the Yonge Street Mission to reach out to the hurting in His name.
So let's begin by considering the bigger picture of Who God is, and of what He accomplished in coming to us in Jesus Christ.
God Was Safe and Away from All Alarm
The God of Creation, the great Healer, the Almighty and Everlasting One lived entirely above all human suffering.
We understand that God is Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. That by itself, the very nature of God, is less a tough theological or philosophical thing to get our heads around than it is just the recorded revelation of the Bible.
We can say: “I have trouble understanding or believing the Trinity, and we can think to ourselves then that it can’t be true until we understand it.
Or we can read the text and see that revealed in it is the fact of the oneness of God and the divinity of the Father, The Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Anyway, God was in a sense unaffected directly by the condition of humanity. To summarize an enormous story, just for the purposes of this message, we’ve seen from our exploration of the book of Genesis in recent months how God interacted with Adam and Eve, giving them the Garden of Eden and then, when they broke faith with Him, expelling them from the garden.
We’ve seen how God dealt with Cain over his murder of his brother Abel, with the horrific wickedness in the world that led to the Flood, and then God’s covenant with Noah to never again let the waters become a flood to destroy all life.