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SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 53:3-5; Luke 24:25-27, 44-47
KEY VERSE: 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
INTRODUCTION: "The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world"(John 1:29).
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).
"But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed" (Isaiah 53:5).
Perhaps the most moving prophecy, of the cross is Isaiah 53:5 where the price of redemption becomes personal…a preview of John 3:16. Here we see what John the Baptist was talking about when he called Jesus “the Lamb of God.”
The details of Jesus Christ's death on the cross should call us to faith in Him. The suffering of Jesus declares the depths of His love for you and for me.
I. JESUS SUFFERED IN OUR PLACE. (Isaiah 53:5-8)
A. Isaiah 53, the whole chapter, is about Jesus Christ, God’s perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world (See also, Acts 8:26-40).
It actually begins in Isaiah 52:13 where the prophet tells us that the Servant suffered for doing God’s will and yet was highly exalted by the Lord. Humiliation and exaltation, suffering and glory, are key themes in this prophecy.
1. Consider the humiliation of Jesus Christ.
(Isaiah 53:5-6) 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
(1) The humiliation of His birth and life (Isaiah 53:1-3).
(2) The humiliation of His trial.
(3) And the humiliation of His sufferings and death (Isaiah 53:4-9).
2. Consider the glory of the salvation He purchased for you and me on the cross (See also, Isaiah 53:10-12).
(Isaiah 53:7) 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
God the Father was pleased, not that His Son suffered, but that Jesus’ sacrifice accomplished eternal salvation. God’s justice was satisfied, and believing sinners can be justified (Isaiah 53:11; Romans 3:21-31).
3. Consider the pictures of the Savior:
(Isaiah 53:8) 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
(1) A beaten servant (Isaiah 52:13-14).
(2) A root (Isaiah 53:2).
(3) An innocent lamb (Isaiah 53:7).
(4) An offering for sin (Isaiah 53:10).
(5) As a woman in travail giving birth to spiritual “seed” (Isaiah 53:10-11).
(6) And a victorious general (Isaiah 53:12). Hallelujah, what a Savior!
B. Yet people still do not believe in Christ (Isaiah 53:1).
(Isaiah 53:1) 1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?
1. Instead, they despise and reject Him (Isaiah 53:2) and laugh at the message of the Cross (1 Corinthians 1:18-25).
2. But heaven praises the Lamb of God (Revelation 5) and God’s people on earth glory in His cross (Galatians 6:14). Are you among them?
II. JESUS FULFILLED SCRIPTURE. (Luke 24:25-27)
A. The Lord’s Rebuke. (Luke 24:25)
(Luke 24:25) 25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
1. This is a very important section of Scripture.
Jesus (in speaking about His resurrection) did not show them the prints of the nails in His hands to prove it. He referred them to the Scriptures rather than to the nail prints to prove it. Jesus told them, “You should have believed what the prophets said.”
2. It’s a good idea to note the Lord’s attitude toward the Scriptures.
2014 is a day of doubt. There are people who are actually saying that you cannot be intelligent and believe the Bible. Many people are afraid that they will not be considered intelligent; so they do NOT come out flat-footed and say whether they believe the Bible or not. Jesus Christ believed and taught the Scriptures. We should, too!
3. A man is a fool not to believe the Scriptures.
I guess that this is the most subtle and satanic trap of our day to discount the inerrancy and integrity of the Word of God. The Lord says a man is a fool not to believe the Bible. He gave a unanimous and wholehearted acceptance of the Bible’s statements, with no ifs, ands, or buts.
Vernon McGee said this: The other day I picked up a seminary professor and took him to a filling station, because he had car trouble. As we rode along, I asked him about his school’s viewpoint of the inerrancy of Scripture. “Well,” he said, “you mean the infallibility of the Bible?” I replied, “Wait a minute, you are arguing semantics. You know what I mean, and I know what you mean.
Do you or do you not believe in the inerrancy of Scripture?” Well, he wouldn’t make a forthright declaration whether or not he believed it. He wanted to appear intelligent. Frankly, a lot of these men do not have the intestinal fortitude to stand for the Word of God. I think their problem is more intestinal than intellectual! –Thru the Bible with J. Vernon McGee
Now notice that the Lord puts the emphasis upon the Word of God. Read the Bible in an attitude of humility and with prayer!
B. The Lord’s Suffering. (Luke 24:26)
(Luke 24:26) 26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
Jesus began with Moses and the prophets. Moses and the prophets had spoken of Him. His death and resurrection had fulfilled their prophecies. I would love to have been there that evening, listening to the Lord, wouldn’t you?
Jesus says that there are two things which are essential to the understanding of the Word of God. They are simple but important. As verse 25 indicates, we must have faith in the Bible. Jesus said, “O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken.”
Note: Blaise Pascal, a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Christian philosopher (1623-1662), said, “Human knowledge must be understood to be believed, but divine knowledge must be believed to be understood.”
I think the Bible is a closed book to the critic and the infidel. He can learn a few facts, but he misses the message. On the other hand, some simple soul whose heart is turned in humble faith to God will be enlightened by the Holy Spirit of God. The eyes of his understanding will be opened.
Great men of the past have come to the pages of Scripture for light and life in the hours of darkness or crisis. It is not smart to ridicule the Bible. The Lord said, “You are a fool not to believe it.” I would rather lack sophistication and refinement than to be a fool.
C. The Lord’s Teaching. (Luke 24:27)
(Luke 24:27) 27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
Also, Jesus says that the Bible can only be divinely understood. Human intellect is simply not enough to comprehend its truths. Verse 45 tells us: “Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures.”
In 1 Corinthians 2:14 Paul declares, “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” There are things that are above and beyond human comprehension, and only the Holy Spirit of God can make them real to us.
Note: Our prayer ought to be, “Open Thou mine eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy Word.” We should come with a humble attitude to the Word of God. Just because you read the Bible does not mean that you know it. The Holy Spirit of God will have to make it real to you.
by Billy Graham
4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. (Romans 15:4)
In the wonders of nature, we see God's laws in operation. Who has not looked up at the stars on a cloudless night, and marveled in silent awe at the glory of God's handiwork? Who has not felt his heart lifted in the Spring of the year, as he sees all creation bursting with new life and vigor? In the beauty and abundance around us, we see the magnitude of God's power and the infinite detail of His planning; but nature tells us nothing of God's love or God's grace. Conscience tells us in our innermost being of the presence of God and of the moral difference between good and evil; but this is a fragmentary message, in no way as distinct and comprehensive as the lessons of the Bible. It is only in its pages that we find the clear and unmistakable message upon which all true Christianity is based. -- Adapted from Day-by-Day with Billy Graham
III. SCRIPTURE GIVES AN UNDERSTANDING OF JESUS. (Luke 24:44-47)
A. Jesus Teaches About The Scriptures. (Luke 24:44-45)
(Luke 24:44-45) 44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. 45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
They simply had not believed Jesus’ Word. In order to understand the Bible you have to have the Spirit of God open your mind and heart. Only the Spirit can make Bible study real to you.
B. Jesus Teaches About The Great Commission. (Luke 24:46-47)
(Luke 24:46-47) 46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Notice the global outlook of these verses. The viewpoint here is worldwide. This gospel is to go to the ends of the earth. Let the whole world know who Jesus is!
C. Jesus Teaches About The Power Of The Holy Spirit. (Luke 24:48-49)
(Luke 24:48-49) 48 And ye are witnesses of these things. 49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
God’s people witnessing to the world was God’s method. And the message was that Jesus Christ died and rose again from the dead, and that, by trusting Him, sinners could be saved. The power to carry the witness to the world is the Holy Spirit.
Holy Spirit Power
A person is indwelt by the Holy Spirit at the moment he accepts Christ. This applies to both men and women.
1. There are five ministries performed by the Holy Spirit for the believer, four of them at the very moment the believer is born again:
(1) He is born of the Spirit.
(2) He is indwelt by the Spirit.
(3) He is sealed by the Spirit.
(4) He is baptized by the Spirit -- that is, he is placed into the body of believers.
(5) And he is filled with the Holy Spirit.
2. But the fifth ministry of the Holy Spirit, “the filling,” is dependent on some things the believer does:
(1) “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). How are you filled with the Holy Spirit? (Fill yourself with the Word of God, and God will fill you with the Holy Spirit.)
(2) You are not to grieve the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30). You grieve the Holy Spirit when there is sin in your life -- you have to confess and forsake your sins.
(3) You are not to quench the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19). You quench the Holy Spirit when you do not do the will of God as revealed in the Bible.
3. And then you are to walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16), which means that you are definitely, deliberately, and purposefully to begin every day trying to obey the Spirit of God.
Do not give up when you fall on your face. Don’t give up. Confess your sin to God and start out again. When you do that, you will be filled with the Spirit of God, and you will know it. You will produce the fruit of the Holy Spirit in your life: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).
Note: We need a filling of the Holy Spirit in order to exercise the spiritual gift that God has given to us. I believe that if you are filled with the Spirit of God you will recognize the gift God has given you and will know how He wants you to use it. It may be to teach a Sunday school class or it may be something entirely different. There are innumerable opportunities for service, but to follow God’s leading is very important.
CONCLUSION: We may not be as committed to reading the Bible as we need to be because we do not fully understand how important this studying is. Reading about Jesus Christ helps us anchor to Him during our troubled times, and we can use that knowledge to encourage others as well.
We also need to be aware of the false teachings that surround us – they are more prevalent than we may realize. How can we distinguish the true from the false if we do not know Jesus Christ as we should?
Bible Reading Time
Half the books of the Bible can be read in ten to forty-five minutes each, and many of them can be read in less than twenty. The entire Old and New Testaments can be read aloud slowly and with expression in less than seventy-one hours.
Wilber M. Smith wrote, “It will probably astonish many to know that one single, normal issue of The Saturday Evening Post contains as much reading matter as the entire New Testament. Thousands of people read The Saturday Evening Post magazine through every week. The number of Christians who read the New Testament through every week, or even one whole book of the New Testament every week, are so few that we need not talk about it.” – Nelson’s Complete Book of Stories, Illustrations & Quotes.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: “Only one life ‘twill soon be past; Only what’s done for Christ will last”
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REFERENCES: References used in the Bible study are the King James Bible (KJV), the Scofield Study Bible, the Believer’s Bible Commentary, Charles J. Woodbridge Bible Outlines, Lee Roberson’s Sermons, Don Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Women’s Study Bible, The Bible Reader’s Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, KJV Bible Commentary, Thru the Bible with J. Vernon McGee, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament ed. 4, Cliff Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, With the Word Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s “Be” Series: Old & New Testaments, selected illustrations, and other references.
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