Sermon

Isaiah Chapter 53 
Easter Sunday 4/17/2022

V1 – Intro, this chapter continues to speak about the Messiah, Jesus, who would suffer for the sins of all people. Such a prophecy is astounding! Who would believe that God would choose to save the world through a humble, suffering servant rather than a glorious king? The idea is contrary to human pride and worldly thinking. But God often works in ways we don’t expect. The Messiah’s strength is shown by humility, suffering and mercy.

V2 – There was nothing beautiful or majestic in the physical appearance of this servant. Israel would miscalculate the servant’s importance – they would consider Him an ordinary man. But even though Jesus would not attract a large following based on His physical appearance, He would bring salvation and healing. Many people miscalculate the importance of Jesus’ life and work, and they need faithful Christians to point out His extraordinary nature. 

V4-5 – How could an Old Testament person understand the idea of Christ dying for our sins – actually bearing the punishment that we deserved? The sacrifices suggested this idea, but it is one thing to kill and lamb, and something quite different to think of God’s chosen servant as that lamb. But God was pulling aside the curtain of time to let the people of Isaiah’s day to look ahead to the suffering of the future Messiah and the resulting forgiveness made available to all people. 

V6 – Isaiah speaks of Israel straying form God and compares them to wandering sheep. Yet God would send the Messiah to bring them back into the fold. We have the hindsight to see and know the identity of the promised Messiah, who has come and died for our sins. But if we know all that Jesus did and still reject Him, our sin is much greater than that of the ancient Israelites, who could not see what we have seen. 
Have you given your life to Jesus Christ the “good shepherd” or are you still going your own way like wandering sheep? 
John 10:11-16 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. 12 A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him, and he isn’t their shepherd. And so, the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. 13 The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, 15 just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So, I sacrifice my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd.

V7-12 – In the Old Testament, people offered animals as sacrifices for their sins. Here, the sinless servant of the Lord offers Himself for our sins. He is the Lamb offered for the sins of all people. John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 
Revelation 5:6-8 and 12-14 6 Then I saw a Lamb that looked as if it had been slaughtered, but it was now standing between the throne and the four living beings and among the twenty-four elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which represent the sevenfold Spirit[a] of God that is sent out into every part of the earth. 
7 He stepped forward and took the scroll from the right hand of the one sitting on the throne. 
8 And when he took the scroll, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp, and they held gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. 
12 And they sang in a mighty chorus:
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered— to receive power and riches
and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.”
13 And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. They sang:
“Blessing and honor and glory and power belong to the one sitting on the throne
    and to the Lamb forever and ever.”
14 And the four living beings said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped the Lamb.
In these verses we see the Lamb, Jesus, who has been raised from the grave and is at the right hand of God. Glory be to God. The Lamb who was slain for our transgressions, now LIVES!

V11- This verse tells of the enormous family of believers who will become right with God, not by their own works, but by the Messiah’s great work on the cross. They are justified because they have claimed Christ, the righteous servant, as their Savior and Lord.
Romans 10:9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.
Their life of sin is stripped away, and they are clothed with Christ’s goodness.
Ephesians 4:22-24 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.