Connecting to Isaiah
Living in a post-Christian culture
With every generation there is more decay, with every political leader, every new king, it seems to fall apart faster
The threat of the fall of the nation
Isaiah prophesied the coming downfall of Israel and the punishment of Judah
Isaiah gives God’s word
To rebuke the faithless
There is judgment coming
To encourage the faithful
There is redemption
Our Current State of Affairs
All we like sheep have gone astray
We are full of grief and sorrow
Because of Transgression and Iniquity
The Suffering Servant
This is God’s servant.
What does that mean?
What did he do?
He took up our grief, he carried our sorrow -
He identified with us as sinners - most evident in His baptism
Phil 2:6-8 “who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
He was pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities -
From the crown of his head, which was crowned with thorns, to the soles of his feet, which were nailed to the cross, nothing appeared but wounds and bruises.
We considered him stricken, smitten by God, afflicted -
The Lord laid on him our iniquity
This was God’s plan all along -
Acts 2:23 This Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.
From Leviticus 15 - the sins laid on the scape-goat
Why did he do this?
To bring us peace
He was chastised so that we can be reconciled
What does reconciled mean?
Christ was in pain that we might be at ease; he gave satisfaction to the justice of God that we might have satisfaction in our own minds, might be of good cheer, knowing that through him our sins are forgiven us.
To heal us -
By his wounds we are healed
“Our sins were the thorns in his head, the nails in his hands and feet, the spear in his side.”
Why Good Friday
What did we bring to this?
Only our sin, guilt, and shame
Christ bore our sins, so that we could bear his righteousness
Why do we need Good Friday?
We don’t understand what Christ has done for us, until we first understand our need
Calvin - If we do not perceive our wretchedness and poverty, we shall never know how desirable is that remedy which Christ has brought to us, or approach him with due ardour of affection.
As soon as we know that we are ruined, then, aware of our wretchedness, we eagerly run to avail ourselves of the remedy, which otherwise would be held by us in no estimation.