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Good Friday Service - Jesus the Servant

Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Andrew Love, March 30, 2018

Sermon Notes:


  • Do you believe the Bible?
    • Many don't believe
    • Many cast aspersions on the word of God
  • Consider Isaiah 53
    • Written 700 years before the life of Jesus Christ
    • Words that speak so plainly
      • v5
      • v7
      • Can you not see Jesus in these verses?
      • v9
      • v12
  • There are many others passages [that prophesy of Jesus Christ]
    • No bones were broken
    • Gambling for His clothes
  • For those that say the Bible is not true
    • What is your bias?
    • Have you really read it?
    • Have you considered the evidence?
    • How do you explain the details of the prophecies of Jesus Christ?
    • How can you say the Bible is not inspired?
  • A wonderful passage
    • The 'first gospel'
    • So much doctrine:
      • Justification
      • Particular redemption
      • Substitutionary atonement
      • Resurrection
  • Overview (the Suffering Servant):
    • A Startling Servant (52:13-15)
    • A Scorned Servant (53:1-3)
    • A Sorrowful Servant (53:3)
    • A Substitute Servant (53:4-5)
    • A Submissive Servant (53:7-9)
    • A Satisfied Servant (53:10)

A Startling Servant (52:13-15)

  • He will be exalted above all, but there is something startling about Him
    • People despised Him
    • His face was disfigured
    • He was beaten and scourged
    • He suffered terrible pain
  • What does this tell us about Jesus Christ and about humanity?
    • It speaks of the amazing love of Jesus
    • It tells us how awful humanity is
      • We have depraved hearts

A Scorned Servant (53:1-3)

  • Outwardly nothing beautiful about Jesus
    • He was ordinary [in appearance]
    • From a human perspective He was insignificant
    • Yet He was the Son of God
  • Who believed the report?
    • He was despised by his family (initially), the religious establishment, the Jews
  • Do we serve or scorn Jesus?

A Sorrowful Servant (53:3)

  • We have indwelling sin - but Christ's soul was sinless
    • His soul was so sensitive to sin
    • His heart was filled with great sorrow as people were filled with sin and because He was filled with great compassion for them
    • In Gethsemane - we see Jesus in great sorrow/distress
      • Ps 69
  • He has borne our grief and carried our sorrows
    • Not just His own sorrows but ours too
    • He is a sympathetic High Priest

A Substitute Servant (53:4-5)

  • Think of how the soldiers came for Jesus
    • What did He do - He stepped forward
    • The soldiers fell back
    • Peter took out his sword but Jesus instructed Him to put it away
    • He went willingly to the cross
  • Consider Barabbas
    • Pilate gave the crowds a chance to release Jesus
      • Pilate & Herod found no crime in Jesus
    • The crowds chose Barabbas
    • Jesus took Barabbas' place
    • Jesus took our place
    • He was bruised for us - for our griefs, our transgressions, our iniquities
  • The only way to heaven is through Jesus Christ (God's righteous servant)
    • He is a substitute servant
  • May Good Friday really be a good day for you
    • May you believe in the substitute servant Jesus Christ

A Submissive Servant (53:7-9)

  • He kept silent against His accusers
    • He did not need to speak against these accusations
    • He would not defend Himself
    • He was silent (v7-8)
  • He was obedient even to the point of death, the death of the cross
    • The weight of sin upon Him
    • He was cut off from His Father in heaven
    • 3 hours of darkness on the cross (at midday)
  • He was willing to do the Father's will

A Satisfied Servant (53:10)

  • The Father did not take pleasure in smiting His Son, but took pleasure in the [perfect] sacrifice
    • He was pleased to give those saved as a gift to His Son
    • Jesus takes pleasure in His people
  • Easter Sunday has changed our world
    • 3 wonderful days
    • Days that would change history forever
  • Jesus is pleased in His offspring
    • He would bring many sons to glory
  • Is Jesus satisfied in you now?
    • Have you trusted in Jesus and repented of your sin?
    • Have you believed the word of God?
    • Have you believed that you are a sinner?

Closing Remarks

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

Sermon Passage:

Isaiah 52:13-53:12

13Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. 14As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: 15So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider. 53:1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? 2For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5But 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. 6All 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. 7He 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. 8He 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. 9And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. 10Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. 11He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 12Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. (KJV)

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