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Rejected & Despised

Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Andrew Love, September 2, 2018


Sermon Notes:

Introduction

  • Repeat 53:3
  • Have you ever doubted the bible?
    • Isaiah 53 termed the 5th Gospel
    • It speaks of Jesus' life, death, burial and resurrection
    • Isaiah the prophet writing centuries before the birth of Jesus Christ
    • Quote from two German students
    • How could a man know such details of the cruxifiction - except by revelation
  • Focus - v3
  • Overview:
    • How can this be?
    • What did it really mean?
    • What should be our response?

How can this be?

  • The Jews were looking for a liberator - they were blinded and could not see Isaiah 53 was speaking of the 'Suffering Servant'
    • The Jews thought this passage spoke about their nation and not Jesus Christ
  • How can it be that humanity would treat the Son of God in this way?
    • Example & Explanation
  • Why was He despised and rejected?
    • What had he done?
    • Was it His message?
    • Was it His miracles?
    • Was it His wisdom?
    • Was it His increasing following?
    • Was it His denouncement of hypocrisy?
    • What evil had He done?
  • Misjudgment is a common human trait
    • Explanation
  • People would not accept Jesus' claims
    • Examples
  • People hated Jesus without a cause
    • The root of the problem was unbelief
    • "Who has believed our report?" (53:1)
    • Unbelief is our real problem - not ignorance, apathy, dislike of the church
    • Do you believe?

What did it really mean?

  • Rejection
    • A no
    • Hard at times to take
  • Despised
    • The disdaining of the person
    • Putting you in the dirt
  • Think how Jesus was despised and rejected at His birth
    • Herod's slaughter
    • His parents as refugees
    • His parents as not having primacy
    • His mother at the cross
    • The rejection of family
    • Rejection by the multitudes
    • To see others dying
    • (He was a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief" (53:3)
    • To see His disciples being so slow
    • Many disciples turned away
    • Rejected by the rich young ruler
    • Unbelief in whole towns
    • Looking upon Tabor and our towns - what does He see?
    • Gethsemane
    • Betrayed by a disciple
    • Disciples not praying with Him
  • Yet He was prepared to go through it all
    • How He loved sinners
    • He went to a cruel cross and bared the wrath of God against sin
      • Examples
    • "For the joy set before Him"

What should be our response?

  • Should it be that we would give up everything and be prepared to suffer for Him?
    • Quote from Spurgeon
    • Do you agree?
    • Do you want to give your all to Him?
  • If you have not yet surrendered your life to Jesus - can you be unmoved by the love of God?
    • Do you live for yourself and sin?
    • Do you surrender your life to Jesus Christ?

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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