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Smitten by God

Isaiah 53:4, Matthew 27:32-56, Andrew Love, September 16, 2018

Sermon Notes:


  • In the West we have a weak concept of justice
    • Examples
    • Young people understand compassion, mercy and kindness because tolerance and non-discrimination is sounded forth
    • Contrast to Arabic states where it is often the other way around
  • Thinking about God
    • He is totally just
    • He is a God of loving kindness
    • How do we reconcile this? How can He forgive sinners? How can He show mercy and compassion?
  • The answers is in v 4
  • Overview:
    • The truth about man
    • The truth about God
    • The truth about you and I

The Truth about Man

  • Isaiah
    • Written 700 years before the birth, life and death of Christ
      • Yet it is as if he was there at the foot of the cross
    • Written in the present tense but more often in the past tense
      • As if it has already happen, as if he is lamenting
    • We didn't consider Him, but we came to understand that He was bruised for our sin and iniquity
  • Man is blind
    • We did not recognise the beauty of Jesus (v2)
      • No outer beauty but an inner beauty
    • We scorned Him, mocked Him, despised Him, crucified Him
    • We were unbelieving (v1)
      • He stood up to the religious hypocrites
      • He spoke difficult truths
      • He called us and we did not believe
    • We can be so callous and so cruel
      • We do not know the depths of our own hearts
  • We wounded Him and put Him on the cross - but we do not lament and mourn our sins

The Truth about God

  • That God would send the Suffering Servant into the world for us (v4)
    • He carried the sickness of our sin
  • Some call Isaiah 53 the fifth gospel, the Holy of Holies, the greatest vision ever seen
    • A suffering Servant - it was astonishing to think the Messiah would suffer so much
    • A scorned Servant
    • A smitten Servant
    • A substitute Servant
    • A submissive Servant - He is silent and submissive to the will of God
      • What love is this?
    • A satisfied Servant - a tremendous victory 'It is finished'
      • He would see the travail of His soul
  • God so loved the world that He gave His only Son
    • Justice and mercy come together at the cross
    • Peace and righteousness come together at the cross
  • God detests sin
    • It spoils, defiles, hurts
    • It brings corruption, decay and death
    • He sees envy, bitterness, war, starvation
    • He opposes sin in all shapes and forms
  • What is Sin?
    • The breaking of God's law
    • We are born in sin
    • Evil desires come from our hearts - examples
  • God cannot be indifferent to sin
    • Judas handed over Jesus for the love of money
    • The Jews handed Jesus over to the Romans for envy
    • Pilate handed Jesus over to the people's will for fear
  • Sin is rebellion and treason
  • How can a just God be true to justice and forgiveness?
    • The answer is found in the person of Jesus Christ (v5)
    • It pleased God not to punish His Son, but that Jesus was offering a fragrant sacrifice to this Father
    • It pleased God about all that Jesus had done for us
    • It pleased God that Jesus was the perfect sacrificial lamb
    • It was the determined purpose of God
  • Jesus voluntarily went to the cross
    • He has come not just for the righteous but for sinners
    • He has substituted Himself for us
  • God will not punish sin twice
    • If we have trusted in Jesus then we the guilty will go free
  • God for love surrendered His son

The Truth about You and I

  • How will we respond?
    • Do we believe we are sinners?
    • Have we confessed and repented of our sin?
  • If you have not confessed then you are still in your sins
    • You will suffer for your sins
    • Jesus was forsaken on the cross - awful spiritual darkness (to take away our sins)
    • If we do not confess our sins, we will be forsaken for all our sins
    • Propitiation - Jesus turned away God's anger towards us
  • Have you believed in Jesus?
    • Quote from convert from Islam
    • Do you know that your sins are forgiven?
    • Challenge

Closing Remarks

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

Sermon Passage:

Isaiah 53:4

4Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. (KJV)

Matthew 27:32-56

32And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross. 33And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, 34They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. 35And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. 36And sitting down they watched him there; 37And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. 38Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. 39And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, 40And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. 41Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, 42He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. 43He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. 44The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth. 45Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. 46And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? 47Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. 48And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. 49The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. 50Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 51And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; 52And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. 54Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God. 55And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him: 56Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's children. (KJV)

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