A Sermon Outline
The Cross of Christ Isaiah 52:13-15; 53:1-12
Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: So 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. (Isaiah 52:13-15 KJV)
I. His Rejection [1-3]
Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? For 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. He 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.
A. They saw Jesus
B. They heard Jesus
C. They would not trust Jesus
1. There was a three-fold rejection
a. They rejected Jesus’ words. (reports)
b. They rejected Jesus’ works. (arm of The Lord)
c. They rejected Jesus’ person.
2. The people simply did not want Jesus.
a. Jesus was despised. He is today.
b. Jesus was forsaken. He is today.
c. Jesus was lightly esteemed. He is today.
II. His Redemption [4-6]
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But 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. All 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.
Why should an innocent man like Jesus die such a terrible death; on the cross? Here is why.
A. Jesus was taking the place of sinners & bearing their judgment.
1. The price Jesus paid. Physical Suffering
a. Wounded – pierced by nails
b. Bruised – crushed bearing the cross
c. Chastised – punished with flogging.
2. The price Jesus paid. Spiritual Suffering
a. Jesus bore our transgressions. (Intentional lawbreaking)
b. Jesus bore our iniquities.
c. Jesus bore our griefs/sorrows.
Verse 6 begins with the “all of Condemnation” and ends with the “all of Salvation.”
PRAISE THE LORD!!!
III. His Resignation [7-9]
He 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. He 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. And 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.
By resignation I mean His patience & endurance to submit Himself to the cruel cross for us. He did not have too. In His perfect will He choose to do God’s will.
A. Jesus was oppressed – harassed yet did not complain
B. Jesus was mocked yet was silent & meek as a lamb
C. Jesus was the “Lamb of God” who came to take away the sins of the world.
D. Jesus did not protest or argue, because He came to die for the sins of the world.
E. Jesus Christ is the example to us as He submitted completely to the will of God.
We ought to glorify God by yielding to His will.
IV. His Reward [10-12]
Yet 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. He 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. Therefore 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.
All of this was planned by God! It was a complete success. Is. 52:13
These verses show the Godward side of the cross.
A. Jesus’ death pleased God.
1. The plan of salvation was complete.
2. The work was done.
3. Sin was atoned for.
NOW A HOLY GOD COULD, IN HIS GRACE, SAVE UNDESERVING SINNERS!!
B. Jesus was raised from the dead.
C. Jesus is now ranked with the great.
On earth Jesus was lightly esteemed. Now kings will bow to Him. We will bow to Him. All mankind will bow to Jesus.
Have you trusted Jesus as your personal Savior?
What have you done with Jesus?
Until next time