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Scripture for today’s sermon:
Isaiah 52:13-53:12
1 Corinthians 1:18-25, 2:14-16
Romans 3:21-26
Acts 2:23-28, 4:27-28
Hebrews 12:2

Written 700 years before the coming of Christ, this passage is referenced in all the gospels, Acts, Romans, 1 Peter and Revelation pointing to Jesus as the fulfillment of this prophecy.

Isaiah 52:14 – “Astonished” can also be translated as “appalled”; referring to the suffering and disfigurement that Jesus underwent during crucifixion.

Throughout Isaiah we see God’s promise to use a remnant of Israel to restore His people after the rest of His people have been destroyed.

How can it be that God would allow most of His chosen people to be destroyed and use a remnant to restore them to Him? At face value this often does not make sense, much like the gospel.

Unless God does a work in your life and reveals His truth to you (Isaiah 52:15), the gospel will not make any sense (1 Corinthians 2:14-15).

Physical pain was only a small part of God’s wrath poured out on Christ during His crucifixion (Isaiah 53:4). All the guilt, humiliation, and shame that follows the realization you experience when you sin (since we all know right from wrong) was experienced by Christ in a moment for the whole world as he paid the penalty for those sins on the cross.

Not only was their physical and emotional torment, Christ was separated from God the Father, whom he’d experienced perfect fellowship with His whole life.

In all of this, it was God’s delight and plan to put Christ through all of this (Isaiah 53:10, Acts 2:23). Christ knew that the joy associated with paying for our sin on the cross, would be greater than the pain He would experience.