Nov 16-22-08 The Suffering Christ


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Our little Church is using a Chronological Bible Reading Schedule by Skip Andrews. It can be found here:
Each Sunday a lesson is given from some of that week's reading. This lesson covers Nov 16-22

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Nov 16-22-08 The Suffering Christ

  1. 1. THE SUFFERING CHRIST <ul><li>Would you be able to explain to someone where the Scriptures speak about Jesus, “beginning at Moses and all the Prophets?” </li></ul><ul><li>( Luke 24:27 ) </li></ul>
  2. 2. THE SUFFERING CHRIST <ul><li>That’s what the Lord did with two of His disciples on the road to Emmaus. He explained how the Old Testament—the only inspired Scriptures in existence at that time—foretold His coming as the Messiah. </li></ul>
  3. 3. THE SUFFERING CHRIST <ul><li>An entire list of the 0ld Testament texts to which Jesus probably referred would be too lengthy to publish here. But one book that He undoubtedly spent a lot of time on was Isaiah. </li></ul>
  4. 4. THE SUFFERING CHRIST <ul><li>No other Old Testament prophet made as many references to the coming Messiah as did Isaiah. Notice his emphasis on the Messiah as a suffering servant, a role that Jesus fulfilled: </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Suffering Servant <ul><li>Would be widely rejected </li></ul><ul><li>Isaiah 53:1 NET Who would have believed what we just heard? </li></ul><ul><li>When was the LORD's power revealed through him? </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Suffering Servant <ul><li>Isaiah 53:3 NET He was despised and rejected by people, </li></ul><ul><li>one who experienced pain and was acquainted with illness; </li></ul><ul><li>people hid their faces from him; </li></ul><ul><li>he was despised, and we considered him insignificant. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Jesus <ul><li>Jesus came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.” </li></ul><ul><li>John 1:11 NET He came to what was his own, but his own people </li></ul><ul><li>did not receive him. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Jesus <ul><li>John 12:37 NET Although Jesus had performed so many miraculous </li></ul><ul><li>signs before them, they still refused to believe in him, 38 so that the </li></ul><ul><li>word of Isaiah the prophet would be fulfilled. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Jesus <ul><li>He said, &quot; Lord, who </li></ul><ul><li>has believed our message, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? &quot; </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Suffering Servant <ul><li>Would be disfigured by suffering Isaiah 52:14 NET (just as many were horrified by the sight of you) he was so disfigured he no longer looked like a man; </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Suffering Servant <ul><li>Isaiah 53:2 NET H e sprouted up like a twig before God, </li></ul><ul><li>like a root out of parched soil; </li></ul><ul><li>he had no stately form or majesty that might catch our attention, </li></ul><ul><li>no special appearance that we should want to follow him. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Jesus <ul><li>Pilate had Jesus </li></ul><ul><li>scourged (beaten): </li></ul><ul><li>Roman soldiers placed a crown of thorns on His head struck Him on the head with a stick, and spat on Him. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Jesus <ul><li>Mark 15:15 NET Because he wanted to satisfy the crowd, Pilate </li></ul><ul><li>released Barabbas for them. Then, after he had Jesus flogged, </li></ul><ul><li>he handed him over to be crucified. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Jesus <ul><li>Mark 15:17 NET They put a purple cloak on him and after braiding a crown of thorns, they put it on him. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Jesus <ul><li>Mark 15:19 NET Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Then they knelt down and paid homage to him. </li></ul>
  16. 16. The Suffering Servant <ul><li>Would voluntarily accept the pain, suffering, and death that sinners deserve. </li></ul><ul><li>Isaiah 53:7 NET He was treated harshly and afflicted, but he did not even open his mouth. </li></ul>
  17. 17. The Suffering Servant <ul><li>Like a lamb led to the slaughtering block, like a sheep silent before her shearers, </li></ul><ul><li>he did not even open his mouth. 8 He was led away after an unjust trial — but who even cared? </li></ul>
  18. 18. The Suffering Servant <ul><li>Indeed, he was cut off from the land of the living; </li></ul><ul><li>because of the rebellion of his own people he was wounded. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Jesus <ul><li>As the Good Shepherd, Jesus laid down His life for His “sheep.” </li></ul><ul><li>John 10:11 NET &quot;I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Jesus <ul><li>John 19:30 NET When he had received the sour wine, </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus said, </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;It is completed!&quot; Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. </li></ul>
  21. 21. The Suffering Servant <ul><li>Would make atonement for sin through His blood. </li></ul><ul><li>Isaiah 52:15 NET his form was so marred he no longer looked human — so now he will startle many nations. </li></ul>
  22. 22. The Suffering Servant <ul><li>Kings will be shocked by his exaltation, for they will witness something unannounced to them, and they will understand something they had not heard about. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Jesus <ul><li>Believers are redeemed and saved through the blood of Christ. </li></ul><ul><li>1 Peter 1:15 NET but, like the Holy One who called you, become </li></ul><ul><li>holy yourselves in all of your conduct, 16 for it is written, &quot; You </li></ul><ul><li>shall be holy, because I am holy .&quot; </li></ul>
  24. 24. Jesus <ul><li>17 And if you address as Father the one who impartially judges according to each one's work, live out the time of your temporary residence here in reverence. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Jesus <ul><li>18 You know that from your empty way of life inherited from your ancestors you were ransomed — not by perishable things like silver or gold, </li></ul>
  26. 26. Jesus <ul><li>19 but by precious blood like that of an unblemished and </li></ul><ul><li>spotless lamb, namely Christ. </li></ul>
  27. 27. The Suffering Servant <ul><li>Would take upon Himself the grief of human sin and sorrow. </li></ul><ul><li>Isaiah 53:4 NET But he lifted up our illnesses, he carried our pain; even though we thought he was being punished, attacked by God, and afflicted for something he had done. </li></ul>
  28. 28. The Suffering Servant <ul><li>5 He was wounded because of our rebellious deeds, </li></ul><ul><li>crushed because of our sins; </li></ul><ul><li>he endured punishment that made us well; because of his wounds we have been healed. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Jesus <ul><li>Jesus was “delivered up because of our offenses;” </li></ul><ul><li>Romans 4:25 NET He was given over because of our transgressions </li></ul><ul><li>and was raised for the sake of our justification. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Jesus <ul><li>He ‘bore our sins in His own body </li></ul><ul><li>on the tree,” and by His stripes we were healed </li></ul><ul><li>1 Peter 2:24 NET He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, </li></ul><ul><li>that we may cease from sinning and live for righteousness. </li></ul>
  31. 31. Jesus <ul><li>By his wounds you were healed . 25 For you were going astray like sheep but now you have turned back to the shepherd and guardian of your souls. </li></ul>
  32. 32. The Suffering Servant <ul><li>Would die on behalf of “the iniquity </li></ul><ul><li>[sin] of us all.” </li></ul><ul><li>Isaiah 53:6 NET All of us had wandered off like sheep; each of us had strayed off on his own path, but the LORD caused the sin of all of us to attack him. </li></ul>
  33. 33. The Suffering Servant <ul><li>Isaiah 53:8 NET He was led away after an unjust trial — </li></ul><ul><li>but who even cared? </li></ul><ul><li>Indeed, he was cut off from the land of the living; because of the rebellion of his own people he was wounded. </li></ul>
  34. 34. Jesus <ul><li>God made Jesus “who knew no sin to be sin for us.” </li></ul><ul><li>2 Corinthians 5:21 NET God made the one who did not know sin to </li></ul><ul><li>be sin for us, so that in him we would become the righteousness of God. </li></ul>
  35. 35. The Suffering Servant <ul><li>Would die in order to make </li></ul><ul><li>“ intercession for the transgressor” </li></ul><ul><li>Isaiah 53:12 NET So I will assign him a portion with the multitudes, </li></ul><ul><li>he will divide the spoils of victory with the powerful, </li></ul>
  36. 36. The Suffering Servant <ul><li>because he willingly submitted to death and was numbered with the rebels, when he lifted up the sin of many and intervened on behalf of the rebels.&quot; </li></ul>
  37. 37. Jesus <ul><li>Jesus was crucified between two robbers, one on His right and the other on His left; </li></ul><ul><li>Mark 15:27 NET And they crucified two outlaws with him, one on his right and one on his left. </li></ul>
  38. 38. Jesus <ul><li>Luke 22:37 NET For I tell you that this scripture must be fulfilled in me, ' And he was counted with the transgressors .' For what is written about </li></ul><ul><li>me is being fulfilled.&quot; </li></ul>
  39. 39. Jesus <ul><li>More generally, He is the one </li></ul><ul><li>“Mediator between God and men” </li></ul><ul><li>1 Timothy 2:5 NET For there is one God and one intermediary between God and humanity, Christ Jesus, himself human, </li></ul>
  40. 40. The Suffering Servant <ul><li>Would be buried in a rich man’s tomb </li></ul><ul><li>Isaiah 53:9 NET They intended to bury him with criminals, </li></ul><ul><li>but he ended up in a rich man's tomb, because he had committed no violent deeds, nor had he spoken deceitfully. </li></ul>
  41. 41. Jesus <ul><li>Joseph of Arimathea placed the body of Jesus in his own new tomb. </li></ul><ul><li>John 19:38 NET After this, Joseph of Arimathea, a disciple of Jesus </li></ul><ul><li>(but secretly, because he feared the Jewish leaders ), asked Pilate if he </li></ul><ul><li>could remove the body of Jesus. </li></ul>
  42. 42. Jesus <ul><li>Pilate gave him permission, so he went and took the body away. 39 Nicodemus, the man who had previously come to Jesus at night, accompanied Joseph, carrying a mixture of myrrh and aloes weighing about seventy-five pounds. </li></ul>
  43. 43. Jesus <ul><li>40 Then they took Jesus' body </li></ul><ul><li>and wrapped it, with the aromatic spices, in strips of linen cloth according </li></ul><ul><li>to Jewish burial customs. </li></ul>
  44. 44. Jesus <ul><li>41 Now at the place where Jesus was crucified </li></ul><ul><li>there was a garden, and in the garden was a new tomb where no one had </li></ul><ul><li>yet been buried. </li></ul>
  45. 45. Jesus <ul><li>42 And so, because it was the Jewish day of preparation </li></ul><ul><li>and the tomb was nearby, they placed Jesus' body there. </li></ul>
  46. 46. The Suffering Servant <ul><li>Would bring salvation to those who </li></ul><ul><li>believed in Him </li></ul><ul><li>Isaiah 53:10 NET Though the LORD desired to crush him and make him ill, once restitution is made, </li></ul><ul><li>he will see descendants and enjoy long life, and the LORD's purpose will be accomplished through him. </li></ul>
  47. 47. The Suffering Servant <ul><li>11 Having suffered, he will reflect on his work, </li></ul><ul><li>he will be satisfied when he understands what he has done. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;My servant will acquit many, </li></ul><ul><li>for he carried their sins. </li></ul>
  48. 48. Jesus <ul><li>Jesus promised that whoever believes in Him would </li></ul><ul><li>not perish but have everlasting life. </li></ul><ul><li>John 3:16 NET For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. </li></ul>
  49. 49. Jesus <ul><li>The early church proclaimed that same message. </li></ul><ul><li>Acts 16:31 NET They replied, &quot;Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, you and your household.&quot; </li></ul>
  50. 50. The Suffering Servant <ul><li>Would be exalted and extolled </li></ul><ul><li>and be very high” </li></ul><ul><li>Isaiah 52:13 NET &quot;Look, my servant will succeed! </li></ul><ul><li>He will be elevated, lifted high, and greatly exalted — </li></ul>
  51. 51. Jesus <ul><li>God has “highly exalted [Jesus] and given Him the name” of Lord, to whom “every knee should bow.” </li></ul><ul><li>Philippians 2:9 NET As a result God exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, </li></ul>
  52. 52. Jesus <ul><li>10 so that at the name of Jesus </li></ul><ul><li>every knee will bow </li></ul><ul><li>— in heaven and on earth and under the earth — </li></ul><ul><li>11 and every tongue confess </li></ul><ul><li>that Jesus Christ is Lord </li></ul><ul><li>to the glory of God the Father. </li></ul>
  53. 53. Jesus Is ALIVE!! <ul><li>As believers in Jesus the Christ we know these things happened. We also know Jesus didn’t stay in the tomb. He overcame death and rose again. </li></ul>
  54. 54. CARROTS, NOT STICKS <ul><li>As believers, we are called to proclaim the message of Christ to unbelievers in the best way we know how, being faithful to the truth. </li></ul>
  55. 55. CARROTS, NOT STICKS <ul><li>That’s really all that Peter did at Pentecost, but his speech produced dramatic results the small band of Christ’s followers added 3,000 believers that day. </li></ul>
  56. 56. CARROTS, NOT STICKS <ul><li>In the same way, each of us needs to speak up as best we can when the opportunity presents itself. What we say will reflect our understanding of the faith at the time. </li></ul>
  57. 57. CARROTS, NOT STICKS <ul><li>We may not sound as impressive as Peter, or a minister, or some other believer. But at least our message will be authentic. </li></ul>
  58. 58. CARROTS, NOT STICKS <ul><li>Notice that Peter did not call for an immediate response. Only after God’s Spirit had “cut to the heart” those in the audience and they asked for help did he explain what they ought to do. </li></ul>
  59. 59. CARROTS, NOT STICKS <ul><li>In the same way we need to offer the “carrot” of truth to others—the facts of the gospel and our experience of it—and let the Holy Spirit wield the “stick” of conviction. </li></ul>
  60. 60. CARROTS, NOT STICKS <ul><li>We should strive for impact and understanding before pressing for a decision. That might take weeks or years, or just moments. </li></ul>
  61. 61. CARROTS, NOT STICKS <ul><li>But we need the sensitive timing of a midwife as we assist in the spiritual birthing process. </li></ul><ul><li>(Word In Life Study Bible) </li></ul>
  62. 62. Planting, Watering, Harvesting <ul><li>Are we planting seeds? Offering a “carrot” of truth to people we come in contact with? </li></ul><ul><li>We cannot convert people to following Jesus, but we must be doing the planting and watering allowing the Holy Spirit to do the HEAVY LIFTING!! </li></ul>
  63. 63. Planting, Watering, Harvesting <ul><li>When the ground work is done, the seed has been planted, watering has been provided, The Holy Spirit has brought forth growth, we must be standing by to do the harvesting. </li></ul>
  64. 64. Planting, Watering, Harvesting <ul><li>There’s work to be done in the world’s garden. Are we laying the ground work, planting, watering, and ready to harvest when the opportunity presents itself? </li></ul>