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12222013 who do men say that the son of man is

  1. 1. Who do men say that the Son of Man is? Pastor.ctj 12/22/2013 Isaiah 52:13-15, 53:1-12 (HCSB) See, My Servant will act wisely; He will be raised and lifted up and greatly exalted. Just as many were appalled at You— His appearance was so disfigured that He did not look like a man, and His form did not resemble a human being— so He will sprinkle many nations. Kings will shut their mouths because of Him, For they will see what had not been told them, and they will understand what they had not heard. 1 Who has believed what we have heard? And who has the arm of the LORD been revealed to? 2 He grew up before Him like a young plant and like a root out of dry ground. He didn’t have an impressive form or majesty that we should look at Him, no appearance that we should desire Him. 3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of suffering who knew what sickness was. He was like someone people turned away from; He was despised, and we didn’t value Him. 4 Yet He Himself bore our sicknesses, and He carried our pains; but we in turn regarded Him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds. 6 We all went astray like sheep; we all have turned to our own way; and the LORD has punished Him for the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughter and like a sheep silent before her shearers, He did not open His mouth. 8 He was taken away because of oppression and judgment; and who considered His fate? For He was cut off from the land of the living; He was struck because of my people’s rebellion. 9 They made His grave with the wicked and with a rich man at His death, although He had done no violence and had not spoken deceitfully. 10 Yet the LORD was pleased to crush Him severely. When You make Him a restitution offering, He will see ⌊His⌋ seed, He will prolong His days, and by His hand, the LORD’s pleasure will be accomplished. 11 He will see ⌊it⌋ out of His anguish, and He will be satisfied with His knowledge. My righteous Servant will justify many, and He will carry their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will give Him the many as a portion, and He will receive the mighty as spoil, because He submitted Himself to death, and was counted among the rebels; yet He bore the sin of many and interceded for the rebels. © The Repairer’s Fellowship “Building Community, one house at a time”
  2. 2. Selah, Pause and think about this… Isaiah 53 is a past present and future text. Written some 700 years before Jesus’ incarnation, it deals with all of the major points of the Gospel Message: Sin/Rebellion Alienation Particular Redemption Substitutionary Atonement Justification And while it was written in past tense, it speaks to what the children of Israel have yet to confess, but will… It is a conversation between YHWH and the Redeemed: YHWH Speaks - 52:12-15 . The redeemed speak – 53:1-10 YHWH speaks 53:11-12 © The Repairer’s Fellowship “Building Community, one house at a time”
  3. 3. What is Isaiah 53:5 really about??? 5 But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds. Why did I ask the Isaiah 53:5 question? I asked because I wonder about our interpretation. Most of the time, when I hear Christians speak of physical healing, they will use the last half of the last sentence. They use it ‘claim their healing’ . I do not think however, that this is an accurate usage. Isaiah 53:5 Hebrew Study Bible ‫ָ֤ר ש ָ֙נּו֙ ע ָ֔יו ּובח ֻרתֹ֖ו נ ְפא־ לֽנּו׃‬ ‫ִר‬ ‫ֲב‬ ‫ל‬ ‫ְ לֹומ‬ ‫ְהּוא֙ מ ָ֣ל מפש ָ֔נּו מד ָ֖א מע ָ֑ינּו מּוס‬ ‫ֲֹונֹת‬ ‫ְ ֻכ‬ ‫ְִ ע‬ ‫ְ חֹל‬ ‫ו‬ KJV with Strong's - 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 The word for heal in the Hebrew is Rapha, which should be a familiar word for us, and it has more than one sense and use. For example: 1 Kings 18:30 (KJV) - 30 And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down. Rapha used here, is to repair a broken thing 2 Kings 2:21 (KJV) 21 And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus saith the LORD, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land. Rapha used here, means to ‘heal’ or purify a heretofore unclean thing, and is the same usage as 2 Chronicles 7:14 2 Chronicles 30:20 (KJV) . 20 And the LORD hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people. In this usage, the LORD is not physically healing the people. Verses 13-20 make clear that the context is a restoration of relationship, This is the context of Psalm 41:4 as well: David declares: “I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.” © The Repairer’s Fellowship “Building Community, one house at a time”
  4. 4. What is Isaiah 53:5 really about??? The Prophet Isaiah uses the term to address both physical and terrestrial healing I Chapter 19 Isaiah 19:20-22 (KJV) 20 And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the LORD because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a saviour, and a great one, and he shall deliver them. 21 And the LORD shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the LORD in that day, and shall do sacrifice and oblation; yea, they shall vow a vow unto the LORD, and perform it. 22 And the LORD shall smite Egypt: he shall smite and heal it: and they shall return even to the LORD, and he shall be intreated of them, and shall heal them. Jeremiah as well uses this word to describe a healing of the breach between God and Man brought on by sin, when he says: Jeremiah 3:20-22 (KJV) 20 Surely as a wife treacherously departeth from her husband, so have ye dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel, saith the LORD. 21 A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel: for they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten the LORD their God. 22 Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the LORD our God. . In this context, and with this information, let us re-examine Isaiah 53:5 Throughout the verse there is a contrasting of the physical suffering of Jesus and the Spiritual situation that it addresses: © The Repairer’s Fellowship “Building Community, one house at a time”
  5. 5. What is Isaiah 53:5 really about??? Physical Suffering Spiritual situation addressed Wounded For our transgressions Bruised For our iniquities Chastisement (punishment/price/penalty) laid upon Him For (the restoration of ) our Peace (with God) His Stripes (scourging with a whip) Causes Our Healing – But what Healing is this? What needs to be healed? The very next verses contain the answer: Isaiah 53:6-9 (KJV) 6 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. 7 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. 8 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. 9 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. Ironically His wounds, inflicted by the soldiers’ scourging and which were followed by His death, are the means of healing believers’ spiritual wounds in salvation.” (p. 1108, emphasis added). - The Bible Knowledge Commentary The Apostle Peter seems to also maintain this belief: 1 Peter 2:21-25 (HCSB) 21 For you were called to this, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in His steps. 22 He did not commit sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth; 23 when He was reviled, He did not revile in return; when He was suffering, He did not threaten but entrusted Himself to the One who judges justly. 24 He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that, having died to sins, we might live for righteousness; you have been .healed by His wounds. 25 For you were like sheep going astray, but you have now returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls. In verse 24, the Greek word used here is iaomai (iaomai, it appears 26 times in the NT ) and it means: 1) to cure, heal, 2) to make whole, 3) to free from errors and sins, to bring about (one's) salvation. © The Repairer’s Fellowship “Building Community, one house at a time”
  6. 6. Who do man say that the Son of Man is? Matthew 13:13-18 Mary of Nazareth, "pregnant teenage girl," was the last person you would expect to end up as a statue in every church and home at Christmas time. She was the last person you would expect to have churches and schools and shrines dedicated to. Mary was from the wrong side of Palestine. Nazareth was a place no one cared about. In the words of one of Jesus' own disciples: "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" She was a woman in a society where women had little power, and becoming pregnant without the help of your husband was a death sentence in her time. But it is this pregnant teenager from a bad neighborhood who, this season, will hold God inside of her body. It is this pregnant teenager from a bad neighborhood who is, for nine months, the only creature on earth to be physically touching the incarnate body of our Lord. And it is this pregnant teenager from a bad neighborhood who, in a few days, will be the first priest to hold the body of Christ in front of her and say: "This is my body, and this is my blood.“ God loves disguises. So look around you today. And be a bit more curious about the characters that inhabit your life. – Rev. Vicki Flippin (UMC Pastor) ‘Jesus Christ was white’ – Megyn Kelly (Fox News Host) I'm a Christian. I'm a Catholic. And I can look at the Bible and say parts of it are obviously utterly ridiculous.- Piers Morgan (CNN Host) . "An astonishing and horrible thing has been committed in the land: The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own power. And My people love to have it so." - Jeremiah 5:30-31 © The Repairer’s Fellowship “Building Community, one house at a time”
  7. 7. Just Like Nicodemus, folk keep missing… John 3:1-21 1) Approach the scriptures from a position of presumption, which blinds them. 2) Continue to shape Jesus into their own image and likeness based on their preference instead of the scripture. 3) Continue to do so despite clear and irrefutable evidence from the scripture to the contrary. 4) Fail to see that what they miss is what is most important. 5) Trust in their own works. 6) Have faith in their own righteousness. 7) Will have to, when confronted with/by the truth, make major decisions… (Psalm 118:22, Matthew 21:42-44 Acts 4:11) For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart. No creature is hidden from Him, but all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account. - Hebrews 4:12-13 (HCSB) . © The Repairer’s Fellowship “Building Community, one house at a time”
  8. 8. Who does the Bible say He is? See, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will give to David a true Branch, and he will be ruling as king, acting wisely, doing what is right, and judging uprightly in the land. In his days Judah will have salvation and Israel will be living without fear: and this is the name by which he will be named, The Lord is our righteousness. - Jeremiah 23:5-6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. - Isaiah 9:6-7 (KJV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it. - John 1:1-5 (HCSB) All things have been entrusted to Me by My Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son desires to reveal Him. – Matt 11:27 (HCSB) Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage. Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men. And when He had come as a man in His external form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death— even to death on a cross. For this reason God highly . exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow— of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth— and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. - Philippians 2:5-11 (HCSB) © The Repairer’s Fellowship “Building Community, one house at a time”
  9. 9. Who does the Bible say He is? “I assure you: Anyone who hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not come under judgment but has passed from death to life. “I assure you: An hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For just as the Father has life in Himself, so also He has granted to the Son to have life in Himself. And He has granted Him the right to pass judgment, because He is the Son of Man. Do not be amazed at this, because a time is coming when all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come out—those who have done good things, to the resurrection of life, but those who have done wicked things, to the resurrection of judgment. - John 5:24-29 (HCSB) Then they went into Capernaum, and right away He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath and began to teach. They were astonished at His teaching because, unlike the scribes, He was teaching them as one having authority. Just then a man with an unclean spirit was in their synagogue. He cried out, “What do You have to do with us, Jesus—Nazarene? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” But Jesus rebuked him and said, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit convulsed him, shouted with a loud voice, and came out of him. Then they were all amazed, so they began to argue with one another, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.” News about Him then spread throughout the entire vicinity of Galilee. Mark 1:21-28 (HCSB) The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! - John 1:29 (HCSB) Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, .numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!" And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all therein, saying, "To him who sits upon the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might for ever and ever!" And the four living creatures said, "Amen!" and the elders fell down and worshiped. – Rev. 5:11-14 © The Repairer’s Fellowship “Building Community, one house at a time”
  10. 10. What Did Jesus say about homosexuality? 1 - Jesus said that He came not to abolish the law, but to fulfill it. In other words, the Old Testament law, even in Jesus’ day, was still in force and Jesus accepted it. That is the same law that condemns homosexuality in the Book of Leviticus. Matthew 5:17-19 (HCSB) 17 “Don’t assume that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For I assure you: Until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or one stroke of a letter will pass from the law until all things are accomplished. 19 Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches people to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever practices and teaches ⌊these commands⌋ will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 2-(Jesus states that all sexual acts committed outside of marriage defile a human being. Matthew 15:10-20 (HCSB) 10 Summoning the crowd, He told them, “Listen and understand: 11 It’s not what goes into the mouth that defiles a man, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.” 12 Then the disciples came up and told Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard this statement?” 13 He replied, “Every plant that My heavenly Father didn’t plant will be uprooted. 14 Leave them alone! They are blind guides. And if the blind guide the blind, both will fall into a pit.” 15 Then Peter replied to Him, “Explain this parable to us.” 16 “Are even you still lacking in understanding?” He asked. 17 “Don’t you realize that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is eliminated? 18 But what comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and this defiles a man. 19 For from the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual immoralities, thefts, false testimonies, blasphemies. 20 These are the things that defile a man, but eating with unwashed hands does not defile a man.” 3-Jesus said that marriage, as God intended it, is the union of one man and one woman. .Matthew 19:4-6 (HCSB) 4 “Haven’t you read,” He replied, “that He who created them in the beginning made them male and female,” 5 and He also said: “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate.” © The Repairer’s Fellowship “Building Community, one house at a time”
  11. 11. Next Week… Self- Examination Pt.4 (Real World Application) 13 Who is wise and has understanding among you? He should show his works by good conduct with wisdom’s gentleness. 14 But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your heart, don’t brag and deny the truth. 15 Such wisdom does not come from above but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where envy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every kind of evil. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without favoritism and hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who cultivate peace. James 3:13-18 (HCSB) © The Repairer’s Fellowship “Building Community, one house at a time”