Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New Series: Born to Die

As we near the Christmas season, I am planning a new four-part Christmas sermon series called Born to Die. In this series, I will be preaching on Isaiah 52:13-53:12, the fourth and final Servant Song in the book of Isaiah. Of course, Christians believe that the Suffering Servant in this passage is Jesus Christ, who "bore the sin of many" (v. 12). Jesus once declared, "The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Mark 10:45). As we celebrate Christmas once again, we need to remember why Jesus was born. He was born to die.
  1. The Rejection of Jesus (52:13-53:3)
  2. The Substitution of Jesus (53:4-6)
  3. The Humiliation of Jesus (53:7-9)
  4. The Exaltation of Jesus (53:10-12)
Behold, my servant shall act wisely;
he shall be high and lifted up,

and shall be exalted.

As many were astonished at you—

his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance,

and his form beyond that of the children of mankind—

so shall he sprinkle many nations;

kings shall shut their mouths because of him;

for that which has not been told them they see,

and that which they have not heard they understand.


Who has believed what he has heard from us?

and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

For he grew up before him like a young plant,

and like a root out of dry ground;

he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,

and no beauty that we should desire him.

He was despised and rejected by men;

a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.

and as one from whom men hide their faces

he was despised, and we esteemed him not.


Surely he has borne our griefs

and carried our sorrows;

yet we esteemed him stricken,

smitten by God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions;

he was crushed for our iniquities;

upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,

and with his stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray;

we have turned—everyone—to his own way;

and the LORD has laid on him

the iniquity of us all.


He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,

yet he opened not his mouth;

like a lamb that is lead to the slaughter,

and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,

so he opened not his mouth.

By oppression and judgment he was taken away;

and as for his generation, who considered

that he was cut off out of the land of the living,

stricken for the transgression of my people?

And they made his grave with the wicked

and with a rich man in his death,

although he had done no violence,

and there was no deceit found in his mouth.


Yet is was the will of the Lord to crush him;

he has put him to grief;

when his soul makes an offering for guilt,

he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;

The will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;

by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,

make many to be accounted righteous,

and he shall bear their iniquities.

Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,

and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,

because he poured out his soul to death

and was numbered with the transgressors;

yet he bore the sin of many,

and makes intercession for the transgressors.