We continue our study of the book of Isaiah for this Lenten season. Over the next seven weeks, we’ll study Isaiah 49-55 which focuses on the great rescue and help that we need through God’s Servant, Jesus. The servant in Isaiah 1-48 is the people of God, Israel. Now (Isaiah 49-53) the focus shifts to a particular servant, one who will do everything God’s people should have done but failed to. He will serve faithfully, obey completely, lead humbly, establish justice, and bring the knowledge of God to the ends of the earth. Though innocent he will suffer in place of God’s guilty people to reconcile them to God.
The Servant Who Saves
Sermons in this series
The centerpiece and middle part of the five-part Servant Song that is Isaiah 52:13-53:12 brings to the foreground the Servant’s suffering. He was indeed characterized by grief and sorrow, as 53:3 taught, but those sorrows were not his own: they were ours, which he lifted off of us and placed on himself. Carrying our sins and sorrows made him our substitute, the one who suffered on our behalf, the one whose suffering saved us and brought us peace.
Join us as we dive into “Substitute Suffering” from Isaiah 53:4-6 and see how all of our griefs, all of our sins, and all of our defects are healed at the cross of Jesus Christ.
As we begin studying the last of the Servant Songs in Isaiah, we are immediately disoriented by the sight of a supremely exalted Servant so disfigured by suffering that those who see this Suffering Servant cringe in horror, asking, “is this guy even human anymore?” So unfathomable is the wisdom of God that this Servant was despised, rejected, and considered insignificant.
But in his untold suffering comes our unearned salvation and his unending exaltation! So join us as we study “The Insignificant Savior” in Isaiah 52:13-53:3.
As we enter into the Christian season of Lent leading up to Easter, we focus on what it took for the Father to rescue and reconcile us to himself. We see Jesus’ obedience in place of our failure, and the terrible price he willingly paid out of love for us. We see the Servant of God who hears and speaks God’s words, faithfully obeys God, and persists by faith in the face of opposition. Join us as we look at “The Faithful Disciple” from Isaiah 50:4-9.
Start this year’s Lenten season with a service of prayer, humility, and the reminder of our frailty and need of a savior.