October 25, 2017 Who Jesus 3

Last Week:

Jesus’ earthly ministry—Miracles, Mayhem and Mercy

                Miracles-- To display the power of God, and affirm his place as the Messiah

                Mayhem—Proving to those around Him that He is the messiah they had been waiting for, and that their self-righteous religion is not what God desires

                Mercy—Showing them that what they needed was not legalism but a relationship with Him. Jesus’ act of mercy continued on through what we talked about last week. Tonight we are talking about the ultimate act of mercy, Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.

I.                    THE DEATH

Isaiah 53 is the main text

53:1-4

Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground.

He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 3 He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.

Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God,

    stricken by him, and afflicted.

                Talk about how the Pharisees and others treated Him before the crucifixion.

·         They call him the devil (Matthew 12:24)

·         They mocked him, saying that He can’t even save Himself (Matthew 27:41-43)

·         The Romans mocked him (Matthew 27:27-31)

A.      The Garden

 

                Talk about the Garden of Gethsemane where he felt the full weight of sin. (Luke 22:39-44)

·         Jesus was suffering from a condition called hematidrosis

o   Hematidrosis is a condition in which capillary blood vessels that feed the sweat glands rupture, causing them to exude blood, occurring under conditions of extreme physical or emotional stress.[4] Severe mental anxiety activates the sympathetic nervous system to invoke the stress-fight or flight reaction to such a degree as to cause hemorrhage of the vessels supplying the sweat glands into the ducts of the sweat glands.[5] It has been suggested that acute fear and extreme stress can cause hematidrosis.[6]

·         Jesus in the garden here was not a happy go lucky, excited about execution moment. Jesus here felt the full weight of the cup of wrath that awaited Him for the sins of humanity. He never sinned but would feel for the first time, separation from God.

B.      The Crucifixion

 

Why did Jesus have to be sacrificed in the first place? (Isaiah 53:5-8)

But he was pierced for our transgressions,  he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth, he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression[a] and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished.[b]

Leviticus 16: 7-10 (The Scapegoat)

·         Here, God tells Moses that it is necessary for there to be two goats for the sacrifice and atonement of sin.

o   One goat is to be sacrificed as a sin offering, the other is to be led to the wilderness to die.

o   The goat that goes to the wilderness is called Azazel, which means “scapegoat”.

o   When you look at the death of Christ, He is the fulfilling of both of these sacrifices. Not only is he offered as a sacrifice for our sin, he is also led outside the city to die. He died to make atonement for our sin, but also carried them away as he hung on the cross.

·         Leviticus: 17:11, 14

o   We see here that God tells Moses that the blood is identified with life.  It was only through the shedding of blood that sins are atoned for.

o   A sacrifice must be a costly thing. It must be something that we hold highly valuable, something that would be difficult to live without.

o   What is the most valuable thing you have, monetarily or sentimentally?

o   What if God asked you to give that up for Him, to sacrifice it on the altar?

o   This is exactly what God did with His Son.

 

·         He was pierced for our sins; he was the atonement necessary for our forgiveness.

§  God paid the ultimate price for us because we are incapable. Through the life of Christ as we looked at last week, He was the spotless lamb that was necessary for our redemption.

·         Jesus poured out His blood at the cross and was buried

II.                  The Burial (Isaiah 53:9-10)

He was assigned a grave with the wicked,  and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes[c] his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.11 After he has suffered, he will see the light of life[d] and be satisfied[e];
by his knowledge[
f] my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.

 

a.       The Grave

According to some Jewish scholars, those that were accused of treason were not to be buried with their families, but “an area far outside the city of Jerusalem for the burial of executed criminals.”

Some scholars also argue that it was an open pit where wild dogs and birds fed on the flesh of the dead.

This is the grave that Jesus would have gotten, but we see that Joseph of Arimathea gave up his own tomb for the burial of Jesus.  (Matthew 27:57-60)

b.      The Seal of Man

                                                              i.      We see that Pilate had a seal placed on the stone that was rolled in front of the tomb. He also had guards placed on the outside of the tomb (Matthew 27:62-66)

1.       The Pharisees were terrified that Jesus actually would come back to life, so they did everything they could to prevent that.

                                                             ii.      But…we know how this ends….

III.                The Resurrection  (Isaiah 53:11-12)

After he has suffered, he will see the light of life[d] and be satisfied[e];
by his knowledge[
f] my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,[
g] and he will divide the spoils with the strong,[h] because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

a.       We know that the death of Jesus was not the end.  Even though we see in the gospels that the disciples lost hope, we don’t have to.

b.      We know that 3 days later, He rose again and claimed the victory over death. He paid the price for our sins and then reclaimed His place at the right hand of the Father.

c.       He took a lowly place with us sinners so that He may pay the price that we owed.

d.      Because He paid that price, we can have eternal life too, because His sacrifice was once and for all. We no longer have to sacrifice an animal to atone for our sins. Christ was that spotless, unblemished lamb that God required.

Conclusion:

We can get like the Pharisees and the Roman soldiers when we set our faith aside to look like the world. We mock Jesus when we choose sin over Him.

In the garden he felt the weight of my sin and your sin. On the cross He poured out His blood, gave his life so that you and I may be forgiven

He was buried and the stone was rolled to keep Him in. He rose again after 3 days to claim the victory over sin. To show that death, sin had been defeated.

Christ died to take away your and my sin. All we have to do is let Him. He came to take the punishment of our sin and in turn give us His righteousness.

Let Him do that tonight. Repent of the sin, the death that you are chasing and fall into the arms of Christ.

 

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