Sinfulness to Salvation

Good Friday message on ‘Sinfulness to Salvation’ by Wong Chong Wah @ BRGH
#Isaiah 53

Nails crown cross

Introduction to Isaiah 53
Consider a man who was mocked & hated
Yet remembered for all the generations – today 20 centuries after his death
Yes does not end with his death
Isaiah 53 talks about this man

The servant of God
– Establishing justice for all
– Restoration of Jews & light to Gentiles
– God given wisdom
– Servant as the one who suffers & dies

Who has believed our message?
Nobody Isaiah!
But Isaiah doesn’t give up, “Watch this man. And you will see what He says is fulfilled”

Isaiah 53 in summary:
The innocent servant Jesus will die on the cross in place of the guilty
1-4: life
5-8: suffering
9 : burial
10-12: resurrection

Humiliation (1-2)

Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? 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. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭53‬:‭1-2‬ NIV)

A tender shoot – men did not believe Him or His word (sarcasm & doubt)
Dressed like a servant; only 4 things on Him during crucifixion- sandals, tunic, turban & outer garment
Valued at only 30pcs of silver (In Exodus, that is the price paid for killing a servant)

Rejected (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. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭53‬:‭3‬ NIV)

There are things we are attracted to today:
– Wealth (Like Pharisees in His time; Some ‘churches’ today promise wealth & health)
– Fame (Want to be seated near head of table; Want to take photo with famous people)
– (False) Humility (Prayed thank God I am not like the tax collector)
– Pampered (Want the best of everything even resorting to theft & selling own body)

Punished (4-6)

punished nailed

Surely HE took up OUR pain and bore OUR suffering, yet we considered HIM punished by God, stricken by HIM, and afflicted. 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. (Isaiah‬ ‭53‬:‭4-6NIV)

Via Dolorosa
Via Dolorosa

HE took up punishment for OUR faults
Sacrifice for our sin so we are accepted by God
Wounded & pierced is not the usual punishment & not known during the Isaiah’s time (Remember written more than 700years before crucifixion & in accurate detail!)
Flogged, wounded & needed to carry own cross
Made to walk the longest snaking road possible deliberately – Via Dolorosa
The most humiliating form of punishment
Punished for you & for me

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭2‬:‭4-5‬ NIV)

Trials (7-8)

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 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. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭53‬:‭7-8‬ NIV)

Total of 7 trials Jesus went through
Illegal trials failed interrogation
False witnesses
Pilot tried to release Jesus but was too weak to do so
Jesus kept quiet to fulfill even though tortured & His life is at stake
Jesus the Passover lamb
John, “Here comes the lamb of God”
Revelation mentions “lamb” more than 28x
If criminal crucified, no relatives would come to claim body which soldiers would be thrown to the dump site
But Jesus had 2 secret disciples Joseph of Arimathea & Nicodemus
Conspiracy theory that a group of people all behaved in a certain way purposely to fulfill what was prophesied in Isaiah? Possible?!

Satisfaction (from God’s point of view) (9-11)

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. Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes 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. After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭53‬:‭9-11‬ NIV)

Jesus did not attempt to be a martyr
He fulfilled God’s plan


Jesus died so we can have life (12)

Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, 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. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭53‬:‭12‬ NIV)

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