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The Greatest Story Ever Told (9 of 10)
If you have your Bible I would like for you to turn with me to Isaiah 53:1. I want to speak this morning on this subject ''The Greatest Story Ever Told.'' It is the story of Jesus. We are going to begin reading in verse 1 and just keep your Bible open as we study what the prophet Isaiah said about Jesus, 700 years before He was born.
Someone has suggested that the book of Isaiah is the Bible in miniature because the Bible contains 66 Books, 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament, as does the Book of Isaiah. There are 66 chapters in the Book of Isaiah just as there are 66 books in the Bible. The first 39 chapters of Isaiah deal mainly with the judgment of God, as does the Old Testament. The last 27 chapters of Isaiah deal with the mercy and grace and promise of God, as does the New Testament. Martin Luther has said that the Book of Isaiah particularly the 53rd chapter is so precious that it ought to be written on parchment of gold with letters of diamonds. Truly this is one of the holy of holies of the Bible, the 53rd chapter of the Book of Isaiah because it tells of the life, the birth, the death, the resurrection, and the reign of the Lord Jesus Christ. So we have before us the old story, the precious story, the greatest story ever told.
And how sad it is in this Christmas season that there are people in our world who have never heard the story of Jesus Christ. How sad it is for a man to know the story of art and not know the story of Jesus, the one who is all together lovely, how sad it is for one to know the story of medicine and not know the story of Jesus who is the great physician. How sad it is indeed for a man to know the story of astronomy and how the heavens go and not know the story of Jesus and how to go to heaven. How sad it is for one to know the story of geology and the ages of the rocks and not know the story of Jesus who is the rock of ag ...
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