The Rejection of Jesus (1 of 4) by Jonathan McLeod

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The Rejection of Jesus (1 of 4)
Series: Born to Die
Jonathan McLeod
Isaiah 52:13-53:3

13 Behold, my servant shall act wisely;
he shall be high and lifted up,
and shall be exalted.
14 As many were astonished at you-
his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance,
and his form beyond that of the children of mankind-
15 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.

1 Who has believed what he has heard from us?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2 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.
3 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.

THE IDENTITY OF THE SERVANT

This week I caught a few minutes of Oprah’s Favorite Things episode. You have probably seen one of these episodes. Oprah reveals all of her favorite things and gives them for free to ecstatic audience members. This year’s list of Favorite Things included a 7-day cruise, a 52-inch 3D television, and a 2012 Volkswagen Beetle. Obviously, these are very nice things and it’s always nice to get free stuff, but isn’t it true that these things can only bring temporary joy? As I watched the excitement of the studio audience, I thought of the indifference many people show toward the message of Jesus Christ. If we get excited about anything, we should get excited that Jesus came to earth to give us lasting joy. He was born to die for our salvation.

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Isaiah 52:13-53:12 is the fourth and final Servant Song in the book of Isaiah. Who is the suffering servant in this passage? (Judaism believes that Israel is the servant.)

The suffering servant is JESUS CHRIST.

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