Wounded for Me - The Hero of the Story
INTRODUCTION: Isaiah 53 has been referred to as the gospel of the Old Testament evangelist. Another said it was the Mt. Everest of the Old Testament prophecy on the gospel in its essence. It looks as if it was written below the Cross.
I desire to preach a ‘‘life changing’’ sermon today, on Easter especially, however I can’t preach a life changing sermon if the ‘‘Life Changer’’ is not at the center of the sermon.
The text we are studying today presents the Hero of the Story and the Hero of the Bible. The Bible is a finely woven story of Redemption. Throughout its 66 books there is a scarlet thread that presents Christ and His story of Redemption. Redemption speaks of a price being paid as an act of saving people from sin and evil.
Redemption is the story of what Jesus Christ did for you.
C. S. Lewis, the great Christian apologist said, ‘‘When Christ died He did not die for societies or states, not for the impersonal masses of humanity, not even for men, but for each man and woman individually.’’ Lewis wrote, that if we alone were the only being created, He would have done no less. Once you understand that His death was for you and me individually, then watching the stripes inflicted upon His back and seeing the nails driven through His flesh places some serious demands on us.’’
Bill Bright of Campus Crusade For Christ,
‘‘We must individually receive Christ as our Lord and Savior.’’
I. THE PROCLAMATION OF THE
‘‘Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently;
He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high.
Just as many were astonished at you,
So His visage was marred more than any man,
And His form more than the sons of men;
So shall He sprinkle many nations.
Kings shall shut their mouths at Him;
For what had not been told them they shall see,
And what they had not heard they shall consider.’’
A. The Commencement
- Begins wi ...
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