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Who Believes in the Crucifixion?

Series: Topical

Who Believes in the Crucifixion?

April 02, 2021 | Gary Jackson

Passage: Isaiah 53:1-12

What John chapter 3 is to the Gospel of John, Isaiah chapter 53 is to the book of Isaiah. In fact, the book of Isaiah has been called the Gospel of Isaiah. Martin Luther said that every Christian ought to be able to repeat it by heart.”  – J Don Jennings

 

  1. Unbelief of Jesus

Isaiah 53:1 (KJV) “Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?”

 

Isaiah poses a question at the beginning: “Who has believed our report?” There were few in Isaiah’s day who believed what he had been reporting vocally and now was writing concerning the Messiah. Later, John reported that “He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.” (John 1:10-11) In all those intervening years between Isaiah and John, the unbelief of Israel continued. When Christ was born few expected Him to appear.

 

John 12:35-42 (KJV) 35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. 36 While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.

37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: 38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? 39 Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, 40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. 41 These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.

42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:

  1. Don’t Believe because of blinded eyes

            40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with    their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

            2 Corinthians 4:3-4 (KJV) 3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 In        whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the         light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

            B., Don’t believe because of the hardened hearts

            Unbelief not only involves spiritual blindness but also a determined resistance to God.

 

  1. Word of God

                        Jeremiah 23:29 (KJV) 29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a                              hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

                        Hebrews 4:12 (KJV) 12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper                               than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit,                  and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the             heart.

 

  1. Work of God

                        Acts 7:51 (KJV) 51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do                                    always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.

  1. Will of God

                        John 3:17-20 (KJV) 7 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the                                   world; but that the world through him might be saved.

                        18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is                                      condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only                                       begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the                             world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.                             20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest                          his deeds should be reproved.

  1. Don’t Believe because of the fear of Man

                        John 12: 37 “But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they                                 believed not on him: 38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled,                                    which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm                                  of the Lord been revealed? 39 Therefore they could not believe, because that                                    Esaias said again, 40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that                              they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be                                    converted, and I should heal them. 41 These things said Esaias, when he saw his                                     glory, and spake of him. 42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many                                             believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they                                  should be put out of the synagogue:”

  1. Don’t Believe because of the favor of men

                        42 “Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because                           of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the                                synagogue:”

SUMMARY:

John 1:6-11 (KJV) 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

Ina book “Surprised by Joy” which records A remarkably frank and beguiling account of aC.S. Lewis’sconversion. Towards the end of the book, he writes, “The things I assert most vigorously are those that I resisted long and accepted late.”

  1. Uniqueness of Jesus

2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground:

he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

 

  1. Birth
  2. Ancestry – “root out of a dry ground”

                        Isaiah 7:14 (KJV) 14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a                                 virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

 

                        “Overall, 66 percent of Americans believe Jesus was born to a virgin, down from                              73 percent in 2014. While some might expect nonbelievers to wrestle with doubts                            about the Christmas story as relayed in the Bible, the new research says there are                             actually signs of growing doubts from Christian groups as well.

                        The percentage of white mainline Protestants who believe in the virgin birth has                             declined from 83 percent to 71 percent. “

                                                                                    – Pew Research Jeannie Law Christian Post

 

  1. Announcement

                        Luke 1:26-35 (KJV) 26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God                         unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose                               name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And                                the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord                                     is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29 And when she saw him, she was                         troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should                         be. 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour                                     with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son,                       and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of                            the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:                            33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there                             shall be no end. 34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I                                   know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost                                shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee:                          therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son                             of God.

 

                        Matthew 1:20-23 (KJV) 20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel                        of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear                                   not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the                              Holy Ghost. 21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS:                                  for he shall save his people from their sins. 22 Now all this was done, that it might             be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a                                 virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name                             Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

 

 

                        Luke 2:8-11 (KJV) 8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the                           field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord                         came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they                              were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring                          you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born                          this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

 

 

  1. Attributes – no glamour or beauty

           

                        2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry                           ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no                   beauty that we should desire him.

  • Compassionate
  • Servant’s heart
  • Loving
  • Forgiving
  • Faithful
  • Prayerful
  • Gentle and kind
  • Patient
  • Self Control
  • Humble

                 

 

                       

 

III. Unprecedented Treatment of the Savior

18 different words are used to describe the sufferings of the Jesus, our Savior. Here is a list of the word: despised, rejected, sorrows, stricken, afflicted, smitten, wounded, bruised, chastisement, stripes, oppressed, slaughter, prison, judgment, cut off, death, poured out, visage marred.

 

The Lord Jesus actually suffered every type of flesh wound known to medical science. Let us briefly consider each type of wound that He suffered for us:

  1. The Contusion Wound.

            A contusion wound is produced by being struck with a blunt instrument or hand.
            Matthew 27:29-30 (KJV) 29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it       upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and            mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! 30 And they spit upon him, and took the   reed, and smote him on the head.

 

 

 

 

  1. The Laceration Wound.

            A laceration is produced by a tearing instrument. Lacerations in Jesus suffering were        produced by scourging or whipping. The scourge was made of thongs each tipped with     bone or metal. This was fulfilled as recoded in:

            John 19:1 (KJV) 1 Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him.

 

  1. The Penetration Wound.

            A penetration wound is produced by a sharp pointed instrument. The crown of thorns     produced this kind of wound upon the head of Jesus.

            Matthew 27:29 (KJV) 29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon   his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and      mocked him

 

  1. The Perforation Wound.

            The perforation wound is similar to the penetration wound however, more severe. The   perforation wound is produced by a piercing instrument. Perforating comes from a Latin      word ‘to pierce through.’

 

            Psalms 22:16 (KJV) 16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have      inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.

 

            Crucifixion was the nailing of the hands and feet to a cross. The nails were driven into      Jesus’ hands and feet. They were driven between the bones, separating, perforating the      flesh.

 

  1. The Incision Wound.

            An incision is a deep cut produced by a sharp-edged instrument.
            John 19:34 (KJV) 34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith    came there out blood and water.

 

Summary:

10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied:

by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many;

for he shall bear their iniquities.

12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great,

and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;

because he hath poured out his soul unto death:

and he was numbered with the transgressors;

and he bare the sin of many,

and made intercession for the transgressors.

 

  1. Undeniable power of His Life and Death

 

10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

 

  1. Defeat Satan

 

  1. Redeemed Man

 

Close

Dr. Walter L. Wilson, of Kansas City, MO, told of a meeting where a woman approached him after the service. She explained that she wanted to become a Christian but she couldn’t understand how God could forgive her and accept her. At that point, he asked her if she knew any Bible verses. She responded “Oh yes, I know one.” And she quoted John 3:16 as follows: "For God so loved the world that he gave His only forgotten son."

Dr. Wilson said that He was a little taken back by her mangling of John 3:16, but then it occurred to him how to use the misquoted verse. He said, "Do you know why God forgot His son?" "No," she replied. "He forgot His son because He wanted to remember you." That’s the message of Isaiah 53.

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