SERIES: The Gospel According to God!
SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 7–13, 2020
Aim: Some 700+ years prior to the Cross of Christ Jesus, Isaiah prophesied of the substitutionary atonement which would one day come thru God’s “Servant”. Isaiah records details of the coming Servant’s willing sacrifice for the sake of all sinners. After studying this lesson, students can tell others that there is NO remedy for sin except Jesus Christ!
Isaiah 53:1-3 (NIV)
1 Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 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.
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
I. A Rejected Savior
Point to Ponder: If messianic expectation was so high when Jesus came, why was He rejected by the vast majority of Jewish people?
Point to Ponder: Does that in any way discredit the claim that Jesus is the true Messiah?
John 1:11 (NIV) – He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.
- His Pedigree
- His ancestral line was nothing special
- He was a servant
- His Person
- He was a “tender shoot”
- Literally means “a little bush” – one that is very unimpressive
- Christ would not appear as a great tree, but a humble bush.
- Not a great conquering king but a humble servant.
- His ministry and death are marked by suffering rather than power
- He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him
There was nothing special in physical appearance of Jesus
Isaiah 53:4-6 (NIV)
4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 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.
6 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.
II. A Representative Savior
A) Identified With Mankind
- Man of sorrow
- Sinless One took up our sins
Colossians 2:13-15 (NIV) – 13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
B) Instead of Us – Him
- Isaiah makes it clear that He took our place. He carried. . .
- OUR griefs
- OUR sorrows
- OUR transgressions
- OUR iniquities
- All His suffering was on our behalf not His
C) Incredible Suffering
- Christ’s sufferings from men – Hatred (v. 3)
- Christ’s sufferings with men – Sympathy(v. 4)
- Christ’s sufferings for men – Atonement (v. 5)
- Christ’s suffering for our transgressions – sins of commission
- Christ’s suffering for our iniquities – sins of crookedness
- Christ’s suffering for our peace – the reconciliation of enemies
- Christ’s suffering for our healing – the salvation of our souls
D) Informed of two truths
- We are sinners by birth – “All we like sheep have gone astray“
- We are sinners by choice – “we have turned everyone to his own way”
- We are sinners by nature and sinners by choice!
Isaiah 53:7-9 (NIV)
7 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.
8 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.
9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, 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.
III. A Silent Savior
- No excuse given
- No defense put forth
- No appeal
Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7 (GB) – 1 To all things there is an appointed time, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. . . 7 . . . a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.
Matthew 26:62-63 (NIV) – 62 Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 63 But Jesus remained silent.
Matthew 27:14 (NIV) – But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the governor.
Luke 23:9 (NLT) – He asked Jesus question after question, but Jesus refused to answer.
10 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.
11 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.
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.
IV. A Sovereign Savior
All of this was planned by God and His plan was a complete success
Things regarding God The Father
- The Father’s approval – “pleased the LORD”
- The Father’s power – “He shall prolong His days”
- The Father’s gifts – “He shall see His offspring”
Progress in the Journey. . .
John 19:30 (NIV) – When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
- When Jesus spoke the words, “It Is Finished”, it simply meant. . .
- That the many prophecies of the Old Testament regarding the coming Messiah had been now fulfilled
- That there would now be no further need for any other lamb to be sacrificed upon the altar
- That the “law of death” had now been replaced with the amazing “grace of God”
- That the perfect blood had been shed, and that salvation for lost humanity was now complete
- That the price of eternal redemption had been paid for in full, nothing more could be done, or needed to be done!
- That reconciliation had been adequately provided for between a holy God and unholy sinners
- That complete forgiveness was now available to “who-so-ever-will” may come and receive full pardon for their sins!
Hallelujah, What A Savior!
PRAYER PRINCIPLE: Thank God for His saving power!
SOCIAL JUSTICE PRINCIPLE: Recognize when someone is lost and share with them that salvation is available to them.
EVANGELISM PRINCIPLE: Remember the excitement you felt when realize what Christ saved you from; share that exhilaration with others.
STEWARDSHIP PRINCIPLE: Giving allows others to be reached to the uttermost parts of the world.
DISCIPLESHIP PRINCIPLE: You may not feel worthy of what is readily available to you because of your past or present situation; just know deliverance is available to you!
NEXT WEEK’S TITLE: How Great is Our God
SERIES: The Gospel According to God
NEXT WEEK’S READING ASSIGNMENT: Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Matthew 28:18; Philippians 2:9-11; Ephesians 1:19-22; Leviticus 1:5; Psalm 110:1; Daniel 7:13-14; Matthew 26:64; Acts 1:11