Jesus sprang as a tender plant. This Lamb went to Cross. He was crushed and beaten. Yet, He interceded. He forgave. He gave Himself for the sin of the world. (Isaiah 53)
Speaker(s): Pastor Thomas Schaller
7:00 PM on 3/31/2021
P. Schaller –
Okay. Amen. Praise the Lord. Great to be here tonight. Let’s just take a minute and really feel good in the
Lord and just praise Him and thank Him. In your heart, just say wow, Lord. I’m so glad. I’m
thankful for the play. The play. Last night was the first night. That was amazing. I loved the
chorus, the choir, the community. The play is like a community expression and there was so
much good singing, great acting, great directing. It was really well done. Everything about it. The
theme. P. Steve wrote it. The upper room and then coming out in different parts expressing. It
was so beautiful. Tonight, are we going to have a good service here tonight? Praise the Lord.
What are we expecting? What do you think? What are we expecting? The Lord and God and
what are we expecting? What? Whatever he has for us. Right. This is the Wednesday before
Easter and tonight we are going to speak on the sufferings of Christ. I just pray that will minister
to our hearts. We’ll have a great service here tonight. Praise God. How about healing. Can God
Guy Singletary is in intensive care and just in very bad condition. He got hit by a car as
many of you know. Just a miracle. We need a miracle Lord. We just need a miracle. (Prayer).
Beautiful song. Fine young lady singing. Give her a hand. Amazing. Wow. What a great family
the Turks. Beautiful. Isaiah 53 is our text tonight. I want to preface the message with a couple other
portions, so if you turn to Luke 22:63. This portion really has caught my attention during the
Easter season. Many of you know in our morning devotional we have been doing the Gospel of
Mark and going through and reading the story, the historical text regarding this incredible event
of the redemption of man through the Christ, the Messiah, the blood. Have you ever wondered
why God did not allow the drinking and eating of blood in the Old Testament? Life is in the
blood. So if you drank or ate the blood of the animal, were you eating the life and the blood of
the animal? I guess. But maybe that’s not – why wouldn’t he allow it?
My idea is and I just throw it out there for you to think about, that he did not want Jewish people to think of blood in a
common way. You can eat it and drink it. It’s different. Like blood. It goes along with that verse I
think, what you just said. You don’t think of blood in a common way. There is something about
blood. Unfortunately, in Baltimore city up from the New Year we have 70 homicides, many times
shootings. Blood is on the street. Blood is on the hands of people who murder. It happened in
our Bible with Cain, when Cain killed his brother in the field. I would like you to think of yourself
not any different or any better than a murderer because we have murdered with our hearts, with
our words, not by murder with bloodshed but our Savior came because we have murder in our
hearts, hatred, emotional outrages that happens in life. Frustration. Hatred. We pray for our city
because it’s not a good thing to be a murderer. You are plagued by it. We have an answer for
you. It’s the Christ. He is the answer for murder. He was murdered. He suffered tremendously
and we’ll look at it. This is one part of it in Luke 22:63-64.
I actually had the idea tonight of putting a hood over somebody here and just showing how they’re vulnerable and how you can just hit them and they wouldn’t know where it was coming from. And how easy that could
happen. How the abuser has such an advantage and then the abused so easily would retaliate
and strike back or curse and start fighting. But we read in Is. 53 that he wasn’t that way. By the
way, when the centurion saw him die he said, “truly, this is the Son of God.” That centurion was
a hardened soldier who had seen many people die and who was a leader of a hundred men and
that man in charge of that execution probably had seen Jesus through the process. Maybe even
Gethsemane he was in charge of arresting him, being there at Caiaphas house, bringing him to
the Sandhedrin, bringing him to Pontius Pilate and watching the whole thing happen. The
scourging, the beatings and this centurion after hours from the night before through the night,
through the day from six in the morning when he was before Pilate. Then at 9:00, crucified.
Darkness came at noon until 3. Then he died at 3 and this centurion he knew. He knew. He was
a Gentile. He knew this was the Son of God.
This story, this particular one you can hide away in your heart. “Prophesy, who smote thee?” and then another guy perhaps throws a punch at him. “Prophesy, who smote you?” vs. 65. Now turn to Isaiah 53. Have you ever had the idea because we are subjective, you meet somebody and you say I don’t feel so connected. I met that person
and I don’t feel that we are the same or “I don’t feel.” This is a phrase. How about I don’t think it
is really that way. I think it is this way. I don’t understand or I usually don’t do that or I’m not
much that way. So the Jews when Jesus came were actually saying these kinds of things to
themselves. They didn’t really realize what they were doing but they could say, one person
could say, I don’t think he is the Messiah. And then the group says I don’t feel it. I don’t feel it. I don’t see it. I don’t understand it that way. Isaiah 53:1, it’s actually hard to believe that this m an
would be the Messiah. Who has believed that a suffering, crucified man would be the Messiah.
That’s not in our understanding. Maybe that’s why some people don’t become Christians
because they don’t feel that way.
They don’t think like that. It’s not in their family history. They are not a Christian because they don’t have any connection. They have no interest. They just feel in their own life how they are going to live their life but they are taking a great risk because in Proverbs 14 it says there’s a way that seems right but it’s wrong. And same here with this
Messiah. It seems he would not be. vs. 1. Who is going to get it? Who is going to know God’s
ways? Who’s going to understand that this man who is cursed hanging on a tree that his blood
would atone for our sin? Who would understand that this cursed criminal, blasphemous rabbi
out of the box different from all – who would ever think the man on the outside, whoul would
ever think he would be the arm of the Lord? vs. 2. Tender plant gives you the visual idea of a
fragile plant just sprouting out of the ground that could be stepped on and crushed. Christ was
something this way as a young boy and as a young man he is just a humble young person and
growing up in Israel and he’s like common by sight. Just a child, a teenager as a tender plant, as
a human being but actually the incarnation of God. vs. 2.
We know about roots like bamboo roots. My brother-in-law Phil Norman told me about them a little bit. Bamboo sends out roots. They go underground like many plants and they may spring up over here and come up over
here. So the Christ is actually the Son of David but Israel hasn’t had a king for hundreds of
years. There’s been no king. The lineage is underground. The seed of David is underground. He
springs up way over here in history as the king of Israel, the king of the Jews. As the Savior of
the world but who would ever believe that? When you look at what happened to him you’d say,
he’s cursed of God. If you would look at what happened to him, you’d say where is the power?
Where is the authority? Where is the throne? I see none. I see none. This was a stumbling block
for the Jew. vs. 2. That’s what I mean. You could be with him and you just say I don’t get it. I
don’t get anything from him. Because he wasn’t soulish. Many people in life are soulish and they
are attracted to each other because of the soul but there is no jazz with Jesus.
That’s a t-shirt, isn’t it! There’s no jazz with Jesus. He’s not soulish. There’s nothing attractive in that way with
him. He doesn’t push your buttons. He doesn’t stimulate your flesh. He doesn’t make you feel
comfortable in the flesh. He is – there is nothing there to attract you even physically. Physically
there is nothing there to attract you. Even in Gethsemane, they needed a man to kiss him to
identify who he was in the dark because maybe not only was in dark but he looked also, he
could blend in with the group. But he is God. vs. 2. There was no beauty in his ministry. It was
spiritual. I believe that is true about us too. People might look at our church and might not see
anything beautiful in a way that appeals to them, but if they could look again there is something
precious here. Not just our church, but many, many churches around the world. That people
may visit but not see. They might come out of curiosity but they don’t really see.
There isn’t anything that is attracting them and so they go on their way and of course all of us could but the
grace of God has drawn us and we are discerning spirits. We are discerning thoughts and
words and motivation. We are attracted to the hearts of people and the history of the heroes of
faith and the reality of the church and who we are and what the Spirit is doing in us and through
us. vs. 3. We’re going to go through a lot of the chapter. This is especially at the time of
Gethsemane and the hours that followed. He was despised and rejected. I don’t know if that has
ever happened to you but maybe like being nothing, sitting on a curb on a street in a big city
and being a nobody, having very little and maybe having no friends, not knowing anybody.
Maybe feeling that that’s okay because Jesus was in this world and he can identify. He cares.
But his rejection was incredible because he made the world and the world rejected him. He
made Israel a nation and was the author of their history.
In every detail was in every aspect of it but now he is rejected by them and by Rome and by the whole world. vs. 3b. What kind of grief? The sadness of identifying with people who hurt each other. The sadness at Lazarus tomb. He
wept. The sadness of the Pharisees house in Luke 7 when he had a hard heart. The sadness of
seeing his disciples struggle through the three years and not really understand very much. The
sadness. The patience. vs. 3b. We don’t want to look at him. We turn away from him. We don’t
want – we are not attracted. We are hiding. We can’t face it. By the way, when the darkness
came on the city of Jerusalem and the earthquakes happened, and the people and Jesus had
died, it says the people beat their chests. They went away and there is a word there. Sorry I
can’t recall it, but they went away like extremely agitated, extremely agitated by what was happening. They had crucified the Son of God. I don’t think that that was – they didn’t know.
They were hiding their face from the reality until the earthquake and the darkness was so clear.
It was so unusual and exceptional that they are thinking that maybe they did make a mistake.
Maybe it is true. Maybe there is something that God is angry with us. Maybe they could feel or
sense there is something terrible that had happened. vs. 3b-4. This is important for the prophet
to say to the Jewish nation. This is the chapter about the Messiah suffering. This is the chapter
about why he came as the lamb. This is the chapter about us needing him. Every murderer in
the City of Baltimore. Every man who has murdered and I wish everyone of them could be
listening to me tonight and anyone like me who would be reading these verses and saying these
things. He was smitten for us. He suffered for us. He went through this for us. He shed his
blood, the blood that speaks from heaven. That’s another little side point that I wanted to bring
out in the message tonight. You ever see somebody we say, I’m sorry Lord. I’m sorry. I really
made a mistake. I’m so sorry.
And they could say it for five minutes or feel it for hours or even weeks. I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry. But that approach I want you to hear what I want to say about it. This man suffered. And this sin of yours was put upon him so that now his blood speaks much louder than your many, many prayers. Your many, many prayers. I’m sorry, Lord. I’m
sorry. Will you forgive me? Will you forgive me? I’m sorry. I can’t believe I did it. I’m so sorry.
And it goes on and on and God is saying, my blood speaks. If you were to hear my blood speak,
you are free. You are forgiven. You are saved. You are justified. You are made righteous. I gave
my Son so you would not suffer like that, that you would not be condemned and grieved. That
you would not be saying those prayers. You just have to say it once. I believe in you Jesus and
the blood cleanses. The blood that justifies. You are righteous as God. That’s the meaning really
of this chapter. He became sin so that we might be made the righteousness of God. Yeah, he
became poor so we might become rich. He was judged with the wrath of God on him.
That’s what the darkness meant in Jerusalem. Can you imagine. You know, in Israel it is sunny all the
time. The sun is shining. It’s just above the equator – pretty far but still. It’s mid earth around the
strip of the equator. It’s in that realm of a lot of sun, directly overhead. Directly overhead
sunshine and then suddenly at noon there is a blackout. The Romans are superstitious. The
gods. What are the gods doing? Why is it dark? What is going on? It’s dark, a blackout for three
hours, not twenty minutes. Three hours. He dies and there is an earthquake. That got the
attention. The veil was rent from top to bottom. That got the attention of the Jews. That curtain
was thick, the thickness of a man’s hand like this, Josephus says. It took a team of oxen to pull it
up. It wasn’t going to fall down. It wasn’t going to tear but that day it did. Cause this is what
happened to the Messiah. Read it with me please. vs. 4-5.
The word there I read was the word for pierced. He was pierced for our transgression, Psalm 22:16. He was pierced through his hands and feet. He was bruised for our iniquities. You cannot help but think of the punching that
happened, the bruising. vs. 5b. That’s the scourging, the lashes. We are healed. Some teach
that because of this the Christian or the believer is always guaranteed healing, always
guaranteed healing. Historically, it’s not true. We are not always healed. We die of sickness. We
die different ways. So what does it mean? It means on that resurrection day, I will be totally and
perfectly healthy and completely glorified. We are healed by the blood that was shed. Our sins
are atoned. His beating, the beating of his body somehow a transfer of how God could beat
everyone of us. That God could lash out. God could judge us not only in time but eternally for
the fact that we are sinners. We don’t really understand that. We are sinners and what it means
to a holy God. God, we don’t understand.
We don’t understand God and then we don’t understand sin. But this helps us. God is so holy he had to judge his Son. He had pleasure in judging his Son so we could be saved. He had pleasure in coming by himself, coming and being
our sacrificial lamb, a Lamb of God. That’s another beautiful thing about it. He wasn’t a wild
beast. He wasn’t defending himself. He wasn’t tearing people apart. He was a lamb. You can
take a lamb and push it over. You could take a lamb and just so easy to handle. Pick him up
and carry him like a cat or something. But he is a simple little animal that is harmless in himself
with no defense. Does not bite. There are no claws. There are no horns. It’s just a simple animal
defenseless. This is who Jesus was when he was taken away to be crucified. No curse words.
No swearing. No frustrations. Just obedience. vs. 6. When did that iniquity come? Gethsemane.
It started to come and it was overwhelming. He started to bleed droplets of blood. It was
unbelievable for the Holy One of God, the holy Messiah.
The sacred One to bear upon himself our sin. vs. 7. Sheep when they are sheared, they come, the shepherd brings them and maybe ties them to a post and then they just stand there and they sheer them. They are not saying or
doing anything. They are just being sheered. Christ is obedient to the Father. The Father has
such great pleasure in the Son and his obedience. Even though the Father – this is important –
even though the Father forsakes him, he never stops loving him. Even though the Father
forsakes him for those hours, he’s forsaken because God is holy and he cannot look upon sin.
God is holy and he has nothing to do with sin. Christ became sin for us so we might be free,
really free. Really free. That’s why in a way the world doesn’t understand us when we gather
together. Even during a pandemic we assemble. We forsake not the assembly. We assemble
because we love God. We are not living in fear. We don’t have the fear of death in our
subconcious mind. We have the gift of life. We have the Spirit of God, the wisdom of God, the
mind of God. We have the worship of God.
Loving God is more important than life itself. The Spirit of God dwells in us and he has been doing very good things with us for one year. Absolutely, he has been leading us, guiding us, showing us. We are loving God with all our
hearts. We are not like the world. We’re not shut down, locked down, afraid. We’re not living in
some kind of idea about life to protect ourselves or save ourselves. We have found the Messiah
and the message of the Messiah. The city of Baltimore needs the message of the Messiah. The
blood that speaks from heaven not from the streets of Baltimore. That blood that Cain was
worried. He went around all his life someone is going to get me. Somebody is going to get me.
They’re going to take revenge on me. I’m afraid. I’m afraid somebody is going to get me. He had
guilt controlling him. He had fear controlling him. He had the past history of his life affecting him
for his whole life. Cain was not free. This happened to the Messiah. Read it with me. vs. 8. You
could put in there this word “species.” It’s not exactly.
It’s like genus. Maybe the word “species” would mean more to you. His kind. Who would declare this unusual person, this unique person who is different from us? This person that is God incarnated taking our sin and bearing our sin
to take it away from us so we would have another way, another life. We would be born again.
vs. 8-9. This means on the cross he died between two thieves. He died without honor. He died
with the wicked. He died as a criminal. But even though there could be a misunderstanding
where you are hanging, if you could say it that way, I’m hanging in this life and it doesn’t look
good. I got a criminal on my right and a criminal on my left but I know who I am. I know who my
God is. I know that this is going to turn out okay. I know right now there is no honor. But that
doesn’t bother me because my obedience to my Heavenly Father is the honor that I’m looking
for. I’m looking for my Father’s, my Father’s got the end game.
He’s got the end story. My Father is in charge of this whole thing. My Father – I delight in his will. Even though my Father has put me here and has also forsaken me, I know my Father. He loves me. He will never ultimately
forsake me. He may turn away his eyes for a moment but he will gather me. He will restore my
soul. I know who my Father is. The Lord is my shepherd I shall not lack. I know who my Father
is and I am trusting him on the cross and everything around me and everything that is
happening is the worse case scenario anybody could ever imagine. Worse than anybody could
ever have in this life. vs. 9. There were two rich men, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus who
had him buried. And Joseph of Arimathea had a very unique – he had a tomb all ready. Nobody
had ever been buried in it. He had it all ready for him and his family perhaps. He had it all set
and he gave it to Jesus. Why was that important? Because where he would be buried would be
very important for the proof of the resurrection.
That he was buried there. They knew it. He was buried there. They put a guard there. He was buried there. It was Joseph of Arimathea who took courage and went to Pilate. I want to say something about that point. It’s a risk to be associated with Jesus at this point. But when something is in your heart, it’s in your heart. This is how you
live. The Holy Spirit in your heart and I got to go to Pilate and ask for the body. It’s over. Jesus is
over. It’s done. He’s a prophet or whatever and it’s over. It’s done. Jesus is dead. It’s done. Go
walk away from it. Don’t make yourself liable. Don’t run the risk of being associated. Just walk
away from it. It’s over. It’s done. He’s dead. The story is ended. The chapter ended. It’s done.
Go away. No, I love him. It says that Joseph of Arimathea took courage. Took courage. That’s
what love does. It takes courage. Like courage. I’m going to go to Pilate. No, do not take the
risk. You got a big business deal happening this coming year with the Roman Empire. Like they
are buying stuff. Don’t take the risk. No, courage. I don’t care about that. I got this on my mind. I
want him buried in an honorable way in a tomb of a rich man.
That’s a prophesy. How many times we don’t know what is happening in this world but God is fulfilling his will and many times we don’t see it because the suffering is so great. But even in the story with the Messiah the suffering is so great but it was a centurion who went down on his knees and said, “Truly, this is
the Son of God.” Of course. So, vs. 9b. That’s a loaded statement, isn’t it? He was not a liar. He
was honest, direct, truthful. Here his words were incredibly sharp and prophetic. vs. 10. Maybe
that’s where we want to finish up here. I just say I think we could meditate on vs. 10 for the rest
of our lives. It pleased the Lord to bruise him. God had pleasure in the death of his Son. It
pleased him. Why? Because of what God was going to gain. What was now going to be
possible. The church would be born. It pleased him to bruise his Son. The word there has to do
with the heel bruising the serpent’s head. The heel like a bruise on the heel is a slight wound.
It’s maybe just a tender spot on your heel.
That’s like Jesus’ death. It was a bruise on the heel. But the crushed head of the serpent is eternal. It’s dead. It’s gone. The bruise on the heel is like temporary but the effect of the crushing of the serpent’s head is permanent. He’s judged and done. You bind the strong man and take from the house and this is what Jesus gave us,
authority over the devil. vs. 10-11. The Father will see the Messiah suffering. Travail. There’s
two words in the Hebrew. Travail as when a woman gives birth to a baby. That’s one word for
travail. There’s another word for a farmer that travails. He’s travailing but this is like a long
period of time. Giving travail in birth is shorter time. Painful but short time. The word used is like
a farmer that God would see Jesus’ travail like a farmer sowing his seed and working a field and
the process and the long period of time. God the Father saw Jesus from the time of his birth
through his whole earthly ministry and his death as travail. It was work. I must work while it is
day. How is it you do not understand me?
Mark 7 and 8. He had times of sorrow. There was never a time when we read in the Gospel that Jesus’ laughed. But it says he rejoiced in Luke 10. He rejoiced with the disciples because their names are written in heaven. Rejoice in this. So he was sad living in this world and the Father saw his work. vs. 10-11. Long period of working. The
Father was satisfied with his Son. vs. 11b-12. Closing, when did he make intercession for the
transgressors? I think it was this way. He is on the cross. “Father, forgive them. They know not
what they do.” Who are the transgressors? Caiaphas, Anas, Judas Iscariot, Pontius Pilate. All
those are transgressors. He intercedes and says Father, forgive them. And all the crowd is
saying, “Crucify him. Crucify him.” Father, forgive them. He made intercession. And then maybe
for the thief on the cross. He said, “today, you will be with me in Paradise.” He was ministering,
wasn’t he? He was bringing people to God even in the worst situation we can ever imagine. The
cross has an amazing effect. I’ll give you four points on it here. The cross means around me on
the outside, the world, is dead to me, crucified unto me.
The world is crucified unto me (Galatians 6:14). Within me, the cross says “our old man was crucified with him that we should live no more in sin.” The world underneath me is completely conquered through the cross for he has
crushed the serpent’s head and then the world above me is opened up to me by the cross. It’s a
world – the heavens are saying, the blood is saying you are forgiven. I give you mercy. You
have access to God. Come boldly. Trust in me. I say you are righteous like my Son. I say you
are forgiven. You are redeemed. You are atoned for. You are free. You are baptized into the
Body. You are an ambassador. You are on a mission. You are my child. I am for you and not
against you. We say how can this be O God? My Son did it. He did it all. Everything that you
have, all the riches in Christ Jesus that you have are yours by grace. You didn’t earn it. You
didn’t pray for it like in a process. You don’t deserve it. None of us do. We have been bought
with a great price and the Father was pleased to do it.
And then, last thought. This is one of the last. When the darkness came, was that God when the darkness came or was that the devil? When the darkness came, was God saying I am angry with the sins of the world and I am
pouring my wrath out on my Son. I am pleased to bruise him. I am pleased to do this. I will love
my Son eternally but I have forsaken him as a judgment on the sins of the world. That’s how I
read it. God is saying and then guess what? Easter came. He was raised. That’s the thing that
we spend all our time learning and understanding who we are and what we have. Let us take
this time in this Good Friday when we have a little service in this room on that day and have
communion together. Anybody that would like to come you are welcome. And take some time
and consider it. Ponder it. Then enjoy that amazing grace. Enjoy that amazing gift and be strong
in it. Do not let the – they over came him, the devil. They overcame him. The God of this world
is cast down. “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and the word of our testimony and
they loved not their lives unto the death.”
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