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Glory: The Paradox of the Cross

March 12, 2017 Speaker: Joe Walser Series: Glory: Christ’s Glory in Isaiah

Topic: Biblical Passage: Isaiah 52:13–53:12

Isaiah 52:13-53:12

1. Repulsive Victor
- Isaiah 52:13-15
- John 3:14-15
- Philippians 2:5-11

"As the centuries pass, the evidence is accumulating that,measured by his effect on history, Jesus is the most. Influential life ever lived on this planet." - Kenneth Scott Latourette

“There was a man who dwelt in the East centuries ago, and now I cannot look at a sheep or a sparrow, a lily or a cornfield, a raven or a sunset, a vineyard or a mountain without thinking of him. If this be not to be divine, what is it?” - G.K. Chesterton

2. Glory Through Humiliation
- Isaiah 53:1-3
- John 12:23-33

“What is it about God that makes him so favor this kind of paradox? I guess this is what we should expect from the Servant King—the God who decided that the best way to save the world was to let it kill him. I don't understand the way God thinks. But on those days when I feel hollowed out and broken—half-dead, even—it makes me glad to remember that for suffering people, even death is full of promise.” - Carolyn Arends citing her pastor

3. Life by Death
- Isaiah 53:4-6
4. Proclamation by Silence
- Isaiah 53:7-9
5. Love by Pain
- Isaiah 53:10-12

When we don’t understand what God is doing….our text has something to give in those moments when it doesn't seem like God is hearing, when He seems distant, when I’m confused about what He's brought in my life, when I'm looking at the life of someone else, and that life seems easier, when an enemy is whispering in my ear, “Where is your God now?” He’s there…Is 53 pleased to slaughter His son to give me life. I have an argument to give. I open my Bible to Isaiah 53:10 and Romans 8:31, and I say, “If God would do this for me, will He not meet all of my needs?” - Paul Tripp

Two closing thoughts
1. All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned very one. To his. Own way"; TRUST THIS, "Butthe Lord has laid on him the. Iniquity of us all."
2. "Have this same attitude as Christ"...compelled by love begin to pray for your own "GO" story! We

 

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