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"The Suffering of Christ" is an expository sermon by Earl White.
The Jews are looking for a Savior King to deliver them from the oppression of the enemy. He will come again and deliver them and establish them in the world as a glorious nation. But first, He had to come as the suffering servant. Let’s notice His sufferings as recorded in Isaiah 53:
I. The Suffering of Christ FROM Men.
Isaiah 53:3, “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”
There is nothing more hurtful than to experience rejection. In Jesus’ case He was rejected by His special people. They accused Him of being of the devil and using his power to cast the devils out.
II. The Suffering of Christ WITH Men.
Isaiah 53:4, “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.”
And, to show his sympathizing spirit, he healed all sorts of bodily diseases; and also, to show his power, he healed the diseases of the soul, by bearing the sins of his people, and making satisfaction for them; since he that could do the one could do the other; wherefore the evangelist applies this passage to the healing of bodily diseases, Matt. 8:17.
Though the principal meaning of the words may be, that all the sorrows and griefs which Christ bore were not for any sins of his own, but for the sins of his people; wherefore these griefs and sorrows signify the punishment of sin, and are put for sins, the cause of them and so the apostle interprets them of Christ’s bearing our sins in his own body on the tree.”
III. The Suffering of Christ FOR Men.
In this He atoned for man’s sins. Verse 5 says, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
May the Lord bless these words to our hearts.
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