The Sacrifice Is Sufficient Isa. 53:2-12 April 05, 2009
A prominent lawyer, Jay Sekulow, currently serves as Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice. He gives the testimony that this passage of scripture caused him to convert to Christianity from the Jewish faith. He could not explain these scriptures unless they referred to the sacrifice Christ made. In this text he discovered Christ’s actions mean, The Sacrifice Is Sufficient.
1. The Sacrifice Is Sufficient For Mankind’s . . Rejection. 53:2-4
A. Rejection Because Of His . . Appearance. 53:2-3
2 He grew up before Him like a young plant and like a root out of dry ground. He had no form or splendor that we should look at Him, no appearance that we should desire Him. 3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of suffering who knew what sickness was. He was like one people turned away from; He was despised, and we didn't value Him.
B. Rejection Because Of His . . Affliction. 53:4
4 Yet He Himself bore our sicknesses, and He carried our pains; but we in turn regarded Him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted.
Most of the pictures of Christ we look at do not make Him unattractive. These verses paint a picture of a rejected Savior whose appearance people turned away from. The treatment and the beatings of Christ by the Roman solders caused great affliction to His body. In the movie The Passion, the graphic portrayal of affliction placed on Him from the lashes of the whips caused me to turn my head. As I did, these verses came to mind. Today when we see the rejection the Lord receives because of the call to repentance He demands; this passage also becomes a little easier to understand. On several occasions as I shared the gospel with people and concluded with the words. “does this make sense to you,” they would say, “Yes it does!” I then asked, “is there any reason you would not want to receive this gift of eternal life?” Some of these people would answer, “yes there is.” This answer surprised me and I ask what is your reason? They basically said I do not want a Lord in my life. I do not want to commit to Jesus as Lord. So He is rejected even though the Sacrifice Is Sufficient.
2. The Sacrifice Is Sufficient For Mankind’s . . Rebellion. 53:5-9
A. Rebellion Evidenced In Our . . Sinfulness. 53:5-6
5 But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for
our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds. 6 We all went astray like sheep; we all have turned to our own way; and the Lord has punished Him for the iniquity of us all.
B. Rebellion Evidenced In . . Silence Because Of Us. 53:7
7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughter and
like a sheep silent before her shearers, He did not open His mouth.
C. Rebellion Evidenced In . . Suffering Because Of Us. 53:8-9
8 He was taken away because of oppression and judgment; and who considered His fate? For He was
cut off from the land of the living; He was struck because of My people's rebellion. 9 They made His grave with the wicked, and with a rich man at His death, although He had done no violence and had not spoken deceitfully.
Notice the number of personal references in verses 5 and 6 to our Savior’s suffering because of our sin? It is interesting in the KJV verse 6 starts with, “all” the middle word is “everyone,” and the last word is “all.” The sufficiency of Christ’s sacrifice meets God’s requirement for cleansing our sinful nature and acts of rebellion. Man’s efforts to meet his need of forgiveness do not even begin to suffice. The prophet Isaiah prophesied about the silence of Jesus as He paid the price. His actions speak for Him, He did not have to speak. The suffering Christ went through should humble all of us and cause our repentance and yielding to His Lordship. Can you understand anyone rejecting our Lord?
3. The Sacrifice Is Sufficient For Mankind’s . . Restitution. 53:10-12
A. Restitution . . Pleasing To The Father. 53:10-11
10 Yet the Lord was pleased to crush Him, and He made Him sick. When You make Him a restitution
offering, He will see His seed, He will prolong His days, and the will of the Lord will succeed by His hand.
11 He will see it out of His anguish, and He will be satisfied with His knowledge. My righteous servant will justify many, and He will carry their iniquities.
B. Restitution . . Providing For The Sinner. 53:12
12 Therefore I will give Him the many as a portion, and He will receive the mighty as spoil, because
He submitted Himself to death, and was counted among the rebels; yet He bore the sin of many and interceded for the rebels. HCSB
Do you need additional proof of God’s love? The statement relating to God being “pleased” in verse 10 serves to meet that need. If God doesn’t love you and I; how could it possibly please Him to allow His Son to die such a horrible death? Both the Father and the Son volunteered for this sacrifice. Note their submission to this act of love. God knows the need for this sacrifice and that nothing else will ever provide the appeasement. Therefore the lesson proclaims The Sacrifice Is Sufficient. Amen? Amen!