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Now, let's open the Word of God to the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah. This is our sixth journey into this marvelous chapter and with every passing week as I survey the text that is here and all of the trails that it leads to other places, I am reminded of how fathomless this chapter really is. One could spend a lifetime here and going from here to all of the things that are implied and elucidated by this great chapter.

Isaiah 53 poses a challenge to any preacher and that is to edit himself so that it does not become overly cumbersome and you miss the main point. I'm fighting against that a little bit. I'm further challenged because I normally prepare to have a beginning and an end and a middle, a whole sermon--I did last week--and to cover verses 4 through 6. I didn't make it. I got through verses 4 and 5, two thirds of the way, but we didn't have enough time for verse 6. So I have sort of a third of a message left. Well that presents to me is a great opportunity then to fill in with things that are really needful and related and I think helpful. It allows me to take a tangent of necessity rather than whim. And I'm going to do that with you a little bit this morning.

It is always helpful to me to get altitude when I'm looking at a passage. The higher above the passage I get, the further the range of what I see. And I even love to get 40 thousand feet above the passage and I can look down and see everything from Genesis to Revelation and then eventually kind of get down out of that altitude and put the landing wheels down and arrive at the given passage that we're looking at. And that's what we're going to do. I want to get some altitude here for you and then we'll eventually put our wheels down in a little while at Isaiah 53 and wrap up our understanding of verses 4 through 6. But I want to start from a much wider perspective....

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John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, president of The Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry...

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