Grace to You

Open your Bible, if you will, to Isaiah chapter 53. For those of you who are with us this weekend because of the special graduations and maybe Mother's Day, I apologize for the fact that you are going to be jumping in in the middle of this journey. And in some ways this is a series of sermons that link together very tightly and you're going to be missing a whole lot of the earlier links, but we hope that it will still be an encouragement to you. I always feel like I need to do a little bit to sort of get you up to speed.

We have come into a study of the Old Testament, after spending forty-some years studying the New Testament here at Grace Church. We are greatly challenged in this study and, I think, profoundly blessed. We are looking for Christ in the Old Testament, everywhere we can find Him, and we start where He is most marvelously and most completely revealed and that is in the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah. Actually this revelation of our Lord starts in chapter 52, verse 13, and runs down to 53, verse 12. There are five stanzas in this servant song, we might call it. It is a song; it has a certain lyric to it. It has a certain...a certain rhythm to it as it is read in the original Hebrew language. It is a servant song, it is the fourth servant song written by Isaiah. In the second half of Isaiah's prophecy, from chapter 40 to the end in chapter 66, he focuses on salvation and salvation is dependent upon the Savior. And so Isaiah introduces us in this section to the Savior. There are other places in his prophecy where he refers to the Savior, back in chapter 7 he makes reference to the virgin birth of the Savior. Back in chapter 9 he identifies the Savior in a number of wonderful ways, the mighty God, the Prince of peace, the Father of eternity, the Son who is born to us, upon whose shoulders final and everlasting government will rest. So there's much that he says about the Messiah....

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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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