The Book of Acts is often referred to as "The Acts of the Apostles." While this is the most traditional title, it is not necessarily the most accurate as most of the apostles are not named.
Another possible title often considered is, "The Acts of the Holy Spirit." Again, while the Holy Spirit is prominent in the events of the book, this view diminishes the work of Christ through the apostles.
As we begin a new series on the book of Acts, we consider a third possible title. Although longer than the rest, it sums up the realities of the events recorded in this book. We therefore, consider the title as, "The Continuing Words and Deeds of Jesus by the Holy Spirit Through the Apostles."
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In many ways, Isaiah 53 is the ultimate Messianic passage in scripture. Like few other passages in the Old Testament, it defines the role of the Messiah in receiving glory through suffering. When Jesus was with His disciples and following Peter's confession of the Christ, we read that, "He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day" (Matt. 16:21 NASB). Likewise, when He met the two disciples on the road to Emmaus exhorted them, "Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His Glory?" (Luke 24:26 NASB).
Throughout Isaiah 53, the Song of the Servant, Isaiah has been writing from the perspective of future Israel looking back at Jesus as the one whom they had pierced. But now, in the closing verses of Isaiah 53, we see a shift in perspective. Now, Isaiah speaks from God's perspective looking forward and telling of the result of the suffering Servant. We see Yahweh exalted. We see Yahweh satisfied with the work of the Servant. We see victory through the intercessory work of the Servant who "bore the sins of many and interceded for the transgressors."
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Isaiah 53 is often referred to as the Gospel According to Isaiah. With his song of the Servant, Isaiah, beginning in Isaiah 52:13, gives the perspective of future Israel looking back at the cross and the Messiah whom they pierced.
Through this series, we have seen the exaltation of the Servant, the rejection of the Servant, the substitionary work of the Servant and the silent submission of the Servant. Before completing this series, this lesson slows down to focus on one verse, Isaiah 53:10, in which we see the Servant crushed. We examine how the Servant was crushed, and why it pleased the Lord to crush Him. Seeing Isaiah 53:10, in the context of the Gospel, we come to a greater understanding and appreciation for the Cross of Calvary.
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The current cultural climate increasingly focuses upon social justice. Protests, both peaceable and violent, speak out regarding claims of injustice against minority groups. Surely there is a time and place for speaking up. Jesus spoke with authority and demons were cast out, the sick were healed, the lame walked, etc.
The greatest injustice in history saw the only innocent man in all of history arrested, brutalized, spat upon and ultimately executed in a trial that broke the very Law the religious leaders swore they were protecting. And the only person who had a right to speak up and speak out against this injustice remained silent.
Some 600 to 700 years before these events, the prophet, Isaiah, spoke of the servant and His silent submission. "He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth" (Isaiah 53:7 NASB). What does the silence of the servant in the face of His oppressors mean for us today?
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As we continue our journey through Isaiah 53, sometimes referred to as the Gospel according to Isaiah.
In verses 4 thru 6, we are now in the third of five stanzas of this "Song of the Servant". This stanza is central to the entire song. It is in this stanza we see the cross, and Jesus substitution for the sinner, clearly on display.
At the cross, Jesus bore our griefs and carried our sorrows. At the cross he was pierced, crushed, chastised, and scourged for our transgressions and iniquities. And though we like sheep had gone astray, God caused the iniquity of us all to fall upon Him.
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Isaiah 53 is a portion of the Old Testament that is sometimes referred to as the Gospel according to Isaiah. Last time, we saw the Exalted Servant; the servant exalted because of His suffering, but it is this suffering that will cleanse the nations.
Today, we see the Rejection of the Servant. Isaiah 53 is written from the perspective of Israel looking back upon their long awaited Messiah, asking the question, "Who has believed our message?" In other words, "How did we miss this?" The answer is in the description of the servant, a "tender shoot...a root out of parched ground." The Exalted Servant appears on the scene not as a stately king, but as a carpenter's son; not in royal robes, but wrapped in swaddling cloths in a manger.
But what does the rejection of the servant mean for us today? May you be blessed as you listen to today's lesson.
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Next to the Psalms, the book of Isaiah is the most referenced Old Testament book in the Old Testament. Many of Isaiah's prophecies find their fulfillment in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
As Isaiah 52 closes, we are met with a call to, "behold my servant." A direct reference to Messiah, the Lord says of His servant that He, "will prosper, He will be high and lifted up and greatly exalted." But what is shocking is the means through which Messiah will be exalted. For we will learn that He will be marred beyond recognition such that many will be shocked and repulsed by his appearance.
But how can the servant both suffer such anguish and yet be considered exalted and lifted up? In today's lesson we are reminded again of the things that had to be according to God's plan of redemption for His creation.
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In a world under constant change and constant struggle, it is difficult not to worry. There are concerns about our health, exacerbated by the spread of Corona Virus. There are concerns with money as retirement looms for some; or the expense of raising children or paying for college. All these are real world issues, but are they cause for us to worry?
This begs the question, what does it mean to worry? And why is worry so counter to a Christian faith?
In today's lesson, we look at an eternal perspective to the cares of this world. As Jesus teaches His disciples, we see that as believers in Jesus, God is our Father. And when we look at how he cares for the rest of His creation, the birds of the air, or the flowers of the field, we see we have no need to worry; for as much as He cares for the rest of creation, how much more does He care for us?
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There once was a duck village populated by ducks. In this village, was a duck church and they had their duck bible. One Sunday, the duck preacher exhorted the duck congregation, "My duck brothers and sisters, God has given us wings so we can fly and glorify God." The duck congregation shouted in agreement, "Amen!" and then waddled home.
Throughout scripture, we see that man is justified by faith apart from works. But then we get to James 2 where we read that faith without works is dead, and that we are justified by our works. Is this a contradiction in Scripture? How do we reconcile James with the rest of Scripture?
In today's lesson, we see there truly is no contradiction here. We are justified, declared righteous through faith. Works, then, become the evidence of that faith.