What is the purpose of Jesus Christ death?
I. Content – The Bible – We are so blessed to have God’s Word in the form of the Old and New Testaments.
A. They both agree with each other perfectly, over hundreds and even thousands of years.
B. Our faith is strengthened as we see the overall plan and purpose of God threaded throughout the Bible. (II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:20-21)
II. Confirmation – Proof through Prophecy – Was Jesus accidentally killed by human beings? Did the devil by his plan and power killed Jesus?
A. The Bible teaches us that Jesus was slain before the foundation of the world. (Revelation 13:8, I Peter 1:20)
B. We ask the skeptic, even the precious Jewish people who believe in the Jewish scriptures, to take a look at the evidence of the New Testament as a fulfillment of the Old Testament.
C. Isaiah chapter 53 is a perfect description of who Jesus Christ is, what He did and why He died. Hundreds of years later we see Isaiah 53 fulfilled in the New Testament.
III. Conquest – Conquered
A. By His death, Jesus conquered, defeated, beat, over-powered, subdued and crushed the enemies of His people.
B. This victory signifies Jesus Christ now has legal spiritual authority over earth and His people. (Matthew 28:18-20)
C. What did Jesus really do for me when He died on the cross? What is the power of the cross?
1. Isaiah 53:1 “Who has believed our report?” The Bible is asking us, Will you believe? “To whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?” The Bible is asking again, “Will you allow the Holy Spirit to reveal the heart and power of God to you?”
2. Isaiah 53:2 “He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, as a root out of a dry ground, He has no form nor comeliness and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.”
3. The son of God was manifested in the flesh and grew up just like us. (Luke 2:52, I Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 4:15-16)
a. Jesus was kind, tender, loving, and though He seemed weak, He was incredibly strong because of His relationship with the Father.
b. Like a tender root pushing through hard ground, Jesus was raised up in a very hard environment under an oppressive Roman occupied Nazareth of Galilee. Never forget that God is in control of your life, no matter where you were raised or how hard your life has been.
c. God does His greatest work out of humble, dry, small, tender, weak environments. When I am weak He is strong.
d. Jesus did not come as a strong tree, but as an insignificant reed. No one expected this carpenter from a small nowhere city would ever be anything or do anything great for God. I’m feeling some hope for me in Christ. With God all things are possible. The light is always the brightest in the darkest areas.
e. Jesus had no beauty that He would be desired. He did not have the advantage of good looks.
f. When you come to God, you have to come to Him for the right reasons. Holy Spirit reveals Christ and provides the only way to come to Him.
g. Jesus’ humiliation should do something on the inside of us to change our hearts.
4. Isaiah 53:3 “He is despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief and we hid our faces from Him and we esteemed Him not.”
a. Jesus knows sorrow, grief, rejection and what it is to be despised. Sometimes our sorrow is really self-pity, but the sorrow of Jesus was never for Himself but for others and their fallen condition.
b. Jesus is a man of sorrows as He takes the burdens, the sufferings, the sin and the sickness of man. He knows all the sufferings of spirit, soul and body. The man who struggles to obey, the prideful man, the passive man.
c. Jesus feels the poor and knows what it’s like to have no place to lay your head.
d. Jesus knows what it’s like to have family sorrows, mental sorrows, abusive sorrows, affliction sorrows, pain sorrows, rejection sorrows, betrayal sorrows, legal court sorrows. Jesus feels you and knows what’s going on inside and has made a way for you to be free from sorrow.
5. Isaiah 53:4 “Surely He has BORN our griefs and CARRIED our sorrows because we esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted.”
a. The revelation of Jesus Christ and the cross is that Jesus BORE and CARRIED our sin and guilt while God’s anger, judgment and punishment came upon Him in turn setting us free.
b. He has loaded every sin, every wrongdoing, that we ever did, past, present and future upon His back and has exchanged with us His goodness, mercy, grace and power.
c. When we believe in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are saying we do esteem Him and believe He was stricken, smitten of God and afflicted. We are saying this is God‘s plan for our life and we receive the freedom, forgiveness, and eternal life that Christ’s atonement provides. This miracle takes place when I exchange my life for the gift His life provided for me. Now we are one.
Shout somebody! This is what happened to me 32 years ago and I have never been the same since.
6. Isaiah 53:5 “But Jesus was wounded (pierced) for OUR transgressions. He was bruised (crushed) for OUR iniquities, the chastisement (punishment) that brought us peace was on Him and by His stripes (wounds) we ARE HEALED.”
a. Jesus Christ had to endure through everything and then be crucified for us, for our transgressions, for our iniquities so we could be healed spiritually, mentally and physically. (Matthew 8:16-17, I Peter 2:24-25)
b. Jesus was not only acquainted with our diseases and sicknesses in the sense of being able to discern and diagnose them, but He actually bore and carried them in His own body so we could be made whole.
Today we put our faith in the complete atoning work of Jesus Christ our Lord. We believe in God’s provisions and promises and all the benefits of Jesus’ sacrifice.
We believe we deserved what Jesus suffered, but He, by His great love for us, has paid for our crimes, and paid our sin debt.
We believe that Jesus has lifted us, carried away, cast away, erased and taken away all sin, judgment, punishment, pain, sorrow, sickness and grief.
We believe that Jesus Christ has lifted us like he lifted Noah’s ark in the flood. (Psalms 103:2-14)
In closing: Cast all your care upon Him, because He cares for you. His yoke is easy and His burden is light.