Grace Community Church

The Startling Substitute

Given on April 17, 2011 by Brett Helvie
Scripture: Isaiah 53:4-9
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How does our culture respond to the biblical claim that, “we all like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way”? How do we deal with the reality of personal sin and guilt in our society? What do we typically do to attempt to make amends for our personal failures and transgressions?

The Servant was “stricken”, “smitten”, “afflicted”, “pierced/wounded”, “crushed”, “chastised”, “oppressed”, and “cut off from the land of the living” though he had done absolutely nothing wrong in deed or word (v.9). Why did the Servant have to endure such treatment? Why would he do all of this without protesting (v.7)?

According to verse 5, what result does the Servant’s suffering and deaht prodduce in our lives? Have you experienced the peace and healing brought and bought by the Servant? Is there anyone who doesn’t need his peace and healing?

How many of our sins were not dealt with by the Servant (v.6)? See also I John 1:8-10. According to II Corinthians 5:18-21, God reconciled himself to us through the work of Jesus on the cross. What does it mean when a relationship is reconciled? When you picture God’s face do you imagine a smile or a frown? If we have peace with God and have been reconciled to Him, which is a more accurate facial portrayal?