Jill Enns preached a clear and concise sermon this past Sunday morning on the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53. Congrats Jill, on your first solo sermon at Summit! Kudos to Pastor Harry for allowing himself to be stretched in taking this step. The two of them worked closely on this sermon together and originally were going to preach it together. Harry realized it wasn’t necessary after seeing Jill’s competence at work.
Isaiah prophesies about Jesus in Isaiah 53, about 700 years before Jesus graced the earth with his presence. This Suffering Servant was predicted to be nothing special in appearance who would be silent in the face of affliction. He would bear our suffering and pain, and would pour out his life unto death.
He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not. (Is. 53:3)
Afterwards, however, he would “see the light of life and be satisfied”. He would suffer because God would make him an offering for sin. All these things were true of Jesus, from birth to death, and then resurrection. He was born in a stable to a carpenter from Nazareth (Jn. 1:46), and nothing special came from Nazareth. Matthew 26:63 and 1 Peter 2:23 tells us that Jesus was silent before his accusers during his trial. He was beaten, pierced, and died for us (1 Pet. 2:24; Mt. 27:45-54) He endured the cross for the joy set before him (Heb. 12:2), and Hebrews 9:26 tells us Jesus’ life was an offering for our sin.
Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise! (Rev 5:12).