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Jesus The Man as the Suffering Christ 2020

The Suffering Christ

 

I want to start this evening by telling you that the sermon I am giving tonight is one I always give before a new group. Now, we all you are not new to me, however this is the first time I have had the opportunity to speak before you, and I thank you for that opportunity.

Now you may be wondering why I have one sermon I like to preach when I am before a new group. It’s simple, my greatest passion in life is Christ, the real Christ, the real man. So…

 

I just want to make sure everyone knows exactly who we serve.

 

To begin with I want to tell you this sermon will be based upon Isaiah 53 if you wish to turn there.

 

And now….

 

I want to tell you a story of two kings, both were very wealthy, both had great power, and both ruled over multitudes of people, and both had great kingdoms.

Both would go about their Kingly duties during the day, passing laws, and doing whatever kings do.

When the day ended one King would have great feasts prepared every night for all the dignitaries, showing off his greatness, and all his riches.

The other when the day had ended would put on the clothes of poverty, and go out among the people in disguise so he could hear what they were saying, so he could know their needs, so that he could truly serve them, and pass laws that would benefit the common people.

 

Men, that is the King we serve.

 

He came from a glory that none of us can imagine, to a poverty stricken world, with no respect, no beauty, nothing to offer this world in a worldly sense, but what He did offer was a blessing beyond compare.

 

I am going to attempt to offer you a Portrait of a life perfectly lived

 

A life lived without advantage, in fact with absolute disadvantage yet offered total salvation for mankind.

 

 

When I was a child, I was, as one might say, under severe handicap, both physical and emotionally, if not mentally, so when I would go to Sunday School and hear about Christ, even though I had this love for Him, I always thought, well, like He had an advantage, according to the pictures, He was this really handsome kind of guy, walked around all day, with His friends, telling people how to live, and healing the sick and everyone praising Him. Well as I studied, I found that simply wasn’t true, in fact totally the opposite. I found what it meant when the scriptures describe Him as a man of sorrows, and lowered Himself, and the most Humble of men. And that is what this talk is about, I am going to paint a slightly different picture than what we are used to, a picture that is truly found in scriptures of this man of sorrows.

 

 

First I would like to illustrate the pattern for Godly men, in that they do not take shortcuts, on the contrary they demand they pay the full price, and if these men insist upon paying full price, and they are Godly, then how much more will God pay? He will and did pay the ultimate price. Lets look at two men as an example of my point:

 

1st example is Abraham who needed to bury his beloved Sarah.

 

Gen 23:11-16

“No, my lord, hear me: I give you the field, and I give you the cave that is in it. In the sight of the sons of my people I give it to you. Bury your dead.” 12 Then Abraham bowed down before the people of the land. 13 And he said to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, “But if you will, hear me: I give the price of the field. Accept it from me, that I may bury my dead there.” 14 Ephron answered Abraham, 15 “My lord, listen to me: a piece of land worth four hundred shekels of silver, what is that between you and me? Bury your dead.” 16 Abraham listened to Ephron, and Abraham weighed out for Ephron the silver that he had named in the hearing of the Hittites, four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weights current among the merchants.

 

He did not accept the gift, but paid the full price

 

2nd example is David who is purchasing the threshing floor which will become the site of the Temple.

2 Sam 24:21-25

And Araunah said, “Why has my lord the king come to his servant?” David said, “To buy the threshing floor from you, in order to build an altar to the Lord, that the plague may be averted from the people.” 22 Then Araunah said to David, “Let my lord the king take and offer up what seems good to him. Here are the oxen for the burnt offering and the threshing sledges and the yokes of the oxen for the wood. 23 All this, O king, Araunah gives to the king.” And Araunah said to the king, “May the Lord your God accept you.” 24 But the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will buy it from you for a price. I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God that cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. 25 And David built there an altar to the Lord and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the Lord responded to the plea for the land, and the plague was averted from Israel.

 

 

 

We find another pattern with the Scriptures: Abraham was called out of his established place in his father’s household to become a nomad. Once he was outside known territory, God could use him.

 

Moses was required to live in the desert for 40 years before he could lead the Jewish people out of Egypt.

 

Jesus left the kingdom of Heaven and came to earth in the most humble fashion possible. It seems that God loves to take mighty things and make them smaller in order to confound the world and it’s wisdom.

 

We will look at three areas of Christ. These at first glance do not look “pretty”, in fact it is somewhat gruesome. But when you look at these facts, and take in consideration of the pattern of God, that He does pay the full price, and he left His kingdom in heaven to do it, and thru that gave the greatest Gift to mankind, first the possibility of eternal life with Him, and the defeat of Satan. When looked upon, the following information will become a beautiful portrait of a life not well lived, but perfectly lived by a perfect man, and what greater beauty is there in the world than that?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now this lesson is based on the following scripture:

Isaiah 53:1-12 Who has believed what he has heard from us?

 

And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

 

2 For he grew up before him like a young plant,

 

and like a root out of dry ground;

 

he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,

 

and no beauty that we should desire him.

 

3 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.

 

4 Surely he has borne our griefs

 

and carried our sorrows;

 

yet we esteemed him stricken,

 

smitten by God, and afflicted.

 

5 But he was wounded for our transgressions;

 

he was crushed for our iniquities;

 

upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,

 

and with his stripes we are healed.

 

6 All we like sheep have gone astray;

 

we have turned—every one—to his own way;

 

and the Lord has laid on him

 

the iniquity of us all.

 

7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,

 

yet he opened not his mouth;

 

like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,

 

and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,

 

so he opened not his mouth.

 

8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away;

 

and as for his generation, who considered

 

that he was cut off out of the land of the living,

 

stricken for the transgression of my people?

 

9 And they made his grave with the wicked

 

and with a rich man in his death,

 

although he had done no violence,

 

and there was no deceit in his mouth.

 

10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;

 

he has put him to grief;

 

when his soul makes an offering for guilt,

 

he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;

 

the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

 

11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;

 

by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,

 

make many to be accounted righteous,

 

and he shall bear their iniquities.

 

12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,

 

and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,

 

because he poured out his soul to death

 

and was numbered with the transgressors;

 

yet he bore the sin of many,

 

and makes intercession for the transgressors.

(ESV)

 

 

Now lets break this down:

Isaiah 53:1-12 Who has believed what he has heard from us?

 

And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

 

2 For he grew up before him like a young plant,

 

and like a root out of dry ground;

 

he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,

 

and no beauty that we should desire him.

 

Lets look at a commentary from Wesley:

View Wesley’s Notes for Isaiah 53:2

 

53:2 As a root – And the reason why the Jews will generally reject their Messiah, is, because he shall not come into the world with secular pomp, but he shall grow up, (or spring up, out of the ground) before him, (before the unbelieving Jews, of whom he spoke ver.#1|, and that in the singular number, as here, who were witnesses of his mean original; and therefore despised him) as a tender plant (small and inconsiderable) and as a root, or branch, grows out of a dry, barren ground. No form – His bodily presence shall be mean and contemptible. No beauty – This the prophet speaks in the person of the unbelieving Jews. We – Our people, the Jewish nation.

So now we understand that He had no physical appearance to offer the world, and we all know how critical this can be for a child, and can, and will affect his self-image, how far up in (this) world he will move.

We as Americans put a lot of weight on how a person looks, how tall they are and etc. I know that tall people have a great advantage over shorter people when moving up in business or in sales.

 

 

3 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.

 

4 Surely he has borne our griefs

 

and carried our sorrows;

 

yet we esteemed him stricken,

 

smitten by God, and afflicted.

Jesus carried no respect from men. He was simply born too soon. In Jewish society of the 1st century, purity of the physical life was of utmost importance. When a man and woman become engaged, they were technically already married. If the engagement was broken they would have to get a divorce. When the engagement began, the marriage was generally at least a year later, basically I think to prove the brides innocence. If a woman became pregnant before the actual marriage this was considered to be a great shame and was looked upon as adultery. They knew one of three things had occurred,

 

She had pre-marital sexual relations with her husband

She had an adulterous affair with another man

She had been one of the unfortunate young girls to raped by a roman soldier, which was not uncommon for that time.

 

Any one of the three was equally bad in the eyes of the Jewish society of that time. Joseph believed one of the last two occurred:

 

She had an adulterous affair with another man

She had been one of the unfortunate young girls to raped by a roman soldier, which was not uncommon for that time.

 

 

 

 

Matt 1:19-20 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. 20 But when he thought on these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.

 

Now we all know the birth of Jesus was the union of the Holy Spirit and Mary, but as already stated the people would not have accepted this, nor would they today.

Jesus would have been considered a mamzer. Now let me give you a definition of a mamzer

The rabbinic definition of a mamzer appears to have included not only those born out of wedlock (and thus corresponding to modem terminology of illegitimacy), but also those born of mixed or prohibited marriages

‘Mamzerim inhabited the fringe of this society, for they did not meet the social criteria for full-fledged membership’?*Midrash Rabbah-Leviticus 32.7.” (Leviticus 32:7 is a description of how people were to be valued) The first of the aforementioned passages reads: But children of adulterers will not come to maturity, and the offspring of an unlawful union will perish. Even if they live long they will be held of no account, and finally their old age will be without honor. If they die young, they will have no hope and no consolation in the day of decision. For the end of an unrighteous generation is grievous. Now understand this is not a biblical scripture, but rather from the Midrash, the additional restrictions put on people by the Rabbis of the time.

So lets update where we are, we now know that Jesus was born to His people during a time of Roman occupation, in a cattle stall, to poor people, He was not a handsome person so that no one would lust for Him, and He was rejected by His own people because He was born too soon. We also know from other scriptures, that His parents had to flee to Egypt because Kind Herod wanted to kill Him, and all the baby boys in the area 2 years and younger were slaughtered because of the evil desire of King Herod to kill Jesus.

 

Let’s look at one more verse in this area:

 

Isaiah 49:7 Thus says the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One, to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nation, the servant of rulers: “Kings shall see and arise; princes, and they shall prostrate themselves; because of the Lord, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”

 

So He really had a poor start in life, but lets continue our study.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lets take a look at His life while growing up:

Luke 2:39-40And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.

Luke 2:49-52 And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” 50 And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them. 51 And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man

 

And this is about all we have been told about His youth, He simply grew up, grew strong in the sprit. I add this because when we look back at Isaiah 53 we get the feeling that He simply was not a strong person. Let’s look at the King James version of this verse.

Luke 2:40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

(KJV)

For some reason the English Standard version I have used in this lesson, left out “in spirit” which was included in the King James Version. In the original scripture, it does say “in spirit” and uses the word

πνεῦμα (pneuma 4151) In the OT Pheuma is in the translation of רוח (Ruach) and is the life principle springing from God, and is said to be possessed by all the lower creatures, Gen 6:17; 7:22. Psa 104:29,30. Ecc 3:19,20. Isa 42:5.

So this means, He became strong in the life force given by God to all creatures. He became strong in God!

Ok again, lets see where we are:

We now know that Jesus was born to His people during a time of Roman occupation, in a cattle stall, to poor people, He was not a handsome person so that no one would lust for Him, and He was rejected by His own people because He was born too soon. We also know from other scriptures, that His parents had to flee to Egypt because Kind Herod wanted to kill Him, and all the baby boys in the area 2 years and younger were slaughtered because of the evil desire of King Herod to kill Jesus.

He was also physically weak, yet studies the scriptures, became wise, and the Grace of God was upon Him. which then and now, great human strength gains a lot of respect, for instance Arnold Schwarzenegger and others like him. We have also learned we need to go back to original language to make sure the version of the New Testament you are reading is changing the scriptures to sway a view to their own liking.

Ok now a look at His life during His ministry.

No Peace:

Matt 19:1-2 Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went away from Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. 2 And large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.

 

Matt 13:1-3That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2 And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3 And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow.

Matt 12:15-16 Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed him, and he healed them all 16 and ordered them not to make him known

Matt 8:18-20 Now when Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. 19 And a scribe came up and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 20 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”

 

Matt 8:1-3 When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. 2 And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” 3

Mark 1:45 But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in desolate places, and people were coming to him from every quarter.

Mark 3:7-12 Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and a great crowd followed, from Galilee and Judea 8 and Jerusalem and Idumea and from beyond the Jordan and from around Tyre and Sidon. When the great crowd heard all that he was doing, they came to him. 9 And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they crush him, 10 for he had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed around him to touch him. 11 And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” 12 And he strictly ordered them not to make him known.

 

He Was Poor:

Luke 9:57-58 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”

 

Ok again, lets see where we are:

We now know that Jesus was born to His people during a time of Roman occupation, in a cattle stall, to poor people, He was not a handsome person so that no one would lust for Him, and He was rejected by His own people because He was born too soon. We also know from other scriptures, that His parents had to flee to Egypt because Kind Herod wanted to kill Him, and all the baby boys in the area 2 years and younger were slaughtered because of the evil desire of King Herod to kill Jesus.

He was also physically weak, yet studies the scriptures, became wise, and the Grace of God was upon Him. He was poor, and He had no peace. He had no money, and he had no rest. People followed Him everywhere, wanting to be healed in some form or another. They would listen to Him, but that isn’t why they were there, they were there for what they could receive. Before we condemn them, think about it for a moment, if we have cancer, or some other disease, or some kind of problem, we ask for prayers, and that is the same thing, we are following Christ for what we need. That is ok, it is scriptural, but when we become a true decuple, we will want to serve Him regardless of the result. We wont follow Him to get into Heaven, or avoid Hell We will serve Him simply because He is Jesus, our creator, and our savior.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally, the end of His earthly walk (and the beginning of Christianity) The Crucifixion.

 

 

He was beaten

He was stripped

They spat on Him

They put a crown of thorns on His Head

They took the staff and beat Him on the head again and again

They mocked Him

Refused the gall which would have dulled the pain

God turned His back on Him, as God cannot look upon sin, and at that moment, Christ had upon Himself all the sins of the world from the beginning of time until the end of time.

 

 

 

 

Jim & Jody Carmichael

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