OVERVIEW: In this fourth Servant song, Isaiah predicts the Servant would die to pay the penalty of humanity’s sin.
BIG IDEA: Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross provides the opportunity for salvation for all.
KEY VERSE: Isaiah 53:6 (Isaiah to Israel)
All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
Jesus was despised and rejected by humanity, but I exalted him. He suffered for you and laid down his life for you. Jesus took the penalty of your sin upon his shoulders. Never lose sight of what Jesus accomplished for you. Never tire of hearing the story or telling others your faith story. Receive this gift, remember it, thank me for it, and tell others about it.
Jesus sacrificed his body so that you would have abundant life for eternity. But that eternal life has begun. Don’t wait to offer me praise, and don’t put off living selflessly. Begin today. You will praise me for eternity, but start practicing today. Determine that your life will make a positive impact on those around you. Use your time, your talent, and your finances to display my love for the world. Too many people give me their hearts but withhold their minds and bodies. I want your whole person. I want you to surrender all and learn the art, skill, and discipline of following me.
Recognize that your forgiveness came at a steep price. Thank God for his love and sacrifice. Take time to reflect on the impact of verse 6. Memorize it, if possible.