1. We looked at Isaiah 52:13-15 & the summary of the work of Christ.
A: Why is it important for us to remember & read about what Jesus physically endured?
B: In v. 15, we see that Jesus’ work purifies & cleanses…what does this news of purification & cleansing tell us about our condition apart from Christ?
2. Next we looked at Isaiah 53:1-3 & the sorrow of Christ.
A: In v. 1, we see 2 questions that reveal a failure to understand the person & work of Christ. What are examples today of people failing to understand Jesus?
B: We see in v. 2-3 both what Jesus lacked (looks, wealth, prestige) & how it leads to his being despised. How do we see people pursuing & valuing looks, wealth, & prestige today? How has the gospel message challenged us to examine what we value?
3. We then talked about Isaiah 53:4-6 & the substitution of Christ.
A: We see that “the Son of God takes the wrath of God for our sin” willingly. What does it reveal about Jesus that his sacrifice was a willing sacrifice?
B: Pastor Nate used the term, “propitiation”, to describe the work of Christ. Why is it vital to know that Jesus’ sacrifice actually does the work of appeasing the wrath of God?
C: At the end of v. 6, we see that Jesus bears our iniquity. We were warned to not only have sympathy for Christ, but to savor Christ & His work. How can we regularly remind ourselves of how good it is that Christ took the punishment for our sin?
4. In Isaiah 53:7-9, we talked about the strength of Christ.
A: We see that Jesus “opened not his mouth.” How does Jesus closing his mouth actually demonstrate his strength?
B: Looking at v. 9, we see writings that would be fulfilled hundreds of years later. How do these types of fulfillment passages help us understand how unique Jesus really is?
5. We ended in Isaiah 53:10-12 & the satisfaction of Christ.
A: In light of v. 10 it was said that, “the gospel is the news that God saves us from Himself, by Himself, for Himself.” How can we understand each of those 3 different aspects of the gospel message (from, by, for)? Why is it important to understand each of them?
B: The passage ultimately shows that Jesus is resurrected from the grave (“He shall see” after his crushing) & is victorious. As we approach Christmas, how can we celebrate the fact that Jesus wins?