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REJECTION SACRIFICE SUBMISSION VINDICATION. Michael Ramsden, "An Uncompromising Faith Lived Out with Grace," Just Thinking (1-26-09) Iran.

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1 REJECTION SACRIFICE SUBMISSION VINDICATION

2 Michael Ramsden, "An Uncompromising Faith Lived Out with Grace," Just Thinking ( ) Iran

3 Story Isaiah 53 helps us to appreciate Jesus more. It also shapes the way we should live. It reminds us that our story is one of grace and forgiveness instead of performance. His Our

4 Far more important than its unsurpassed poetic excellence is its profound subject matter. It is the greatest messianic section in the entire Old Testament, providing intimate details about the life, ministry, death, resurrection and glorification of the suffering servant of the Lord (Jesus Christ) seven centuries before the events themselves. Ronald Youngblood Isaiah 53

5 1000 BC Jesus Comes as Servant 722 BC Jesus Comes as King 587 BC 539 BC CreationFallRedemptionRestoration Isaiah (60 yrs) BC

6 Chapters 1-39Chapters The Book of Isaiah Gods people should be humble in his exalted presence. Isaiah 45:22 Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.

7 Jesus Comes as Servant Jesus Comes as King CreationFallRedemptionRestoration Isaiah 53 Isaiah (60 yrs) BC

8 How does Isaiah describe the Suffering Servant? Does the story of Jesus include REJECTION? Does our story include REJECTION?

9 1 Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. How does Isaiah describe the Suffering Servant?

10 1 Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? How does Isaiah describe the Suffering Servant?

11 2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. How does Isaiah describe the Suffering Servant?

12 3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. How does Isaiah describe the Suffering Servant?

13 Does the story of Jesus include REJECTION? Does our story include REJECTION?

14 Does the story of Jesus include REJECTION? John 6:66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.

15 Does the story of Jesus include REJECTION? Luke 16:21-28 He taught that one cannot serve both God and money. Luke 15:1-2 He associated with tax collectors and sinners. Luke 22 He claimed to be the Son of God. Matthew 13:10-33 People respond differently to Jesus. Their response is not always linked to the quality of the presentation.

16 How does Isaiah describe the Suffering Servant? Does the story of Jesus include REJECTION? Does our story include REJECTION?

17 John 15:18f If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. Philippians 3:10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, Does our story include REJECTION?

18 1. Disapproval 2. Ridicule 3. Pressure to conform 4. Loss of educational opportunities 5. Economic sanctions 6. Shunning 7. Alienation from community 8. Loss of employment 9. Loss of property Does our story include REJECTION? "The Risk of Faith," FaithWorks (July/August 1999), 10. Physical abuse 11. Mob violence 12. Harassment by officials 13. Kidnapping 14. Forced labor 15. Imprisonment 16. Physical torture 17. Murder or execution

19 1.Are you willing to leave home and lose the blessing of your father? 2.Are you willing to lose your job? 3.Are you willing to go to the village and those who persecute you, forgive them, and share the love of Christ with them? 4.Are you willing to give an offering to the Lord? 5.Are you willing to be beaten rather than deny your faith? 6.Are you willing to go to prison? 7.Are you willing to die for Jesus? South Asian nation struggles to shape itself, Mission Network News ( ) Does our story include REJECTION? Asian Access (A2) Pre-baptism Questions:

20 Does our story include REJECTION? 1 Peter 4: Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.


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