Isaiah 53:1-12 John 18:28-40

Sermon Notes


Isaiah 53:1-12

     Who has believed what we have heard?
         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,
         nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3    He was despised and rejected by others;
         a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity;
     and as one from whom others hide their faces
         he was despised, and we held him of no account.

4    Surely he has borne our infirmities
         and carried our diseases;
     yet we accounted him stricken,
         struck down by God, and afflicted.
5    But he was wounded for our transgressions,
         crushed for our iniquities;
     upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
         and by his bruises we are healed.
6    All we like sheep have gone astray;
         we have all turned to our own way,
     and the Lord has laid on him
         the iniquity of us all.

7    He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
         yet he did not open his mouth;
     like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
         and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
         so he did not open his mouth.
8    By a perversion of justice he was taken away.
         Who could have imagined his future?
     For he was cut off from the land of the living,
         stricken for the transgression of my people.
9    They made his grave with the wicked
         and his tomb with the rich,
     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 with pain.
      When you make his life an offering for sin,
         he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days;
      through him the will of the Lord shall prosper.
11     Out of his anguish he shall see light;
      he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge.
         The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous,
         and he shall bear their iniquities.
12   Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great,
         and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
       because he poured out himself to death,
         and was numbered with the transgressors;
       yet he bore the sin of many,
         and made intercession for the transgressors.


John 18:28-40

28 Then they took Jesus from Caiaphas to Pilate’s headquarters. It was early in the morning. They themselves did not enter the headquarters, so as to avoid ritual defilement and to be able to eat the Passover. 29 So Pilate went out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?” 30 They answered, “If this man were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you.” 31 Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and judge him according to your law.” The Jews replied, “We are not permitted to put anyone to death.” 32 (This was to fulfill what Jesus had said when he indicated the kind of death he was to die.)

33 Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” 35 Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” 37 Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” 38 Pilate asked him, “What is truth?”

After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them, “I find no case against him. 39 But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover. Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” 40 They shouted in reply, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a bandit.


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