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January 19, 2012, 3:27 PM

The Gospel According to Isaiah

Things are still taking shape for the upcoming sermon series.  There will be ten sermons located in what some scholars have called "2nd Isaiah" -- chapters 40-55.  However, since I am a pastor who loses no perspiration in seeing the book as a cohesive unit when measured with the entirety of scripture, I will probably expand the sermon text limits to chapter 61:1-3 to be a righteous rebel!

What I will try to do in this series is to help you gain a better understanding of what Easter is all about.  What is the OT understanding of the coming of Jesus the Christ?  How does Easter help us to better understand the heart and purposes of God?  Why did Jesus have to die?  This last question is one in which we have all been taught to answer with a very simple answer:  To die for our sins?  Preaches well to the home team!  Well, why, someone might reasonably ask, did he have to die?  Couldn't God have been big enough to just declare forgiveness and let it stand at that?  I mean, demanding the death of his (one and only) son?

I hope that I will be able to tackle that question with a clear and compelling presentation.  Fortunately, I don't have to tackle that question until we get a little further into the series!

This Sunday, the text is Isaiah 40:1-5.  An introduction to the series, so to speak.  We have to consider some pretty bad news, but then we get to see the good news, shining brightly through, as God sets the stage for what he's about to do through his "servant."  This "servant" will begin to take center stage as we consider the so-called four "servant songs" of Isaiah.  These poems are found in Isa. 42:1-4; 49:1-6; 50:4-9; 52:13-53:12 (and 61:1-3 for the fifth!).

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