Sunday Sermon: Arm of The Lord - The Suffering and Glory of the Servant

Arm of the Lord - The Suffering and Glory of the Servant

See, my servant will act wisely;
he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.
Just as there were many who were appalled at him—
his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being
and his form marred beyond human likeness—
so he will sprinkle many nations,
and kings will shut their mouths because of him.
For what they were not told, they will see,
and what they have not heard, they will understand.
Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
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.
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was punished.
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.
— Isaiah 52:13 - 53:1-12 (NIV)

Sunday Sermon: God of Glory

God of Glory

To this he replied: “Brothers and fathers, listen to me! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Harran. ‘Leave your country and your people,’ God said, ‘and go to the land I will show you.’ “So he left the land of the Chaldeans and settled in Harran.
— Acts 7:2-4 (NIV)
The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
— Psalm 29:3 (NIV)
Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.
— Exodus 3:5 (NIV)
The people all responded together, “We will do everything the Lord has said.” So Moses brought their answer back to the Lord.
— Exodus 19:8 (NIV)

Sunday Sermon: Arrow of Reproach

Arrow of Reproach

I answered them by saying, “The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it.
— Nehemiah 2:20 (NIV)
  • Nehemiah 2:17-18 - Arrow of Reproach
  • Genesis 21:9 - Enemy mocking your promise
  • 1 Samuel 1:6 - Enemy mocking your prayer
  • 2 Samuel 6:12 - Enemy mocking your praise
  • 1 Samuel 17:8 - Enemy mocking anointing
  • Luke 22:63-65 - Enemy mocking your works
  • Nehemiah 4:6 - Work together, when enemy comes against us

Sunday Sermon: Weak Made Strong

Weak Made Strong

quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.
— Hebrews 11:34 (NIV)
Samson went down to Timnah together with his father and mother. As they approached the vineyards of Timnah, suddenly a young lion came roaring toward him. The Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him so that he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat. But he told neither his father nor his mother what he had done.
— Judges 14:5-6 (NIV)