Sermon: Good Friday
Title: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished (MP3 Audio)
Summary: Those which the world calls “good deeds” are usually done at least partially for our own benefit. Even when performed altruistically, the deeds of natural man are not good in God’s eyes because the doers are not in a proper relationship with Him.
When the promised Servant, Jesus Christ, came, He could do good both according to His own nature and according to His relationship with His Father. The good that He chose to do wasn’t to merely live out His own life in righteousness but to live the life that fallen mankind should live — but never does.
In response to His faithful obedience, the Father then levied the punishment of our misdeeds and undone works upon His sinless Son. Blaming Jesus for our sinfulness, the Father effectively punished the only One whose deeds were pure and holy from beginning to end. Yet the piercing and crushing of the Servant won forgiveness for us fallen sinners and the chastisement of the Prince of Peace brought established lasting peace between the Father and all who believe in the Son.
Text: Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted.
As many were astonished at you — his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind — so shall he sprinkle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which has not been told them they see, and that which they have not heard they understand.
Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? 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, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned — every one — to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.
Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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Other Readings: Psalm 22 or Psalm 31; Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9; John 18:1-19:42 or John 19:17-30
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