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The Suffering Messiah
Jesus on the Cross, Despised and Rejected

Justice - Isaiah 53:1-6


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Suffering Messiah, Jesus Despised and Rejected
Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O LORD, in the light of Your Countenance - Psalm 89:15

We despised Him and rejected Him - a man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief. We turned our backs on Him and looked the other way when He went by. He was despised and we didn't care. Yet it was our grief He bore, our sorrows that weighed Him down. And we thought His troubles were a punishment from God, for His own sins! But He was wounded and bruised for our sins. He was chastised that we might have peace; He was lashed - and we were healed!

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Ken Birks is an ordained Pastor/Teacher in the Body of Christ and is one of the staff pastors at The Rock of Roseville in Roseville, California where he also functions as an elder.  Ken has been a part of The Rock of Roseville Church since its inception in 1997. Before becoming a part of The Rock of Roseville, Ken was the Sr. Pastor of Golden Valley Chrstian Center in Roseville, CA. He has been a born again Christian for over 35 years.

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At the end of time, millions of people were scattered on a great plain before God's throne. Some of the group near the front talked heatedly - not with cringing shame but with belligerence."How can God judge us? How can He know about suffering?" snapped a joking brunette. She jerked back a sleeve to reveal a tattooed number from a Nazi concentration camp."We endured terror, beatings, torture, death!"

In another group, a black man lowered his collar. "What about this?" he demanded, showing an ugly rope burn. Lynched for no other crime but being black! "We suffocated in slave ships, were wrenched from loved ones, toiled till only death gave release."

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Far out across the plain were hundreds of such groups. Each had a complaint against God for the evil and suffering He had permitted in His world. How lucky God was to live in heaven where all was sweetness and light, where there was no weeping, no fear, no hunger, no hatred. Indeed, what did God know about what man had been forced to endure in this world? And after all, God leads a pretty sheltered life, they said.

So each group sent out a leader, chosen because he had suffered the most. There was a Jew, a Black, an untouchable from India, an illegitimate, a person from Hiroshima and one from a Siberian slave camp. In the center of the plain they consulted each other. At last they were ready to present their case. It was rather simple: before God could be their judge He must endure what they endured. Their decision was that dod should be sentenced to live on earth - as a man!

But, because He was God, they set certain safeguards to be sure He could not use His divine powers to help Himself. Let HIm be born to a hated minority. Let the legitimacy of His birth be doubted so that no one will know ho really is His father. Let Him champion a cause so just, but so radical, that it brings down upon Him the hate, the condemnation and eliminating efforts of every major traditional and established religious authority. Let Him be betrayed by His dearest friends. Let Him be indicted on false charges, tried before a prejudiced jury and convicted by a cowardly judge. Let Him see what it is to be terribly alone and completely abandoned by every living thing. Let Him be tortured and let him die the most humiliating death - with common thieves.

As each leader announced his portion of the sentence loud murmurs of approval went up from the great throng of people. When the last had finished pronouncing sentence, there was a long silence. No one uttered another word. No one moved. For suddenly all knew: God already had served His sentence.

God served HIs sentence in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ.  (Author Unknown)

Jesus got a bad deal. The Bible says He took your sin and my sin on Himself and offers back His righteousness. he died so that we might have life. The wages or price of sin is misery, guilt, lack of peace of mind, death and hell. But Jesus died on the cross to save us from that sin so that we might have real peace, abundant life and eternal life.

Right now ask the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive you of your sins and tell Him because He died for you, you'll live for Him.

Jesus on the Cross - Isaiah 53:3-6

We despised Him and rejected Him - a man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief. We turned our backs on Him and looked the other way when He went by. He was despised and we didn't care.

Yet it was our grief He bore, our sorrows that weighed Him down. And we thought His troubles were a punishment from God, for His own sins! But He was wounded and bruised for our sins. He was chastised that we might have peace; He was lashed - and we were healed!

We are the ones who strayed away like sheep! We, who left God's paths to follow our own. Yet God laid on Him the guilt and sins of every one of us!

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