The Apostle Paul boldly proclaimed a crucified, risen Savior, and rested in the surety of His love. Alistair Begg points out three essential elements of Christ’s sacrificial work on the cross, namely that He went willingly, obediently, and savingly. When we look to Christ in trust and acknowledge His sacrifice on behalf of our sin, we look away from ourselves and to the grace and goodness of God.
4who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,
1Who has believed what he has heard from us?1
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2For 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.
3He was despised and rejected2 by men;
and as one from whom men hide their faces6
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
5But 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.
6All 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.
7He 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.
8By 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?
9And 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.
10Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;
he has put him to grief;7
when his soul makes8 an offering for guilt,
he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
11Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see9 and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.
12Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,10
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,11
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.
It could be the plot for a movie: an oppressed nation is looking for a liberator, but there’s a plan in the works to kill him before he can act. An innocent man dies willingly for guilty men. People come back to life from the dead, and a body disappears. Centuries' worth of prophesies were about to be fulfilled, but not in the way anyone expected… and conspiracies and political intrigue surround it all.
By any measure, the final days of Christ’s life and the weeks and months immediately following his resurrection were filled with strange and perplexing events, themes, and ideas. If someone made up the story, we might accuse him of sensationalism, yet these historical events are at the turning point in redemptive history. In this series of messages, Alistair Begg explains how God used these strange ideas to accomplish His great plan to redeem mankind and reconcile us to Himself through Christ’s death and resurrection.
|Palm Sunday Perspective, Part One||Mark 11:1-11|
|Palm Sunday Perspective, Part Two||Mark 11:1-11|
|Your King on a Donkey||John 12:12-19|
|In Remembrance of Me||Luke 22:19|
|The Glory of the Cross||Galatians 1:4 Isaiah 53:1-12|
|An Impossible Assignment||Matthew 27:62-66|
|Some Strange Ideas||Acts 17:30|
|We Are All Witnesses||Acts 2:32|