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Sunday English Service - 26 MAR 17 - The power of the blood of Jesus

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Please turn with me to Isaiah Chapter 53 verses 4, 5 and 6. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows, yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions,he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon him,and by his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray, each we have turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

As you know we have been teaching on the power of the blood of Jesus, and we began in Leviticus 17:11, where it says the life of the flesh is in the blood and God says that I have given it to be offered as an offering to make atonement for your sin on the altar. So that is a wonderful prophetic scripture about how the blood of Jesus must be shed on the altar of the cross to make atonement for our sins. From there we began and went to Genesis chapter 3 and showed you how this whole teaching about how through the shed blood, God remedies our sin problem. We showed you from the incidence of the coats of skin that God made for Adam and Eve after they've sinned and became naked and were afraid and so on. We saw how that God by making a coat of skin for them showed that it is only through the shedding of the blood and giving of life of innocent animal that their sins are covered. And then beginning from there we went to Passover and there we saw how the blood was shed; it was sprinkled upon the door posts and so on - the whole idea of the blood and how it must be sprinkled; all the teaching about the cross was given back there in the Passover itself. Then we came to Isaiah 53 last week (and I want to continue today). Last week we began to talk about how to really appropriate all that the blood of Jesus has done for us; how to plead the blood or appropriate what the blood has done for our life, in our daily lives. And Revelation chapter 12 verse 10-11 says that the saints overcame the devil by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony. The blood, the word and the testimony - Three things are needed to overcome Satan and win the victory. What the blood of Jesus has done is important and what the bible says about it is very important; and then thirdly, our testimony is important. It was the great Evangelist T. L. Osborn who said many years ago: Your problem says one thing, the bible says another thing - what the bible says or the problems says is not going to happen to you; what you say about it is going to happen to you. So you got what the bible says, you got what the problems says; you got to choose between the two. That is why God showed in the Old Testament to the people, He said, "Choose", He said, "Choose life". So you got to choose by choosing one of the two: Are you going to choose to talk your problem or are you going to choose to talk about what the word of God says?

The bible can have all kinds of wonderful truths and promises but Christianity is a great confession; until you take and confess, you never possess the things that are mentioned there. Faith appropriates what God has provided only through confession - all of these things are very important to understand. So we talked about how we need to go to the word of God, because the word of God tells what the blood of Jesus has done and we need to testify, confess about it in order to take victory in our daily lives. So in order to do that we need to understand what the blood of Jesus has done for us; so I began to talk about - one of the main things in that is the forgiveness of sin (I am going to talk next week about healing and so on...various things thatthe blood of Jesus has done). But let us talk about one more time, about the forgiveness of sin, we began last week. I showed you last week how Isaiah is a very important - Isaiah 53:4-6 is right at the centre of the section of the Old Testament, which is called "The New Testament within the Old Testament". I showed you how the book Isaiah has 66 Chapters; it'slike a mini-bible. It is divided into two parts - first 39 chapters, and the next 27 chapters. In the Old Testament we have 39 Chapters, in the New Testament we have 27 Chapters. So it's pretty much like the bible - it's divided; the second 27 Chapters, they say it's very like the New Testament carrying many truths about Jesus Christ and his work and so on. And in the second 27 chapters, it is further divided into 9 chapters (3 sets of 9 chapters). The middle-set of 9 chapters is chapter 48 to 57, and the middle chapter of the middle-set is chapter 53 and actually chapter 53 begins with chapter 52 verse 13, I told you everybody has agreed on that; that the suffering servant is prophesied about, starting from 52:13, therefore they believe chapter 53 must begin in 52:13, if you take it like that - they further divide 53rd chapter into five sections, of 3 verses each; and in that the middle section is verses 4 to 6. Somehow by divine ordination it so happens that chapter 53:4-6 finds itself in the middle of the gospel within the Old Testament, that's amazing to me, showing to us that the cross is at the center of the gospel; the centrality of our message is the message of the cross of Calvary.

Now today I want to take you back to chapter 53, and I want to concentrate on verse 6, and then go to 3 more passages in support of this, to show you what Jesus really bore on the cross for the forgiveness of Jesus to happen; So we are going to look at 4 passages - one is Isaiah 53:6 and then we are going to go to three more passages. So, let's look at Isaiah 53 verse 6: All we, like sheep have gone astray, and we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. - The word iniquity I had pointed out; the most modern translation of the word "Iniquity" is "Rebellion". What happened in the Garden of Eden is "Rebellion". What kind of sin did Adam do? It is a sin of rebellion, an attitude of rebellion. Who's got to tell me what to do? I will do whatever I want to do; that is a sin. He didn't murder anybody, he didn't rob a bank or anything like that. The kind of sin that Adam committed in the Garden of Eden is the sin of rebellion - God said something, he said, "I don't have to do what God says; I will do whatever I say - that is an attitude of rebellion. Now, God laid upon Jesus our rebellion or our iniquity (it says here). The Hebrew word from which it's translated as iniquity here, which means rebellion, is a very interesting word. It not only refers to the transgression itself, the wrong doing, it also includes within it the punishment for the wrong doing as well as the evil consequences that come as a result of the wrong doing - all of that is part of it.

So when Isaiah says, "And the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all", he is referring to not only just our sins, but the punishment and the evil consequences of our sins he is referring to. In support of that I went to Genesis chapter 4, let's go there, I want it in a little more in detail now. Genesis chapter 4 verse 12; you remember Cain's sin was murder - murder is the sin. But God comes and tells him what is going to be the result of that murder, what is going to be the evil consequences that will now come upon and follow him for the rest of his life as a result of that murder, that transgression. Verse 12, God says, "When youtill the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth." And Cain said to the Lord, "My punishment is greater than I can bear". The word "punishment"here is exactly the same word as iniquity Isaiah chapter 53verse6, The Lord has laid upon him the iniquity of us all.In my bible...I don't know what kind of bible you may have. Some bibles have a margin; have you noticed. In my bible we, in verse 12 or verse 13, where Cain is saying,"My punishment is greater than I can bear" - next to "punishment" there is a number and in the margin there is an alternative rendering given here instead of "punishment" - it says "iniquity". So the word "iniquity" and "punishment" both come from the same Hebrew word.The word that is translated in Isaiah 53:6 as "iniquity" is translated here as "punishment". The Lord has laid upon in himour iniquity and the punishment for our iniquity; now the punishment, invariably, includes the evil consequences of the sin of the iniquity; that is why the Lord says to him, "When you till the land it shall no longer yield its strength to you". That doesn't mean that it won't (the ground) will not yieldanymore - No, it meansit will not yield to its full strength. You won't get 100% result in your crops. It is going to be reduced; you will work much, earn little.That is the meaning of it.You will labourmuch, the results will not be anywhere near what it should be. Why? That is what the curse is; the curse makes it difficult.

Now you can see how it will spoil the fun out of work - you work very hard and you get very little result. That is what will happen; he is a farmer and to him I think it would be a shock to him to tell him that you are going to go and till the land and it will no longer yield its strength to you, you won't get full results. And it says, You will be a fugitive and a vagabond - meaning, he will be an aimless, purposeless person going around, not knowing what to do; going here and there, literally loitering here and there; not living with a purpose. That is a very sad state of things and a lot of people, even today, live like that. And to this Cain said, "My punishment is greater than I can bear". But the punishment is not over yet, the evil consequences did not end there. Look at verse 14, it says, "Surely you have driven me out this day from the face of the ground, I shall be hidden from your face" - that is the saddest of all the things. That he cannot behold the face of God. See "Beholding the face of God" was a big thing in the Old Testament. The Jewish people believed that if you can behold the face of God; and if God will just simply make His face to shine upon you, you will be a blessed person. If God will simply turn His face towards you and look at you, everything will be alright; because you will have His favour - because He is watching over you. But the saddest thing is sin has done such a damage, not only has it toil in his labour, not only has it made him a purposeless, aimless person, fugitive and a vagabond, now one of the saddest thing happens, and that is, he is going to be hidden from God's face, and he is afraid also that anyone who finds him may kill him, he says that it that verse. "Anybody that findsme, may kill him". He is going to live with fear all his life.

Now turn with me to Numbers 6 for just one moment, we will just go there, just for a moment, to explain what beholding the face of the Lord means - or "hidden from your face" He says. "I shall be hidden from your face", he says. And that is "Too much to bear", he says. How can I possibly live without beholding your face, without having your help when I want it. And look at Chapter 6 in Numbers, and let me read to you from verse 23. In the wilderness as the people of Israel come out of Egypt and travel through the wilderness towards the Promised Land, God is now teaching them some new things. He is telling Aaron and his sons, to bless the people in this way; and He gives them the words of blessing. These words are often used as Benediction in churches. He says- Speak to Aaron and his sons saying, "This is the way you will bless the children of Israel". He said to them (verse 24). He gives the words to saywhen you bless the people: "The Lord bless youand keep you;the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon youand give you peace." "The Lord lift up his countenance"Literally, the Lord look upon you with favour, that is what it means. For God to make His face shine upon people, and to look upon people with favour is a very important thing under the Jewish system; you know, they talked about that a lot. God told them to bless the people saying that they are under God's care and watch; that God is looking upon them with favour. They are a redeemed people - as they were travelling through the wilderness, manna was coming down from heaven, water coming from the rock; supernaturally everything was provided. No enemycould stand before them. They were the people who had the face of God shining upon them; God looks upon them with favour - that is what it meant. And just imagine what it would mean to say, "Hereafter you will not be able to be before the face God, appear before the face of God, or you will be hidden from the face of God" - means that you will not have any morefavour from God. You will not have God's help anymore. That is why it is so unbearable, he says. So sin has now brought evil consequences upon him; punishment and evil consequences all tied together. Sin is always like that; sin is never alone - sin comes as a package.

See the devil makes people believe: "Sin. Don't worry, nobody sees; you do it in darkness. Do it behind the walls; do it where nobody is looking. After all nobody sees, nothing is going to happen". That is what the devil tells people when he encourages them to sin. A lot of people talk like this. They say, "Nobody is going to know. Do it". But the thing, when sin comes, it comes as a package - it comes with a punishment, it always comes with a terrible evil consequences and it is always consequences that you cannot bear. It is too heavy for you to bear; that's what makes life so difficult. Adam brought upon himself evil consequences and it came upon the entire human race - that is what has made human life so miserable in this world and this is the thing that you see here.

So iniquity means: the sin, its punishment and its consequences. So when Isaiah 53:6 says, The Lord has laid upon him the iniquity of us all it means the sin, the punishment and all of the evil consequences; the unbearable heavy load of that sin and sin's consequences - all of that is laid upon us. Now when you talk about sin's consequences ever since Adam sinned, look at the evil consequences it has brought - unhappiness, restlessness, peace is not there, shame, fear, guilt, sickness, failure in the work of the hands, failure in marriage, failure in family life, poverty and not having God's favour in anything in life. You have to live by your own strength, you have to live by your own brain - that is all you got. You got to live by your own strength. The bible says, "Don't rely upon your own strength. Trust in the Lord". You know to relying on your own strength, a lot of people don't realize; that is the saddest way to live - all you got to do to (count on) is you and your own intelligence and your ability. And it is a wonderful amazing thing to live under the favour of God; for God to reach out to you and give you a helping hand in time of need, and God to help you and make you a success - the difference between the two. So the evil consequences of sin is all these things that came to the Adamic race - Adam's children as a result of sin.

Now God gave Cain a little relief there, so to speak, because he says, "I am afraid somebody is going to kill me, I am going to be a fugitive and a vagabond, going around everywhere. I don't know what to do or how I am going to do bear it". And God has some kindness even for that sinner. He tells him, "Look I am going to put a mark on you so that everybody will know that they can't touch you; they can't kill you". And also He says to him in chapter 4, in verse 15, He says "Whoever kills Cain vengeance shall be taken on him seven-fold." And set a mark on Cain, lest anyone finding him should kill him. So here is God's mercy; it's amazing. Even sinners have God's mercy. Today, just imagine if God turned off the electricity, like some of our house-owners do, and turned off our water; it doesn't rain, and the sun doesn't come up, and crops don't yield - we will all die of starvation. God doesn't even do that for the sinners. He is merciful; He gives them what is called, "Common Grace". What is "common grace"? Common grace is commonly available to everybody. It is raining not only on believers, it is raining on everybody; sun is shining not only in our house, but it is shining everybody's house - whether sinner or saint. God is merciful - we are living in God's mercy; we are not living by God's justice now - it's mercy; it's pure mercy only that causes people to live in this world today.

Have you heard of the story of a woman going to the beautician and she had her hair done; and had all the complete works done. And when the man got through with her, the woman looked at herself in the mirror and wasn't satisfied at all and said, "You haven't done justice to me". The man said, "Lady, you don't need justice, you need mercy".Now this could happen to men also some times. So, don'tbe mad at me, ladies. Mercy is what has got us going - God's mercy over the sinners. See if I walked down the road and I see a little boy hungry, and he says, "I haven't eaten anything since yesterday", I would certainly stop and get him something to eat or at least give him money to...because I can't stand to see somebody go hungry. Food is a very simple thing - he should have it. So I would reach into my pocket and give him something. By if my own child says he is hungry, am going to make sure he gets enough until it fills him up here. Am going take him and treat him very special because he is my own. You see "Common grace" and "Special grace" are two different kinds of graces that God gives. "Common grace" is for everybody in the world; but "Special grace" is for the redeemed people - for our people. We are under "Special grace", how many of you know that? We are under God's special watch, and care and provision. We are under God's special grace. God treats us very specially. So you need to realize that when Isaiah said, He has laid on him the iniquity of us all, what was actually laid on Jesus that day was our sins, the punishment of our sin and the unbearable evil consequences that came as a result of that sin; all of that was laid upon Jesus. Let me explain that; that is why when we need to go to next set of verses.

1 Corinthians 15; I am going to read to you verse 45 and 47 - In these two verses you find two different names are given to Jesus. If you understand why He is called those names, you will understand redemption a little better, you will understand forgiveness of sin, and the shedding of blood, and what the cross has done as whole lot better, if you understand the meaning of these two names. Let me read to you first verse 45 -So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. (Notice: Jesus is called the "last Adam". Compared to the first man Adam,(you know who the first man Adam is), Jesus is called (it's very interesting) "Last man Adam". Now why is he called "The last man Adam"? Let us read the second verse also 47, the other name is there also, then I will explain the two) verse 47 - The first man was of the earth(we know who the first man was - Adam of course.)He was of the earth made of the dust; the second man is the Lord from heaven. So now Jesus is clearly called the second man here. So he is called the last Adam and second man. Why is he called "The last Adam?" Now we are all an Adamic race: Adam's race, Adam's descendant. After Adam, there was Cain and Abel - and then there are his sons and so on. We are came under that race. Actually our last name must be Adam.

We all come from that Adam's race; all of us - no matter what race, what ethnicity, what nationality we belong to - we all from that Adam's race. So how can you say Jesus is the last Adam? After Jesus, there are so many people have been born; they are also part of Adam's race. Still they are being born. How can you say Jesus is the last Adam? In what way is Jesus the last Adam? See... on the cross, Jesus became the last Adam. Last Adam is the name given to him because of something that he did on the cross of Calvary. He is not the last Adam in the sense of being another Adam; there have been many Adams born. See... every person born in the world is another Adam - he is Adam's son. There have been millions of millions of descendants of Adam, since Adam; and there will maybe even more. But Jesus was last in the sense that Adam inherited all the evil consequences of his sin, and passed it over to the succeeding generations; he passed on sin and its consequences (sin, the punishment and consequences - to say it rightly). When Adam sinned, what happened to him, happened to the entire humanity. He was a representative man; it happened to not just one man, but happened to all; humanity was plunged into sin. Not just him - entire human race was now affected by sin, because sin...he has subjected himself to Satan; he has received Satan's nature - that nature came into him and now that nature is passed on to his descendants.

So David said after he sinned "In sin did my mother conceive me. I was born in iniquity", he says. What a truth! He says, "The problem with me is - Sin comes attached. When I was born I was born with sin. I couldn't get rid of it. So I couldn't be without sin; it is impossible to be without sin. I have no choice, I am born with sin. I was made in my mother's womb, with this sin factor built into me - my nature, my personality. So I was born in sin", he says. What a tremendous truth. So everyone since Adam, carried on that sin nature and was a slave to sin and Satan; was subject to the powers of sin - that is the way they lived and not only were they slaved to sin; they also had the evil consequences of sin manifest itself in their life. All the evil consequences, I mentioned some of them...all of them was manifested in man's life. Every evil that you see in this world came as a consequence of Adam's sin. So Adam first got it; he sinned and he received the punishment of the consequences, then it came upon its descendants, and his descendants, and his descendants... like that. From generation to generation it has come down; and all the way through the many generations. And now Jesus is hanging on the cross. Nobody could cut that connection - that link; every man is born in sin because every man is born to Adam; he comes from that Adam's race so that sin connection could not be cut-off. Man could not get rid of sin, and be any different. If a human being is born in this world, he is born in sin; that is the way he was born. There was no possibility of being cut off. On the cross God made this thing work and gave a possibility. On the cross what God did what this: He took the iniquity - the sin, the punishment and the consequences; all of it and put it on Jesus. And Jesus became the last Adam in that sense. Only in that sense he could be called the last Adam.He is the last Adam in that sense, for those who believe in Jesus Christ, they can now break their link; this impossible link that they could never get rid off - that they were born with sin; they can break that link and begin a new life. Jesus has become the last Adam on the cross of Calvary. God put all of our iniquities on him, and he became the last Adam in the sense that the evil inheritance; See Adam gave us an inheritance. What inheritance? The sin and its evil consequences. This is the asset that he has left us. Every generation has suffered from this; sin and evil consequences, sin and evil consequences - more and more of it. And it has multiplying ever since and nobody could cut that connection off. On the cross of Calvary God laid all of our sin and the evil consequences upon Jesus thereby permanently cut off that connection. He became the last Adam.

Why is he called the second man? Verse 47... he is the second man because when he died there and when he was buried, all the sin and the evil consequences of man's sin went with Jesus and it was buried and was finished with. When Jesus rose again, he rose again as the second man in the sense, the first man was the first person in the human race; and whatever happened to him, happened to the entire human race - the second man therefore, is just like the first man, that whatever happens to him, happens to all those who trust in him and put all their faith in him. And if you are in Christ, then you belong to that seed and that line - now you belong to a new line. This wonderful line that begins with Jesus.

Now let me show you what Peter says about this. Peter has it at the back of his mind, when he says this in 1 Peter chapter 1, verse 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, - look at the verse here, he says, According to his abundant mercy he has begotten again that means we are born again literally to a living hope, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Something has happened through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, he says; through the resurrection, we have been born again. Born again to what? To a new life, to a new hope. And then he says in verse 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you. To an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and that does not fade away - sonow a new inheritance.

What was anold inheritance through Adam? All the evil consequences of sin, the burden of sin and its punishment; and all the evil that comes with it,the unbearable evil that comes with it.That was our asset; that was the inheritance. It became our inheritance whether we liked it or not, asked for it or not. It became as our package when we were born, we inherited all of that from Adam - that was our inheritance. What is our new inheritance? Our new inheritance is the incorruptible, undefiled; an inheritance that does not fade away and we are born into it. See... inheritances are obtained by being born into a family. Now what through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, God has caused us to be born again so that we may inherit these things. This is how Peter explains it: He says, when Jesus rose again, something happened. You are born again. His resurrection gave birth to a new race. Now you are born again. You are born again to what? To inherit a new inheritance; exactly the opposite of that. Adam's inheritance was evil consequences; here everything that is good and wonderful. So Jesus became the last man and he became the second man. You know what the last man is, you what the second man is: The last man in the sense that he finished his work on the cross of Calvary; he carried all our sins, and all of the evil consequences - so that those who trust in him, he becomes the last man. They don't have to continue to the line of Adam anymore. They can come in a new line, be a new creation, a new man, and begin a new life with a new inheritance, with a new blessed life. He is the second man in the sense that just like the world began with a first man, and then the whole human race came; the new creation begins with Jesus, the second man; and through that the new creation - all those who are newly born again through Christ are now in that family.

Alright, Ephesians 1, Paul also has this in mind when he talks about Christ being the head of the church. Look at Ephesians 1, actually if you read from verse 19 he talks about how that God should give enlightenment to the believers to understand what happened on the cross, and through the death and the burial and the resurrection of Jesus. Talking about it he says, in verse 20 he says, Which he worked in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places; Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in that which is to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him to be the head over all things to the church; which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all - Notice this: he puts all things under his feet and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body. Jesus is called the head of the church, and the church is called his body. Now when human birth happens, the head comes out first, then the body comes out. So in this new creation; the head (Jesus), was the first one to come out. He was the first one, among the new creation; the church which is the body, comes next. Paul envisions the church like that: "He is the head and the church is the body", he says.

Alright, let's go to the third portion: Isaiah chapter 1. We were looking at Isaiah 53, but I will show you that there is a prophetic picture of the cross in Isaiah chapter 1 itself. You will be amazed to find this prophetic picture in Isaiah 1. In Isaiah chapter 1, let us begin with verse 2, Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth! for the Lord has spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. Now the Lord is speaking through the prophet to a people who have rebelled against God. Remember the word "rebellion", it's a modern word for "iniquity" I said. What Adam did in the Garden of Eden was rebellion; he didn't commit murder, he didn't rob anybody - no, it was rebellion; something that happened in his heart, some evil that entered in his heart to act against what God has told him not to do - rebellion. And now that same attitude of rebellion is showing up - you will find that attitude of rebellion in every person, in every child there is a rebellion; that sinfulness is there.

I remember when I was young; I remember I used to have a little bit of long hair, I was raised up in that circle where all this is forbidden; so I was an odd ball there; so everybody got caught hold of me and they prayed for me and rebuked the devil out of me - all these preachers will get around me and say, "What is happening to you. Your hair is long".And then I started growing the side-burns. You got to understand young people; first they can't grow side-burns. So when it grows they are very happy; they want to exhibit it. So when it started growing, I started growing it longer, and longer, and longer. And it went wider and wider, and bigger and bigger; and this man kept watching, he said, "What! It's getting bigger every day; looks like the devil" he said. And he thought his rebuke would change my mind and I will go and shave it off. I came home and I was determined; I told people in my home, "I am going to keep it bigger than ever because that man said that" - because he said like this, "wait till he comes next time, I will show him how big it can be". So I started growing it here, and growing it here - you know everywhere. Rebellion; who is he to tell me? Who are they to tell me what I should do? Similarly with clothing; you know they would say, "Why are you wearing this colour?" That is the colour I liked; I always liked black,because everybody liked white in my circles - so I liked black; pants and black shirt, that is what I would wear - favorite. Rebellion; who is he to tell me, I would wear what I want.That is the thing that sin is defined by: you know.

When God says something and when you think like that; that is what is sin. What God says, "This is not good, this is not right" And you say, "Who is He to tell me that?" That is what sin is all about; and these people are rebelling. That means, they are living exactly like God told them not to live like - and their lives have become bad. They have become a back-slidden people; people that have forgotten God. And God is now speaking to them through the prophet and he says, "They have rebelled against me. I brought them out. I nourished them; I brought them up like children"- He is referring to how He brought them out of Egypt and delivered from the slavery, brought them to the Promised Land, gave them everything; now they are rebelling against me, He says.And now look at verse 5 and 6 because they are prophetic verses; God is here describing the stench, the kind of life that they live; describing the people of Israel as if they are a body - a human body and how rotten it has become. That is how he is describing them in their sin. He says,Why should ye be stricken again?verse 5You will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faints.Now that is only the beginning...look at the next verse -From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it.Sick from top of the head to the bottom of the feet, he says.but wounds, and bruises, and putrefying sores: they have not been closed, or bound up, are soothed with ointment - if you know Tamil - I think you better read it read it in Tamil; it comes out very powerful, very plainly - in English it is very dignified here. They are sick from head to toe; wounds and bruises putrefying sores. In other words, there is pusthere,that is exactly how Tamil says. There is pus there and it has not been pressed and the pus has not come out. That means it is stinking and bruises and putrefying sores - open sores, and they have not been closed and bound up or soothed with ointment. No medicine applied, no oil applied; nothing - it's all open, looking horrible, stinking, terrible. That is the description of people of Israel who have rebelled and sinned against God. Their life now looks like this. The description is very physical - like a physical body he describes.

But look at Isaiah 52; I already told you Isaiah 53 actually starts with Isaiah 52 verse 13, because the suffering servant is described from verse 13 of chapter 52 itself. Look at verse 14 of Isaiah 52, you will find a very close relationship between the description here and description of Isaiah 1 verse 5 and 6. Look at verse 14 Just as many were astonished at you- so his visage was marred more than any man it is talking about visage; visage is the appearance, outward appearance - was marred more than any man and his form more than the sons of man. Now the translation is not very clear; so I will read several translations. In English there is one convenience you know there are many translations available. Let me read to you some of the translations; first I will read ESV just look at this, ESV that is, English Standard Version It says, As many were astonished at you- his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind - Isaiah prophetically describes the cross and Jesus hanging on the cross. Eight hundred years before it actually happens the prophet sees Jesus on the cross and described what he sees. He says,His appearance was so marred beyond human semblance - that means you can't even tell by looking that it's a human being. You don't know whether it's just some kind of animal hanging there or a human being. You can't tell that it's actually a human being - that is actually what he is saying there. He is deformed beyond that of the children of mankind. It doesn't look like is one of the men belonging to the human race. That is what it describes him as.

Look at another translation; the New Living Translation of verse 14 But many were amazed when they saw him.His face was so disfigured; he seemed hardly human, from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man. You can hardly tell that he was a man; that he is a human being, just like a piece of meat was hanging there. He hung on the cross; you couldn't even tell that it was a human being that was hanging there (that was the description).

Look at the Message translation which is usually modern English. It says,At first everyone was appalled. He didn't even look human- ruined face, disfigured beyond recognition. What more do you want?

NIV (New International Version) His appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human beingand his form marred beyond human likeness - Amazing. Simply saying that Jesus hanging on the cross wounded from the top of his head to the bottom of his feet; his appearance was so marred; probably his flesh hanging because they beat him with whip that had hooks - metal hooks to it. It tore the flesh off of his body. They put a crown of thorns on his head, so blood was flowing from the head; beating him, they beat the thorn on his head, wounded everywhere; the whole body covered in blood. Beaten all over, until the body became like a ploughed field, the bible says. Hands and feet nailed, hanging there. What a different picture than the picture that you see of many statues of Jesus hanging on the cross. Usually it is a very stylish Jesus hanging like this, with one drop of blood on each hand, the palm of his hand, one drop at his feet and one right here at the side; just few drops here and there and just a little bit of sweat. That is a wrong picture. You know when you look at that picture, that statute looks like you can go there and kind of worship him or something like that -if you really looked at Jesus you wouldn't even want to lift up your eyes and look at him. That is how he was looking, the bible says. You wouldn't want to go anywhere near and touch and worship and look at that again. That's the way Jesus was looking according to the description of Isaiah. All that because of our rebellion. That's what Isaiah was saying.

Chapter 1 verse 2 says, The rebellion of the people was such they looked horrible; they were described like a human body, totally ruined, completely sick from head to toe, with putrefying sores all over the body not wound up,not anointed with oil - that is the way it is described. And that is the exact description of Jesus. What God did on the cross was - Isaiah 1 is the description of the results of the rebellion; because of the rebellion they were like this; because they rebelled against God, they had become a people like this; they have become a sick people. The evil consequences is showing in their life, it's showing the way they lived; they were stinking literally; because of the rebellion, and walking against the will of God, disobeying the commandments of God; because they lived like that, they were like a sick body that you cannot even behold; a body that's a stinking body, that you would not even want to be anywhere near. You wouldn't even want to even look. Sick from the head to the bottom of the feet (that is the way they are described); And God took that description and applied it to Jesus on the cross of Calvary. Jesus was made like that. Why? Because of our rebellion, our iniquity. So that is the meaning of "The Lord laid on him the iniquity of us all". Remember our life because of sin became so ugly, so stinking, so bad - unbearably bad, head to toe, we were sick with sin and its evil consequences and Jesus that hung on the cross became like us, because he bore our sin and all our evil consequences there on the cross, so that we can look good today. So that our life can be good today; so that we can be healthy today, from top of the head to the bottom of the feet. So that we can be blessed today in our spirit, in our soul in our body today; so that we have well-being today; so that we can be blessed today. Just imagine how God looks at us today, because Jesus became like us, we have become like Jesus. He took what was on us, so that we can have what was on him; we have got his wonderful nature through the new birth; and we have got a new life that is beautiful.

So everybody say with me : On the cross, all our iniquities, the punishment for that iniquity and the evil consequences were laid upon Jesus; he bore it all. I was sick from head to toe, but Jesus bore it; he bore all the evil consequences that was destroying me; that was eating me up. It was all laid on him; so that I can be healed from the top of my head, to the bottom of my feet.

What has happened through the cross of Calvary is a total healing; from the top of your head, to the bottom of your feet my friend. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. But we thought he was stricken and smitten by God, we esteemed him not; but he was wounded for our transgression; he was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was laid upon him; And by his stripes we are healed. What a wonderful good news. This is about the forgiveness of sin; by his stripes we have been healed. Sin made us sick, sin made us stinking, sin made us ugly, sin made us completely like that picture we read in Isaiah 1; but Jesus made us what we are today. Do you really believe that? If you really believe that raise up your hands (both hands), and say, "Thank you Lord Jesus". Everybody say, "Thank you Lord Jesus" Because that is the truth my friend. That is the how the bible puts it.

The final picture is in Ephesians chapter 1. In Ephesians chapter 1 you will understand more of Isaiah 53: 6 when you look at Ephesians 1:7. In Ephesians 1:7says In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. - Now Paul looks at the same cross, the blood of Jesus that was shed, and the work that was done on the cross of Calvary; the same thing that Isaiah looks at, and now he uses another word for it. He says, "In him we have redemption" - He uses this word; very interesting word, because the Old Testament times, the word "redemption"was a very important word to the Jewish people. You know in their human relationships, many times, they themselveshad to function as a redeemer. Suppose I had a close relative who had to go as a slave because he couldn't pay back the debt that he owed somebody. In those days, if you couldn't pay what you owed, you go as a slave (enslave yourself) for one or two years. Sometimes you caught forever; because no matter how you worked, it didn't pay for your debt. So when a person is caught like that,unable to get himself out of a slavery, the kinsman (the nearest relative called kinsman), must become a redeemer; he is a kinsman redeemer (he is called) among the Jewish people. He has got to go and say, "That is my relative. I don't want him to be slave forever. I will redeem him. I will pay the money. I am going to save him from that", and he will pay the money and he will get him out of trouble. If a close relative's husband died and she doesn't have children (see in those days, God gave them all - the Promised Land; He divided the land, and gave them all land. So every family had land). So when a man died and left a wife without children, who would that land go to? God wanted the land to go perpetually from generation to generation to them. So they were asked to make this arrangement that one of the brothers of the dead man or a nearest relative (in case he had no brother or something), he must marry that woman and give her a child. And the properties must be brought and given to that child, because it is his father's property. What God gave that child's father, it must continue - the inheritance must continue. These kinds of arrangements were made, am sure you are familiar -(and we talked about kinsman redeemer one Christmas, just a couple of weeks ago - how Ruth and her mother-in-law' and they came back from Moab, back to their city, after their husbands died; and there Ruth found a kinsman redeemer, who was believed to marry her and give her a new life).Very interesting story about the kinsman redeemer. This was a practice among the Jewish people. So redeemer is not a new word.

But the redeemer did also another thing, which a lot of people might not be familiar with - and that is, the redeemer is expected to be an avenger also of blood. Suppose somebody killed this man's relative; according to the Jewish custom, what they did was, the nearest relative had the responsibilityto avenge the blood. That means go after the man who killed and kill him; and avenge the blood. It's not for now, don't do that. That is the kind of thing they had. Redeemer is not an ordinary thing; it is terrific responsibility. It is an obligation that you have to do certain things. They lived in a community and they were responsible for these things.

You know Jesus became our kinsman redeemer. To become a kinsmen redeemer, you got to be the closest relative. You can say, "Well, Jesus is the son of God, in what way is he a closest relative of mine?" He came taking on human flesh, was born in this world, of a woman, just like you and I. The son of God became one of us; he became a kinsman to us; he become like us in order to redeem us. And he had the obligation to redeem us; we were slave of sin and Satan and he was now under obligation to redeem us. He had to pay the price that we could not pay. We were slaves of sin and Satan. He paid the price through his own blood; through his own life; redeemed us back to God, set us free. He did all that as a kinsman. But you know the other thing (that a lot of people don't know) also he did - the avenger of blood. Don't forget the devil who destroyed the human race, who landed us all in the trouble. The devil was the reason behind all of that; on the cross the bible says, Jesus triumphed over the devil also, made a public show of his defeat; defeated the devil, went after him for what he did for the human race, and defeated him totally and made a public show of it and triumphedover the devil and all of hell for us, as the avenger of blood and our kinsman. Jesus was a perfect kinsman. And Paul has that at the back of his mind. He is thinking about all of these things. He says, "In him we have redemption". Redemption - when he thinking of the redemption, he is thinking of the redeemer and his responsibilities and his obligation as a redeemer. Jesus has become a man, our kinsman; one among our family, the human family; therefore he is under obligation to redeem us; and redeemed us from sin and Satan. And defeated the devil because he is a kinsman redeemer who is an avenger of blood also; went after the devil and defeated him completely for us.And gave us power and authority to trample upon serpents scorpions; gave us total authority over the devil.

What a wonderful picture he has got in mind - when he talks about this; he says "In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sin". Now, slavery is a terrible thing; to be a slave of sin and Satan you need to understand this you know. See back in those days, you can go to a slave market and buy a person; a man or a woman you can buy. Suppose someone went and bought two women as slaves, anything could happen to these two women because they have no choice. They will become whatever the one who owns wants them to become - so one may go and become a cook in someone's house, and the other may go and become a prostitute somewhere; because the guy who buys can use them anyway he wants; they have no choice, they have no power, they have no say concerning the matter. Just imagine the one who is a cook looking down upon the one who is a prostitute and saying, "Look at that, that is a bad girl. Why is she a prostitute? I am a just a cook here." She is a prostitute, well, what can she do? She is powerless. The onewho bought her and owns her, has taken her by the neck and made her a prostitute. She has no power to deliver herself. This is a wonderful picture: see... when you understand this, you will understand people and deal with them more compassionately; as people sin and plunge into sin, and get caught in slavery to sin and Satan in so many ways. When you meet people like that, you can never look down upon them because we were also slaves to sin and Satan. Just like one becomes a cook and other becomes a prostitute, some of us have been fortunate enough not to be pushed into that. So today we realize that we are all the same; that we were all slaves. Slavery made us like that. Some of us were into terrible things, but we don't look down upon one another; we have no reason to look down upon one another. We have no reasonto consider another person worse than us. We are all in sin and slavery to sin and slavery to Satan.

And Jesus came down to a slave market one day. And for some reason; like one song writer says, "I don't know why Jesus loves me" (I love that song)"I don't why he cared, I don't why he sacrificed his life for me" (that is how the song goes)"Oh but I am glad, I am glad he did". The whole bible you find no reason why God loved us and saved us. It is certainly not because you were so good; not because you were so good looking or because you have been so nice and decent and so on. Not because you have been better than the thousand people that are around you. Never, there is no reason. That is why grace... grace needs no reason. He came to this slave market, looked at us; sold in slavery, traded as slaves and he said, "I am going to buy this person; I am going to pay the price; total price. Nobody can beat me on it. I will pay the highest price - take this person." Take this person to be what? To be another slave. No, to be set free forever.To be set free to live for God. Totally free; that is exactly what has happened. That is what the cross has done to us. It is redemption which is the forgiveness of sins through his blood. The forgiveness of sins is the redemption; it is sins that made us slave to sin and Satan. Like a person's debt makes him a slave to a creditor, it is sin that made us slave to sin and Satan. And once that sin problem is taken care of, the devil had no power over us, and today I tell you because the price of the blood of Jesus has been paid - the debt has been paid. The devil cannot hold us under his power and sway. And you and I can say no to sin and no Satan. Don't forget that. You need to look at the devil and tell him every day: "You are not Lord. Jesus is my Lord. I am a blood marked person. God has marked me. Just like the Israelites house was marked with blood so that the angel of death couldn't enter; devil you cannot come in, you cannot touch me. You have no right, no authority over me. I am freed, legally freed, set free and I live and I serve Jesus, and Jesus only." Amen.

Every day you got to confess it, who your Lord is. Every day you have got to confess that you are not a slave to sin and Satan. You have got to speak up and I will tell you; when you speak up on the basis of what the blood of Jesus has done, there is no devil in hell that will talk back to you. "Resist the devil and he will flee from you", the bible says. Amen.

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