The Gospel According to Isaiah


What follows is the outline I preached from yesterday morning. This message seemed to be received well. Use as you wish.

– Scott

The Gospel According to Isaiah?

Background
Isaiah called the “Little Bible”
Bible 66 books; Isaiah divided into 66 chapters
Bible 39 OT / 27 NT; Isaiah 39 Assyrian period; 27 Babylonian
Bible OT = law brings judgment; Isaiah 1-39 = Condemnation of conduct
Bible NT = Christ brings peace; Isaiah 40-66 = Peace in coming Messiah
Theme of Bible = Saving Redemption; Theme of Isaiah = Salvation in Messiah

Texts: Isaiah 59:1-21; 61:1-11

Separation from God (Isa 59:1-8)
No blessings for God’s people apart from God – 59:1-3.
No word of comfort
No acceptance of prayer
Apart from God – Eph 2:11-12
Alienated
Strangers to Promise
NO HOPE

Isaiah’s description of Sin – 59:4-8
Sin is lawlessness – 1 Jn 3:4
What lawlessness becomes – Rom 1:29-31
God’s judgment of the lawless – Rev 21:8

A Confession of Sin (Isa 59:9-15a)
Before we confess sin we must understand it is sin.
Good news of forgiveness follows the bad news that we are in the wrong.
Recognizing the effects of sin – 59:9-15a
Dark without God – Jn 3:19-20
Sorrow without God – 1 Thess 4:13
Self-loathing without God – Ps 107:4, 10, 17-18, 27

Sin is ultimately not against self or others.
Sin is against God
Joseph – Gen 39:9
David – 2 Sam 12:13; Ps 51:4

God Planned Redemption (Isa 59:15b – 21)
God is invested in His creation (man) – 59:15b
Isa 18:4
Ps 8:4-9

God takes up the cause of the oppressed
Jesus’ compassion
Jas. 1:27

Turn from transgression (lawlessness) before God comes – 59:20
Now! – 2 Cor 6:1-2

Why? Because Salvation is of the Lord (Isa 61:1-11)
The message of Isaiah is “Good News, Messiah is coming!”
Our message is “Good News, Messiah is here!”
Jn 3:17
Lk 3:6

The Messiah Blesses
The Brokenhearted – Matt 11:28-30
The Captive – Rom 8:21; Gal 5:1
The Blind – Matt 9:30; Rom 1:21

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