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JULY 1, 2007 

“THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MESSIAH”

Part I 

SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 42:1-10 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 42:1 (KJV)   

    Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.  

INTRO: This is one of the many promises of God: He would send the Messiah, the Savior, to meet the needs of a fallen world. 

   Like Judea of old, America is in desperate need of the Messiah. 

  People are sinking ever deeper into the muck and mire of: 

·        Heavy burdens,

·        Constant and brazen temptations,

·        Unimaginable evil,

·        Growing insensitivity and indifference to it all.

·        Dissatisfaction

·        Purposelessness  & hopelessness

·        Emptiness  

   Satan has sought to corrupt the term Messiah and Savior. 

   Hollywood has held up the Bible, Christianity and Jesus Himself, to mockery and ridicule. 

   The sport media has used the term messiah and savior for sport figures that have none of the qualifications of a Messiah. 

   Jesus is the promised Messiah, and He alone possesses the qualifications and characteristics of the Messiah. 

   What are the characteristics of the Messiah? 

I. HE IS GOD’S SERVANT. (v.1) 

NOTE: Jesus came not to serve Himself but to serve His Father. 

John 5:30 (KJV) I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

   Servant hood involves humility. 

Philippians 2:7 (KJV) But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  

   Jesus came to not only be a servant of God but also the servant of man. 

Matthew 20:28 (KJV) Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

 II. HE IS CHOSEN BY GOD. (v.1) 

NOTE: Jesus was not chosen by the will or wisdom of man. 

1 Samuel 16:7 (KJV) But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.  

Matthew 17:5 (KJV) While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.  

   Because He was chosen by God, He had God’s blessing resting upon Him.

III. THE SPIRIT OF GOD REST UPON HIM. (v. 1) 

Isaiah 11:2 (KJV) And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;  

Matthew 3:16 (KJV) And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:  

Luke 4:18-19 (KJV) The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.  

Acts 10:38 (KJV) How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.  

IV. HE IS RIGHTEOUS AND JUST. (v.1) 

NOTE: The word judgment means: properly a verdict (favorable or unfavorable) pronounced judicially, especially a sentence or formal decree (human or [participle] divine law, individual or collective), including the act, the place, the suit, the crime, and the penalty. 

   The Messiah, and His work, was sent to not only the Jews but to the entire world.     

Psalm 45:7 (KJV) Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.  

Psalm 119:137 (KJV) Righteous art thou, O Lord, and upright are thy judgments.  

Psalm 145:17 (KJV) The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.  

Jeremiah 23:5-6 (KJV) Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.  

Revelation 19:10 (KJV) And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.  

NOTE: If we accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah we will be judged in His righteousness. 

   If we reject Jesus as the Messiah we will be judge in our righteousness.

 CONCLUSION: The Messiah this world has ever seen and will ever see, is Jesus. 

JULY 8, 2007 

“THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MESSIAH”  Part II 

SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 42:1-10 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 42:1 (KJV)  

    Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.  

INTRO: Since the fall of man the world has been in need of a Messiah. 

   Someone to deliver them from the circumstances they may be in. 

   Someone they can worship and emulate.  

   There are many false Messiah. 

·         Those who others call messiah.

·         Self-proclaimed messiah.

   Our eternal fate hinges on our understanding the characteristics of the Messiah. 

   There is only one True Messiah. 

What are the characteristics of the Messiah? 

I. HE IS GOD’S SERVANT. (v.1)  “Behold My Servant” 

NOTE: Jesus came not to serve Himself but to serve His Father. 

John 5:30 (KJV) I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.  

   Servant hood involves humility. 

Philippians 2:7 (KJV) But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  

   Jesus came to not only be a servant of God but also the servant of man. 

Matthew 20:28 (KJV) Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

II. HE IS SUPPORTED AND RECOGNIZED BY GOD AS THE MESSIAH. (v. 1) “Whom I uphold” 

NOTE: Jesus was recognized by His Father as the Messiah. 

John 5:26 (KJV) For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;  

John 12:28 (KJV) Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.  

III. HE IS CHOSEN BY GOD. (v.1) “Mine Elect” 

NOTE: Jesus was not chosen by the will or wisdom of man. 

1 Samuel 16:7 (KJV) But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.  

Matthew 17:5 (KJV) While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.  

   Because He is chosen by God, He has God’s blessing resting upon Him.

 IV. GOD DELIGHTS IN HIM. (v. 1) “in Whom My soul delighteth”  

Matthew 3:17 (KJV) And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.  

Matthew 17:5 (KJV) While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.  

V. THE SPIRIT OF GOD REST UPON HIM. (v. 1) “I have put My Spirit upon Him” 

Psalm 45:7 (KJV) Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.  

Isaiah 11:2 (KJV) And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;  

Matthew 3:16 (KJV) And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:  

Luke 4:18-19 (KJV) The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.  

Acts 10:38 (KJV) How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.  

VI. HE IS RIGHTEOUS AND JUST. (v.1) “He shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.”  

NOTE: The word judgment means: properly a verdict (favorable or unfavorable) pronounced judicially, especially a sentence or formal decree (human or [participle] divine law, individual or collective), including the act, the place, the suit, the crime, and the penalty. 

NOTE: He took the judgment for those who put their trust in Him, He will judge those who fail to put their trust in Him. 

   The Messiah, and His work, was sent to not only the Jews but to the entire world.     

Psalm 119:137 (KJV) Righteous art thou, O Lord, and upright are thy judgments.  

Psalm 145:17 (KJV) The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.

Jeremiah 23:5-6 (KJV) Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.  

Revelation 19:10 (KJV) And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.  

NOTE: If we accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah we will be judged in His righteousness. 

   If we reject Jesus as the Messiah we will be judge in our righteousness.

 CONCLUSION: The world needs a Messiah and the only Messiah is Jesus Christ. 

JULY 22, 2007 PM 

WILT THOU BE MADE WHOLE?” 

SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN 5:1-9 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 5:6 (KJV) When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

 INTRO: On the surface this seems to be a silly question.

ILL: Blind Bartimaeus. Mark 10:46-52 

Mark 10:51 (KJV) And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.  

   Have you addressed this question? 

   What do you need Jesus to do for you today? 

   There are many people today who are suffering from brokenness and need of being made whole. 

·         Broken relationships

o    With God

o    With family

·         Broken bodies

·         Broken hearts

·         Broken finances

·         Broken spirit

   The whole purpose of Jesus coming was to heal us of our brokenness and to make us whole. 

Ezekiel 34:16 (KJV) I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.  

   Jesus asks us the question, “Wilt thou be made whole?”   It is up to us to answer. 

   Jesus has the power to meet the most desperate need. 

   There are three things we need to consider in this event.

I.  JESUS HAD COMPASSION. 

NOTE: Jesus saw the man and understood all his needs. 

1.      The man was in need of help.

2.      There was no human help for him.

   There are many who like those around the pool, both physically and spiritually.

 ·        They are blind and cannot see.

·        They are deaf and cannot hear.

·        They are lame and cannot walk. 

Romans 8:5 (KJV) For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  

John 3:16 (KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  

Romans 5:8 (KJV) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  

II. JESUS INITIATED THE CONTACT 

NOTE: Jesus approached the man without being asked. 

Ezekiel 34:16 (KJV) I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.  

   Jesus came into this world seeking those who were broken and needed to be made whole. 

Luke 19:10 (KJV) For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.  

Revelation 3:20 (KJV) Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.  

   Jesus is seeking us long before we begin to seek Him. 

III. THE MAN OBEYED.

 NOTE: If we are to receive anything from God we must believe and obey Him. 

Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  

   A. There are many who have never heard the voice of Jesus calling them. 

   It is up to us who have responded to His voice to share the good news with those who have never heard.

 Matthew 28:19-20 (KJV) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.  

   B. THERE ARE MANY WHO HAVE HEARD THE VOICE OFJESUS BUT HAVE FAILED TO BELIEVE AND OBEY. 

NOTE: How often has Jesus stood at the door of your heart and called out to you, “Wilt thou be made whole?” 

Hebrews 3:8-12 (KJV) Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: when your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.  Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.  So I sware in my wrath, they shall not enter into my rest.)  Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

NOTE: There will come a time when God will not call us anymore. 

Genesis 6:3 (KJV) And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.  

   Don’t be like Esau who sought repentance but it was too late. 

Hebrews 12:16-17 (KJV) Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.  For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.  

   We must respond while God is calling. 

John 6:44 (KJV) No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.  

CONCLUSION: Jesus is asking each of us, “Wilt thou be made whole?” 

  

JULY 29, 2003 

THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MESSIAH” Part 3 

SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 42:1-9 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: ISAIAH 42:2-4  

   He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.  A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.   

INTRO: God is sending the Messiah and has prepared Him for a very special work.  TO REDEEM HIS PEOPLE 

    He will accomplish this in a far different way than the people expected. 

   Many people missed His first coming because they were looking for His coming to be different than it was, we must be careful that we do not make the same mistake about His second coming. 

   They were looking for Him to come the first time as He will come the second time.

 John 3:17 (KJV) For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

NOTE: As His Church we must put on the same spirit that Christ had as He dealt with those who came to Him. 

I. HE IS HUMBLE. (vs. 2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street)  

NOTE: Jesus came in true humility: 

·         His birth

 Philippians 2:5-8 (KJV) Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

·         His life

 Matthew 8:20 (KJV) And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.  

·         His death

Galatians 3:13 (KJV) Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

 II. HE IS GENTLE. (vs. 3a A bruised reed shall he not break

NOTE: This refers to how Christ will handle those who are weak, hurt and disillusioned. 

Isaiah 40:11 (KJV) He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.  

   There have been many who have been bruised in life. 

·         By passed sins

·         By circumstances

·         By misconceptions of God

·         By religious people

·         By failures

   Many times we treat these very harshly instead of gently as Jesus does.

 III. HE IS COMPASSIONATE. (vs. 3b and the smoking flax shall he not quench

NOTE: Where the flame of devotion burns at all, however feebly and dimly, the Messiah will take care not to quench it. Rather he will tend it, and trim it, and give it fresh oil, and cause it to burn more brightly. 

·         The Woman at the well, John 4

·         The Woman caught in adultery. John 8

·         Zacchaeus. Luke 19

IV. HIS JUDGMENT SHALL BE IN TRUTH. (vs. 3c he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.

NOTE: The Messiah’s judgment will not be clouded as the judgments of man are. 

   This is something that every Christian should fear. 

2 Corinthians 5:10 (NLT) For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in our bodies. 

   We like to make excuses for our actions but the Messiah will judge us truthfully. 

   His judgments shall be tempered with mercy. 

James 2:13 (NLT) For there will be no mercy for you if you have not been merciful to others. But if you have been merciful, then God's mercy toward you will win out over his judgment against you. 

   We have a tendency to be like the Elder Brother in Luke 15.

 V. HE IS STEADFAST AND PERSEVERING. (vs. 4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law) 

NOTE: Jesus did not allow anything or anyone to come between Him and the purpose of His coming; to be our Messiah.

Matthew 16:21-23 (KJV) From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.  But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.  

   He did not allow His humanity to hinder Him for fulfilling His purpose.

 Matthew 26:39 (KJV) And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.  

CONCLUSION: As we grow in our Christian life, we must put on more of Christ and less of ourselves. 

John 3:30 (KJV) He must increase, but I must decrease.

 

 

 

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