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2601 24th Ave SE
Norman, OK 73071

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Servant: God’s Instrument as Witness

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Servant: God’s Instrument as Witness

Mike Butler

When people speak of Jesus, they will typically point to His teaching or compassion. Sometimes people will identify his mercy or use him to justify a political position. However, the Scriptures have always called upon people to accept that Jesus was truly a servant. His life, death, and resurrection were all used to describe his role as a servant. His example of being a servant is typically isolated only to a few thoughts, but truly Jesus as a “servant” had specific implications and intentions. By focusing on 4 passages from Isaiah the prophet, “Servant: God’s Instrument” invites us to consider truly what it means to say that Jesus was a Servant. Using Isaiah 50:4-9, Pastor Butler will speak to us about how the Servant would be the best witness to God’s faithfulness creation would ever see. Join us Sunday mornings at 9:00 and 10:30 am for worship. For more information about CrossPointe, please visit us at www.crosspointe.tv

Reflections:

  1. What have you found to be the most effective way to listen to God speaking to you? (e.g. Bible Study, Sermons, groups, etc.)

  2. Can you think of one or two people who you know personally have shown “grace under fire.”? How do they fit the picture of grace under fire?

Servant: God’s Instrument as a Witness

Isaiah 50:4-9, NIV 2011 4 The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed. 5 The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears; I have not been rebellious, I have not turned away. 6 I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting. 7 Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame. 8 He who vindicates me is near. Who then will bring charges against me? Let us face each other! Who is my accuser? Let him confront me! 9 It is the Sovereign Lord who helps me. Who will condemn me? They will all wear out like a garment; the moths will eat them up.

The Servant would witness to God’s teaching.

Isaiah 50:4-5, NIV 2011  4 The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed. 5 The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears; I have not been rebellious, I have not turned away.

His witness would be the picture of grace under fire.

Isaiah 50:6, NIV 2011  6 I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting.

Jesus’ song of obedience

Matthew 27:27-31, NIV 2011 27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. 30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. 31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

The fire would fuel the witness of the Servant.

Isaiah 50:7-9, NIV 2011 7 Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame. 8 He who vindicates me is near. Who then will bring charges against me? Let us face each other! Who is my accuser? Let him confront me! 9 It is the Sovereign Lord who helps me. Who will condemn me? They will all wear out like a garment; the moths will eat them up.

Servant Song of a Christian

Romans 8:31-39, NIV 2011 31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Robert Lowry, “How Can I Keep From Singing” (19th Century)

My life flows on in endless song, Above earth's lamentation,

I catch the sweet, tho' far-off hymn, That hails a new creation.

Through all the tumult and the strife,  I hear the music ringing;
It finds an echo in my soul--  How can I keep from singing?

What tho' my joys and comfort die?  The Lord my Saviour liveth;
What tho' the darkness gather round? Songs in the night he giveth.
No storm can shake my inmost calm, While to that refuge clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth, How can I keep from singing?

I lift my eyes; the cloud grows thin; I see the blue above it;
And day by day this pathway smooths, Since first I learned to love it.
The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,  A fountain ever springing;
All things are mine since I am his-- How can I keep from singing?