Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12 (What a shocking salvation!)

"If we make success our goal, as the world counts success, we run the serious danger of losing everything." John Oswalt, Isaiah, The NIV Application Commentary.

"God's power is at its greatest not in his destruction of the wicked but in his taking all the wickedness of the earth into himself and giving back love." John Oswalt.

"As you look at the incarnate son of God dying on the cross the most powerful thought you should think is: this is the true meaning of who God is. He is the God of self-giving love." N.T. Wright.

"The Servant did not come to tell people what God wants; rather, he came to be what God wants for us." John Oswalt.

Theme: In the Hebrew language, to listen is to act.

“The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears; I have not been rebellious, I have not turned away. I offered my back to those who beat memy cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting(Isa 50:5-6). “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion,'Your God reigns!'”  (Isa 52:7)

 9.2016ServanthoodOutlineTheme: God can never forget his people.

But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing at all. Yet what is due me is in the Lord’s hand, and my reward is with my God(Isa 49:4). “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me" (Isa 49:15-16).