Pastor Sippy is leading this Bible Class on Sunday mornings, 9:30 am, at the Springfield campus. The objective is to meditate and dialogue Jesus’ Passion in such a fashion that our lives are changed and transformed by Jesus’ mercy and grace.
By His Wounds is a study and mediation for those who wrestle with the complexities of one’s Fallen Self.
Isaiah 53 is one of four Servant Songs recorded in Isaiah that reveal the humility of Jesus. In Isaiah 53 we read of the great magnitude of Jesus’ love for all people. Jesus becomes all that mankind suffers in sin. Jesus becomes ugly for our ugliness. Jesus becomes hated and rejected because we are hated and reject-ed. Jesus becomes broken because we are broken. Jesus becomes silent and unnoticed because we are silenced and unnoticed. Jesus becomes lonely and cast off because we are lonely and cast off. And Jesus becomes anguished because we are anguished.
And by His Wounds we are healed.
In our first session we meditated the upon Isaiah 52:13-53:2. Scripture declares that Jesus’ appearance was marred beyond human semblance. He had no majesty that we should look at Him, no beauty that we should desire Him. Jesus became ugly for us that in Him we would be restored to God’s holy and beautiful image.
In this session we meditate on the truth that Jesus was hated and rejected for our sin. Do not feel shame. Do not feel guilt. Shame and guilt turn your eyes upon yourself. Rather, turn your eyes to Jesus and see all He has done for you and all He continues to do for you. Allow the Holy Spirit to work true faith in your heart, to humble you, and to work true and abiding appreciation. Return to Jesus with all your heart.
By Wounds We are Healed.
The Hated and Rejected Jesus, Isaiah 53:3-4
Jesus is unlike any other king. He is hated and despised by the ones He came to save (John 1:10-11). He is stricken, smitten, and afflicted. By His wounds we are healed. Jesus is hated and rejected, and we become the beloved of God.
“Hatred is the coward’s revenge for being intimidated.”George Bernard Shaw
Intense dislike or ill-will; disdain.
Synonyms: loathing, detesting, dislike, distaste, abhorrence, abomination, resentment, hostility, enmity, animosity, antagonism, bitterness, revulsion, disgust, contempt,
Antonyms: love, cherish, like, appreciate, endear, kindness, patience, mercy, forgiveness, embrace
Have you ever felt hated or rejected? Have you ever been verbally or emotionally abused? How did that feel?
Have you ever hated or rejected someone else? Have you ever verbally or emotionally abused someone? How did that feel?
What People Say About Hate
“I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.”Booker T. Washington
“In time we hate that which we fear.”William Shakespeare
Bullied to Death
Tyler Long (1992-2009), age 17, was a homosexual student with a social disability.. Because of his homosexuality and disability, students bullied him. They stole from him. They spit in his cafeteria food. They called him names like “faggot” and “gay.” When his mother, Tina Long, complained about the bullying, the school responded by saying, “Boys will be boys,” and “Tyler is taking these actions too personally, and the wrong way.” On October 17, 2009, tow months into his junior year of high school, Tyler Long put on his favorite t-shirt and jeans. He strapped a belt around his neck and hanged himself from the top shelf of his bedroom closet. The story of his suicide was later told in a 2011 documentary titled, “Bully.”
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated to achieve the desired outcome of intimidation, fear, and manipulation. It leads to trauma and PTSD. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, revealing secrets, attacking someone physically, emotionally, and verbally, and excluding someone or sabotaging their reputation or place in a community.
Love is patient and kind. It does not envy. It does not boast. It is not proud. It is not rude. It is not self-seeking. It is not easily angered. It keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. Love always protects, always trusts, always perseveres.. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Types of Bullying
- Name calling
- Inappropriate sexual comments
- Threatening to cause harm
- Shunning someone or leaving them out
- Spreading rumors or revealing secrets
- Embarrassing someone in public
The Humiliation of Christ
Luther’s Small Catechism teaches the depths of Jesus’ humiliation for our sakes and how Jesus was hated and rejected on account of our sin. Read and ponder:
Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted
1. Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted,
See Him dying on the tree!
‘Tis the Christ by man rejected;
Yes, my soul, “tis He, ‘tis, He!
“Tis the long expected Prophet,
David’s Son, Yet David’s Lord;
By His Son God now has spoken
‘This the true and faithful Word.
2. Tell me, ye who hear Him groaning,
Was there ever grief like His?
Friends thro’ fear His cause disowning,
Foes insulting His distress;
Many hands were raised to wound Him,
None would interpose to save;
But the deepest stroke that pierced Him
Was the stroke that justice gave.
By His Wounds
Jesus knows your heart. Jesus knows you hurt. Jesus knows you have felt hatred and rejection, if not also bullying, emotional and mental abuse. Jesus empties Himself for you. Jesus loves you. Jesus is forever with you. Jesus will never leave you nor forsake you. Jesus takes the pain and humiliation of hatred upon Himself and by His wounds you are healed and made whole. You are loved and cherished by Jesus.
God demonstrates His love for us in this, While we were yet sinners, while we were hated and rejected, Christ died for us.
He is a despised and rejected Jesus. He is hated. He is the scapegoat who bears our transgressions, iniquities, and sins. By His wounds you are healed.
Beautiful, New Creations
Sin leads to separation, jealousy and envy, hatred and rejection. In sin, a person is hated and rejected, and a person hates and rejects. No one is free from the sin of hatred and rejection. To hate and reject is to hate and reject Jesus who commands us to love our neighbor and even our enemy.
In Christ, we are new creations. The old is gone and the new has come. We are seen by Christ with eyes of love and mercy. We are now able to see each other with eyes of mercy, too. Our eyes are open to our neighbor, and even our enemy, with love. Now we see each other as Jesus sees us.
The Scriptures give us Divine and wonderful ways to see each other and how to build each other up in faith.
Luke 6:27, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”
Psalm 133:1, “How good it is when brothers live in perfect harmony.”
1 Thessalonians 4:1, “Finally, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living.”
During these 40 days of vision, Jesus sees us forgiven, loved, and cherished. In faith and in love, we see each other loved and forgiven, too.
James 1:22 says, “Be doers of the Word and not just hearers only.” Seek the Holy Spirit to guide you in a pure and holy understanding of yourself. You are loved and cherished by Christ. You are now to love and cherish your neighbor, and even your enemy, as Christ loves you. It is not easy, but it is not impossible, either. You will need to humble yourself and give up your point of view. You will need to forgive before you begin. You will need to pray. You will need to look to God alone as your source of strength. And you will need to ask others for help.