- The Washington Times - Monday, January 29, 2007

The following are excerpts of a sermon Vladimir Corea preached Saturday at Highland View Seventh-day Adventist Church:

We seem to have this sin problem, don’t we? The answer is the Lord Jesus Christ. That, my friends, is the good news.

But you know, you and I … so much have seen images of the Crucifixion that perhaps we’re a little bit calloused, a little bit too used to those images. Is that possible? … Taking for granted the incredible gift of setting us free from sin — is that possible?

This is what I’d like us to do: If you go to the chapter we looked at … Isaiah 53 and let’s read. … This is what it says, and I’m using, again, the New Living Translation:

“Who has believed our message? To whom has the Lord revealed His powerful arm? My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about His appearance, nothing to attract us to Him. He was despised and rejected — a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on Him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses He carried; it was our sorrows that weighed Him down. And we thought His troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for His own sins! But He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on Him the sins of us all. He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet He never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, He did not open His mouth. Unjustly condemned, He was led away. No one cared that He died without descendants, that his life was cut short in midstream. But He was struck down for the rebellion of my people. He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone. But He was buried like a criminal; He was put in a rich man’s grave. But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush Him and cause Him grief. Yet when His life is made an offering for sin, He will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in His hands. When He sees all that is accomplished by His anguish, He will be satisfied. And because of His experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for He will bear all their sins. I will give Him the honors of a victorious soldier, because He exposed himself to death. He was counted among the rebels. He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels.”

What does this mean? What does this say? … What do you see in this chapter that is obvious to you about the Lord Jesus Christ and what He did for you, and what is Isaiah talking about? …

Do this with me — point up, everybody point up and look up and say, “Thank you Lord Jesus for doing that for me.” That’s what it comes down to — what an incredible thing. It’s an incredible chapter; I would suggest that perhaps you spend time in that chapter later on. …

It’s the bottom line, the Lord Jesus Christ died, sacrificed, resurrected for each one of us. Do you buy that? It is a fact — and you and I have a chance at life because of what He did.

Review with me, would you, just two verses right in the middle of that chapter. … “He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own, yet the Lord laid on Him the sins of us all.” Point to your neighbor and say, “It was because of your sins that He died.” Now, keep in mind that your neighbor is pointing back to you, too. …

What I want to share with you, because of the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, you and I are invited to the most amazing trip; I guess we could call it a heavenly trip. He invites us into eternity with Himself because He made it possible. He died for you on the cross. He resurrected for you from the tomb — alive. Nobody else has ever done that before, and now He invites you to be with him in eternity. How could you possibly say ‘no’ to someone who offers you so much? It’s the most incredibly heavenly trip ever imagined. All of that is possible because of the Lord Jesus Christ’s death on the cross and His resurrection on your behalf. And all you do is say thank you from the bottom of your heart and prepare to go on the trip. What do you say? “We love you, we praise you, amen.”

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