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March 5, 2017

Sermon: Lent: The First Servant Song

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Scripture Lesson

Isaiah 42:1-4; Matthew 12:15-21

The Servant, a Light to the Nations
Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his teaching.

God’s Chosen Servant
When Jesus became aware of this, he departed. Many crowds followed him, and he cured all of them, and he ordered them not to make him known. This was to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah: ‘Here is my servant, whom I have chosen, my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not wrangle or cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets. He will not break a bruised reed or quench a smouldering wick until he brings justice to victory. And in his name the Gentiles will hope.’

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Lent: The First Servant Song
Isaiah 42:1-4; Matthew 12:15-21

I. Introduction: Peanuts
II. Series: The Servant Songs
III. The first Servant Song (Is. 42:1-4; Matt. 12:15-21)
     A. Isaiah speaks to a people in exile
     B. Matthew uses the song to describe Jesus
     C. Features of Jesus’ ministry
         1. He responds to threats with love (12:15)
         2. He works quietly, without acclaim (12:19)
         3. He works with the rejected (12:20)
         4. He will be victorious (12:20)
IV. A ministry manual
     A. We may feel we are in exile
     B. How to serve
         1. Respond to threats with love
         2. Work quietly, without acclaim
         3. Work with the rejected
         4. Know that we will be victorious
V. Conclusion: Dante Alighieri (c. 1265-1321), Divine Comedy


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