Many great believers are those whose life was seared with scars.


March 1, 2020

Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
030120
Many great believers are those whose life was seared with scars.

More information is given concerning the details of the Cross in the Old Testament then there is in the entire New Testament.

His scars and wounds are now in heaven with Him in His human body as He is seated at the right hand of God the Father as a memorial to His unfailing and unconditional love toward us all.

Read our book on The Cross which is guaranteed to increase your love and honor and respect for the Lord and His people.

For approximately two thousand years the cross and all the physical sufferings of our Lord has been replaced by a subtle elevation of beauty and magnificence that did not exist while our Lord was on the Cross.

The victorious assets from the Cross has been replaced by the beauty and non-offensive way Christians portray our Lord on the Cross to look like while He was suffering physically.

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls and some of the greatest believers ever known are those whose life was seared with scars.”

The true sufferings of our Lord are only a glimpse of the real sufferings that He has endured for us both physically and spiritually.

Most of the images of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross are pretty clean and usually white or non-offensive, as He looks like a skinny little hippie with sad eyes – it’s pathetic and pitiful.

It looks like He stepped out of a shower, climbed up on the cross, and had some nails driven through his hands and feet…which hardly bled at all.

The principle here is the importance of the effects of the power of the Cross on the Old nature and upon the New Nature.

Don’t try to portray the cross as a means of death because the cross does not look like a man who has long hair, with a weak physical body, looking like a hippy from the 60’s, it was far worse than that.

“The Psalm of Crucifixion” or “A Song about The Cross.

There are also certain Bible characters that represent to us the grace and mercy that the Lord uses to give us the confidence to be used by the Lord.

This is a principle of doctrine that none of us should ever get use to or too familiar with, 1PE 3:15b always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you.

Noah got drunk and that brought self-induced misery upon himself and His family.

Abraham willfully lied about Sarah being his wife and about his relationship with her saying that she was his sister while covering the real truth that Sarah was Abraham’s right woman.

Our Lord does not keep an account of our sins, instead He had them judged not because of us but in spite of us.

They were just like you and just like me and they are described to us in the Bible by their failures and actions.

Noah got drunk and that brought self-induced misery upon himself and His family.

Abraham willfully lied about Sarah being his wife and for self-survival he deceived two kings by lying to them about his relationship with her.

Sarah was known for being impatient.
Isaac was known for being afraid and living in fear.
Jacob was a cheater.
Moses lacked confidence and stuttered.
Miriam was a gossiper.
Gideon was insecure.
Samson was an adulterer.
Elijah was moody.
King David seduced and practically raped Bathsheba. He committed adultery many times (seven wives, hundreds of mistresses called concubines.
David had more than one wife which was forbidden in the Torah.
David got a faithful soldier drunk to deceive him.
David committed murder.
David willfully lied to deceive others while covering himself.
Solomon lived an excessive luxurious lifestyle.
Solomon married all kinds of ungodly women.
Solomon lived in excessive sensuality.
Solomon even sanctioned idolatry.
Jonah tried to run from God.
Thomas was a doubter.
Martha was a worrier (not warrior)
Paul was a murderer.
Peter had a Temper.
John had inordinate competition.

1KI 14:8  “You have not been like My servant David, who kept My commandments and who followed Me with all his heart, to do only that which was right in My sight”

The failures of David did not hinder his spiritual growth, just like your failures and mine cannot hinder our spiritual growth.

1KI 15:5  because David did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and had not turned aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, except in the case of Uriah the Hittite.

ACT 13:22  “And after He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My will.’

ACT 13:36  “For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation.

ROM 15:4  For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

1CO 10:11  Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.

David was known as a man after God’s own heart and fulfilled all of God’s will.

They were all given a prophecy concerning the Cross hundreds of years before the cross was even invented as a torture for criminals.

Psa 22 is known as the Psalm of the Crucifixion, because it gives to us what our Lord was thinking, saying, and doing while on the cross.

The Old Testament is where we find out the details concerning the Cross and the mental attitude of our Lord during those three hours of darkness while he hung on the cross.

It begins with the phrase My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me? and ends with the phrase kiy asah meaning “It is finished” translated that He has performed it.

This Psalm is a photograph of our Lord’s darkest hours and a record of His dying words.

There is no more accurate expression of our Lord’s thoughts and feelings during the awful six hours on the cross in all of the Scriptures than what we have in Psalm 22.

Day refers to the [first three hours, 9 a.m. ‑ 12 noon] and then by night there is no silence for Me [the continued prayer of our Lord during the darkness that surrounded the cross from 12 noon – 3 PM.”

Here’s where the intimacy of God the Father was imputing our sins to Christ and judging them from His Holiness and He couldn’t answer the prayer for deliverance on the cross.

The Lord Jesus Christ knew that however things may look, there is no injustice and unfairness with God.

He knows His Father too well to let outward circumstances defame His character.

Out of all their difficulties and miseries, their faith brought them out of it by calling God to the rescue but in the case of our Lord, His perfect faith brought no assistance from Heaven.

Of all the ones who ever trusted in God throughout their lifetime, He would be the only one forsaken by God.

HEB 13:5 “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”

Our Lord felt Himself to be comparable to a helpless, powerless, down-trodden worm, passive while crushed and unnoticed and despised by those who walk upon Him.

PSA 22:6   But I am a worm, and not a man means “I no longer even look or appear human.”

ISA 52:14  Just as many were astonished at you, My people, So His appearance was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men.

Isa 52:15  Thus He will sprinkle many nations, Kings will shut their mouths on account of Him; For what had not been told them they will see, And what they had not heard they will understand.

Message Bible: ISA 52:14  But he didn’t begin that way. At first everyone was appalled. He didn’t even look human‑‑ a ruined face, disfigured past recognition.

Message: Isa 52:15  Nations all over the world will be in awe, taken aback, kings shocked into silence when they see him. For what was unheard of they’ll see with their own eyes, what was unthinkable they’ll have right before them.”

The Message Bible translation Isa 53:1  Who believes what we’ve heard and seen? Who would have thought GOD’s saving power would look like this?

Isa 53:2   The servant grew up before God‑‑a scrawny seedling, a scrubby plant in a parched field. There was nothing attractive about him, nothing to cause us to take a second look.

Isa 53:3   He was looked down on and passed over, a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand. One look at him and people turned away. We looked down on him, thought he was scum.

Isa 53:4   But the fact is, it was our pains he carried‑‑ our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us. We thought he brought it on himself, that God was punishing him for his own failures.

Isa 53:5   But it was our sins that did that to him, that ripped and tore and crushed him‑‑our sins! He took the punishment, and that made us whole. Through his bruises we get healed.

Isa 53:6   We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost. We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way. And GOD has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him, on him.

Isa 53:7  He was beaten, he was tortured, but he didn’t say a word. Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered and like a sheep being sheared, he took it all in silence.

Isa 53:8   Justice miscarried, and he was led off‑‑ and did anyone really know what was happening? He died without a thought for his own welfare, beaten bloody for the sins of my people.

Isa 53:9  They buried him with the wicked, threw him in a grave with a rich man, Even though he’d never hurt a soul or said one word that wasn’t true.

Isa 53:10   Still, it’s what GOD had in mind all along, to crush him with pain. The plan was that he give himself as an offering for sin so that he’d see life come from it‑‑life, life, and more life. And GOD’s plan will deeply prosper through him.

Isa 53:11   Out of that terrible travail of soul, he’ll see that it’s worth it and be glad he did it. Through what he experienced, my righteous one, my servant, will make many “righteous ones,” as he himself carries the burden of their sins.

Isa 53:12   Therefore I’ll reward him extravagantly‑‑ the best of everything, the highest honors‑‑ Because he looked death in the face and didn’t flinch, because he embraced the company of the lowest.

He took on his own shoulders the sin of the many, he took up the cause of all the black sheep.

The very people who would once have crowned Him have now condemned Him.

The very ones who benefited from His cures now despised Him, how quickly people forget.

Man made faces at Him before Whom angels vail their faces and adore.

MAT 27:39  And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads,

MAT 27:40  and saying, “You who {are going to} destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”

Our Lord’s prayer was heard by all who were there, and they saw that it couldn’t be answered but they didn’t understand the reason–because He was bearing their sins and our sins in His own body on the cross.

The only prayer of our Lord Jesus Christ that could not be answered could not be answered because it was the way of our so‑great salvation.

MAT 27:41-43, In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking {Him,} and saying, He saved others; He cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we shall believe in Him. He trusts in God; let Him deliver {Him} now, if He takes pleasure in Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.'”

HEB 12:3  For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you may not grow weary and lose heart.

This was fulfilled in MAT 27:1  Now when morning had come, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put Him to death;

This was fulfilled in MAT 26:59  Now the chief priests and the whole Council kept trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus, in order that they might put Him to death;

MAT 26:60  and they did not find {any,} even though many false witnesses came forward. But later on two came forward,

This took place in LUK 22:44  And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground.

His bones were out of joint but not broken, JOH 19:36 For these things came to pass, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, “Not a bone of Him shall be broken.”

MAR 14:33-34, And He took with Him Peter and James and John, and began to be very distressed and troubled. And He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death;”

In LUK 23:10  And the chief priests and the scribes were standing there, accusing Him vehemently.

LUK 23:11  And Herod with his soldiers, after treating Him with contempt and mocking Him, dressed Him in a gorgeous robe and sent Him back to Pilate.

This was a fulfillment of ISA 52:14  Just as many were astonished at you, My people, So His appearance was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men.

They are those found in MAT 27:36  And when they had crucified Him, they sat down and they began to keep watch over Him there.

MAT 27:35  And when they had crucified Him, they divided up His garments among themselves, casting lots;

The sword is found in ZEC 13:7  “Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, And against the man, My Associate,” Declares the Lord of hosts. “Strike the Shepherd that the sheep may be scattered;

And the power of the dog represents the Romans who were Gentiles.

The Lion’s mouth is a reference to Satan in 1PE 5:8 Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

The wild oxen refers to the authorities of the land in ACT 4:27 “For truly in this city there were gathered together against Thy holy servant Jesus, whom Thou didst anoint, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel,”

LUK 22:53  “While I was with you daily in the temple, you did not lay hands on Me; but this hour and the power of darkness are yours.”

REV 12:10-11, And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them before our God day and night. And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even to death.”

In this way, our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, links up His cross and the victory won on the Cross, with the glorious future and life that He promises to all of those who believe in Him.