Glory In Weakness

November 26, 2017 Speaker: Richard Rieves Series: GLORY: Advent 2017

Passage: Isaiah 53:1–53:3

Becoming Weak

“The righteous will live by faith (Rom. 1:17).”

“For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not (2-3).”

“Let me implore the reader to try to believe, if only for a moment, that God...may really be right when He thinks that their modest prosperity and the happiness of their children are not enough to make them blessed: that all this must fall from them in the end, and if they have not learned to know Him they will be wretched. And therefore He troubles them, warning them in advance of an insufficiency that one day they will have to discover. The life to themselves and their families stands between them and the recognition of their need; He makes that life less sweet to them. If God were proud He would hardly have us on such terms: but He is not proud, He stoops to conquer, He will have us even though we have shown that we prefer everything else to Him, and come to Him because there is 'nothing better' now to be had.” CS Lewis

I. The Incarnated Jesus invites us into Weakness.

“If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” Alyssa Milan


II. The Weakness of Jesus Invites a Certain Community.

"The members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and God has so arranged the body,the community of believers, that the members may have the same care for one another. It is interdependency in the midst of a culture that highly values independence that sets us apart. A theology of interdependence honors the value of all individuals, not by what they do, but by who they are, recognizing that each person contributes to the community by being, not by doing." Kathy Black

III. God must be your strength for you to live weak.

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