1. After His crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus talked to His disciples about His suffering in these verses. a. His suffering was foretold in "the Law of Moses,""the prophets," and "the Psalms." b. His suffering was necessary so "repentance and remission of sins" could be preached to "all nations." 2. In our lesson we are examining passages from these sections of the Old Testament that foretold the Lord's suffering. 3. These passages: a. will help us understand why Jesus suffered b. will encourage us (Hebrews 12:1-3). 4. Let us first consider . . .
I. A PASSAGE FROM "THE LAW OF MOSES" (Genesis 3:15)
A. The serpent had tempted Eve to eat the forbidden fruit, and she and Adam ate it. B. At this point sin entered the world, and God punished everyone involved. C. As God punished the serpent He foretold what would happen to the woman's seed. 1. He would suffer a temporary wound [His heel would be bruised]. 2. He would deliver a fatal wound to the serpent by crushing his head. D. In connection with this verse, let us examine Galatians 4:4-5. 1. When the time was right, "God sent forth His Son, made of a woman" (vs.4). 2. (vs.5) By suffering as the woman's seed, Jesus made it possible for us to be redeemed and become God's children. E. The Lord's suffering was foretold in "the Law of Moses." F. Let us next consider . . .
II. A PASSAGE FROM "THE PROPHETS" (Isaiah 53)
A. In this chapter Isaiah wrote about "God's suffering servant." B. We learn from Acts 8 that Isaiah wrote about Jesus and His suffering. C. Isaiah emphasized how Jesus would suffer for our sins. D. Through His suffering Jesus would provide special blessings, including spiritual healing, justification, and intercession. E. Isaiah also showed how God would prolong the days of His suffering servant. F. The Lord's suffering was foretold in "the prophets." G. Finally, let us consider . . .
III. A PASSAGE FROM "THE PSALMS" (Psalm 22)
A. In this Psalm David wrote about: 1. some difficulties he was facing (vs.1-2) 2. Jesus and His suffering (vs.6-8, 13-18). B. David also mentioned something that Jesus would do with His followers after He suffered (vs.22; Hebrews 2:9-12). C. The Lord's suffering was foretold in "the Psalms."
1. The passages we covered show how Jesus suffered on our behalf so we can be forgiven and become God's children. 2. (Luke 24:47) Jesus said that a great message concerning the remission of sins would be preached to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 3. That message was first delivered in Jerusalem on Pentecost (Acts 2:36-41). 4. Have you complied with these instructions?