Satisfied in Christ – an Easter sermon by Tim Melton

Isaiah 53:11, Matthew 11:28-29 – A sermon preached by Tim Melton, April 8, Easter Sunday at Surfside PCA Church, Myrtle Beach, SC

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After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light [of life] and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. – Isaiah 53:11

1.  Isaiah 53:11 – As a result of the anguish of His (Jesus’) soul, He (The Father) will see it and be satisfied…

What does it mean to say that The Father is Satisfied with the suffering of Christ?  The Wrath of God was completely exhausted upon Christ.  He requires nothing more.

2. In our Justification/Salvation, God is satisfied with Christ. And so our salvation rests on:

  • Christ’s complete Work (John 19:30 – It is Finished)
  • The Father’s complete Satisfaction (Isaiah 53)
  • The Spirit’s complete Testimony (Romans 8:15 – His Spirit bears witness)

3. In our Sanctification/Growth, We are not Satisfied with Jesus. We are learning to be satisfied with Jesus the way the Father is satisfied is satisfied with Jesus.

       Matthew 11:29 – Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

4. Thought #1 – Our rest in Christ only increases in as much as we are learning to be satisfied with Jesus as the Father is satisfied with Jesus.

5. Illustration – In the movie Saving Private Ryan, Captain John Miller gives his life for James Ryan.   So far so good.   Yet, as Miller lay dying his final words to Ryan were the oppressive and awful two words, “Earn it!” We get the feeling that this awful command handed down from Captain Miller haunts James Ryan every day for the rest of his life.  He is always wondering if he has earned it.  He is always left asking, “Am I good enough?” In fact, at the end of the movie we see Ryan in his old age, staring at the grave of Captain Miller.  He turns to his wife and pleads with her, “Tell me I am a good man!  Tell me I have lived a good life!”  The question underneath nags at his heart – “Have I earned it?”

6.  Thought #2 – Thanks be to God, we get a much better command from Christ.  Jesus does not require us to earn what He has done for us.  Instead He says…

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  – Matthew 11:28-30

         Come to Me, Take from Me, Learn from Me, Rest in Me

7.  Thought #3 – We are not called to earn what Christ has done for us. We are called to enjoy what Christ has done for us.

8.  Thought #4 – This means that we never ever again have to ask, “Am I good enough?”  Instead we joyfully proclaim, “Christ is good enough!” This is how we find our Satisfaction in Jesus.  He is good enough!  He is everything I need!  He is the delight of my soul!

      “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.  – Isaiah 60:1

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