Sermon Recap: SUBSTITUTIONARY ATONEMENT based on Isaiah 53:1-12

Although many dispute Jesus’ sinless life, virgin birth, and divinity, no one can dispute the cross. Even Jewish and Roman historians verify in official documents that Jesus (who was called Christ according to the Romans) was crucified under the hands of Pontius Pilate. We know the cross happened with certainty! Unfortunately, many downplay the significance of the cross, claiming it was simply the result of Jesus upsetting the wrong people and nothing more than a symbol today used to justify power and oppression. For if we truly understood the impact of the cross, it would change our lives!

Isaiah, inspired by the Holy Spirit, penned a beautiful prophecy seven hundred years before Jesus. Jesus is the suffering servant who poured out his life for sinners. Isaiah understood the impact of the cross long before it happened! What did Jesus do for us on the cross?

  1. He bore the weight of our struggle (Isa 53:4). We all as humanity bear the weight of struggle–sickness, pain, heartache, emotions, consequences of sin, consequences of the sins of others, etc. Jesus chose to bear those sins and place it on his shoulders so we didn’t have to carry the weight anymore. Jesus faced the cat-o-nine tails (a whip with pieces of bone, broken pottery shards, and glass), the crown of thorns, the nine-inch nails, and the rugged wooden cross so he, like the scapegoat of the Old Testament (Lev 16) who carried the burdens and sins of the people of Israel, can carry all of our burdens so we can be free.
  1. Crucified for our sins (Isa 53:5a). He faced the cross, and his blood was poured out so we could be washed from our sins. All of us carry the stain of sin. Just like a bad stain on laundry that we cannot get out, we cannot remove sin on our own. Jesus died, and on that cross his blood flowed to wash us from our sins. “Though our sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow” (Isa 1:18).
  1. Ushered in the peace of God (Isa 53:5b). Because Jesus took our place and bore the weight of God’s punishment, we no longer come under God’s wrath or condemnation. We can have the right relationship with God again. We can find and know peace. The only answer to true peace in every sphere is through Jesus’ death on the cross.
  1. Brought healing (Isa 53:5c). Because of the cross, we can find spiritual healing. We no longer have to be defined by sin or our past; Jesus gave us the opportunity to find a fresh start and a new life. Physical healing is also made widely available since Jesus’ blood was shed and covers all!
  1. No longer lost(Isa 53:6). Despite our stubbornness and our best attempts to go our own way, we sometimes dig an even deeper hole for ourselves. Yet Jesus is a constant, and the cross is the high and lifted up reference point to point the way back home for anyone who is lost.
  1. Oppressed & afflicted (Isa 53:7-8). He was abused by humanity. Instead of responding in retaliation, he extended forgiveness and grace. He took our worst because he believed in our best!
  1. Died in his innocence in our place (Isa 53:9). We were the ones who had the death sentence. Instead, he took it, though he had done no wrong, as our substitution in order to atone for the sins of humanity. This is called substitutionary atonement.
  1. Brought about justification (Isa 53:11). Our debt is canceled. Sin has no claim on us. Satan and his demons cannot bring charges against us, for we are pardoned–our sins are covered and paid in full.
  1. Made intercession (Isa 53:12). Jesus stands in the gap for us. He is there between anyone who would come against us to accuse us, saying we are covered by his blood. Likewise, he is there beside God the Father, advocating for us!

How then should we respond to what Jesus has done?

  1. Believe the good news (Isa 53:1). Not just hear the good news of the gospel, but believe it. Take it to heart. Allow the gospel to transform your life. Live a different way.
  1. Desire Jesus (Isa 53:2-3). Do not keep your Savior at arms length. Instead, spend regular time with your Savior. He loves you; love him with all you have in everything you do.
  1. Become a child of God (Isa 53:10). We can become the rightful heir of heaven if we accept Jesus into our heart and repent of our sin. Jesus did the unthinkable for you. Will you accept his invitation?

Questions for Reflection

1) What struggle do you carry? Can you release it to Jesus?

2) What sins do you need to confess?

3) Where do you need healing that only Jesus can bring?

4) Do you believe in Jesus? Do you believe in the cross?

5) Does your life match what you believe?

6) How can you change how you live to match the work of the cross?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday is Easter Sunday. Pastor Ryan will continue the study on the Foundations of Jesus with the sermons titled, “Believe the Resurrection,” based on 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, and “Resurrected Lord” based on 1 Corinthians 15:12-28. Why is the resurrection of Jesus foundational for belief? How should it impact our living? Come by or tune in on Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for March 26 – April 1

March 26: 2 Kings 4:1-7 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 27: 2 Kings 4:8-17 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 28: 2 Kings 4:18-37 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 29: 2 Kings 4:38-44 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 30: 2 Kings 5:1-12 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 31: 2 Kings 5:13-27 What does this passage teach us about God?

April 1: 2 Kings 6:8-23 What does this passage teach us about God?

This Week’s  Events:

Saturday, March 30–Men’s Fellowship @ Thomas House, 7:15 am

Saturday, March 30–Easter Egg Hunt @ 10 am

Sunday, March 31–Easter Sunrise Service @ 7 am; Breakfast to follow

Sunday, March 31–Easter Sunday

Monday, April 1–Timothy Bible Study @ 7 pm

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, April 7–First Sunday Offering & Breakfast

Sunday, April 21–All Church Birthday Dinner

Saturday, April 27–Men’s Fellowship Chicken BBQ

Sunday, April 28–Gideon Sunday

VERSE OF THE MONTH!

Every month we will feature a verse. The goal is for the entire church to learn this verse for the month so we grow in our memorized Bible knowledge. The verse of the month of March is Hebrews 4:16:

“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Announcements:

BIRTHDAYS NEEDED!

If you are a newer attendee at Beaver Creek, please call the office with your birthday or leave a note in the offering plate. We don’t want to miss anyone.

Social Media

Beaver Creek has updated its social media page. Please follow and share so many people can see what is happening at Beaver Creek! You can find the pages as follows:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beavercreekchurchva/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeaverCreekChurchVA/

Call for Worship Leaders and Children’s Story

We are in need of both worship leaders and children’s storytellers. Contact Alice Over, Phyllis Simmons (worship leading), or Joscelin Cooper (children’s story) if you want to serve.

CHILDREN’S CHURCH & NURSERY

Children’s Church WILL NOT meet this Sunday, March 31. It will resume next Sunday, April 7.

MEN’S FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST

Men’s Fellowship will gather for breakfast on Saturday, March 30 at 7:15 am at Thomas House. All the men from the church are invited to attend!

EASTER EGG HUNT

The Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, March 30 from 10 am to 12 pm. We are still in need of some candy to fill the eggs! Please bring it to the lobby of the church by Sunday!

EASTER

We will have Easter Sunrise service promptly at 7 am outside on the lawn. Then, we will have a simple breakfast provided by Worship Team. Sunday school will continue at its normal time, 9:45 am, followed by the regular service at 11 am. Come celebrate the resurrection!

BAPTISM & MEMBERSHIP CLASS

For those who are interested in baptism, there will be a new member and baptism class during the Sunday School hour beginning Sunday, April 7. Please plan to attend! If you cannot make a session, please let Pastor Ryan know for makeup.

Baptism Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, May 19.

For those who are interested in transferring membership, you only need to attend the classes on Sunday, May 12, and Sunday, May 19. Also, please email Pastor Ryan the name of your previous church so we can mail out the request for transfer of membership.

Benefit Concert

Jack & Davis Reid, the grandsons of the Statler Brothers, will be leading a concert of gospel & Statler-styled music on Friday, April 19, at 7 pm @ Mount Pleasant COB as a benefit for their church building fund. Tickets are $10 each and are limited. If you would like to purchase tickets, please call 540-830-3625 or 540-810-7573.

Nursery

The Christian Education Team is looking for six to eight volunteers for the nursery during the Sunday School and church hours. There will be a signup sheet in the back. If you would be willing to volunteer to allow our families to participate in worship, please inform one of the members of the Christian Education team (Theresa Eckard, Scott McAvoy, Becky Whitmore), or sign up on the signup sheet!

Sight & Sound Interest

The Fidelis class is looking at sponsoring a church-wide trip to Sight & Sound in 2024. We should have more information in the coming weeks about a trip. If you are interested in participating, please contact the church office and let them know!

Four Ways to Give! 

1) Mail your tithe to the church office

2) Drop it by the church office on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday, 9 am – 1 pm

3) Our online giving platform: https://beavercreekchurchva.churchcenter.com/giving

4) Place in the offering plate on Sunday!

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer our members in Skilled Care Facilities: Mary G Miller, Shirley Miller, Louise Shirkey & Carolyn Wine

Keep Evy Kaye’s friend Mary Beth in your prayers as she is wrestling with cancer.

Please also keep all those in Baltimore this morning who are still trapped in the cold water due to the bridge collapse, as well as the families of those who lost loved ones in this terrible accident.

Eddie Baker (health)

Mary Batterman (health)

Sandy Bennington (health)

Joe Berry (health)

Bouchery family–unspoken request

Terri Burkholder (health)

Katie Cooper (concussion)

Norma Cunningham (recovery)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

Bob Hess (health)

Tim Howdyshell (health)

Stanley Jackowitz (health)

Christy Lazer (health)

Ruth Luce (health)

Mark Martin (health)

Meda McNett (health)

Barbara Meadows (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Norlen Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (health)

Mary M Miller (health)

Savannah Miller (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Dan Rhodes (recovery)

Ann Simmons (health)

Bob Simmons (health)

Millie Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Shay Suter (health)

Whitmore family (house)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Judy Winner (health)

Cindy Wittig (health)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church

Good News Brief–March 26, 2024