Calvary Road Baptist Church


Isaiah 53.3


This evening I would like to challenge you to ask yourself the question, “Why am I not saved?” That is, “Why have not my sins been forgiven?” “Why have I not trusted Jesus Christ, the only Savior of sinners?” I do not deal, this evening, with that heathen from a pagan nation who has never heard of Jesus Christ. I speak not to the issue of that man or woman, that boy or girl, who has never been told the old, old story of God sending His virgin born Son to suffer and bleed and die as the substitutionary sacrifice for man’s sins. Scripture is very clear why the pagan is not saved, extremely precise in its explanation of why that one never exposed to the good news of Jesus Christ is Hell-bound. Each and every member of the human race is conceived a sinner and comes into this world headed in the wrong direction. Psalm 58.3 declares, “The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.” Job 14.1 points out to us, “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.” As well, the Apostle Paul quotes from Psalms when he observes that “There is none righteous, no, not one,” Romans 3.10. Then, in Romans 3.23, he rightly concludes, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Therefore, it is very clearly shown in God’s infallible Word that the human race is a doomed race, the human race is a fallen race, the human race is a wicked race, the human race is a sinful race, and the human race is a race in rebellion toward God. I could show you hundreds and hundreds more proofs from the Bible to support this conclusion. So, why are the heathen not saved? Why are the pagans of India and Africa dead in trespasses and sins, awaiting death and eternal destruction? Why are the Muslims of Malaysia, Indonesia, and southern Philippines, of the Middle East and of the northern half of Africa, still in their sins before a holy God and without hope? Why are the yet unreached hundreds of millions of China doomed? As well, I might ask why the pagans of Scandinavia and the British Isles, why the pagans of the Low Countries and eastern Europe, and Germany and France and Poland, are in the same spiritual predicament? Why is it that all of those teeming multitudes will live out their lives, then die, and go straight to Hell? Those people, all those people, from the very young to the very old and everyone in between, are not saved and will not be saved, will go to Hell when they die, for only one reason; they deserve nothing better. All of those billions of people, of every color and culture, “shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone.” This we are told in Revelation 21.8. “But that’s not fair!” You are correct in your thinking. It is not fair from a human perspective. However, it is the destiny of the damned, and such a destiny is the just punishment poured out by a holy God as retribution for sins committed against Him. “I am tormented in this flame.” That is what the rich man in Hell said in Luke 16.24. That is what each and every person who dies unsaved will scream and cry out throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity. Such is the destiny of those who have never heard of Jesus Christ, or at least who have never heard clearly and distinctly. And why are they not saved? And why will they not be saved? And why will they suffer hellfire eternally? Because it is what they deserve. My friends, there is nothing wrong with getting exactly what is coming to you. And that is exactly what most human beings will get; exactly what is coming to them.

My question for you this evening, however, is not why the heathen are not saved. I know why those sinners who have never heard of Christ are not converted. What my question for you this evening happens to be is “Why are you not saved?” “Why are your sins not forgiven?” “Why will you go to Hell?” You see, you have heard of Jesus Christ, the only Savior of sinners. You have been made aware of your awful sinfulness in the sight of God, and the unspeakable horrors that are associated with anyone who dies without Christ. So, why are you not saved? Turn in your Bible to Isaiah 53, and I will show you why you are not saved. Stand as I read a portion of a prophesy concerning the Lord Jesus Christ, written some seven hundred years before His miraculous birth. We read Isaiah 53.3-6:


3      He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4      Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

5      But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

6      All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.


Nestled in this amazing prophecy is the precise reason why you who are here today, why you who have been exposed to the truth about Jesus Christ so many times, are not saved. Look at verse 3: “He is despised and rejected of men.” That phrase explains precisely why you are not a Christian, this evening. Three comments to make concerning this phrase.




You have a distinct attitude toward the Lord Jesus Christ and about the Lord Jesus Christ. Each and every one of you who are not saved this evening has an identifiable attitude toward Jesus, the Son of God, whether you are willing to admit it or not. The Bible declares that you do.

Your attitude toward Jesus may be a consciously held attitude. Perhaps your attitude toward the Lord Jesus Christ is as consciously held, as was the attitude of the scribes and the Pharisees. Remember, they reviled the Savior. Maybe your attitude toward the Lord Jesus Christ is as consciously held as the former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura’s attitude toward Christ. He clearly despises my Lord. Alternatively, it could be that your attitude toward the Lord Jesus Christ is as consciously held as billionaire Ted Turner’s attitude toward Christ. He is an avowed enemy of Christianity. There are many in the world today, many who have heard the gospel and are aware of the claims made in God’s Word about Jesus Christ, His Son. Moreover, despite what the Bible says, or perhaps because of what the Bible says about Jesus Christ, they have an open, outward, conscious, passionate, seething hatred of Jesus Christ. I have known people with such a conscious attitude toward Jesus Christ. I have worked with such people. Perhaps you do, too.

On the other hand, perhaps yours is an unconsciously held attitude. Human beings are quite capable of completely and fully deluding themselves. Perhaps you are like that with regard to the Lord Jesus Christ. And is that so hard to imagine? I know many young people who literally loathe their fathers. Now, if you asked them how they felt about their dads or their step-dads they would almost certainly indicate that they loved them. However, when the truth comes out, it is astonishing to the young person when they discover their true feelings toward their dad or their step-dad. What if a young person had not yet made the discovery of his true and inner feelings toward his dad or toward his step-dad? Do you have to be aware of something for it to be fact? Of course not. Hatred can exist even when there is no conscious awareness of the hatred. In like manner, it is not required that you be aware of your attitude toward Jesus for you to, in fact, have such an attitude. You certainly can have an attitude toward Him and not realize it at all. Therefore, here you sit this evening, unsaved. I have raised the issue of your attitude toward Jesus Christ, held consciously or unconsciously, which it is does not matter. What does matter is what your attitude toward Him has to do with you not being saved.




Our text begins, “He is despised . . . .”


You despise Jesus. You think He is despicable. Now, some of you have this attitude consciously; you are aware of your innermost feelings toward the Savior. But others of you despise Jesus Christ unconsciously. You may even be thinking, “That’s not true! I do not despise Jesus Christ!” Then how do you explain the fact that you are not saved? How do you explain the fact that you do not want to be saved? How do you explain that fact? I say you do despise Jesus. The Bible declares that you despise Jesus. And the burden of proof that you do not despise Jesus is on you! Prove that you do not despise Jesus! Serve Him. Worship Him. Love Him. Witness of Him. Testify of Him. Seek to bring men to Him. However, you will not do those things, will you? Do you want to know why? Because you despise Him, that is why? Do you want to know why you despise Jesus? I will tell you why you despise Jesus.

You despise Jesus because you love sin. Do not tell me you do not love sin, because I know you do love sin. You not only love sin, you are committed to sin. You are more committed to sin than you are to your own family, than you are to your own future, than you are to your own soul. Do not tell me you are not. The Bible identifies Jesus as the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. In addition, Jesus declared, “I am the Light of the world!” However, you, you love darkness rather than light because your deeds are evil. You love sin because of the pleasures sins provide. You love sin because of the exhilaration, the excitement you feel when you are committing sins, when you are doing wrong, when you are violating your conscience and breaking God’s rules. Oh, how you love breaking the rules. Yes, you love your sin. You love the web sites. You love the videos. You love the vulgar jokes at work. You love the flattering attention. You girls enjoy the interest unsaved men show toward you. The rush, the thrill, the pleasure of sin. Oh, do you love it! No wonder you despise Jesus. He is the Savior from sins. And you do not want to be saved from your sins, do you? No. You want a little bit of Jesus on Sunday mornings, but leave the rest of the week for immodest dress and flirting, for beer and irresponsible spending, for pouting and wallowing in the hog trough of self-pity. Make no mistake about it, you do despise Jesus. The Bible says you despise Him. God knows you despise Him. The Holy Spirit bears witness to the fact that you despise Him.

That is not the half of it. Not only do you love sin, you hate God. And don’t you dare protest that you do not hate God, because you do hate God. You hate God because you do not love God, and He has commanded that you love Him. It is the first and greatest commandment, to love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. How do I know you hate God? Go to the Old Testament and read the Ten Commandments. Read the one about God being jealous. That’s the one that shows us that if you serve anything other than God you are showing your hatred of God. Thus, if you do not serve God, and you will serve someone even if you do not serve God, it shows that you actually hate God. You don’t serve God, do you? Even those of you who claim to be saved, but who are not really saved. You do not actually serve God, do you? You serve your own belly. You serve your own pocket book. You serve your own pleasures. You serve your own interests. You serve your own convenience. Perhaps you serve your own spouse or your own child, who you love instead of God. But you do not serve God, do you? That means you hate God. Oh, I am sure you witness and take a Bible to work and do all the other nice little new evangelical things that are substituted for serving God. But do you actually engage in ministry in the church, through the church, from the church? No. Showing what? Showing that you hate God. What does hating God have to do with despising Jesus? It is pretty obvious, isn’t it? It is very obvious. In Jesus dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, Colossians 2.9. And did not Jesus tell us that He and the Father are one? As well, He indicated that if you have seen Him you have seen the Father. So, despising Jesus is the natural consequence of a sinner like you hating God. And you do hate God. You hate God and despise Jesus because they are holy and you are unholy, because they are clean and you are defiled and unclean, because they are righteous and you are unrighteous. That is the reason you have not come to Jesus for forgiveness, for cleansing, for salvation from sins. You despise Him. Thus saith the Lord.




What do you do as a direct result of your attitude toward the Lamb of God, this One Who is meek and lowly? Why, you reject Him, of course.

Some of you obviously reject Jesus. Oh, you come to Church and sit in the auditorium during the preaching. But your rejection of Jesus is really quite obvious. You’ve not embraced Jesus. He is not the Lord of your life. You do not choose to live for Him. Your rejection of Jesus is quite evident in your lifestyle. With some of you, it is evident in your hairstyle. With others, it is evident in your clothing style. With all it is evident in your priorities. You see, you are told by the Apostle John that it is wrong to love the world and the things that are in this world. You are told that loving the world shows that the love of God is not in you. Well, if you love the world, which is dominated by Satan, the god of this world, you cannot possibly love God and love Jesus. Amen? Therefore, you sit there, week after week, month after month, rejecting Jesus again and again and again. For some reason the terror of the Lord does not seem to overcome your hesitation, your resistance, your reluctance. Want to know why? You despise Jesus. Oh, you claim your stomach is upset. But the real reason you are not saved, the real reason you reject Jesus, is because you despise Him. You will think to yourself that you are young and active and it is not convenient to deal with spiritual things right now. However, the real reason you are not willing to be saved, the real reason you reject Jesus, is that you despise Him.

But not all are obviously rejecting Jesus. Others of you subtly reject Jesus. You claim you are a Christian, insisting vehemently that you are truly saved. But you aren’t saved at all. You reject Jesus just as certainly as the others in this auditorium, and for the same Christ-despising reason. Perhaps you are someone who has rejected Jesus in favor of praying a prayer or believing a doctrinal truth. It is good to pray, and doctrine is important, but praying does not guarantee salvation, and you can believe that Jesus died, was buried, and raised from the dead on the third day for you all you want and still be lost. Though you pass yourself off as a Christian, in the back of your mind you have a suspicion that you are not really saved. You have observed the deep and profound conviction some in our churches have been taken through by the Holy Spirit, and you have never in your life been that concerned about sin and salvation. However, will you even consider that you may not be saved? Never. Why? Because you despise Jesus and do not want to really come to Him for salvation. The possibility that you are even now rejecting Him does not move you, does not persuade you, and does not provoke you to a reexamination of your standing before God. And why not? Because you despise Jesus.


Most of you here today who are lost will leave the auditorium in a little while, giving no real thought to the accusation leveled against you in the Word of God. It will not greatly trouble you that there is no beauty in Him that you should desire Him. It will not alarm you that sin so distorts your spiritual perception that One Who is altogether lovely should seem so unappealing to you.

No. Your commitment is to sin. You do not want to serve God and live for Christ, you want to play. You will not come to church early enough tomorrow evening to pray for a brother in Christ. You have laundry to do. You have Starbucks to attend to. This is all tied to your salvation, you see. Instead of coming to Christ you reject the Savior. Why? The reason, the real reason, if you are not consciously aware of that reason, is shown to us in scripture to be that you despise Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

So, to answer the questions I asked at the beginning: “Why are you not saved?” Because you have rejected Jesus. “And why have you rejected Jesus?” Because you despise Him. Oh, my friend, the horror of someday standing in judgment before this One you have despised and rejected should bring sobriety and a trembling. By all that is right and holy, you should flee to Him while He bids you come to Him, while He is not at present angry with you, and before His patience comes to an end.

Come to Jesus now and be saved from your sins. Despise Him no longer.

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