SERMON SEEDS
March 27, 2018, 3:11 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 3/26/18


SERMON SEEDS

Q12 – THE WEEK OF MARCH 26, 2018

HOLY WEEK – PART 2

ALL OUTLINES DEAL WITH EVENTS  CENTERING AROUND EASTER

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SUNDAY SERMON – 3/25/18

BECAUSE OF THE HOME GOING OF ONE OUR CHURCH FAMILY,

I SPOKE ON PSALM 27, “A PSALM FOR LIVING”.

http://www.fbcnhremembers.com/page/a_psalm_for_life

THIS MESSAGE WAS DONE BASICALLY WITHOUT NOTES

I GOT THE OUTLINE FROM THE MACARTHUR STUDY BIBLE.

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MATTHEW 26-27 – THE GREATEST CRIME IN HISTORY

 

THERE WAS INTRIGUE – 26:3-5, 14-16, 47-50

The Jewish leadership wanted Jesus disposed of.  Judas, one of Jesus’ closest associates, betrayed Him.

 

THERE WAS INJUSTICE – 26:59-66

This was a farce of a trial.

 

THERE WAS INDIGNITY (or INHUMANITY) – 26:65-67, 27:26-34

 

THERE WERE INSULTS – 26:38-46

The greatest insult of all was the needed separation between God the Father and God the Son as Jesus bore the price of the world’s sin. Vs.46

 

THERE WAS INTERVENTION – Vs. 51

The veil of the temple was rent in two, showing that the way was now open to the “holy of holies” through the death of Christ for our sins. He intervened for us! Isaiah 55:5-6

 

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MATTHEW 28:5-7 – THE MESSAGE OF EASTER

 

Each holiday has a message.

The message of July 4th in the United States is the nation's independence

from England.

The message of Memorial Day is the death of patriotic men and women who died

from their country.

The message of Mother's Day is "mom".

The message of Father's is "dad".

The message of Christmas is the birth of Christ. We aptly say "Jesus is the

reason for the season."

The message of Good Friday is the death of Christ for our sins. 2

Corinthians 5:21

 

And what about this holiday?

To celebrate this holiday the secular world has given us the Easter Bunny,

Easter candy, Easter rabbits, Easter dinner and Easter bonnets. Are these

the message of Easter? The answer of course is "no"!

 

What is the message of Easter? The answer to that question is found in our

text. " And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I

know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is

risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly,

and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth

before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you."

 

There are four words in this text which I feel sum up the message of Easter.

There are others who have also expressed this idea.

The four words are imperatives.

They are commands.

 

COME!

By way of background, Jesus was dead! He had been betrayed by Judas,

forsaken by His disciples, denied by peter, tried by the Sanhedran,

condemned to die Pontius Pilate, crucified at Calvary, buried in the tomb of

Joseph of Arimithea. On Easter morning women came to the tomb, concerned

that they would be able to get in. Mark 16:3. But when they arrived they

were in for the surprise of their lives! A great earthquake had taken place.

Matthew 28:2 The angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and rolled back

the stone. Matthew 28:2-4 When the women arrived they were told not to fear.

The angel knew they were seeking Jesus. Matthew 28:5

 

The angels told the women to "COME".

This was an invitation often given in the Scriptures.

Ever since the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned against a righteous

and holy God, God has had His arms open, saying "Come".

He gave the promise of the Messiah who would have victory over Satan.

Genesis 3:15

He used the ark build by Noah as a picture of coming to Him for the

protection of salvation.

He invited the children of Israel to come out of Egypt. Later He invited

them to come into the promised land.

He gives great invitations to come in Isaiah 55:1-3 and Revelation 22:17.

Jesus made that same great invitation in Matthew 11:28-30.

 

Have you labored under a load of guilt?

Have you been burdened with the awfulness of your sin?

Have you labored to get into Heaven, and are still not sure you're going to

make it?

Have you been "heavy laden" with the load of trying to keep the Ten

Commandments, or the precepts of a particular church?

JESUS SAYS "COME! COME UNTO ME!"

 

We come to Him who has left the tomb!

We come to Him that is risen from the dead!

We come to Him who is living right now in Heaven!

We come to Him who is offering forgiveness and salvation to all who believe!

John 3:16

We come to Him who offers peace and power to all who have believed on Him!

John 14:27, John 15:1-7

 

SEE!

I'd like to differentiate between the words "look" and "see". When I look

at something, I may not grasp what I'm looking at. I may not comprehend or

understand. But when I truly "see" something I grasp, comprehend, or

understand it. I believe that's what the angel wanted the women to "see" or

grasp, understand, and comprehend that the tomb was empty and that Christ

had risen from the dead.

 

I believe God wants us to "see" that Christ is risen from the dead and is

alive forever.

In seeing that God wants us to place our faith and trust in Him as our

Savior. Romans 10:9-10

 

GO!

The women were told to go.

Jesus did not intend for anyone to stare continually into the empty tomb.

After we come to a point of seeing the empty tomb and trusting Christ as

Savior, we are to go.

 

We are to go to learn more about Him. 2 Peter 3:18

We are to go to Him in prayer. John 14:13-14

We are to go with Jesus Christ, allowing Him to live through us. Galatians

2:20

We are to church and fellowship with other believers. Hebrews 10:24-25

We are to go to a lost and dying world. Acts 1:8

 

TELL!

The women were supposed to tell the disciples of the resurrection.

As someone has said, Christianity is one beggar telling another where to

find bread.

There was once a demon-possessed man who was healed. He wanted to travel

with Jesus.

Instead he was told to go home and tell the great things the Lord had done

for him. Mark 5:19

It is our job to tell others what great things the Lord has done for us.

Psalm107:2, Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, 1 Peter 3:15

 

The message of Easter is "COME AND SEE. GO AND TELL!"

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MARK 15:1-38 – CONSIDER CALVARY

 

Jesus died for that very serious condition called sin.  It was on the cross of Calvary that He took on His shoulders the very sins for which you and I should be punished! Isaiah 53:5-6, 2 Corinthians 5:21

 

 

PILATE'S RELUCTANT CONSENT - Vss. 1-15

 

Pontius Pilate was the Roman governor, charged with keeping the Roman rule in tact. The Jews could not legally put anyone to death, so they needed Pilate's consent. In a human sense, Jesus' fate was now in the hands of Pontius Pilate.

 

Vs. 1 - Evidently there was another brief counsel meeting where those who made up the Sanhedran, chief priests, the elders and the scribes made "official" what had happened the night before.

With this in mind they bound Jesus, as if binding was necessary, and took Him off to face Pontius Pilate.

 

Vs. 2 - Jesus was presented to Pilate by the high priests as a would-be king, trying to usurp authority from the emperor, Caesar. They had taken His Spiritual claims to being the Messiah, The Son of God, and changed them into a political claim. The first time Jesus came, He did not come as a political ruler.  The next time He comes, He will set up His kingdom as "King of Kings and Lord of Lords".

 

So Pilate asked him point blank- "Are you King of the Jews?"

Jesus answer could very well have meant, "Yes, but not with your exact meaning." He was and is King, but He was no threat to Caesar at that time.  He did not come to overthrow Roman Rule. He came to save souls, by dying in their place.

 

Vss. 3-5 - The high priests made all sorts of false accusations.

The one on trial had the right to defend himself.

Jesus remained silent It was obvious to Pilate that the Jews had the wrong motives in bringing Jesus before him.

 

It was amazing to Pilate that Jesus could remain silent.

 

And Pilate was not fooled. He knew that Jesus was innocent. In John 18:38, Pilate says "I find in him no fault at all."

 

Vs. 15 - Notice that Pilate gave in.

            Instead of doing what he knew to right, he allowed Jesus to be crucified. He didn't want a riot on his hands.

 

He had Jesus scourged or flogged.

 

THE SOLDIERS' REPULSIVE CONDUCT - Vss. 16-28

 

 

Vs. 21 - We know that Jesus did carry his own cross, or perhaps part of it for a short distance. John tells us that in his Gospel.

 

But, Jesus has been through much in the past several hours, and his physical weakness requires the Romans to "volunteer" someone to carry the cross. This Simon of Cyrene carries the cross and perhaps became a believer.  His sons are known to those to whom Mark is writing.

 

Vss. 23-24 - The drink had some sort of narcotic in it to weaken ones senses. Jesus would have none of it. He was in total control until the end.

 

The gambling that was done for Jesus' clothes was a fulfillment of Psalm 22:18 - They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

 

 

THE PEOPLE'S REBELLIOUS CHALLENGE - Vss. 27-32

 

Vss. 27-32

 

The ironic thing about all of this is that Jesus could have come down off the cross.

 

He could have saved Himself.

He could have destroyed His enemies.

 

But it was staying on the cross that saved others.

It was staying on the cross that atoned for our sins.

It was staying on the cross that made Him the Savior of the world.

 

How much did God love you? (Stretch hands.) This much!

 

There is a happy note here.

 

Yes both thieves who were on crosses mocked him.

But one had a change of heart. Luke 23:39-43

 

 

THE SAVIOR'S RIGHTEOUS CONQUEST - Vss. 33-38

 

Jesus was not defeated. He defeated sin and death.

Jesus was victorious.

But there was a great price that still needed to be paid.

It occurred between noon and 3:00 P.M.

 

Vs. 33 - God provided a supernatural darkness.

In Scripture darkness and judgment go together. Joel 2:31, Amos 8:9-10

 

So why was their darkness? Because there was judgment was being pronounced on the sins of the world.

Jesus was taking the punishment of sin on the cross.  This was a time of silence from the cross, and evidently around the cross.

 

We can't fathom all the pain, all the anguish, all the misery all the judgment placed on Jesus shoulders.

 

In these 3 hours God the Father became God the judge!

Judgment was poured out on the Lord Jesus.

It was a judgment that Jesus had to bear alone without the presence of His Heavenly Father.

 

Vs. 34 - Eternal judgment includes separation from God.

In order for the price for sin to be paid, God had to turn his back temporally on His Son.

But notice that God did not stop being Jesus' God, and that separation from God was indeed temporary.

 

Vs. 37 - What did Jesus cry with the loud voice.

John tells us that Jesus cried "IT IS FINISHED!"

 

Every appointment kept.

Every lesson taught.

Every miracle performed.

Every prophecy fulfilled.

Every sin paid for.

It was finished!

The job was done!

Jesus died victoriously!

 

Next it says that Jesus "gave up the ghost".

He was in control to the end.

No one took His life. He gave it.

 

Vs. 38 - Immediately there is proof that God had accepted Jesus' sacrifice for sin.

In the temple was a place called the "Holy of Holies".

This was the place where God literally resided.

There was a giant curtain or veil around the Holy of Holies.

The high priest was only allowed in once a year with a blood sacrifice.

Immediately, God tore the veil from top the bottom.

God was saying, "there is now open access to me."

 

Access into God's presence is not through the blood of lambs and goats, but through the blood of Christ. Anyone can come into God's presence through the Son.

 

My friend, the price is paid.

Have you accepted God's free gift?

John 3:16 - Christian, how much do you appreciate what Christ has done for you?

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LUKE 24:1-12 – THREE RESURRECTION MYSTERIES

 

THE MYSTERY OF THE EMPTY TOMB – Vss. 1-4

 

THE MYSTERY OF FORGETFUL FOLLOWERS – Vss. 5-8

 

THE MYSTERY OF DOUBTING DISCIPLES – Vss. 9-12

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LUKE 24:41a – TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE?

 

"And while they yet believed not for joy..."

 

Sometimes God presents things to us and we think that they are "too good to be true". The disciples thought that Jesus being alive was too good to be true and had trouble believing. There are some things that seem to be too good to be true, but are anyway.

 

REDEMPTION IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, BUT IT IS TRUE!

1 Peter 1:18-19, Romans 5:6-9

Jesus shed His blood on Calvary to redeem us!

 

REGENERATION IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, BUT IT IS TRUE!

John 3:1-7, John 1:12-13, 1 Peter 1:3, 23

Anyone who truly trusts Christ as Savior is "born again".

 

RESPONSIBILITY IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, BUT IT IS TRUE!

Matthew 28:19-20, Ephesians 4:11-12, 1 Peter 4:11-12

 

God has chosen to use us in his ministry. Some will be missionaries, evangelists, pastors and teachers. Others will be lay leaders in the church. All of us have a Spiritual gift to use, and all of us can be witnesses for Christ.

 

REWARDS ARE TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, BUT THEY ARE TRUE!

1 Corinthians 4:5, 9:25, 2 Corinthians 5:10, 1 Thessalonians 2:19, 2 Timothy 4:8, James 1:12, 1 Peter 5:4, Revelation 2:10

Jesus will reward his faithful servants. What will we do with our crowns? We will lay them at the feet of Jesus!

Revelation 4:11-12

 

RESURRECTION IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, BUT IT IS TRUE!

1 Corinthians 15:20-28, 51-58 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

We will be risen from the dead!

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JOHN 20:1-18 – TALE OF THE TOMB

EXASPERATION - Vss. 1-2

Mary found an empty tomb. She thought someone had stolen the body.

 

EXAMINATION - Vss. 3-10

Peter and John examined the evidence. John believed.

 

EXPRESSION - Vss. 11-16

Jesus expressed his presence to Mary.

 

EXCLAMATION - Vss. 16-18

Mary was so excited that she clung to Him.

 

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JOHN 20:24-29 – THE DOUBTING DISCIPLE

STUBBORN DOUBT - Vss. 24-25

Thomas refused to believe in the resurrection, unless he saw it for himself.

 

SHUT DOORS - Vs. 26

At a time when the disciples were isolated from others Jesus again appeared

while Thomas was present.

 

STRENGTHENING DEMANDS - Vs. 27

Jesus invited Thomas to examine Him and believe!

 

STEADFAST DECISION - Vs. 28

Thomas did believe and made his belief very certain. He called Jesus his

Lord and his God.

 

SOOTHING DECLARATION - Vs. 29

This statement is for the benefit of those of often come after Thomas.

We can't see Jesus literally, but we are blessed when we trust Him without

seeing.

 

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JOHN 21 – BY THE SEA

 

The risen Savior made an appearance to Jesus and other disciples by the Sea

of Galilee. In this passage we see:

 

A BIG REVERSAL - Vss. 1-3 - Peter and others are returning to the old way of

living. They were fishing.

 

A BIG REMINDER - Vss. 4-11 - The disciples are reminded of the power and the

authority of the Lord Jesus with a very large catch of fish.

 

A BIG RECEPTION - Vss. 12-14 - The Disciples are invited by Jesus to "Come

and dine."

 

A BIG RESTORATION - Vss. 15-18 - Jesus recommissions Peter to a ministry to

the "sheep" and "lambs". Peter was not through as an apostle. He was still

useable.

 

A BIG REQUIREMENT - Vss. 19-22 - Peter is told about his future death. And

then he is instructed with one big requirement, true for all believers. We

are to follow Jesus. Peter wanted to know about John's future, and Jesus

basically told Peter that it was not Peter's business to know.

 

A BIG REFLECTION - Vss. 23-25 - John tells us that he was an the disciple

that Peter was talking about. He also reflects on the fact that much more

could have been written about the Lord Jesus.

 

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1 CORINTHIANS 15:1-10 – THREE REALITIES

 

People wonder about the authenticity and reality of the Easter story.

Paul answers that question, by showing us three things that are real that

center around Easter.

 

THE REALITY OF REDEMPTION - Vss. 1-4

The facts of the Gospel of redemption are presented very concisely here.

Christ died for our sins. He was buried. He rose again.

 

THE REALITY OF RESURRECTION - Vss. 5-7

Here are witnesses of the fact that Jesus did rise from the dead.

 

THE REALITY OF REGENERATION - Vss. 8-10

Jesus appeared to Paul. Paul was regenerated (born again) by the Spirit of

God. His life was changed!

 

 

 

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