SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 4/6/2020
April 7, 2020, 7:05 PM

SERMON SEEDS

S14 – THE WEEK OF APRIL 6, 202O

FEATURING GOOD FRIDAY, EASTER, AND PSALM 62

 

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PSALM 62

WHEN TROUBLED, TRAUMATIZED, AND/OR TERRIFIED

Recorded During Corona Shut Down for 4/5/19 (SermonLink Below)

 

MY RESOURCE – Psalm 62:1-2 - Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.

 

MY RESPONSE – Psalm 62:3-4 - How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence. They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.

 

MY ROCK – Psalm 62: 6-7 - He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

 

MY REFUGE – Psalm 62:8 - Psalm 62:8 - Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

 

MY REFUSAL – Psalm 62:9

  • To Trust Man – Psalm 62:9 - Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.

 

  • To Trust Unwise Solutions – Psalm 62:10 - Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.

 

MY REMINDERS – Psalm 62:5, 11-12

Psalm 62:5 - My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

 

Psalm 62:11-12 - God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God. Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.

 

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ISAIAH 53 – ISAIAH SHOWS US THE CROSS

 

The Prophet Isaiah painted us a distinctive picture of the cross of Christ many years before the event took place.

 

SIMPLICITY AND THE CROSS - Vs. 2

Jesus came as a humble servant. 

 

SHAME AND THE CROSS - Vs. 3

He was "despised and rejected".  He was refused by His own people.

 

SACRIFICE AND THE CROSS - Vss. 4-6

Jesus paid the price in full for our sins.

 

SILENCE AND THE CROSS - Vss. 7-9

Silence of Words - Vss. 7-8

Silence of Death - Vs. 9

 

SATISFACTION AND THE CROSS - Vss. 10-12

Satisfaction of Resurrection - Vs. 10

Satisfaction of Justification - Vs. 11, Romans 5:1

Satisfaction of Glory - Vs. 12, Philippians 2:9-11

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SELECTED SCRIPTURES – THE ESSENCE OF THE CROSS

(The Seven Last Words)

We have arrived at the cross in our study of the Life of Christ.  It is here that Jesus Christ died a horrific death, a death so brutal that Roman citizens were exempted from that type of torture.

It is here that our Lord Jesus not only suffered at the hand of man but also at the hand of God as He bore the sins of the whole world upon Himself that we might have forgiveness and eternal life.

 

This morning we will center on the Essence of the Cross, which I feel is reflected in the 7 last words of our Lord Jesus Christ.  These words are the recorded words of Jesus when He was on the cross.

 

1. A WORD OF PETITION – Luke 23:33-34

 

Luke 23:33-34 - And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. [34] Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

 

Jesus had preached forgiveness as a way of life. Luke 6;27-28

 

On the cross Jesus practiced what he had preached.

He also fulfilled prophecy by doing so. Isaiah 53:12

 

Jesus demonstrates just how far we should go in forgiving others. In ignorance the soldiers had mistreated and crucified the very Lord of Glory!

In ignorance these soldiers had crucified an innocent man.

In ignorance these soldiers murdered God!   

 

If Jesus could forgive such gross mistreatment, how much more should we forgive others when they mistreat us! Ephesians 4:32

 

2. A WORD OF PROMISE – Luke 23:39-43

 

As you know, there were two thieves crucified with Jesus.

At first both taunted Jesus that if He was who He said He was, He should save Himself and them.

 

But as Jesus suffered there on the cross, He did so mostly in silence.  He didn’t curse and swear. He didn’t yell at His persecutors. He didn’t lash out.  One of the thieves took notice. The other thief started in again on Jesus.

 

Luke 23:39 - And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.

 

The other thief actually rebuked his fellow thief.

Luke 23:40-41 - But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? [41] And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.

 

“Don’t you fear God?” the thief asked.

He also added that his partner and he were justly crucified.

He admitted they deserved the punishment for what they had done.

And then he added that Jesus didn’t deserve the punishment because he was innocent.  

   

Luke 23:42 - And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.

 

The man had already admitted his guilt, and now he calls Jesus “Lord” and asks to be remembered when Jesus comes into His Kingdom.

 

This man had placed His faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

And Jesus answers with one of the most wonderful promises of all Scripture.

Luke 23:43 - And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

 

Jesus was dying for the sins of that thief while they were speaking.

Jesus looked ahead and saw that the thief’s sins would be paid for.

He heard the thief’s confession of faith, and knew it to be sincere.

He made the promise that that very day the thief would be with Him in paradise.   

   

The promise of Heaven was not just for that thief.

The promise of Heaven is for all, who, in humility acknowledge their sins and total unworthiness and turn to Jesus Christ for forgiveness.  It is the one who by faith applies the atoning work of Christ to their own lives that is saved! John 3:16, John 3:36

 

How about you? Have you turned to the Lord Jesus Christ by faith?  Have you claimed the promise of Heaven for yourself? 

 

3. A WORD OF PROVISION – John 19:25-27

 

Picture Jesus filled with physical, emotional, and spiritual pain!  Picture Jesus suffering terribly.  In all of His stress not only does he think about a poor lost sinner, the thief, but He thinks of the needs of His mother.

 

John 19:25-27 - Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. [26] When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! [27] Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

 

The relationship between Jesus and Mary was changing forever.  On the cross Jesus was literally becoming her Savior and Lord, worthy of all her faith and adoration. He would not be physically available to provide the care needed.  And so Jesus turns to the one who was probably Jesus’ closest friend, the Apostle John and commits his mother’s physical care into His hands.

 

Some may think that becoming a Christian relieves us of responsibility.  After all, we don’t have to work for our salvation.  But becoming a Christian gives us new responsibilities to love and care for other Christians.  Jesus wants us to help meet the needs of other believers. Galatians 6:9-10 

 

4. A WORD OF PAIN – Mark 15:33-34

 

Mark 15:33-34 - And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. [34] And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

 

The sixth hour was noon.  There was a three hour darkness that God imposed on the land until about 3:00 P.M. while Jesus was on the cross.

The darkness hid his suffering from public view.

The darkness was also an indication that God was indeed turning His back on His own Son.

 

In those hours Jesus bore the sins of the whole world.

He was punished for every sin that had ever been committed or would be committed.

He experienced the wrath of God poured out upon Him so that we might have forgiveness and eternal life.   

 

The words my “My God, my God why hast thou forsaken me?” were quoted from Psalm 22:1.  Imagine the anguish Jesus experienced in being separated from His literal Father!  Imagine the punishment inflicted on the Lord Jesus for every murder, every lie, every theft, every bad word, every bad attitude, and every unkindness that ever existed!

 

If you’ve ever felt abandoned, you can only begin to learn how Jesus felt.  He who only knew fellowship with God the Father and God the Spirit was abandoned by them as He suffered for you!

Galatians 3:13, 1 Peter 2:24, 2 Corinthians 5:21

 

My friend, don’t take lightly the pain that Jesus suffered for you that you might be forgiven.   

 

5. A WORD FOR PROPHECY – John 19:28-29

 

John 19:28-29 - After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. [29] Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.

 

In spite of all the suffering that Jesus had been through, He was still in control. And he made sure that he fulfilled the prophecies concerning his death down to the last detail.

 

Psalm 69:21 - 1They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

 

Not even one verse of Scripture was overlooked as our Lord fulfilled prophecy to the letter.

 

This encourages me.  My Lord has taken care of every detail of my salvation and eternal life. He hasn't missed a thing. And to think that even now He's preparing a place for me in Heaven, I can be comfortable, knowing that he won't miss a thing. John 14:2-3

 

6. A WORD OF PRONOUNCEMENT – John 19:30

 

John 19:30 - When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

 

IT IS FINISHED MEANS:

  • EVERY APPOINTMENT KEPT

 

  • EVERY MIRACLE PERFORMED

 

  • EVERY LESSON TAUGHT

 

  • EVERY PROPHECY FULFILLED

 

  • EVERY SIN PAID FOR.

 

The work of Christ is complete.

Hebrews 10:14 - For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

 

The shout “IT IS FINISHED!” was certainly a shout of victory!   

 

7. A WORD OF PEACE – Luke 23:46

 

Luke 23:46 - And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

 

Jesus had paid it all.

He was no longer separated from His Heavenly Father.

He could commend His spirit to God, because He was going home to God!

He actually died in peace, knowing that He had done all that He had been asked to do.

 

And notice that Jesus was in control to the end.

“He gave up the ghost.” He willed to die. They didn’t take Jesus life, although they meant to. He gave it!

 

What about you?

Will you die in peace?

Will you die in peace because you know Jesus as your Savior?

Will you die in peace as a Christian, knowing that you’ve done God has wanted you to do with your life?

 

We have seen the essence of the cross.   

 

A WORD OF PETITION

A WORD OF PROMISE

A WORD OF PROVISION

A WORD OF PAIN

A WORD OF PROPHECY

A WORD OF PRONOUNCEMENT

A WORD OF PEACE

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LUKE 23 – THEY WERE AT THE CROSS

 

A SYMPATHETIC SAVIOR – Vss. 33-34

A SARCASTIC CROWD – Vss. 35-38

A SAVED THIEF – Vss. 39-43

A SATISFIED GOD – Vss. 44-46

A SAGE CENTURION – Vs. 47

SUPPORTIVE FRIENDS – Vss. 48-56

 

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MATTHEW 28 – THE GREATEST SUNDAY IN HISTORY

 

MIRACLE - Vss. 1-4

The stone was rolled away, not to let Jesus out, but to let people in to see the empty tomb.

 

MESSAGE - Vss. 5-7

Jesus was risen from the dead and the disciples needed to be told.

 

MANIFESTATION - Vss. 8-10

Jesus revealed Himself to the women who came to the tomb.

 

MISINFORMATION - Vss. 11-15

There was a cover-up of the truth by the authorities.

 

MANDATE - Vs. 16-20

The world is to be reached with the Gospel.

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LUKE 24 - LUKE'S EASTER STORY

 

PRECIOUS PROCLAMATION - Vss. 1-10

The angels made it clear that Jesus had risen from the dead.

 

PERPLEXED PEOPLE - Vss. 11-24

Both the Twelve and the disciples on the road to Emmaus expressed their doubts about the resurrection.

 

PROCLAIMED PRECEPTS - Vss. 25-37, 44-45

Jesus held "Bible Class" first on the Road to Emmaus and then in the Upper Room.

 

PERSONAL PRESENCE - Vss. 28-36

Jesus revealed himself first to the those on the Road to Emmaus, then to Peter, and then to The Twelve.

 

POWERFUL PROOF - Vss. 37-43

His hands and side

He was able to eat

 

PRESCRIBED PLAN - Vss. 46-49

They were to take the Gospel to the world.

 

PERFECT PARTING – Vss. 50-53

Jesus blessed the Disciples and ascended into Heaven. The Disciples worshipped.

 

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JOHN 19:30-42 etc. – WHERE’S JESUS?

HE'S NOT ON THE CROSS - John 19:30-42

His work on the cross is finished! He hangs there no longer!

 

HE'S NOT IN THE TOMB - Mark 16

He's risen from the dead!

 

HE'S NOT PHYSICALLY ON EARTH - Acts 1:9-11

He has ascended into Heaven.

 

HE'S IN HEAVEN - Ephesians 1:20, Colossians 3:1, Hebrews 1:3

 

HE'S KNOCKING AT YOUR HEART'S DOOR - Revelation 3:20

He's either knocking so you'll open the door for salvation (John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9), or so that you'll open the door for fellowship with Him as a Christian (John 15:1-7).

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1 CORINTHIANS 15:20 - CHRIST IS RISEN!

 

This morning's Easter Services have been a celebration of the fact that Christ is risen from the dead.  If there is one truth as necessary as the substitutionary death of Christ on the cross, it is the resurrection of Christ from the grave. The great news, however is that Christ indeed is raised from the dead. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

 

1 Corinthians 15:20 - But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

 

This little verse tells us three important things about the resurrection.  It tells of:

 

THE IMMEDIACY OF THE RESURRECTION

We live in a "now" society.

We want immediate gratification.

That's one of the reasons credit card debt is so high for so many.  We don't want to wait to save to buy something. We want it now.

 

Most of us don't like to wait for anything.

 

There is one thing we don't have to wait for.  We are not waiting for the resurrection of Christ to take place.  We are not hoping that one day Jesus will come out of the grave. He has already come out of the grave. But now is Christ risen from the dead

 

The fact that Christ is already risen from the dead is important because it shows us that God accepted the sacrifice that Jesus made for our sins.

 

The immediacy of Jesus' resurrection is also important because of where Jesus is. He is in Heaven! Acts 1:9-11, Hebrews 1:1-3

 

The one who died for you, sits at the right hand of the throne of God to represent you! He is your advocate! 1 John 2:1-2

 

If you are a born again Christian, Jesus died for your sins.

Because you are a Christian God does not want you to sin.

However, there are times when we do sin.

When we fail God we have an advocate, a lawyer, "one called along side to help", sitting at the right hand of the throne of God.  He is there to represent us.  I imagine that when we sin, He might say to God the Father, "Father, He's mine, I died for that sin."  

 

As Christians, we should strive to live holy lives. 1 Peter 1:15-16

And when we sin, we are to confess that sin, and forsake it. 1 John 1:9

But isn't it nice to know that we have a risen Savior, who's there representing us when we sin.  Sin should never be taken lightly, but it's nice to have help.  

   

Not only is Jesus in Heaven now as our advocate, He's there as our high priest. Hebrews 4:14-16

 

I have had the pleasure of having friends who can sometimes say, "I know exactly how you feel, because I've been through the same thing."

 

In Heaven, you have a high priest that not only speaks in your behalf to the Heavenly Father, but He knows just how you feel and what you are going through. He was tempted just like we are.  Now Jesus might not have faced the same situation that you do, but He has faced the same types of temptations that you have faced.

 

  • Have you been tempted to worry? So has Jesus.
  • Have you been tempted to give up? So has Jesus.
  • Have you been tempted to steal? So has Jesus.
  • Have you been tempted to be dishonest? So has Jesus.
  • Have you been tempted to be lazy? So has Jesus?
  • Have you been tempted to lose your temper? So has Jesus?

 

What's the difference between your temptation and that of Jesus?  Jesus was tempted and never sinned. We have been tempted and often succumbed to sin.

   

Because Jesus is alive now and sitting at the right hand of God,

You are encouraged to "come boldly before the throne of grace to find grace to help in time of need."

 

So, when you worry, come to Jesus.

When you want to quit, come to Jesus.

When you are tempted to do wrong, come to Jesus.

He is there for us.

When we don't know which way to turn because problems seem so great, come to Jesus!

 

All of the great work that is done is by the Lord Jesus Christ is done by a resurrected Jesus Christ!  For NOW is Jesus risen from the dead!

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION

 

But now is Christ risen from the dead

 

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is important, because the death of the Lord Jesus is important.

Every one of us will face death unless Jesus comes back before we die.

 

For most of us, when we die it will not be international news or even national or state news.  Our death will only be significant to a few people.

 

Jesus death was important because of who He was.

He was God in the flesh.

He was God in human form. John 1:1-4

 

 Jesus' death was also important because of why he died.  

Ezekiel 18:4 - …the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

 

 Jesus did not sin. Therefore Jesus was not required to die.  

So why did He die?

He died to pay for your sins and mine. Isaiah 53:5-6, 2 Corinthians 5:21

 

When Jesus died on the cross He had accomplished everything He was supposed to accomplish in this life. That's why He cried "It is finished!

   

So we know why Jesus died.  He died for us. His death is important.  But His resurrection is also important.  When Jesus rose from the dead, it proved that God had accepted Jesus' sacrifice for sin.  Isaiah 53:10

 

The resurrection of Christ from the dead is also important, because it is a living Savior who offers us eternal life.  It is a man who conquered death that is offering us forgiveness and a life in Heaven!   

 

It is a living Savior who says in Revelation 3:20, Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

 

 It is faith in this living Savior that brings us forgiveness and eternal life. Romans 10:9-10

Romans 10:9-10 - That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. [10] For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

 

Have you placed your faith and trust in Christ?  

  

THE IMPLICATION OF THE RESURRECTION

 

1 Corinthians 15:20 - But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

 

According to John MacArthur, when it was harvest time in Israel, the Israelites were to bring some of their crops as an offering to the Lord before they harvested the crop. This was called the "first fruits". John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, 1 Corinthians, © 1984, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, p. 416

 

The implication of the resurrection for us is that Christ is the "first fruits" of them that slept.  Those who sleep are those who know Christ as Savior but are dead.

 

The fact that Christ is the first fruits of the resurrection implies that others will follow. In fact this resurrection is promised right in 1 Corinthians 15:22-23

What does this mean for us?

It means that one day we, who are Christians, will have a new, resurrection body.

It means that not only need we not fear death because our spirits go to Heaven, we need not fear death because we, like Christ, will rise out of the grave. 1 Corinthians 15:52-55

 

This also means that all those Christians whom we have loved who have passed away will also have resurrection bodies. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18    

What tremendous implications we have.  

 

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