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Fri, Mar 30, 2018

Good Friday

Good for us, not so good for Jesus Christ as 2 Corinthians 5:21 reminds us, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Salvation has always been about God’s grace. Its always been about grace, From cover to cover, from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22 do you realize its always been about grace.
Series:Easter
Duration:47 mins 41 secs

Good Friday 2018

Various Passages 

 

 

Welcome to Good Friday.

 

Good for us, not so good for Jesus Christ as 2 Corinthians 5:21 reminds us, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 

 

Salvation has always been about God’s grace. Its always been about grace, From cover to cover, from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22 do you realize its always been about grace.

 

Jesus washing away our sins is not a new idea that came when Jesus Christ was born into this world. 

 

The idea of a blood sacrifice, of someone else paying the price for our sin instead of us trying to work our way to heaven takes us all the way back to the Genesis.  

 

Genesis 3:1-7  

1  Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?" 

2  And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 

3  but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.' " 

4  Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. 

5  For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." 

6  So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 

7  Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. 

 

 

 

Adam and Eve… what was the first command given to them… Don’t eat the fruit… they break Gods command. God made a law they broke it… They attempted to cover their sin with poison ivy…

 

Adam and Eve reveal for us what shame and guilt are, what condemnation are and the need for justification… 

 

Eve blames the devil, Adam blames his wife… we all seek justification. We blame others. 

We seek to justify our actions or we blame others for our actions. 

 

We are guilty, we crave justification, but we cant find it on our own. We need a sufficient sacrifice and God will provide it. 

 

Notice what God does after pronouncing the curses on the servant, the woman and Adam God does something amazing in His grace

 

Genesis 3:21, “Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.” 

 

 

God covers their nakedness. Where did God get the skins. A sacrifice was made. Something had to die. 

 

Cain and Able…

 

Genesis 4:1-8  

1  Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, "I have acquired a man from the LORD." 

2  Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 

3  And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD. 

4  Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering, 

5  but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. 

6  So the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 

7  If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it." 

8  Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. 

 

 

Cain worked the ground

Able brings an animal that he sacrificed

 

It takes more than our effort can provide… Its not the sweat of our brow that pleases God. 

 

Only acceptable sacrifice for sin is a blood sacrifce. 

 

Keep going in the Bible and we find Moses in the Exodus… the plagues and the final plague. God was going to kill the firstborn of every house. God said, go take a lamb and put the blood over the door post. God will Passover… They didn’t earn salvation, they didn’t deserve it. It was only by the grace of God they received it through faith… They had to wait on the inside of the house while the angel of death passed by on the outside. 

 

Keep moving forward to the book of Leviticus 

 

Day of Atonement… Leviticus 16

 

Leviticus 16:11-16 

11  "And Aaron shall bring the bull of the sin offering, which is for himself, and make atonement for himself and for his house, and shall kill the bull as the sin offering which is for himself. 

12  Then he shall take a censer full of burning coals of fire from the altar before the LORD, with his hands full of sweet incense beaten fine, and bring it inside the veil. 

13  And he shall put the incense on the fire before the LORD, that the cloud of incense may cover the mercy seat that is on the Testimony, lest he die. 

14  He shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the mercy seat on the east side; and before the mercy seat he shall sprinkle some of the blood with his finger seven times. 

15  "Then he shall kill the goat of the sin offering, which is for the people, bring its blood inside the veil, do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it on the mercy seat and before the mercy seat. 

16  So he shall make atonement for the Holy Place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions, for all their sins; and so he shall do for the tabernacle of meeting which remains among them in the midst of their uncleanness. 

 

 

Priests came in with a bull and then slaughter a bull and take its blood and sprinkle the blood on the altar. A cleaning has to take place

 

Someone has to make restitution for your sins and so the priest would take a goat and sacrifice it. He would slit its throat. Something had to die, blood had to be shed for the atonement of our sin. 

 

On the day of Passover… each family would bring a one year old lamb and present it to the priest. They would lean upon the lamb, in symbolic fashion they would be pressing their sins onto the lamb, a transference was taking place as this innocent lamb then was killed in your place, paying the price for your sins.

 

Josephus the Jewish historian said the flow of blood in Jerusalem from the temple down into the Kidron valley was like a river of blood. It was disgusting and brutal. Literally thousands and thousands of people coming and making sacrifices. 

 

A disgusting picture of sin and the price that had to be paid

 

We have read in the law and now in the prophets we read about the greatest picture of the Cross told hundreds of years before Jesus birth. 

 

Isaiah 53

 

Isaiah 53:1-12  

1  Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 

2  For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him. 

3  He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. 

4  Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. 

5  But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by 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 has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. 

7  He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth. 

8  He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. 

9  And they made His grave with the wicked-- But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth. 

10  Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. 

11  He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities. 

12  Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors. 

 

 

Here in Isaiah 53, in the Old Testament mind you, we read about not a lamb but a person dying for us. A substitutionary sacrifce God would offer in our place. 

 

A day is coming when God Himself will lay on Jesus all the sins of the world. 

 

Always a sacrifice was required and will be satisfied in Jesus…

 

Genesis Exodus, Leviticus, Isaiah and the prophets all point ahead to this one who is to come. 

 

 

John 1:29-30,  

29  The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 

30  This is He of whom I said, 'After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.' 

 

The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world… 

 

Look there He is… The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world… 

 

John is saying…. Jesus was preferred before me… the one that before the foundations of the world was declared He would come. He’s here! 

 

Think about the excitement. After a 400 year silence from the Old to the New Testaments, God not only speaks, He comes in the flesh Himself to save us

 

 

Hebrews 10:1, “For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.” 

 

The law is only a shadow of the good things not the realities… 

 

Sacrifices cant make us perfect… the blood of bulls and goats could not take away sin

 

The sacrificial system was an annual reminder of sins. Its impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Sacrifices were nothing more than reminders of sin. 

 

All those sacrifices for all those years were there to remind you. You were reminded of your sin and guilt until Jesus came once and for all. 

 

Hebrews 10:8-12  

8  Previously saying, "Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them" (which are offered according to the law), 

9  then He said, "Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God." He takes away the first that He may establish the second. 

10  By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 

11  And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 

 

When this priest offered sacrifices they only covered sins but could not remove the sins. 

 

12  But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, 

 

Jesus sacrifice is and was enough! 

 

 

Hebrews 10:18, “Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.” 

 

Yet Jesus sacrifice was sufficient, Once and for all Jesus died for me! 

 

 

When these have been forgiven there is no more need for sacrifice. this was a picture from the beginning of time. 

 

Jesus is the perfect sacrifice and is why we don’t need to sacrifice any longer.

 

The perfect sacrifice was made by Jesus.

 

Go to the book of Revelation and you see this beautiful picture of worship around the throne of God… Look at what John sees! 

 

 

Revelation 5:11-14  

11  Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, 

12  saying with a loud voice: "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!" 

13  And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: "Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!" 

14  Then the four living creatures said, "Amen!" And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever. 

 

 

We will see a throne and there is one on the throne who alone is worthy, Worthy is the Lamb

 

Forever and forever we are going to be singing about the grace of God and the blood of the Lamb. 

 

Jesus was not plan B. Jesus was always Gods plan A. 

 

It was always about a substitutionary sacrifice that mankind needed because we were unable to keep the law. And when we broke the law we couldn’t save ourselves. 

 

Galatians 2:16“knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.”

 

Romans 3:20, “Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”

 

We have always known right from wrong as God has written His laws upon our hearts. 

 

We are conscience of our sins and our guilt. 

 

Good intentions are not what get us declared righteous before God. We are all guilty and need to be justified. 

 

Obeying the law won’t get you declared not guilty before God. You get declared not guilty by the grace of God, by accepting what Christ did for you, by His substitutionary sacrifice when He died in our place. 

 

Its always been this way since the begging of time. We need a sacrifice we need a substitute 

 

We seek to justify ourselves… We blame others, we deflect responsibility. 

 

Justification is ours by grace, only God can cover our sins, only the blood of Jesus could justify us.

Good works don’t wipe away guilt and the punishment we deserve. 

 

Only God’s grace and the blood of Jesus Christ can set us free. 

 

Christ sets us free! 

 

 

 

 

 

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