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Jesus' death and resurrection - part two | What's on your chalkboard?
Sunday 17th March


Introduction:

The preaching is based on the Apostles Creed. 

A summary of our Faith as Christian. The Apostles’ Creed is therefore a summary of what the Church teaches, and of what Christians together believe, rather than a detailed statement of individual and personal belief. Saying the Creed binds Christians together as a believing community, across different traditions and practices.

Summary of last week: Kwe

What would have been on Jesus’ chalkboard while he was on the cross of Calvary?

  • Deliverance for mankind - And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross Colossians 2:15.
  • Finisher of our Faith ( . before he took his last breath, Jesus said … ‘It is finished’) victory has been won.
  • Forgiveness = new creation 
  • Love (Behold what manner of love that the Father has bestowed upon us that we should be called the sons and daughters of God). God so loved the world he gave.
  • Authority( Behold I give unto you power).
  • Power enemies to be made his footstool this is the job of the church, all creation is waiting for the children of God to be revealed.

The Preach:

  1. Love 

it was for this reason that Christ laid down his life. No one could take his life he defeated evil as he was willing to lay down his life.

This changes the picture of an angry God looking to punish sin, furthermore punishing Christ for our sin. It's not god hated the world so he killed his son but he loved the world and gave his son. 

We can experience the why Christ died without understanding the how. In other words we don't have to know all the technical details we just need to know the motivation. Love. 

You can enjoy a nice meal without knowing how to cook it, most people can drive a car without knowing the inner workings of the internal combustion engine.

“We will never know how much it cost to see in upon that cross” Micheal Smith here I am to worship.

”No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”“

John 3:13-21 NRSV

https://bible.com/bible/2016/jhn.3.14-21.NRSV

 

  1. Christ now has all Authority 

Seated on the right hand Heb. 9 and 10 quoted here 

For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you—not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.“

1 Peter 3:18-22 NRSV

 

https://bible.com/bible/2016/1pe.3.18-22.NRSV

 

 

”And every priest stands day after day at his service, offering again and again the same sacrifices that can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, “he sat down at the right hand of God,” and since then has been waiting “until his enemies would be made a footstool for his feet.” ”For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.“ And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds,” he also adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.“

Hebrews 10:11 -18 NRSV

https://bible.com/bible/2016/heb.10.13-18.NRSV

 

3. Our position in Christ 

In Luke 9 and 10 the disciples are given power first the 12 then the 70, then follow in G hisn resurrection the apostles sent out with what we call the great commission 

Matthew 28

”Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”“

Matthew 28:16-20 NRSV

https://bible.com/bible/2016/mat.28.16-20.NRSV

”You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ —by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.“

Ephesians 2:1-10 NRSV

https://bible.com/bible/2016/eph.2.4.NRSV

We operate now as the new humanity created in Christ and we now live from a Position of authority Christ having won the victory, reversing the effect of one man's disobedience to Christ's obedience. Again looking at the big picture we, the new creations are seated with him. The church is given the responsibility as Christ's body to enact that victory over evil from a position of authority.  

4. Making enemies his footstool 

 

This is quoted from Psalm 110 by several New Testament writers 

 ”The Lord says to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.” The Lord sends out from Zion your mighty scepter. Rule in the midst of your foes. Your people will offer themselves willingly on the day you lead your forces on the holy mountains. From the womb of the morning, like dew, your youth will come to you. The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” The Lord is at your right hand; he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath. He will execute judgment among the nations, filling them with corpses; he will shatter heads over the wide earth. He will drink from the stream by the path; therefore he will lift up his head.“

Psalms 110:1-7 NRSV

https://bible.com/bible/2016/psa.110.1-7.NRSV

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