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March 22, 2022 12:00 am
The wounds of Jesus provide the most difficult paradox of Christian theology: namely, the marriage between God's holiness and man's savagery. But beyond the infinite complexities lies this simple reality: by His wounds we have been healed.
Was glorious versus porous precautions when you were dead in your transgressions, he made you alive together with him having forgiven us all our transgressions, having all of this language canceled out the certificate of debts canceled the debt is not just covered temporarily, but cancel fact: that by saying in verse 14 he has taken it out of the way.
Having male accomplish here in wisdom for the hard Stephen baby has been taking us through a very practical series on how we should live as citizens of heaven, while still here on earth but living as we should is only possible because of Jesus Christ and what he accomplished for us working to explore that together today Stephen returns to his series called above politics and parliaments with this message entitled the wounds of Jesus. Grab your Bible, as we prepare to study together right now. Peter pulls off the highway here for verse or two and emphasizes the grace of God through Jesus Christ.
In fact, I invite your attention back to his letter.
First Peter chapter 2 verse 24 is where we find ourselves. And frankly, it's a set it's a series of theological truths waiting to be discovered. It's as if Peter however in this immediate context says love it so easy to get caught up in the politics and the machinations and the difficulties in the challenges of life. Let's just pause for a moment and go back to what matters most glorious truth of how to go to heaven by the grace of God. Now as we unpack verse 24 to give you three categorical phrases that will form an outline of the first phrase is simply willing substitution willing substitution notice verse 24 just the first phrase and he himself bore our sins in his body on the cross he himself got a circle himself this place forward in the text for emphasis.
It's as if Peter is saying there isn't anybody out that can do this but he himself is in any other man or woman can pay for their sins can fully pay for their own, much less anybody else but Jesus did. He himself, as if to say hello. He himself notice bore our sins. Peter is reaching back into the Old Testament context of the day of atonement for once a year, the high priest confess the sins of the people over the head of that innocent laying his hands on the head of that God, as if to signify that on that. Go now rested the sins of the people in that goat was then led away to wander and die alone in the wilderness. Leviticus chapter 4 gives a detailed, that's the idea Peter is using a word from that analogy that needs to bear away our sins, he is the final sin bearer. We use that phrase and observe your role in the faith you, you've heard that you might be old enough in your understanding of the gospel in Scripture to know that Jesus also fulfilled the symbol of the innocent lamb being killed on another festival they pass over the Jewish Passover celebration again centuries earlier in Egypt where the Jews were slaves. God instructed them to kill the lame tousled paint upon the doorpost of their slave quarters the blood of that lamb and everybody effectively hid behind the blood was spare death to that household and judgment. Exodus chapter 12 gives those details. Jesus, the innocent lamb shed his blood and everyone who hides behind him, as it were. His bloodshed is spared separation and judgment from God. But this is your this text appears what is going back to Yom Kippur is going back to the day of atonement typified by that innocent animal carried away bore away the sin of the people. So Jesus the innocent one had laid upon him the sins of the whole world first John 22 but let me make it an important note to it. It's important notice as you study the Old Testament of the way God pointed north across Yom Kippur, the day of atonement never solved anything never completely took care of the problem affect the high priest had to do it again the next year and the next year and the next and the next the next and the next never dealt with it permanently. Atonement by the way, the were language means to cover so the leading away of a goat of the sacrifice of a lamb can cover and and God will see them through that bloodshed, but that's a temporary thing and they had to do it year after year. Every year the sins of the people are recited in general terms by the high priest easily lays his hands upon that that innocent animal and the symbol is that he carries that animal carries it away that symbol, however, is going to be replaced one day by substance that ritual is going to be exchanged one day by reality permanent final atonement. Peter is recalling that say the Christ upon the cross is fulfilling what that animal could never do it could never cancel Jesus bore it completely away. Think about it this way on the cross. The accumulated debts of the sins of the whole world from the very first sin, and then the accumulated sins of the whole world of the very last sin to be uncommitted in the history of the human race. All of it comes to at the cross.
All of the past and all of the future accumulated converges on Christ, who will be saturated with sin.
He bore X all now wait a second I we know that God is canceled all and we know that you noted just a temporary thing. Redefining what date it was one more thing you're supposed to act upon. And I'm sorry.
Listen to this glorious versus Paul writes to the Colossians when you were dead in your transgressions, he made you alive together with him having forgiven us all our transgressions, having all of this language canceled out the certificate debts cancel the certificate of debt that mounting data in your own life and my debt then is not just covered temporarily, but canceled. In fact Paul ends that by saying in verse 14 he has taken it out of the way, that, having nailed to the cross notice again. Peter writes he bore our sins, he speaking confessional eateries acknowledging his own sins would finally be encouraging to the readers in the first century. Who would've thought that Peter probably did need. This is much as a that he wasn't nearly as bad guys there. Peter includes himself as if to say, hey he died for my sin to faculty warn you, you're not going to go to heaven just because you believe Jesus died on the cross for sin, the devil believes that you're not getting whatever you believe Jesus rose from the dead. The devil believes that he was very thoughtful.
It's never personal to the devil, never personally applied to him there, there has to be a time it in your life when you understand then you admit in repentance. Jesus died for my sin.
He paid for my crimes. He took my death penalty he paid for my sin. See this until you admit that you are the guilty sinner who sins were placed upon Jesus. You could ever personally experienced for years I talked a lot of people I and in their tracking with me about Jesus dying and dying for Santa needs the Savior, but soon as I bore and you know you're the sinner. He died for hallway so I don't know about that. I know you need to die for those people but not me see that the personally join Peter in saying he bore our sins as if to say he bore my as well if you mean, when I place my faith in what Jesus did for me. Then that every one of my sins was paid for 2000 years ago, past, present and future well. Notice again. He himself bore our sins. Note the plurality of that word which Peter uses to indicate the multitude just sin, but sin multitude committed zip to say Jesus paid the penalty for every imaginable sin every kind of sin every type of sin. Every sordid sin every culturally accepted sin every past sin every presence in every futures and every sin. No one knows but you and God. Everything that everyone knows about along with you and God.
All of it placed on Jesus as he is saturated with sin like Peter uses the heiress tense here for the verb carrier to bear away. In other words, it is a definitive act at a moment in time is repeated over and over and over in some celebration of amassed it is once for all time at Calvert notice. Peter writes that he himself bore our sins in his body. Peter is shutting down false teaching that already started in the first century, the Jesus only seem to have a body and he was really a man he didn't really suffer heating of a real body. Peter put that to rest here fact, the plan of God the son taking a real body becoming a real human being tracks back before anything was created. In fact the writer answers that issue in the book of Hebrews by saying it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sin. Remember, permanently possible. Therefore, when he Jesus comes into the world. He says this is Jesus making sacrifice and offering his father, you've not desire body you have prepared for Hebrews 1045 later. Verse 10 and we have been cleansed through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all he really did die, he really did believe it was a real body was real suffering.
By the way, not only was Jesus a real human being not only the Jesus of real body. You really did experience real suffering notice. Peter writes again himself bore our sins in his body on the cross that was symbol of the most horrific means of execution known on this planet designed differently than the Latin eyes romanticized version of the cross is only about 6 feet tall. The vertical piece was permanent criminal would carry that theme horizontal being with him. Morrison 10 join a hole in the middle of that mean he be laid down his hands at his wrist nail and he bestowed that Morrison 10 adjoint applied that beam slipped over the vertical piece, he would be hoisted up to sit on a saddle said yellow minutes ankles turned and overlapped and the nails driven through them. He could live for a week or two. He was a low enough he went way up there was a low enough to be spit upon and mocked many of these who are executed in 1200. We know from history were crucified, the year Jesus died they be eaten by wild animals. Most of them died in saying he really suffer.
Did on that kind of cross, and all of humanity from the shedding of the blood of those innocent animals in the garden of Eden were Adam and Eve were closed in that first temporary covering atoning work of God on their behalf. From that point forward. Everything in redemptive history pointed forward to that cross and from that cross on word.
Everything points back to it where it all culminated where Jesus had placed upon him all the sin Peter again draws from the Old Testament, this time from Isaiah's prophecy is a right.
He was pierced through for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities.
Verse six the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on him, this incredibly perverse cascade of all the sin of all of human history. He had to be man who experienced the death of it but he had to be God the parent on the mind of Peter there something we ought to do about it.
Notice the middle of verse 24 so that we might die to sin and live unto righteousness. Simply giving the second phrase willing substitution audibly followed by joyful obligation and no misunderstanding what I is the word obligation. Don't all rundown religions path yeah you, rather that Bobby got enjoying your money and all that stuff that's not what doesn't want to talk frankly I can't because there's no way we can ever begin to pay them back.
We can handle the fringe of that debt. But you said but that didn't seem right.
Surely God requires us to pay them back. Somehow, I mean if we can't pay people back when they do something for us. We shouldn't benefit from what they do right.
It occurred to me some studying this text. Next week is Mother's Day, how many of you men knew that you write 30% of day next week as well. Actually I thought it was today. All week. You know, I thought it was today. Jeff texted the kids are coming over for lunch. Don't forget today's Mother's Day bring your burnt offerings and sacrifices I got yesterday that it's next Sunday. I think this is great on the head. I'm way ahead we get for the rest of you guys are procrastinating and you haven't gotten anything yet speak to you for a moment. Frankly, no matter the matter what we do. Thinking pay your mother back you think you can pay your mother back you getting begin to pay her back for nearly dying in order to deliver you you thinking pay her back for nine months of suffering and pain in 19 years of purgatory.
Think you can begin to pay her back for caring for you and clothing you and feeding you. You think taking out the trash evens the score for a moment, though mother this is my tribute to you how we do enjoy this at all the women said no. I there's no way we could ever pay you back. The truth is, were all recipients of gifts for all recipients of sacrifices some great, some smaller, but all lesser than that of Christ week could never begin repaying her mother how the world can we imagine trying repaying the gifts of forgiveness and eternal life full of payback. Peter goes on to say, though, in light of that correct theology. There is a sense of obligation was joyful obligation notice so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.
You might understand a little more wooden league translated this way so that we having having parted with our sins, or so that we no longer bound or related to our sin verb rendered might die occurs only here in the New Testament means that no part in the daily decision in that obligation to pursue the character of God is joyful obligation because of whatever he's done for you were just skimming the surface you decide daily on the family part in that. Besides, I'm not bound by that anymore. I don't have to do that I have to go there. I think that I'm in a choose to live as it were separated from that having parted with that the daily challenge of Christianity based upon your conversion. Satan still tempts you still deceive you, and sometimes trips you by the way, beloved, he is no longer your lamp. He has no legal right over you. Don't act like you belong to that end, that's over. We having no relation to sin. You can rendered now have a new relationship. What's that one.
Righteousness in this context.
Righteousness is a right relationship. You no longer have a relationship with sin no longer owns you decide daily to separate from and choose daily to have a relationship with the righteous character of Christ. So there is this willing substitution there is this joyful obligation. Third, there is a growing anticipation. Notice what he says next for by his wounds you were healed for by his wounds used in a general reference. It's a synonym for all of the suffering and all pain and all of the agony that only physically but emotionally, spiritually, all the separation all suffered by those real tangible literal wounds you were healed that phrases caused a lot of heartburn in the church.
The healing Isaiah and Peter refer to. Here's spiritual in this immediate context, not physical. My writings of the margin in your Bible, the word spiritually buys when you were healed spiritually. If Peter was teaching that the atonement brought believers to physical health and you can imagine the confusion they might feel as this letter is being read in that first century assembly because it would be read people who are sick and if I thought I read that and you were to interpret that my conversion healed me. Why in the world am I wearing glasses. What is your left knee and mine hurt is going to mean something else affect all of us eventually grow ill enough to die. Nobody dies for good health. That's the means whereby God takes his home right people and preachers who claim the Christian should never get sick because there's healing in the atonement. The promise that healing should happen in our everyday faith is strong, by the way, that's the loophole it's all up to you. Your faith what's wrong but that's what you didn't get you nice little cop, why not claim more than that. Why stop with physical healing because the atonement did more than that, the atoning work of Christ destroyed soon so a Christian should never sit again. It just right – so why do we still die peters delivering the gospel hear the news of Christ's death on the cross and payment for our sin not our sicknesses's is the good news of forgiveness not health Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for your sins not the right some prescription. You can tap into if you get the right clue workload. He was made sin for us, not disease. Another is this future aspect that we can anticipate that will be that moment when every believer receives their glorified body and you and I enjoy having a what awaits us there. It's as if our bodies catch up to our spirits because will no longer experience sickness and pain and suffering in your left knee in my work wonderfully and will not be glasses prescription ever again and we with growing anticipation. Look forward to that day is interesting to me. Not only was the Lord wounded but he chose to remind us of that fact when the resurrected Lord appeared to his disciples, he may remember, if you're old enough of the faith. Thomas was a very skip the meeting.
He thought this is this is you know it's a myth. We been wasting our time. I don't believe anymore they came at the top as he is alive. He was there even a stuntman. No, not unless he says I see in his hands. The imprint of the nails and I'm quoting and put my finger into the place of the nail and then put my hand into his side. I will not believe this is a myth.
We been chasing Thomas demand empirical evidence. Jesus stood in wonderful humility likes either gather he shows up again says the time is Thomas reach hear your hand your finger talk see here myself. This atoning work. Jesus never wants us to forget his church. He has created a memorial were we were members crushing this dying is bleeding and suffering because that culminating moment in history is your defining moment how you respond to that defines where you will spend forever to good thing to remember, don't you. It is this atoning work, the Christ will remind Israel affect what is real is reconstituted as a nation in repentance during the tribulation.
Zechariah promise prophesies that I take those prophecies as literal as I do this first at that his second coming. Zechariah says that the nation brought to repentance. Jesus actually been quoted, they will look upon me, who they have peers imagine our Savior's chosen to keep his wounds and then to display them throughout all of eternity.
Even though his atoning work in buys divine grace he's chosen in heaven one day to wipe all yours away and mine spiritual, physical, emotional, entirely everything reconstructed in the glorified body no more wounds no more stuff. Even our memories perfected perspective, we will be reminded forever.
Every time we see Jesus will be reminded by his wounds by these we were and we are forever Stephen Davey called the lesson just heard the wounds of Jesus, the glorious news for us and for the whole world is that Jesus Christ died for us, by his wounds we are healed. Wisdom for the heart is produced by wisdom international. You can learn more about our ministry. If you visit our website wisdom online.org.
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