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Greatest Death of All (Part B)

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December 9, 2021 6:00 am

Greatest Death of All (Part B)

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December 9, 2021 6:00 am

Pastor Rick teaches from the Gospel of Mark (Mark 15:33-41)

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Jesus cried out with a loud voice and breathe his last. Again, that deliberate act is sovereign, dismissing his humanity.

Luke 2346 father, into your hands I commit my spirit. That is the bone the flesh in the blood of those things that limited his sovereignty. He is now getting rid of exiting the body without dying as we die dying. Nonetheless, he tasted death. This is cross reference radio with our pastor and teacher Rick Gaston. Rick is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville. Pastor Rick is currently teaching through the gospel of Mark. Please stay with us after today's message to hear more information about cross reference radio.

Specifically, you can get a free copy of this teaching. Now here's Pastor Rick with his study called the greatest death of all. In Mark chapter 50. He now felt that darkness being unloved by the one he loved, he felt what it was like to be a sinner without hope.

He was taking it all for us. One of our greatest needs is as people as human beings is to feel loved by the one we love God himself seeks our love. The Bible is about loving God, loving each other. We can live without love. But we cannot live well without love and those who are not being loved they can become quite a problem in life for others immunogenicity and decent people becoming savage love is a big deal and where it is absent, there is trouble in its place become Satan's playground and as you growing up in life you don't know these things, yet you have to learn them and this would account for sometimes our youth being just absolute knuckleheads in their youth. They've not yet figured these things out. Give them some time and some instruction and love and patience and that's ministry. This is how it is done. You don't have to like it, or approve of it is how it is done. You do have to face it and you know the feeling of wanting to retaliate against somebody. It's a natural feeling is just not a spiritual feeling is the flesh and we Christians we know when we get like that were wrong. We work we scramble to fix it because we believe it's worth it because we believe Christ is worth in his humanity. He alone there on the cross. At this time.

Now, unloved.

He was alone there were humans there would be between the father when he makes describe you this is that what he is experiencing. For the first time in his humanity because he was not alone. There were those the women were there. John was there. Even Peter was there. We'll get to that later when he was in the background. The final cry of his humanity at this point, I thirst and he never presented being made.

The sacrifice how unlike us right. We serve the Lord we feel like were not appreciated. We get you know we become bitter leave the church leave the diminish on a serving anymore is it I'm done exactly what Satan wants us to do most of the time not what God wants us to do.

I think you know you can hear Angel giggling, sometimes saying this is backbone. That's all it took to take him out. I didn't know you could take out a fighter jet with a paperclip. I don't want to be that kind of Christian, but that doesn't take away the pain. I can sing on my own to keep serving just not as much fun when was it supposed to be fun. Well was a cross of Christ supposed to be fun.

He never resented the shaman the filth of our sin on him, he faced it.

Isaiah 53 he shall see the travail of his soul. The new King James says the labor of the old King James has the travail and that's a closer meaning to how it is formed in the Hebrew.

It is a labor, but it is a hard labor. He shall see the travail of his soul and be satisfied God was careful to put that in the Bible for us. He was careful to say that he is going to be crucified for you and he's not going to be bitter about it is not going to have that, you know, this is another fine mess you've gotten me into kind of a response says by his knowledge my righteous servant shall justify many, we shall bear their iniquities. He shall take it and he does death the last enemy stirs doubt, that doubt can be overcome. Luke writes this he says in when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice he said, father, into your hands I commit my spirit and having said this, he breathes his last that.

So you go to the book of Revelation. These angels are always in a loud voice saying something right, bellowing it out with such force and such strength.

So much so it captures our attention in another angel said with a loud voice it's thunderous and here he is dying. Incidentally, people didn't dying six hours on the cross.

They lingered for days. This, of course, marble something. The pilot was impressed to notice is dinner ready because he didn't die, gave up his spirit. He walked out on you. You don't get the satisfaction of saying you killed the son of God, is demonstrating that you might call it death, but he gave up the spirit is humanity. He dismissed it. I'm done with you and where Luke now writes about into your hands I commit my spirit seems total control with a loud voice he is doing these things being forsaken by God bearing the punishment of sin and this is not fiction. This is fact. Verse 35. Some of those who stood by when they heard that said look, he is calling for Elijah should say what I'm speaking about these things I want to be very careful not to try to whip up the audience. Emotions just stick to the facts, the truth, no theatrics to try to get you to appeal to you know make you cry over. This is something I don't want to do that. I want us to just look at the facts face them with an truth in love and all that is so goes into being a disciple of Christ.

In verse 35 reread it.

Verse 35. Some of those who stood by when they heard that said look, he is calling for Elijah and the bystanders of course miss understood what he was saying when he said, Eloi, Eloi, they thought he was saying Eli Eli for Elijah.

Elijah and so that they're not putting anything together.

Many Jews did believe Eliza would come back because he was taken away in a chariot of fire and Malachi chapter 4 talks about Eliza coming back. Verse 36 then someone ran and filled a sponge full of sour wine, put it on a read and offered it to him to drink, saying, let him alone. Let us see if Elijah will come and take him down, while the voices are interrupted when they're saying look is calling for Elijah. Then someone runs to get to get the read the sponge for him and then someone else talks against with you, you can kinda miss that if you don't read over too quickly with that's what's going going on here.

There is present some unnamed soul that has some compassion. He ran and filled a sponge full of sour wine, why not, why not a cup on a stick. For example well in T-shaped cross like he was on be very difficult to tilt his head back to take a drink and so that the sponge would make up for that would allow the individual on the cross to still get some moisture that way. Psalm 69 because this is a prophetic moment being fulfilled.

They also gave me golf for my food and for my first they gave me vinegar to drink and of course that verse is applied to this moment here where it says a saying let him alone. Let us see if Elijah will come and take him down so the voice truth is these voices are happening around this person trying to give him some relief on the cross.

The mockery as this let the forerunner come and save the precious Messiah. That's the bitterness that sticks in their tone.

This was entertainment for them. And of course, is that way. To this day. In many ways verse 37 and Jesus cried out with a loud voice and breathe his last.

Again, that deliberate act. He is sovereign, dismissing his humanity. Luke 2346 father, into your hands I commit my spirit. That is the bone the flesh in the blood those things that limited his sovereignty. He is now getting rid of exiting the body without dying as we die dying. Nonetheless, he tasted death. John chapter 10 Jesus makes it clear. No one takes my life I'm I'm going to give it up.

Hebrews chapter 2 is a very special phrase here. He's he says we see Jesus hears Paul writing to the Hebrews and he is saying we see Jesus for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor that he by the grace of God might taste death for everyone. That's what he was doing on the cross so that Jesus said whoever believes in me will not die. It's a transition when the believer dies. It's one it's a step out of here and into their is just like that would have to wait to see it. You don't get to try it out and come back and write a book on if you get a book on you know I saw lightning near death experience.

Throw in the trash that are still bringing to the bonfire is just utter nonsense.

In reality, how sincere you may say what I had that happen to me so does that make it Scripture?

I muse down offended by that mean to offend you, but the truth really doesn't care again. You know the facts of the factory still going down that road and everybody can start making up all sort of things you open up a door for Satan by adding things to Scripture that shouldn't be or treating things as though they were Scripture because you experienced, you can experience a lot of things that are foul, but you think their holy otherwise would be no people walking upstairs on their knees telling you they've seen the face of Jesus in sandwiches or something like that and so we come along we we shut down most false emotions I like to laugh. I love my emotions when they're riding high, I don't appreciate when someone manipulates my emotions. So back to the these verses which I think are beautiful enough. Verse 38 then the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom that massive curtain that was in the Jewish Temple between the holiest place of the temple and the holy place, only the priests got to go into this chamber. These rooms in the temple. The courtyards were free for everyone you going to the first section in the lampstand was to your left nose the shewbread to your writing and then little further up was the golden altar with the incense was offered and then there was the curtain. It was a barrier, the holiest of holy places where the ark of the covenant was the high priest could go and only one severe once a year to atone for the sins of the people so is very special and to have that curtain torn on this day at this time is very significant. You would think that one of the high priest would say all we got this wrong but on belief is that that serious of an opponent. Exodus 26 tells us about this veil, the veil shall be a divider for you between the holy place and the most holy and good. This is very significant that it is tearing as Christ has died for our sins, signifying that the way into God's presence is open through his son when Jesus and I am the way, I am the way that the not of the veil is moved we come to cross God to the holiest of holies, through Christ. Ask for a sign.

They got a few of them and it was wasted on them so you're listening to a good sermon is it wasted on you. I don't necessarily mean now do not exclude now what I mean wherever you are. Maybe your urine sitting in a car in someone's listening to someone else preach a good sermon that that can happen other men are able to preach good sermons I've never heard it happen.

I'm kidding. Getting press my luck anyway as I already mentioned, the sun was dark and the veil was torn. The rocks were split. The earthquake, this was radical. Matthew writes this is then behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom and the earthquake and the rocks were split. God was not pleased with sin and what was going on. I think more so that men weren't seeing they had every reason to see who he was. Jesus said, you know, if they don't they don't sing these praises.

The very rocks will cry out and here they are. The rocks split these were signs of God's displeasure and it you know.

And God gave the law there was. It was also accompanied by such extreme events at Mount Sinai, the earth did quake also. But the laws refill in Christ and the curse is removed. Romans 10 for for Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes in, so we can talk about the atonement. While we talk about the atonement.

We know that our sins are not only pardoned their canceled. As I mentioned there made to not be the creator of the universe has uncreated my sin because of his son.

Wills them out of existence some serious forgiveness. This is why Satan is the accuser of the brethren.

And he comes along and says you really not forgiven. God can forgive that kind of said you've been forgiven for this send to many time you don't get another time is the lie of Satan, the accuser of the brethren because he hates the fact that he cannot undo what has been done with this death of the Lord Jesus Christ and unfortunately many of us fall for. We fall for the lot lies of the of the devil and we walk around with the guilt and I'm not saying this is and you know it, not at all not teaching lawlessness motivation for loving, for obedience really is based on love, the love of God that he loves me so much I don't want to offend him under some other things involved with that is the bottom line. Truth is not enough to rigid too hard. If God just gave me truth and no love I would have a chance. This love is demonstrators. The Bible clearly says now most of you know this yet you still like hearing.

I know I'm not boring you by repeating these essential facts of the cross. What a challenging task for a man to go into the pulpit and talk about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, who is worthy for that well where made worthy by the Holy Spirit. Otherwise you couldn't preach to unbelievers you could leave the soul to Christ. God is set this up and it is magnificent, but we have to see it as such. That helps a lot to be free, to know that. Listen you going to mess up but that's okay, you tell a child or teaching a child something is it's okay if you mess this up just freely move you know wrecked the place to be fun and all is ill make this me. Anyway, let's move on.

So from that moment cross it either admits you to God with the temple veil torn or you are excluded because you won't go in and through Jesus Christ's stub. We are free from that entire sacrificial system.

Hebrews 8 a new covenant, or the New Testament. He has made the first obsolete. That is the Old Testament that the sacrificial system. The lessons are still there for us. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

And that is again Paul telling the Jews to stop being Jews and is now start being Christians. That's what the Hebrew letter is all about heaven is out of the question.

If Jesus Christ is rejected. That is the teaching of the Scripture verse 39. So when the centurion who stood opposite him saw that he cried out like this and breathe his last, he said.

Truly this man was the son of God. None of the gospel writers say, and he died not in the gospel stories Paul and others was that us in the preaching, but that they don't because their data focused on know he really didn't die. He gave up the spirit kind of thing but Matthew 27. So when the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus. So evidently not only did the centurion come to this realization. Truly this man was a son of God with those Roman soldiers with him also took hold of this view, so he is speaking for the men. There was this revelation and we don't really we don't read about it again in the Bible because they're not the centerpiece of the story. That's one reason why and you know what happens to them is anybody's guess, but if you are reading this and you've not given your life to Christ, then what's gonna happen to you is more of an important question that what happened to them that they truly believe that the cross did it last order they go back to the Roman ways what's going to happen to you when you come and you listen to the gospel preached by by someone. Are you going to, you know, say wow that was pretty deep. I can see it and then go back UAs like it never happened quite challenging. Verse 40 now. There were also women looking on from afar, among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the less, and Josie's and Salome well is verse 41 will tell us and the other in Matthew. Also there were many women from Galilee. Earlier these women had been right up close to the cross, but they withdrew because it's just too painful to be that close to him in agony and so they move back far John chapter 19 gives us that they were vets were Jesus could say to Mary behold your son if she were far away wouldn't work. Many broken hearts were at the cross. On this day, and again everything happened so suddenly these women were told they loved and they provided for the Lord material is material needs, and there they were going about their business and they were told he's been arrested, and then within hours they crucified Mary the mother of James, a lesson Josie's. This distinguishes one Mary everybody was named Mary about a lot of Mary's going of some of the men were in a marriage there were the weather was a very common name and the James Alessa, son of Alpheus and Matthew. He's one of the apostles and that's his mom. There is so this is a lot of family was plugged into the ministry of Christ and here says in verse 41 also followed who followed him and ministered to him when he was in Galilee and many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem so the Galilean ministry was very more successful than the Judean that the Jerusalem ministry that these women they provided for his needs. They they gave money to him, they likely gave food shop for food prepared food from time to time a lot of activity going on their husbands would share in this, their husbands were very much a part of this also. Now I often read and in the commentators you know they all take a chance. Will the women were at the close of the men fled made this always.

Any chance they get the make those apostles were pad and seem like they take it. I'll share that view.

Just because it doesn't say they were there, doesn't mean they were not, and I'll get to why believe that moment, but the women could get away with standing there no muscular come and arrest them and crucify them the guys that a higher risk at this time and they knew that well the money that these ladies gave to the Lord for the ministry was kept in a box and Judas kept that box and of course the Lord knew that he was helping himself to what these women had offered him that worked against Judas but Peter when he writes to the church the persecuted church. He says I am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, we could write that if you were there. John will close out his gospel saying I eyesore all this happen.

We know John is there because he's addressed with.

If Peter somewhere in the crowd was there.

We have every reason to believe so were the other apostles. Maybe Thomas Thomas.

Thomas was in. Thank you Lord for man like Thomas in the Bible it was the missing man when everybody else was where they were supposed to be. Thomas was missing. I can identify with that because I know some of you well. This is the death unlike any other.

And even though it is common to us now because we sing about it. Read about it. Very knowledgeable men never become something that is boring to us now and not exciting everything to do with Christianity move thanks for tuning into cross reference radio for this study in the book of Mark cross reference radio is the teaching ministry of Pastor Rick Gaston of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville in Virginia to learn more information about this ministry. Visit our website cross reference what you there you'll find additional teachings from Pastor Rick. We encourage you to subscribe to our podcast.

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