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A Ransom for Many

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December 18, 2021 12:00 am

A Ransom for Many

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December 18, 2021 12:00 am

Jesus Christ has made you completely acceptable to God.

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Welcome to this weekend. Intense podcast with child and family.

Today's program continues preparing to celebrate the birth by looking at how the baby born in the manger elect to be the ransom for many years prior to have why Jesus came.

This is the second series of messages on why Jesus came and if you'll turn to Matthew chapter 20 was to read two verses and we will depart from these two verses and start in Genesis and show you one of the most important reasons Jesus came. In fact of all the reasons it is the ultimate reason for which he came. So in this particular passage, Jesus is talking to his disciples about requests that one of their mothers that made and that she wanted her sons to be able to sit on his right hand of the kingdom and so this brought up the subject of a having a servant spirit and so he says in verse 27 of Matthew 20 and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant, even as the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. A ransom is a substitute for something else and what he's saying is that he came as a substitute for a minute not to preach, not to teach, not to heal all those things were part of his ministry he came to die for you and for me, and again, let's go all the way back to Genesis chapter 3 of you will. And if you just turn with me to these pastors and get your pencil paper and jot down these verses. It will be far more meaningful to you to do that and simpler to listen without doing so. Let's begin with the problem started God's perfect creation. The problem developed in Genesis chapter 3 in verse six when the Bible says that he took of the fruit thereof of the tree eight and gave it to her husband, and he ate the result of that was of course that sin entered the world and sin separated God for man immediately. In verse 15 God came to Adam and Eve and all to them. A word of promise, though he gave this word of promise to them, but he has spoken a word to Satan when he said verse 15, I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed woman doesn't have a seed it shall bruise thy head, and thou shall bruise his heel.

That is, here is the first implication here of the virgin birth of Jesus Christ that if you'll notice in verse 23. Here is the result of their sin. Therefore the Lord God sent them forth from the garden of Eden to till the ground from whence he was taken.

Verse 21 says on the Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them who made the coats of skin. God did. Now, with that in mind I want you to see that in the very beginning when man's sin. The first time God as soon the responsibility for the covering a man's sin, and he killed some animal in the garden in order to make skins for Adam and Eve. Well, you go on through Genesis that you recall that when Abraham was to offer Isaac on Mount Moriah.

Isaac asked him the question.

He says we have the wood.

Where is the land, and you recall what Abraham said. Abraham said my son, God will provide the lamb that you turn the Exodus chapter 12 and let me give you a description of something here because all of this is very essential to fully understanding what happened the night Jesus Christ was born and why things are and were as they were in the 12 chapter Jeanetta of Exodus, you recall the nation of Israel.

Then the tribe of Jacob. The family Jacob.

Having grown from 72 somewhere that when 1,000,000 1/2 and possibly 3 million people here they are in Egyptian bondage now about to be released and God says to them choose a spotless blemish list lamb and you to kill it and sacrifice it. It is the blood that will be your protection and your salvation in this not a judgment and your symbol of deliverance out of Egyptian bondage into a life of freedom on your way to the promised land, so that in the Old Testament, those Old Testament saints new the meaning of a covenant and they knew the meaning of sacrifice, and they knew the meaning of the blood and God said to them, in every generation, hereafter you are to practice this because this was the Passover as they shed the blood in the death Angel Passover. All those who are in the house of a blood touched mental were safe.

Now with that in mind, and the people of God, knowing that we will not be you will to Isaiah chapter 53, and you recall, in this chapter that here is a picture that God gave to Isaiah of the Messiah. He says in verse three he is despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid as it were our faces from him.

He was despised, and we esteemed him not.

You recall verse four what he says.

Surely he has borne our grief's, and carried our sorrows, yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed. And if you notice in verse seven he was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth.

He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth that you recall for just a moment how Jesus stood before Pilate and in the days of his trial. He never defended himself. He said he was smitten and they hit him with a rod they spit in his face. They crowned him with thorns. They beat upon them, and finally they crucified.

He was a man smitten bearing our transgressions and our iniquities, and if you notice what he says that he was led as a lamb to the slaughter as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so open he not his mouth is what I want you to see the lamb was the picture of sacrifice all the Old Testament when Isaiah prophesied God giving him the vision of the Christ of the Messiah. Had he picture him not as those the days which Jesus Christ came picture the Messiah. He's not pictured here some commanding general of this tremendous army behind it. He's not considered as a military genius of some military strategist.

He's pictured not as a keying not as a warrior, not as a great leader of mankind, and he's pictured as a lamb is brought before it shearers and as a sheep before her shearers a lamb before the slaughter, so will come the one who will bear your transgressions so you will not have to bear the one he will bear your iniquities so you will not have to bear the one who will carry your guilt who will provide for your pardon. Who will pay the paralytic who will be the ransom and the substitute for your sin.

He is a lamb slain before the shearers and before the slaughter that when you look at that passage and you begin to see that all the Old Testament over and over and over again. You remember the times and how often God spoke to them very precisely about the sacrificial offering because you see God intended to portray and to picture and to describe the nation of Israel from the very beginning that there Messiah would come in the form in a fashion that they would look forward and when he came you recall when he began to talk about the way he would accomplish God's will. They could not accept with your eternal over to John chapter 1 for just a moment and you recall when Jesus shows up, having been born of Marinette of Joseph and Mary when he comes upon the scene. The 29th of verse of John chapter 1 you'll notice in this particular passage in verse 29 how John the Baptist who was his cousin identifies Jesus when he shows up on the see the river Jordan the next day John sees Jesus coming on the him and says, behold, listen, listen, John the Baptist is the last of the Old Testament prophets. The first of the New Testament prophets, Jesus Christ, was his cousin listen to what John said the next thing he says behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

This is he of whom I said, after me cometh a man who is preferred before me for listen listen he was before me. John the Baptist, the first of the New Testament prophets. The last of the Old Testament prophets, God gave him the understanding that Jesus Christ that Jesus his cousin was not just his cousin that Jesus Christ, the son of God was God's foreordained pre-destined lamb to be slain before the world because of the sins of mankind, and therefore when he saw on that day, he didn't say here comes your king, though he knew he would be a key heating say here comes your principal. He knew he would be a prince. He didn't simply say here comes your Savior, though he knew he would be their Savior heating say behold the deliver of Israel he said, behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world because John the Baptist knew that the Messiah was to be in the form of a lamb and through God's great wisdom he would confound the wisdom of the mighty, he would confound the wisdom of the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and even though they understood much of the Scriptures of the Old Testament, they could not understand how the Christ could at the same time be undying Messiah. It didn't open it so Jesus is beginning to break the news to them. He says I'm going to be a substitute watchlist. I'm going to be a substitute in order that you will not have to design your sin. I'm going to take you iniquities your transgressions your burdens and your griefs upon me.

If you recall in Luke chapter 19 a little passage here that most of us learned as kids we can understand the meaning of it.

We understood about Zacchaeus was a short little fellow who couldn't see Jesus when the big crowd came along. They climbed up in the Sycamore tree and Jesus came by and he says when Jesus looked up in verse five he said to make haste, and come down for the day. I must abide in the house in verse 10 says Jesus saying to him, the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which is lost and then back if you will to first Timothy what Paul is saying to Timothy here, reminding them of this.

He says in verse 15.

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation. He said this thing is worthy of the acceptance of every man everywhere on the every condition that Christ Jesus came into the world for the purpose of saving sinners, of whom he says MG not only is the whole Old Testament, the prophecy of the coming of the Messiah, who is the Lamb. But likewise, Jesus said I am come to give my life a ransom for many. I come to seek and to save that which is lost. Jesus Christ came in the form of a gentle lamb in order to lay down his life for you and me that our sins might be forgiven. We may be part of the molar iniquity we may understand what it means to be in Christ Jesus clothing the righteousness of Jesus Christ and becoming joint heirs with him for all eternity knighted with that in mind, I want us to go to the Bethlehem seam adjustable here is the Lord Jesus Christ, who has been born not of Joseph.

The Bible says, but of merit. Let me show you why, because here in the Bethlehem scene, we see this will be come up in the arms of Marion lying in the manger. You see something if we understand the scene as it really is. I want you to see how perfectly, precisely, exactly. God does everything the reason I want you to say that is because not only will he do it exactly and precisely in the things he does the Bible he most of the very same thing with you and I met you last Sunday about what he says in Galatians chapter 4 in the fullness of God's time.

He sent forth his only begotten son, born of woman, born under the law, God sent history and motion politics and social life. The religious life. The men in places of authority. The languages everything fit into a perfect group to fit God's perfect timing for the coming of Jesus Christ will we talked and we make diverse sentimentality out about the birth of Jesus Christ. The Mary and Joseph came to the end and not on the indoor and you know that response. Sorry no room and so we know the story that they went out in the cave somewhere where the cows and sheep and everything else was there.

Whatever was there anyway so it was the place to be born. That is, unless you were born I Lamb, and if you were born, the Lamb, you would be born in a motel, you'd be born in a stable somewhere amen.

So you see God in making a mistake when Jesus Christ was born that night in Bethlehem, shepherds Mary chose it. But what is that she held in her arms.

She held a land she held the Lamb of God in her arms. God said to Moses, hundreds of years before a Little Lamb, without spot and without blemish has to be perfect you to cut his throat shed the blood. Place the ball the doorpost of minerals that will be your salvation. That will be your deliverance that will be your Exodus that'll be your friend next door to freedom. When you walk into walls of blood covered on the top of the blood of the Lamb. God precisely and exactly minutely in perfect detail has governed and guided and controlled every single facet of the redemption plan whereby you in 2000 years later can be saved by his grace or what happened there at the manger scene. Mary gave birth to a little lamb that was conceived by the Holy Spirit living Gunnison the same Holy Spirit who with Jesus and the father created this world and made man so the what happened that night was that the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world was born in a stable, where lambs ought to be born well you think about all that realize that when you look at that say, let me just say this thing. I don't know how to say this but just out of my heart. I believe the time has come for God's people to start thinking about Christmas that would all be thought about. This is the Jesus to this is the birthday of the Messiah. This is the birthday of Christ.

This is the birthday of the son of God. That night a little lamb predestined before the first lamb was ever even made before the first lamb was ever even name before the first square inch of this earth was ever thought them to be before this globe was hung in space God foreordained that night. The little lamb would be born, and that Lamb would be the pivotal point of all of history and the point of worship for all mankind. God walking in the flesh on this earth, and he came. I printed dive for you. The Lamb came and died so that you wouldn't have to die in your sin, but rather that the gift of everlasting life might be yours. The moment you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior by personal faith in him. Let me ask you a question.

If the sovereign, omniscient, all-knowing God exercised his omnipotence over ages of time controlling men who did not even know existed controlling languages and nations controlling every facet of human life in order to bring Jesus to the very year prophesied hundreds of years before the prophet Daniel to come to the cross and died for your sins and if he himself said on the rents and that's come to take your place. The only substitute acceptable before God, would you not agree. My friend that for you one day to stand before God and tell him that you want to be accepted on the basis of how good you've been, wouldn't you agree that is the epitome of pride and arrogance is the Christmas is about a Lamb coming up on which the sins of mankind was placed and at Calvary. He became your ransom in mind that you and I may be freed and delivered for eternity and I will ask you my friend. If you've never accepted Jesus Christ. Listen, there's only one way and that's why we read for God so love that he gave his only begotten son, the Lamb, that whosoever believe in him should not perish but have everlasting thank you for listening to a ransom for many.

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