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April 11, 2022 8:00 am
Was the cross listen to Adrian Rogers? Why Jesus had to die. What was the purpose of his passion to learn that Calvary was not only the first greatest tragedy but it was God's greatest trial. There was a purpose in all of this, God had a reason for his motorbike. The reason that was so deep but so great that your destiny and my destiny is wrapped up in it. Welcome to love featuring the real truth never change is found in the teaching and Roger this time of year we have the humbling opportunity to revisit the cross of Christ.
The only hope of our salvation. It's a good time to remind ourselves why Jesus was crucified and 700 years before Jesus suffered and died upon the cross for our sins. The purpose of his passion was prophesied in Isaiah 53.
If you have your Bible turn there in the Old Testament to Isaiah 53 will begin in verse four as Adrian Rogers explains the purpose of his passion to get Isaiah chapter 53, and then moved to the New Testament to say what the prophet was talking about in Isaiah chapter 53. In a moment. We have a look at verses five and six, 700 years 700 years before Jesus Christ in the flesh, walk the dusty shores of Galilee, 700 years before that the prophet Isaiah dipped his pen in golden glory and wrote some amazing words that have an effect on us.
Here Isaiah chapter 53 verse four. Surely if one our greatness 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. All we like sheep have gone astray when turned everyone to his own way and the Lord hath laid all him the iniquity of us all met with that in mind I want you to fast-forward in the Bible all the way to the book of first Peter chapter 3 and verse 18 and I want us to look at this verse that basks in the light of the prophecy of Isaiah so long again.
First Peter chapter 3 verse 18 for Christ also hath once suffered for sins, but just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God. There is folks. Christ also hath once suffered for sin but just for the unjust. All we like sheep going astray. We turned everyone to his own way and the Lord hath laid on him on Jesus, the iniquity of us all. There is enough gospel dynamite in those verse six if ignited by the spark of faith below the sand. The hatred the discouragement the confusion out of any harm and give a hope that is steadfast and sure were talking this morning on the purpose of his passion. Why did Jesus Christ died upon that cross the greatest tragedy, the world ever knew took place on an ugly hill just outside the ancient city of Jerusalem where the son of God hung up on the cross were darkness bailed glowing face of the sun when it was an earthquake and the earth shook and trembled on the rocks split where Satan and the dark forces of hell were battering against the very gates of glory. Jesus in agony and blood was dying.
Now the question comes why the cross.
Why did Jesus have to die. After all, is, and got a God of love listen.all-powerful loving God wanted to forgive sin.
Why couldn't God just say are you sorry for your sin okay I forgive you? Why did Jesus have to die what was the purpose of his passion to learn that Calvary was not only the Earth's greatest tragedy but it was God's greatest trial. There was a purpose in all of this, God had a reason for as matter fact a reason that was so deep and so great that your destiny in my destiny is wrapped up in it one more time I turn your attention to first Peter chapter 3 verse 18 for Christ also hath once suffered for sin but just for the jobs now only several thoughts on your heart this morning. The first is this the substitutionary purpose of the cross, get it down if you understand that the purpose of the cross was a substitution for us that you missed the whole thing.
Christ also hath once suffered for sin but just for the unjust, that is he the just 1 Took Our Pl. We the unjust.
He died for us. He died instead of us. Jesus Christ did not die as a martyr. It was not a helpless victim. He said no man take of my life for me. I lay down myself. Jesus Christ die as an example, though it was the greatest example of sacrifice. The world is ever known. That was not the major purpose of his day.
Jesus upon that cross died as a substitute now look at what Peter said God is just the just what does that mean he is perfectly, totally, completely righteous and holy is jobs not being just taken out of Lexington if you were to go through all of the dictionaries in the lectionary's of the world upon one word that would describe God what you think that word would be most people would say well, that word would be love money is love these infinite love, matchless love, indescribable fathomless love hears love amazing love. But if you were to find one word. Of course no one would know all the words can describe God. But if you had to be reduced to one word it would be the word holy holy God is holy, holy, holy, holy is the Lord God of hosts, God is calling me. It means that God is the complete other the complete antithesis of sin. God, being so holy.
His holiness burns against sin is holiness says that sin is a clenched fist in his face. Sin is a repudiation of all that God is God is holding he is just one way they unjust. If you would take one word that would describe man by nature. Just one word it would have been Lord said sin. We are the unjust, the just for the unjust, so here's a holy God. And here is sinful man man is the complete other the antithesis of God.
All have sinned and come short of the glory of God the glory of God is, is holiness. Our condition is that we have sin and come short of the door got that as you read the newspaper today or any day you read about murder. You will read about the rape you read about the homosexual marriage you will read about corporate scandal. You will read about insider trading. You will read about terrorism. You worry about all of these things, but I doubt today's newspaper you find the word sin.
Use 1 quart seven years. We like the idea of sin.
Man may be ill but is not evil of man may be weak but is not wicked will like the word sin but friend.
The problem is sin SI in all the sin and come short of the book God.
So here's the problem. God is holy. He is the just, we are unholy we are the unjust. Now God has a problem if we could speak respectfully about God having a problem. How could God, a holy God punished Santa let the Senate the same time. That's the problem.
Well, the problem is solved by Calvary. God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself.
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Heaven comes to earth, but the doctor himself makes the patient well by taking the patient's sickness he dies, the just for the unjust.
This time the judge not only adjudicates the criminal guilty but then the judge stepped from behind the bench goes out and stands in the place of the accused and takes the punishment upon himself the just for the unjust, you'll never understand the cross.
They understand the principle of substitution. Jesus Christ died for us.
Now God cannot just overlook sin if God were to simply overlook sin. God would not be just I told you before the same court of law. When a guilty man is acquitted, the judge's condition.
If God would just say my love allows that sin to go unpunished been gone though some might call him loving would be unjust God would be unholy, he would topple from his throne of holiness, God himself would have broken his own law that says the wages of sin is death. The soul that Senate it will surely die.
No, God must be just God cannot merely overlook sin, but God is a God of infinite love.
So God allowed his son the Lord Jesus Christ dictate that sin upon himself and go to the cross.
Therefore, the cross is not an accident is not incident it is not an afterthought. The Bible teaches that the cross was in the heart and mind of God before the world was ever frame putting Marge in Revelation chapter 13 verse eight. The Bible speaks there of Jesus as the Lamb slain before the foundation of the earth before God. Frame this universe before God flung out the sun, moon and stars scooped out the oceans and heat up the mountains before you were born God saw the cross. Jesus Christ was born in the shot of the cross.
If you open this book, the Bible and beginning the very first book of the Bible you're going to find there is the cross is pictured, prophesied, portrayed, when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, and they tried to hide their shame with fig leaves. What did God do God closed them with coats of skin animal skin well when you flay an animal when your skin animal.
There is shed blood. That's not incident that's put there in the garden of Eden to teach us that we need a covering for Shane and that covering cannot come apart from shed blood. Hebrews chapter 9 and verse 22 tells us without shedding of blood is no remission. There is a river of blood that begins in the book of Genesis we see that Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain and Abel. The two sons came to make a sacrifice to God. One son was a keeper of the flocks. The other son was a fun Cain tried offer to God. Fruits and vegetables. The fruit of the ground.
But God said, cursed is the ground and here he is offering to God the works of his own hands. It may have been beautiful. It may have looked like a county fair fruits and flowers and vegetables. The Bible said got in the respect that often spend this time able. The other son took the firstlings of the flock Lamb and soon the Lamb and offer that to God and the Bible says God had respect to Abel's offering, why was this without shedding of blood is no remission. God destroyed the world with a flood. God saved Noah and seven others within, and they came out of the ark. What's the first thing that Noah did when he came out of that arc into a new world.
He offered a blood sacrifice upon an older why the red river is flowing without shedding of blood is no remission. God takes the first Hebrew's name is Abraham and God calls Abraham out of the paganism and God reveals himself to Abraham and God's is Abraham I'm going to give your son so that son all the nations of the world will be blessed Abraham's son. My wife is dead. God said these are some of miracle I'm ready give you a miracle. Some Isaac and then when he was a young strapping boy God said to Abraham.
Abraham Abraham take Isaac taking to a place I will show you very certain place and offer them up there. A burnt sacrifice, shed his blood.
Abraham can believe, but he knows if God wants him to do this we must believe because Todd will raise him from the dead.
Because God is made a promise.
No one Abraham is called the father of the faithful Abraham took Isaac to Mount Moriah as we'll see later on became Mount Calvary, and when Abraham was about to plunge the knife into the quivering bosom of his own dear son. He hears a voice from heaven saying Abraham hold your hand don't kill the lad don't do it, look over here Abraham and Abraham sees over here around with his horns caught in the thick a RAM if you will crown with bones and God's is Abraham offer that ran in the place of your son Isaac is unbound.
The RAM is slain.
What is this I gained he is talking about sacrifice any showing Abraham without shedding of blood is no remission and so here an innocent animal dies in the place of Isaac. This red river blood continues to flow into each.
The people of Abraham to become a nation. The slaves in Egypt.
God is going to deliver them from Egypt and they getting ready to go and make an excellent us out of Egypt, and God says to Moses. Moses tell the people to take a lamb and kill that lamb and put the blood out that lamb upon the doorpost of the house because Abraham this night in the land of Egypt by death Angel my angel of vengeance is going to come through the land and he's going to be looking for houses that have the blood of the doorpost. Moses said the angel is going to see the blood, and God says if he sees the blood he will pass over that house. It's the Jews have a feast goal pass over because when I see the blood, I will pass over you. An innocent lamb is kill. The blood is put upon the doorpost of the house now had they put diamonds and rubies. It would've been a good head. They put poetry and sentiment rather than sacrifice.
It would have been no good. Had they taken alive, spotless lamb and tied alive Lamb that the doorpost it would've done no good when I see the blood, I will pass over you. People talk about Jesus as the example no friend. He is the same salvation does not come by learning lessons from the life of Christ, but by receiving life from the death of Christ. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. This red river of blood is flowing to the Bible, the Jews continued every Passover to make a sacrifice of the spotless lamb that river of blood begins to widen and you have all of the Levitical laws and all of the sacrifices there in the book of Leviticus. Every smoking altar is telling us a story without shedding of blood is no remission of sin. One day John the Baptist standing by Jordan baptizing people looked up and saw the very son of God coming the Lord Jesus Christ.
John said, behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world, pointing to Jesus Christ, who was the fulfillment of all of these types and shadows.
Hebrews chapter 10 verse one tells us that all of these sacrifices in the Old Testament, beginning with the coats of skin vitamin E and going all the way through all were only a shot. Know what is a shadow shadow is an outline that has no detail and no color. All of these were shadows pointing toward reality. You see, my body is casting a shadow upon the stage now is not the shadow that really matters, it's the body that counts.
It is the Lord Jesus Christ. All of these things were just getting people ready for Jesus to come. What God was doing was conditioning his people for Calvary what he was showing them by the shed blood of these innocent animals is without shedding of blood is no remission. The wages of sin is death the soul the Senate it must surely die. Sin means that sin means death. Sin means death is a conditioned response in the Old Testament to one of these days, the Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus Christ was the fulfillment of all of this came and John said, behold the Lamb of God that take away the sin of the world and he died just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God. That's what it is all about. My friend that there is the substitutionary purpose of the gospel and so the Lord Jesus Christ hung his head and died there on the day when the Passover lamb for being slain on Passover, Jesus died because he was the fulfillment barrel that same limestone ridge where those priests were putting to Bethel's will, innocent lambs, the Lamb of God, the son of God was there where all that same limestone ridge Mount Moriah were so long ago, God told Abraham, God will provide himself the lamb. Jesus said Abraham saw my day.
It was Glenn. That's what Abraham Saul Mount Moriah so long ago Jesus dying in agony and glad when Jesus Christ died upon the cross, he said it's done.
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