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April 5, 2020 6:00 am
It's Sunday and the king has come to town folks like you are welcome to Salem Baptist Church this morning and were glad you joined us for this morning worship service that is a monologue written by a man, but I'm of Mason King. My job this morning is to introduce to you passion week and we have many plans for you this week is as we walk through this is a church together. This is what is known as passion week two Protestants, Catholics know this is as holy week, but it is the week leading up to and including the death and the resurrection of Jesus. We know more about what takes place in these eight days in the entire rest of Jesus life see more of his teachings and more of his actions in these eight days, that in all of Jesus life before this is a church we begin today to take a journey through passion week. Every day this week you go to see a video similar to one that you just saw outlining for us.
Some of what Jesus did some of what he said each day of the week you expected a video every day except for Saturday is the day of silence after Jesus death before the resurrection. Each of our pastors this week is a take turns teaching and leading us through this week and I would encourage you to dedicate this week to putting yourselves in the shoes of a person who might've been there to see Jesus to hear Jesus as deep as he is he tall as he is.
He healed as he walked through this last week here on this earth this past week asked the pastor to tell me in a short sentence. What's special about passion week. What's special about passion. We can hear some of the responses I got back.
First of all we celebrate during passion week. The reason for our hope. The reason for our hope nothing about first Peter chapter 1 verse three through five are we read these words.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to his great mercy he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead to an inheritance that is imperishable and undefiled and unfading, kept in heaven for you by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time folks. Jesus is our hope, and it is in this passion week that we celebrate that hope that he is to us also that hope that he gives us for the future. Also talked about was special during passion week we think about Jesus and his willful acceptance in the middle of extreme sorrow Jesus willful acceptance in the middle of extreme sorrow. Jesus willfully went to the cross, he willfully went to Jerusalem. In fact, we read in the Bible to Jesus after ministering for a while turned his face to Jerusalem. He was going to go guy. He went willfully but all throughout passion week. There's a tone of sorrow that carries through all the way through Jesus teachings and even his actions as he knows that his time on earth. This is coming to an end. But Jesus willfully accepts it. Also in thinking about what's special about passion week. I think about the final days that Jesus had with his close friends.
He has spent nearly 3 years with his disciples and other other close friends would've gathered around him and those in those three years and now he's at the end of that time Jesus told his disciples that he was going to go away and then it fully understand what he was talking about, but I got.
I can imagine that in this last week when Jesus is drawing them close to him that there feeling that the sorrow that he's got I think about that in this final days with his close friends. Also think about what makes passion week special you think about this appetizer we asked the question if you knew you were going to die if you knew you were going to die.
How would you spend your last days are your last hours or less minutes here on this earth, we see Jesus answer right here just in the way that he went about that last week he would about doing the things that were asked of him by God several years ago there was a country music singer who wrote a song entitled live like you were dying. His name is Tim McGraw is the writer of the song, and in this song. There's a man who is terminally ill. He knows he has a short time on this earth to live and and he chooses what he wants to do with his last days and farmer correctly did things like writable and see you try to sing the song my head right now I can't go, but he does have some pretty cool things with skydiving Rocky Mount climate 2.7 seconds on a Bonnet Fu Manchu I got there we go. Those are the ways that this man chose to live the rest of his life. Jesus knew what the end of his life is not look like he knew how much time he had on this earth, but he also chose intentionally to follow God and to pursue the kingdom of God. Pursue the things of God.
In this last week he chose to do the will of God. This passion week and then lastly as we think about what is special here for passion week with Eli. The song when I survey the wondrous Cross.
It demands my life my soul my all. When I really, truly take a look at the cross.
I realize that God deserves nothing less than everything that I had to give to you. Look at the last verse of the song when I survey the wondrous call across the last verse goes like this were the whole realm of nature mine was if I owned all of its that's still a present this far too small. Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all folks seeing the cross for what it really is and seeing the love of God as shown on the cross should produce in us a passion to serve God, a passion to pursue him a passion to follow him and whatever it is he calls us to do just like it did Jesus any time I speak to you I you I understand there that really at the end of the day. I have an audience of one, that I'm preaching for an audience that includes God I'm preaching to honor God. But understand that there's two other audiences to other groups of people that are probably listening to what I had to say. There's those who are believers who are followers of Jesus and those who are not, and I pray that those who are not do listen to what we got to say because we believe that we have an answer for life. Those who are following Jesus are typically growing closer to him all the time.
The longer they live their lives, the more they will grow to love God and the more they grow to appreciate the love that God has for them. Then there's those who watch our sermons.
They watch our services.
They sit here in the auditorium and the other skeptical about Jesus that they like the idea of Jesus. They like the idea of being a part of something is bigger than they are. They just wonder if Christianity is really worth pouring themselves into cannot tell you that passion week is the perfect time for both audiences.
The believer and the unbeliever alike to lay their religious preconceived notions aside and open up their eyes to the love that is nothing short of incomprehensible this week leading up to Easter is the perfect time to reorient our minds and reorient our hearts to see Jesus for who he really is. He is the one who is been sent by God to redeem a lost and doomed human race back to relationship with God. If you are a follower of Jesus, and you let him. God can use this passion week to draw you closer into relationship with him if you're not a follower of Jesus, and you have never repented of the sin that that keeps you apart from God keeps you apart from him in your written in a relationship with him.
They would you be willing this week to open up your eyes to see a God who loves you so much that he sent his only son to die on your behalf about John 316 is a verse that oftentimes we learn when we are Sunday school. Oftentimes, when you believers become believers is the first person they learn for God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life, known to break that down for sure just a couple moments to to remind believers of what happens is salvation to remind us of what we been given, but also to tell unbelievers those who may not have entered into relationship with Jesus become alike that you can have in Jesus.
The verse starts off and shows the motivation for love of the motivation for Jesus coming to this earth.
The motivation for Jesus coming to live and die and be buried and raised from the dead right there is the motivation God so loved the world folks God loves you.
He always has, and he always will. And nothing will ever change that. We read in Romans chapter 8 and there is nothing they can separate us from the love of God. Nothing in this world. However, when we were born we were born of the problem we were born separated from God because of our sin because God is a holy God because his standard for relationship with him is holiness on our part, we can't have a relationship with God. Unless something or someone pays the price for our sin. The penalty for sin is death, something or someone has to die in order for us to have that relationship with God in order for us our sins to be taken care off. And that's why Jesus came to this earth. Romans chapter 5 verse eight says that God demonstrates his own love towards us in that while we were still sinners pillars while we were still cast off from him. He sent his son Jesus into this world and Christ died for us. This also were. This next phrase comes in right here. John 316 starts for God so loved the world that he continues that he gave his only son, God sent Jesus to be the sacrifice to die in my place as will some people call a scandalous love word scandalous is an adjective and it means disgracefully shameful, shocking, improper, defamatory, we say that God's love is scandalous because it defies nature. I think about this God son Jesus is sent to this earth to die a horribly torturous death for something that he had new effect. He lived a perfect life. He didn't deserve that kind of death he didn't deserve to be sent here to this earth. This love is scandalous because it moves outside the realm of what is natural. It moves outside the realm of what is expected. If you really think about it, you'll be able to think of a time in your life in which you did something that was outside the realm of what is normal because you love someone, it might be of use. This illustration before, but it might be that you spent a whole lot more money on a date then you should have because you want to show that person is you cared for them right or or maybe you defied what your parents said was acceptable to be with the person that you love or maybe what you did for this other person was totally irrational and could barely even been illegal, but it was absolutely nuts, but you did it because of the law that you had for that person that scandalous love God takes it to a whole other level by sending Jesus to this earth to die in my place for the sin that I had committed, why would he do that because God loves me. He always has, and he always will, folks.
God loves you. He always has any always will even loves us to the point of sending Jesus to this earth to die on our behalf. Continue reading that whoever believes in him.
Whoever believes in Jesus should not perish but have eternal life. That phrase it is because of the end of John 316 is a word that is important for everyone on this earth to understand.
You see the word there perish. Now we hear that word and we think immediately that it means death.
Right, but that this has so much more meaning than simple death. Everyone knows they're going to die physically.
Sunday that that doesn't change for anyone of this world, everyone is going to die a physical death Sunday, but not everyone knows that if they are not in a relationship with Jesus Christ. They will perish to parish means not only to die a physical death but would a person perishes they are dying the ultimate death. This death is one that condemns them to eternity, cut off from God in a place called hell. But listen, there is an antidote to this to keep this perishing from happening sometimes are people who are so allergic to something that the gotta keep in their possession and EpiPen and EpiPen is a needle that is always ready with the necessary ingredients to help keep you from dying.
If you have an allergic reaction. There is an EpiPen of sorts to keep a person from perishing. It is found right here in this verse that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. That's the EpiPen testing antidote to perishing is to believe in Jesus and when we do, the Bible promises that we will have eternal life in the Bible, we sometimes see this worded this idea of believing in Jesus and maybe you've heard that phrase before you wonder if it was that mean or maybe you've you've accepted Jesus as your Savior still wonder what it will resent me to truly believe in Jesus to believe goes deeper than just having a head knowledge that something is true. In fact, in order to truly believe you have to fully commit yourself to whatever it is that you're bleeding is an example of her to put this way deposits are walking along the path and you come to a bridge which crosses a deep canyon, you might look at it and believe that it would hold you and you might even see other people walking across and so you know that would hold your weight, but so far your belief in the bridge is only in your head.
When do you really believe the bridge will hold you. You only really believe it when you are willing to commit your life to it and actually walk across believing in Jesus is not just a head knowledge that Jesus is the son of God, the Bible says the demons believe that Jesus is the son of God, but they know that he is the son of God. They met the head knowledge is a son of God truly believing in Jesus means surrendering your entire life to him you turn away from your sin and you tell Jesus you say here I am. I am yours. You do whatever you all of my life for some of you there may have never been a time in your life and what you did that in which you surrendered your life to Jesus for the others of you are listening and watching right now, there has been a time in your life in which you have surrendered to Jesus, but maybe along the way you forgotten what it means to believe in Jesus to take all of who you are and put it down at the feet of Jesus say I'm yours.
I'm willing to do whatever it is you want me to do. Surrendering completely to you the facts.
Maybe your life looks a whole lot more like one that is surrendered to yourself that surrendered to Jesus for every single person every single one of us believer and unbeliever alike. There is no way to have eternal life in a relationship with God except through believing in Jesus surrendering our lives to him that. Here's why I tell you all of this is because passion week is an opportunity for both the believer and the unbeliever alike to revisit the most important question that anyone of this world will ever answer.
Here's the question. Where will I spend eternity after I die. Where will I spend eternity after I die. Then, once we've asked that question. Once we've visited dad thought about it, wrestled with it and knowing that there's nothing that we can do to save ourselves. We look to Jesus and what he accomplished during passion week and we rest in the fact that he alone can save us more than anything else. I wanted to take today and challenge us to be serious about passion week to really wrestle with what were the things that Jesus said over the things that Jesus did. What happened to Jesus. What did God do to bring victory to mankind. Jesus said in and did a whole lot of things to restore us to relationship to God is my challenge for us this week. I will for us to pour ourselves into understanding, passion week started a few moments ago when you saw the monologue about the triumphal entry Jesus comes into Jerusalem. He's ministered for the last few years all around the nation of Israel is visited Jerusalem a couple of times but this is the first time he's really common spit in it spit amount of time there is coming in. He's being heralded as the King of the Jews.
Hosanna, these people that are screaming out that they want him to be their king. Just a few days later are screaming crucify him, crucify why that's what I want us to this the kind of thing but I want us to learn to lean into this week during passion week. Here's how it challenge you to go about this every day to post a video near the Seattle social media.
You may see it on our website you'll see it through an email that comes out to you as one of our pastors teaching about passion week teaching about What Took Pl. in Jesus life that day. Some the things that he had to say these other things going on in the background which you watch that is given some scripture that comes along with that for you to read. Here's what's going on this day of passion week support yourselves into the Scripture and in this Friday night. You know you see a video throughout the day before Friday night at 7 o'clock. I want you to tune into the live stream acetyl Facebook see it on our website will send you a link or email. I want you to tune in at 7 o'clock on Friday night for many Good Friday service will you be challenged to be challenged to fast from Friday night to Sunday morning at time of silence from God that time were Jesus is dead. His body is dead. Then on Sunday morning at 6:30 AM.
Join us for a live stream at 630. We are going to proclaim in order to celebrate that we have life because Jesus is alive and then catch this next Sunday morning instead of a service at 1045 02 student 930 right front Easter service right here from our auditorium. In closing, I want to ask a question is a question is often asked why would Jesus do this, why would he come subject himself to the torturous death that he died while he come to this earth. The way that he did. I think the answer is found in Luke chapter 19 in verse 10 Jesus has just brought salvation to a sinner, a lost person by the name of Zakia's Jesus finishes that, and here's what he has to say. He says the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which is lost. That's why Jesus came. That's why he subjected himself to this earth to the death that he died he came to seek out and save the human race. There was in desperate need of salvation church this week. Let's pour ourselves into these final days of Jesus life, let's learn him like we haven't before. In the next Sunday.
Let's celebrate the fact that he has come to give us life to pray with me of father we thank you for the opportunity we have. To learn more about you. Father, we knew we thank you for that one verse that with arguably the most famous verse in the entire Bible. John 316 for we thank you for the love that you have for us. This sent Jesus to this earth, so the father we would not perish, but that we would have eternal life. Father may this be a week that is impactful for us. Father, we grow closer to you than ever before. Father, there's people who work there who come across you this week who experience Jesus who learn more about them and they realize that they never entered into a relationship with Jesus. With this be the week that that takes place of father. We love you. Thank you for loving us and it's in Jesus holy and precious name I pray, amen