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His Crowning Miracle

David Wright


David Wright

Lead/Senior Pastor, Hendersonville SDA Church


  • April 4, 2015
    11:30 AM
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You know there's an importance to context have you ever noticed that not terribly often but maybe 2 days a month Elizabeth heads off to work and she leaves me with all 4 children so it's appropriate that you here crying right now because that's kind of how the day can go. But as a father I get to see exactly firsthand what Lizabeth goes through day after day. But we get by we get the breakfast we get the diapers changed we're trying to keep things cleaned we get them change other jammies into their code play clothes for the day and if it's warm we send them outside Thank goodness for warm days right parents. But it's gone beyond me every time as it rolls around I don't know should get home around 334430 just depends on the day the house started out different that it ends up at that time of the day there's toys everywhere there's cushions off of the couch there's the kitchen table hasn't been wiped down I'm pretty sure I asked somebody to do this there's their dishes in the sink the place is just a mess and then there's the phone call I'm not as sophisticated as you didn't can you tell me back there around those 2 way that incorporate this part of the thing. I didn't know you grew up with Gordon Cloke Oh by the way. I'm on my way home now she does that for good reason. If you haven't noticed Elizabeth is very smart and the reason is Judgment is coming. Ha Ha Ha here come you know. OK I gotta go. Click. Oh I hands on everybody clean up crew met you begin to be close learn do this man where is my you have come your mother who are we going to pick is over we have about what 23rd. We get a lot done. In 20 minutes. And then we run to greet mama I'm trying not to be out of breath at this point I smile put on my best smile and tell her hello we're so glad you're here the whole thing and then she does a walk through of the house. And she's been known to say at times what happened to this place it's a Rukh to which I think to myself if you only knew. What this house in the form of a wreck routinely looks like one of these days she may not call me and find out but if she knows better she knows that that's a 20 minute she doesn't want to let go the importance of context had she seen the house earlier that day I would say this house looks amazing right course in her mind the context is how she left death mourning but my point being context is crucial without context we really have no idea of what's really happening and why this is happening and the outcomes the Olympics are a prime example of this they really wised up instead of just showing you the events as they happen what do they do in between well there's always commercials. They give you little interviews and share with you what this individual has gone through has as you know as happened in their life and then they trained since they were 3 years old and then they broke their leg and they said they'd never make it to the Olympics and all these things to where by the end what are you doing. Just crying and then maybe they're expected to win gold or something and when they do you're just elated and somebody else walks in they haven't seen that little. Period of their life and they say they want to go and actually is hoping for the other guy what it's the context that now makes the race have some significant meaning and so this weekend around the world people are remembering a big event. The resurrection of Jesus Christ yet void of context it really lacks the punch yes it is crucial but I want to go back and understand some statements that help us understand why it's so crucial so is more I want to look at 3 statements are all well known statements that Jesus made to his father in the final moments and you know them all very well the 1st we're going to look at is my God my God finish it why you for saying you've heard that Matthew 27 verse 36 the 2nd one we sang about it good and the 3rd one the last words you spoke to his father Father into your hands I commit my spirit Luke 2346 but we before we focus on these 3 final statements of Jesus from the cross at the end of his life when we look at the background that immediately preceded those 3 declarations you may recall the old sanctuary service. When an individual sand in Israel they would bring an animal into the court of the sanctuary they would place their hand upon the head of the animal whether it was a lamb or a goat or any other type of animal and they would confess their sin onto the head of that animal thus transferring their sin from themselves to the animal and notice all of this transference took place while the animal was yet a lot of the animal bore the sin of the sinner and then of course the animal was slain now it's significant that sin was placed on the head of the animal the head is where our brain is it's where our thinking and our reasoning and our feelings occur now I want us to visit the events that took place immediately before the cross so now as we think of the Cross tells the whole story but the events that lead up to the cross are just as important as yours is hanging on the cross of Calvary So let's visit now the garden of guess 70 when we think of Jesus burying the sins of the world we think of the cross but actually the sins of the world were penned placed on Jesus not at the cross but at the Garden of get them any Torah me if you will the Matthew Gospel of Matthew chapter $26.00 and verse 38 Matthew chapter 26 and verse 38. And there we read then he Jesus said to them his disciples my soul is exceedingly sorrowful even unto death stay here and watch with me. Notice something in this verse there is a direct correlation between sorrow and death Jesus said My soul is exceedingly sorry for even unto death let me suggest this morning that it will be his sorrow that will ultimately lead to his death. Now in hard times we usually look for support only from family from close friends from our church family maybe even from coworkers that you're close with or some neighbors the only thing worse than going through a time of crisis is to go through that time of crisis alone friends Jesus was very much alone those he came to say would soon cry out crucify the disciples who Jesus begged to pray with him in the garden fell asleep Judas whom Jesus called his friend betrays his Lord Peter denies him eventually using vulgar language to convince I don't know that man and in the garden the disciples would all flee and that's why we're told in Isaiah 63 Verse 3 that Jesus tread the wine press alone and none were with him if you stop and think Jesus was crucified outside the camp outside of Jerusalem where felons and murders were persecuted and it was there that he tread the wine presses alone bearing the penalty that should have fallen on the sinner he was very much alone and none was with him he had no earthly support. As Jesus hung on the cross it seem like even his father forsook him because he cried my father my father why have you forsaken me so we can feel the support of his father let's follow Jesus little closer in the garden Matthew $26.00 speaks about a cup that Jesus was going to drink 3 times he is uttered a prayer of anguish to his father look at Matthew $26.00 verse $39.00 we are told he will further and fell on his face and prayed saying oh my father you could hear the passion in his voice My father if it be possible let this cup pass from me nevertheless not as I will but as you will and they were told in verse 42 that Jesus prayed the same prayer again and it says there again a 2nd time he prayed Oh my father if this cup cannot pass from me unless I drink it notice he had to drink what was in the cup your will be done and they were told in verse $44.00 so he left them went away again and prayed the 3rd time saying the same words 3 times he is crying out in anguish to his father to take away the cup if it is possible but of course the question we are left asking is what is in the cup that was so difficult to drink the word for cup to use there is the same word used in Revelation 1619 where we are told that Babylon will drink of the wine of the fierceness of God in the Cup So what was in the cup was the wine of God's wrath and the question is who gave Jesus that cup with the wine. John 1811 tells us this is when Peter took out his sword you about to cut off the ear of the servant and Jesus said so Jesus said to Peter put your sword in to achieve shall I not drink of the cup which my father has given me the cup was given to him by his father to drink of the wine of the wrath of God Isaiah 53 Verse 6 says all we all of us like sheep have gone astray we have turned every one to his own way and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all who laid it upon him the Lord the father laid on Him the iniquity of all of us that's why Jesus suffered such anguish as when he was felled separated from his father desired ages 753 says that Christ felt the anguish of the sinner will feel when mercy shall no longer plead for the guilty race he felt like those who feel after the door probation is closed and they are unsaved it was the sense of sin bringing the father's wrath upon him as man substitute that made the cup he drank so bitter and broke the heart of the Son of God in quote Hebrews 57 we find this description of the anguish of Jesus and get 70 he was 57 who in the days of his flesh when he had offered up prayers and supplications with vehement cries and tears to him who was able to save him from yeah I noticed the words prayers supplications cries tears that he uttered to his father as I imagine him clawing at the earth so terrible was his anguish in guess 70 as the sins of the world were placed upon him. Have you ever done something terrible that you know you shouldn't have done and been convicted of that and that's just washed over you and you feel so guilty you feel so dirty you feel so ashamed you feel so separated in fact it can be very overwhelming add to that the person sitting next to you their shame and their guilt and their sin and on the other side to pew behind you in front of you the whole world all on one pin point in the universe the heart of God Luke 2244 says that Jesus sweat drops of blood says being in agony he prayed more earnestly then his sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground has anyone here seen anybody who is filled with such anguish that they sweat drops of blood it's been several years ago now the film The Passion which I have not seen but in reading about it and hearing about it depicts the incredible physical pain Jesus endured yet it misses the bigger picture in the Garden of Gethsemane and Christ suffered in man's stead and the Human nature of the Son of God staggered under the terrible horror of the guilt of sin until from its pale staggering quivering lips was forced agonizing cry Oh my father if it be possible let this cup pass from me human nature with then and there have died under the horror of the sense of sin had not an angel from heaven strengthen him to bear the agony Christ was suffering the death that was pronounced upon the transgressors of God's law found Amazing Grace page 168. Human nature would have then and there died unless that Angel would out of come and given him strength the pressure of sin would have crushed him before anyone it laid a finger on it so with that context let's look at those 3 declarations of Jesus on the cross the 1st John 829 we're told something of the relationship between Jesus and His Father and Jesus speaks and says and he who sent Me is with me the father has not left me alone for I always do those things that please him the father has not left me alone he says during his ministry but as Jesus is hanging on the cross the sins of been placed upon him in the garden of guess 70 he has drunk the cup of God's wrath and he cries out in anguish from the Cross My God my God why have you forsaken me why did Jesus cry those words because the guilt of every sin pressed its weight upon the divine soul of the world's Redeemer the evil thoughts the evil words the evil deeds of every son and daughter of Adam call for retribution upon himself for he had become a man substitute though the guilt of sin was not his his spirit was torn and bruised by the transgressions of us 2nd Christians 521 and he who knew no sin became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him If you want to know what that anguish was like Isaiah $5034.00 and $5.00 goes on Surely he is born our griefs he carried our sorrows yet we esteemed him stricken smitten by God afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions he was bruised for hour and Nick would tease the chastisement of our peace was upon him and by His stripes we are healed and we all like sheep have gone astray we have turned every one in his own way and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all I challenge you to write out Isaiah 53 some time and make it personal put your name in there exchange some of the pronouns for yourself that's why Jesus on the cross said My God my God why have you forsaken me it's because of our sins your sins my sins everyone sins ever committed and he cried out My God my God why have you forsaken me 2nd declaration to his father on the cross it is finished we read about it in John 1930 so when Jesus had received this our wine he said it is finished and bowing his head he gave his spirit here Jesus is speaking again to the father telling him it's done it's finished but what is finished the fact is that Jesus came to this earth for 2 principal reasons I realize there's many others but 2 principal reasons Reason number one the law required absolute perfection Who here can fulfill that even if you never did another san or committed another cent from this day forward who would pay for the ones yesterday and the day before that now does God give us the power to overcome said in our lives yes he does but that doesn't rectify past sins and the law requires perfect obedience to the law and the reality is we've all seen and we've all fallen short of the glory of God The Bible tells us we're all sinners. We cannot meet the requirements of the law so Jesus came to this world to live the life that the law requires of us he came to live in our place he came to weave a robe of perfect righteousness that he could offer in fulfillment of the law in our place so he did that but did something else he also had to take care of the problem of sin and so after Jesus lived in perfect character in harmony with the law and wove a row of righteousness then Jesus took upon himself all of our sins and He died on the cross for those sins he lived for us and he died for us he lived in our place and he died in our place and Jesus is saying to his father it is finished through my life there is now a perfect road of vailable And further I have died for the sins of the whole world the plan of salvation has been and they'd made available to all so that mean that salvation was finished at the cross or G. is ascend to heaven to finish the work in the heavenly sanctuary Well the answer is both the fact is that the cross is finished the vision for salvation away was provided for all mankind there was a perfect life and there was a death for sin of a little but he continues his work applying his life and death to those who through repentance and confession and faith in Christ claim what Jesus did. Which brings us to Christ's final declaration on the cross we find it in Luke 2346 and when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice he said Father into your hands I commit my spirit and having said this he breathed his last you know it's interesting to use felt for saken by his father he had said My God my God why have you forsaken me but notice that when he dies he doesn't die without hope because he says to the same Father into your hands I commit my spirit what is his spirit let me suggest is the breath of life along with that their personal identity their character. So in essence Jesus is saying Father preserve my character in your record because you promised that if I was successful you would resurrect me so while Jesus felt forsaken at the same time he knew he was not forsaken my being How's that possible spirit prophesy tells us in the echoes September 15th 1902 but when in his expiring agonies despair pressed upon the soul of the Redeemer he relied upon the evidences that had hitherto been given him of his father's acceptance and as he yielded up his precious life by faith alone he rested in him who had been his joy to obey he didn't feel it it didn't make sense everything on the peripheral everything in front of him everything he said got my God has forsaken me. But by faith alone he rested in him who had been his joy to obey Jesus knew his father from previous experience friends if you wait until that moment when nothing around you feels like God is there you'll be lost but if when that moment comes that moment of doubt that moment of persecution whatever it might be if in that moment you can say I don't feel it it doesn't make sense but I know the character of God I know he loves me he cares for me I know I can trust in him even though I don't get it the quote continues though he realizes but dimly that he shall triumph over death he cries with a loud voice father into the hands I command my spirit he's acquainted with the character of his father he understands his justice His mercy and His great love in submission he commands himself to God he felt separated from his father but he knew that his father was not separate from him because he knew him from previous experience his statement was not based on feelings but on faith so here in submission he commands himself to God Are you ever tempted to allow your feelings to dictate your connection with God I don't feel saved I don't feel like I can overcome through Jesus Christ I don't feel like that bible promise is for me no Jesus didn't depend on his feelings or his emotions but rather he trusted and depended on the promises of the father because he knew his father from personal experience so Jesus rested in the tomb and very early the 1st day of the week. 2 angels descended from heaven and one removed the stone and sat on it and the other stood before the tomb with a loud voice said Oh that was Son of God I father calls the do you notice the connection father in your hands I commit my spirit then the angel comes down and says a father calls he come forth his father fulfilled his promise so who raised Jesus from that is who resurrected Jesus was it the father was it the angel or was it Jesus himself Let me read this to you from the Bible Commentary volume 5 it says He who died for the sins of the world was to remain in the tomb the allotted time he was in that stony prison house as a prisoner of divine justice he was responsible to the judge of the universe he was bearing the sins of the world and his father only could release him that's why Jesus said Father into your hands I commit my spirit he is depending on the promise of the Father and I know there's a passage that says Jesus would resurrect himself but let's read it carefully it's found in John Chapter 10 verse 1718 Jesus is speaking in John Chapter 10 beginning were 17 says Therefore my father loves me because I lay down my life that I may take it again see there it is Jesus is the one bless continue reading no one takes it from me but I lay it down of myself I have power really a better translation of that type of power is authority I have the power and authority to lay it down and I have power to take it again why this command I have received from my. Father he was a prisoner of divine justice. And he relied on the promises of the father who he learned to love and trust through personal experience and his father resurrected him and what does all this mean for us tells me 3 things my God my God why have you forsaken me tells me that Jesus died the 2nd death he felt the weight of my sins that he bore the penalty that I deserve that my sin was transferred on the head of Jesus Christ and under the burden of my sin he cried My God my God why have you forsaken me it tells me it is finished Jesus succeeded he has made provision for us for you and for me he has lived in our place and he has died in our place he has provided me with a way of escape it is finished and thoroughly into the hands I commit my spirit and his darkest hour as the demons of Hell pressed against him and told him there was no hope it was over give up that he be internally lost never to live again that even during that overwhelmingly dark time when everything he saw and knew and felt seem hopeless Jesus had hope the same hope you and I can have by the way hope in the Father that he knew hope in the father he loved and trusted hope in the promises of his father and while he didn't feel it he believed it and said Father into your hands I commit my spirit. Father preserved my character in your record and every promise of it was meant in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I am the living one I was dead and behold I am alive forever and ever and a hold the keys of death and Hades Revelation 118 1st Corinthians 1557 but thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ Romans 811 but if the spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you glaces 313 Christ has read deemed as from the curse of the law having become a curse for us John 146 I am the Way the Truth and the life John 1010 for I have come they might have life and might have it more abundantly John 142 and 34 I go to prepare a place for you and if I go and prepare a place for you I will come again and receive you unto myself that where I am there you may be also Romans $834.00 it is Christ who died and furthermore is also risen who is even at the right hand of God who also makes intercession for us had Jesus not resurrected the whole thing would be a fairy tale but provision has been made to sacrifice was accepted by the father and now Jesus stands at the right hand of the Father and is interceding on our behalf to apply his blood his perfect blood on our behalf he longs to offer his perfect life in our place he longs to apply his death in our place to become the curse for us that we might receive the right justice of Christ will you accept them today. Are you willing to say Lord I don't want your death and your pain in your agony to go in vain for me I want to accept your sacrifice I want except the peace that you offer and the hope that you offer the assurance that I can have all around the world people are looking for hope and for peace and assurance if you can put it in a bottle they couldn't keep it on the shelves and Jesus says I freely offer it and if the Lord has touched your heart and you want to make a commitment to him I'm vice you to come forward to your heavenly father we have been reminded again today we've heard this story so many times it's easy for our hearts to grow cold to be numb but when we think about what you have done the sacrifice that you made to put it all on the table all in a lie because you long for each one hear each face to be in your kingdom he didn't send a representative you came yourself and you live that perfect life and you died the lamb without blemish to offer us something that none of us deserve eternal life board words are far too shallow to say thank you for such a gift so Lord this morning we commit again to live in such a way that honors you. 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