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Awaken: Jesus and the Cross, 3/31/2019

Pastor Pete Hartwig

Sermon Notes

SLIDE: Awaken  – Series Title

 

Ephesians – Identity –

 

SLIDE:  This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:14

 

A line from a hymn…

 

SLIDE: Awaken: to Jesus and The Cross

 

A permeating notion

 

AWAKEN! To… Jesus’, Death, Burial & Resurrection!

 

SLIDE: For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 6:23

 

BIG SCREEN: Matthew 16:13-28 Peter declares Jesus is…

Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah

13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is? 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets. 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[a] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[b] will not overcome it.

 

SLIDE: “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:16 

 

SLIDE: Messiah = Hebrew for “anointed one”  Christ = Greek

SLIDE: Matthew 16: 21-23 Jesus Predicts His Death

21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

 

SLIDE: From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of religious leaders, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.  Matthew 16:21

 

“From the time on” – this is a theme in Jesus’s ministry

“Go to Jerusalem” – the center of the Jewish faith and culture

“Suffer many things” – he suffered

“He must be killed” – He GAVE his life

 

MUST Go & Must Be = “absolutely necessary” – dei – means a divine necessity

 

“God’s Christ comes, does he not, to end suffering, not endure it; he comes, surely, to win, not lose?”

 

JESUS – Genesis

SLIDE: And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers, he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”  Genesis 3:15

 

Through “His suffering” that you will be CRUSHED!

 

Isaiah 53 Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression[a] and judgment he was taken away.
Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was punished.[b]
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the Lord makes[c] his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life[d] and be satisfied[e];
by his knowledge[f] my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,[g]
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,[h]
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.

 

God’s KING would suffer…

 

SLIDE: BIG SCREEN 1Peter 2:20-24

1 Peter 2:20 But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 22 “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” 23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

 

SLIDE: “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 1Peter 2:24

 

SLIDE: Sufferings – bring wholeness?

Wounds – bring healing?

Death – Brings life?

 

Suffering brings pain, wounds bring infection, death brings separation.

 

“He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:35).

 

 

SLIDE:  FEET TO YOUR FAITH

 

 

SLIDE: 2 thieves and Jesus on the cross

 

Luke 23: 39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.[c]43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

The Death of Jesus

44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”[d] When he had said this, he breathed his last. 47 The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.”

 

Here we all stand:

SLIDE:  We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

 

Excruciating out of the Cross

 

SLIDE: Jesus remember me…

 

SLIDE: For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 6:23

 

 

SLIDE: Awaken: to Jesus and The Cross