Sermon Transcript – Contempt for Contempt of Salvation

Series B – Nineteenth Sunday of Pentecost – Sunday, October 3, 2021 | Pr. Chris Rosebrough

Welcome to the Teaching Ministry of Kongsvinger Lutheran Church. Kongsvinger is a beacon for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and is located on the plains of Northwestern Minnesota.
We proclaim Christ and Him crucified for our sins and salvation by grace through faith alone, and now, here’s a message from Pastor Chris Rosebrough:
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0:28the holy gospel according to saint mark the 10th chapter [Music]
0:38the pharisees came up in order to test Jesus and asked is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife and he answered them
0:46what did moses command you they said well moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her
0:51away and Jesus said to them because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment but from the beginning of
0:58creation god created the male and female therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife
1:04and they shall become one flesh so they are no longer two but one flesh what therefore god has joined together let
1:10not man separate and in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter and he said to
1:15them whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her and if she divorces her husband and
1:21marries another she commits adultery and they were bringing children to him that he might touch them and the disciples
1:28rebuked them but when Jesus saw it he was indignant and said to them let the children come to me do not hinder them
1:35for to such belong the kingdom of god truly i say to you whoever does not receive the kingdom of god like a child
1:42shall not enter it and he took them in his arms and blessed them laying his hands on them this is the gospel of the
1:48lord in the name of Jesus here again these words from our epistle text taken from hebrews chapter 2
1:56how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation neglect
2:02i know a few things about neglect now i’ve bragged here from the pulpit that i am the most gifted weed farmer in all of
2:09north dakota i i’ve got to tell you i’ve got quite a crop this year right i don’t
2:14know i mean i’m surprised that people aren’t stopping and going how do you do it
2:19what is your secret well let me tell you what the secret is the secret is neglect
2:26let me explain okay because not having a crop of weeds you’ll note
2:31that everybody gets those automatically thank you curse right okay we all get a crop of weeds but in order to not get a
2:38crop of weeds you know what you got to do you got to put effort into it that means you’re going to have to get out
2:44there and you’re going to have to whack the weeds you’re going to have to spray the weeds you’re going to have to pull the weeds you’re going to have to
2:50maintain the status quo and you know what i hate doing that
2:57right and i load the idea of paying somebody else to do it i think i’m getting to the point where i’m thinking
3:02you know what i just need to bite the bullet and pay somebody to do this do i have an amen i have a name amen
3:10right now as far as neglect goes to we all know how neglect goes i don’t know what it is i’ve said before that
3:17if you were to like take my body and cut it in half this way like a log right you can count the rings of fat going back in
3:23years to when i was married right and what’s really funny is is that this is all because of what
3:31all right nobody looks at me and goes you know that pastor roseboro he really just exemplifies planet fitness
3:39no he doesn’t exemplify planet fitness he exemplifies planet cellulite right
3:46and there’s a reason for this it’s called neglect because you know what i hate doing i hate going to the gym i
3:52hate getting on a treadmill i hate having to burn calories i hate it i loathe it and yet
3:59neglect leads to well problems and what’s really funny there was a joke running around the internet
4:05i think it may have been on tick tock talking about how it is that men after they are well they are married they kind
4:12of blow it out a little bit and what was really funny the way the joke goes it has everything to do with women being
4:18territorial okay because you think about it when you first met your husband i mean he had six
4:24pack abs he had a 28 inch waist he had huge biceps and then
4:30what happened right well it’s real simple the wife said to herself you know what i gotta keep this guy now that he’s
4:36off the market i don’t want him shopping around so what i’m gonna do is i’m just gonna keep feeding him
4:41and therefore i’m gonna basically claim my he’s my territory right that’s a great narrative but it’s not
4:47true it’s not true at least not in my case i mean yeah my wife she makes decent meals
4:52she doesn’t over feed me at all it’s all about neglect
4:58now when we hear the third commandment in our catechism third commandment is
5:03thou shalt let’s see you remember the sabbath day to keep it holy right what does this mean that we should fear and love god so
5:10that we do not despise preaching in his word but gladly hear and learn it you see
5:17that third commandment is all about not having neglect for the word and it’s in the word that we hear the wonderful good
5:25news of the forgiveness of our sins one by Christ but have you noticed that as the temperature has gotten a little
5:31cooler maybe it’s just me maybe it’s just me that you know one of my favorite times
5:36of the year it’s like right now because in the morning while it’s still dark because we haven’t switched over to that
5:42time thing again right it’s still dark outside and in my room it is like 50
5:49degrees too cold to get out but i’m in a warm little cocoon that i’ve created
5:55right and the thing i don’t want to do in the morning is get cold okay so i just want to sit there in my warm little
6:02spot and then it’s sunday you sit there and go do i really want to go to my church
6:08right now in my case i don’t have a choice i get paid to go here so you all don’t get paid to come
6:14but but you get the idea we all have these temptations and before i was a pastor there was always that temptation
6:19it’s like oh couldn’t i just sleep in but see the thing is is that yeah that’s a breaking of that third commandment
6:25remember the sabbath day we should fear and love god so that we do not despise preaching in his word but we gladly hear
6:32and learn it but we all can point to the fact that we’re not always all that keen
6:38on hearing god’s word sometimes that bible collects dust sometimes well
6:44church attendance can be a little spotty but i’m going to point something out here and that is is that when we
6:50consider this sin of ours i’m guilty of it too we must pay attention to how the bible
6:57addresses it if i were to say you know what it’s just absolutely rotten of you that you do not want to hear god’s word
7:04how dare you what you better get your act together and you better be more intentional about not neglecting god’s
7:10word what’s the problem with this well i’ve rightly pointed out the problem with the law
7:16and i’ve made the solution the law that ain’t going to work
7:23so what we’re going to do today we’re going to back up a little bit in the context and i want to show something
7:29to you from the book of hebrews because you’ll note that our epistle text begins with the word
7:34therefore which means we’re kind of like mid-thought all right and i want you to see what’s going on here the book of
7:40hebrews was written to well people who grew up in judaism at the time of Christ or immediately after
7:48they grew up in judaism and they had all the smells and bells of the mosaic covenant and now that Christ has come
7:54he’s fulfilled the mosaic covenant he’s fulfilled the law he’s died he’s risen again ascended into heaven and the types
8:02and shadows of the old testament have given away to the real substance which is Christ
8:07and there were people in that first generation coming out of judaism who legitimately were struggling with the
8:13change and thinking you know maybe we should go back to judaism this Christianity is
8:19weird right it’s it’s not what we’re used to we didn’t grow up with this and so the
8:25divine author and we don’t know who the author of hebrews is the divine author
8:30does something very important and that is rather than brow beating for them for
8:36thinking even anything along those lines instead he does what we are supposed to
8:42do we he preaches the gospel he does law and gospel beautifully and the solution
8:48is reminding them of the great salvation that they have think of it this way when
8:53i was growing up in evangelicalism in the nazarene church there was a notorious group of people people that
9:00you kind of wanted to avoid and they were called pks you know what a pk is
9:06preacher’s kid right all right preachers kids they were hellions man okay nothing
9:12godly about them and it was it’s still a phenomenon to this day and there’s a
9:17reason for it there’s a reason for it and that is is that in much of evangelicalism what do you hear law
9:24with more law with a side of law with with law gravy and more law
9:31okay you don’t ever hear law and gospel and as a result of it you know it’s just nuts and so
9:38preachers kids they grow up hearing dad from the pulpit or the stage saying you need to be more intentional about doing
9:45the will of the lord and so they’ll give you a list every single week on how you
9:50can become more holy but here’s the issue the pks go home with pastor all
9:55right and the pks who go home with pastor they get to see pastor be grumpy
10:01they get to see pastor upset because the vikings lost again they get to see which by the way i don’t know why you would
10:07get upset about that that’s just like a normal thing isn’t it okay
10:12they get to see pastor being upset because his coffee’s too cold or he’s in
10:18a bad mood or he gets to see mom and dad fight and then he gets to see mom and grandma fight and then he gets to see
10:24dad get in a fight with the neighbors and he gets to see dad being short with the kids and what happens is that the pk
10:31figures it out dad preaches the law but he don’t keep it
10:37Christianity’s bogus it’s the same conclusion if you think
10:42about it because the law has no power to make you obey it so here we’ve got a presenting issue contempt for salvation
10:50contempt for the gospel contempt for the word of god do you think me brow beating you is going to make you go well right
10:57okay i’ll pay more attention to it no and even if you said that give it two
11:03days you’re not interested so what the author of hebrews does
11:09rather than browbeat them with the law he placards Christ and he shows how amazing and wonderful
11:17beautiful gracious he is and one of the it’s actually one of the most beautiful sections of all of
11:24scripture as it relates to Jesus so backing up in our context hebrews 1 says this long ago and many times in many
11:31ways god spoke to our fathers by the prophets so he’s talking to these jews oh yes he spoke to our fathers by the
11:38prophets but in these last days god has spoken to us by his son
11:43whom he appointed the heir of all things through whom also he created the world
11:48he is the radiance of the glory of god the exact imprint of his nature and he
11:53upholds the universe by the power of his word and after making purifications for
11:59sins he sat down at the right hand of the majesty on high did you catch that
12:05not only is he telling us how amazing Jesus is who he really is god in human
12:10flesh that we have been graced in these last days of not of god not speaking to us through an intermediary through a
12:17prophet but speaking to us directly to the son of god and then he can’t even get three sentences in
12:24without saying oh and by the way he bled and died for you right
12:29after making purification for sins oh man we all know how sin makes us impure unholy mucked up
12:39might as well be rolling around in the mud right but Christ bleeding and dying for our sins purifies us before god
12:46purifies our hearts purifies our consciences ah this is a different way of
12:52approaching things altogether after making purifications for sins he sat down at the right hand of the majesty
12:58having become as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs
13:05this is where it gets really interesting he’s going to remind them who Jesus is and there were heresies
13:12already running around the Christian church basically denying that Jesus is god in human flesh i mean that’s too
13:19crazy to think about but what the divine author here does is he compares Jesus to angels is Jesus an angel
13:26no but you’ll note that for a while Christ in the incarnation
13:33humbled himself and became lower than the angels that’s part of the scandal of this thing so he does some great
13:39Christology here for to which of the angels did god ever say you are my son today i have begotten you
13:47answer none or again i will be to him a father he shall be to me a son
13:54again none of the angels god has spoken this way to and again he brings the firstborn into the world
14:01and note here this is a fascinating text the father bringing forth Christ he
14:06brings him into the world and he says let all god’s angels worship him
14:12now consider completely how weird and out of place this is if Christ isn’t god
14:18all right because what is the first commandment you will have no other gods
14:23when tempted in the wilderness by the devil and the devil said i’m going to give you all of the kingdoms of the earth if you’ll just bow down and
14:29worship me Christ fires back with deuteronomy it is written you shall worship the lord your god and him only shall you serve and
14:37then you have that awkward moment in the book of revelation where the apostle john who’s
14:42he has a sherpa in heaven who’s kind of guiding him and walking him around showing him different things and that
14:47sherpa is an angel and at one point the apostle john gets down on his face to
14:52worship the angel and the angel says you mustn’t do that i’m a servant just like you
15:00and here it says the father says to all of the angels of heaven
15:05worship Jesus if Jesus isn’t god then
15:12god’s lost his mind and what is the implication he is
15:17exactly that of the angels though he says he makes his angels winds his is a flame
15:25of fire but of the son of the son he says your throne o god is forever and
15:32ever wait what the father says that Jesus is god you betcha
15:39right your throne oh god is forever and ever the scepter of uprightness is the
15:44scepter of your kingdom you have loved righteousness you have hated wickedness therefore god your god has anointed you
15:51with the oil of gladness beyond your compassion companions and
15:56you lord laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning and the heavens are the work of your hands they will
16:03perish but you will remain they will all wear out like a garment like a robe you will roll them up like a garment
16:10they will be changed but you are the same and your years have no end and to which of the angels has he
16:17ever said sit at my right hand until i make your enemies a footstool for your feet are they not all ministering
16:23spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are watch the words
16:29to inherit salvation
16:34are you guys feeling brow beaten right now not even close right right the solution is Christ and what he’s
16:41done and oh man this author of hebrews has just poured it out
16:48poured it out in such degrees that it’s hard to take in and yet how can your
16:53eyes took to look away from what it is that you’re seeing how can your ears turn away to something else in this in
17:00hearing just how great it is and then listen to those words the angels are sent to serve those who
17:08are to inherit salvation that’s you that’s me
17:14this is glorious it’s almost beyond comprehension and now we get to our epistle text
17:20therefore he said oh okay in light of how amazing Jesus is how
17:26even the angels of god who are in dialogue with the father who worship Jesus they’re now ministering
17:32spirits to you you who are inheriting salvation therefore oh we must pay closer
17:38attention to what we’ve heard lest we drift away from it i always love that line from hook
17:44neverland makes you forget right keep that in mind the world we live in
17:49you know we’ve got the unholy trinity always working against that faith of ours the devil the world our own sinful
17:56flesh neverland makes you forget and that’s the point the divine author here knows
18:02this and so what does he do he starts preaching Christ again
18:09for since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable and listen to these next words
18:15every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution and this is the thing that we all know
18:20that we deserve right on the day of judgment if god were to say to all of us
18:26forget it off to hell with you right just as just right that’s just none of
18:31us would say to be able to say that’s not fair no that is fair that’s exactly
18:37what we deserve you see every transgression and disobedience should receive a just retribution but there’s
18:43where the gospel comes in and rescues us yet again Christ bleeds and dies for
18:49every just retribution you have earned because of your sin
18:56how then shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation
19:02the answer is we can’t we won’t there is salvation only in Christ
19:08it was declared at first by the lord it was attested to us by those who heard while god also bore witness by signs and
19:16wonders of various miracles by gifts of the holy spirit distributed according to his will now a little bit of a note here
19:22this is an aside so you’ll put a little asterisk here in your mind that in the charismatic pentecostal nar
19:30movements right always and again there’s this big emphasis you need to be performing signs and wonders why because
19:36it’s only by demonstrations of god’s power that people are going to believe the gospel that they’re going to believe
19:43in Jesus as if somehow the reason why people don’t believe in god is because they haven’t seen a miracle hog wash
19:50right what does abraham say they have moses and the prophets let them hear them right no no no no the rich man says
19:57from hell no no no if somebody rises from the dead and abraham says listen they won’t even listen if they won’t
20:02listen to moses and you know moses and the prophets it’s not going to matter if somebody rises from the dead right
20:09but you’ll note that in the pentecostal movement it’s always like hokey
20:15stupid false signs and wonders oh i feel the lord right now is giving me a download and he’s going to give me he’s
20:20going to give you all an anointing those of you who are suffering from blood ailments right now the lord has healed that right now and you know and it’s
20:26always stuff you can’t see right okay or something silly like they go and they say oh well you got one leg that’s
20:32longer than another here the holy spirit’s like pulling that one out it’s just they’re just pulling your leg
20:38okay sorry pastor joke okay they’re just pulling your leg
20:44but you’re gonna note this real signs and wonders occurred in the
20:50scriptures and they always confirm the message of the bible the gospel itself was attested
20:58to by none other than the greatest sign and wonder of all time Jesus walked out of the tomb on the
21:04third day after he was crucified nobody has even come close to replicating anything
21:10even approaching that and so there are real signs and wonders in the scripture and i would point you to them
21:17notably the resurrection of Christ and then we also know that god the holy spirit in his church has given gifts to
21:25various people i always like to point out that dwayne cleven has the gift of excel spreadsheets it’s it’s a valid
21:31gift from god maybe from the devil but mostly from god right right
21:37so that’s the gift of administration pastors have the gift of teaching people also have hospitality and faith and
21:45generosity these are all gifts given by god for the purpose of building up the body of Christ he still gives them to
21:51this day aside finished so we continue for it was not to angels that god subjected the
21:57world to come of which we are speaking that’s important note he’s making reference to what’s coming Jesus says
22:03i’m making all things new new heavens new earth coming coming new jerusalem and you know who’s going to be running
22:09the place not the angels nope
22:15Christ and we will reign with him
22:20that’s what the scripture says we will reign with him it was not to angels that god subjected the world to
22:26come of which we are speaking it has been testified somewhere what is man that you are mindful of him or the son
22:32of man that you care for him you made him for a little while lower than the angels
22:37now we’re talking about Christ but note this important thing what is man that you are mindful of him
22:44i mean when you think about it we’re all just a screwed up messed up mortal lot
22:50you know our lives are mean they’re short they’re filled with all kinds of suffering we don’t get along well with
22:57each other if you don’t believe me just look at twitter or politics right
23:03or come to church sometimes right you get the idea right and why on
23:08earth would god pay any attention to us but that’s the thing god has honored humanity
23:16by taking on human flesh and it’s pointing here to Christ what is man that you’re mindful of him or the
23:22son of man that you even care for him you made him for a little while lower than the angels you’ve crowned him with glory and honor putting everything in
23:29subjection under his feet now in putting everything in subjection to him he left nothing outside of his control and at
23:36present we do not yet see everything in subjection to him but we see him who for a little while was made lower than the
23:42angels namely Jesus crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering
23:47of death so that by the grace of god he might taste death for everyone
23:55these are amazing words and again just in the
24:00chapter and a half that we’ve read how many times has this author pointed us back to the sufferings of Christ now by
24:06the way i know a thing or two about tasting i like food okay you all know what i’m talking about yeah
24:11you ever go to a good restaurant or maybe you’ve cooked something up it’s like your favorite meal that first bite
24:19right you can feel the tension leaving the room and the savory goodness is just
24:24overwhelming all of your senses we love a good taste right but you know there’s nothing worse than eating something
24:29that’s gross right you know there’s there’s a legendary story told in my wife’s family
24:36my wife tells the story about one time that her mother made spinach souffle and
24:41it didn’t turn out so hot okay and after one bite my wife realized she’s not gonna want to eat this and so she tried
24:47to find a way to surreptitiously make it look like she had eaten it without having eaten it her her idea was
24:54sneak it and give it to the dog right that’s how bad it tasted
25:02but here’s the problem that particular spinach souffle turned out so terribly
25:07that when she gave a bite to the dog the dog gagged
25:18and she was found out right
25:24now i imagine that death tastes far worse than a burnt spinach souffle that
25:29even the dogs don’t like but you’re going to note this that Christ in his great mercy he’s not
25:35only suffered death in your place he’s suffered death so that by the grace of god you would never ever know what death
25:43even tastes like you will never even have to take a spoonful of it
25:49that is what that’s some good gospel right there and one that we can all understand
25:55because i don’t want to taste death i don’t want to taste it at all Jesus says i am the resurrection and the life
26:01anyone who believes in me even though he die yet shall he live and anyone who believes in me he will never taste
26:08death all because of great gracious merciful Jesus who rather than giving us what we
26:13deserve rather than sitting there and saying you sit there and you eat up all of that death you’re not getting up from
26:20the table until you’re done says no i will never let you have that i will eat it for you
26:25beautiful picture so that it was fitting then that he for whom and by whom all things exist in
26:32bringing many sons to glory should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering and that’s exactly
26:38right Christ is made perfect through suffering and note then he has also called us to suffer with him to suffer
26:45persecution for his name to note then that we too also god uses
26:50our sufferings for the purpose of sanctifying us bringing us to the end of ourselves so that we
26:56have only to trust in him for he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source that is
27:02why he’s not ashamed to call them brothers saying i will tell of your name my brothers in the midst of the
27:08congregation i will sing your praise now a little not note here great gospel pick that
27:14that i think is in here he’s not ashamed to call them brothers now in our comedy
27:20you know in our comedy on netflix or on television television shows always and again there’s a theme you know a theme
27:26like somebody says what’s wrong with your brother he’s adopted
27:33okay that’s always how this goes right oh that explains everything i see why there’s the big disconnect because he’s
27:38adopted but you’re going to know Jesus doesn’t do that at all Jesus doesn’t sit there and go all right yeah you’re my
27:44brother but you’re adopted nothing like that at all instead
27:51Jesus is not ashamed to call us all brothers and sisters
27:57never even mentioning the fact that we were born to a different father born to the devil embracing us as true brothers
28:03as blood brothers in fact we are that you know why because of the blood of Christ
28:09because of the blood of Christ so that is why he’s not ashamed to call them brothers saying i will tell of your
28:14name to my brothers in the midst of the congregation i will sing your praise and again i will put my trust in him and
28:20again behold i and all the children that god has given me
28:25so let me ask you after hearing all of these amazing things about Christ
28:33the magnitude of his grace all of the things that he’s done for us
28:38all of the beautiful pictures of his love his mercy his salvation the fact that he’s given us salvation doesn’t
28:44give us what we deserve made sure that we would never have to taste death that he calls us his brothers that he is the
28:50one who has purified us how could we neglect
28:56so great of salvation doesn’t even seem right
29:01so let us repent let us repent of neglecting god’s word and neglecting the salvation
29:07and receive so freely the forgiveness of even that sin and let us bear fruit in keeping with
29:13repentance and gladly hear and learn about Jesus in the name of Jesus amen
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