Sermon Transcript – Fire From Heaven?

Series C – Sixth Sunday After Pentecost – Sunday, June 26, 2016 | Pr. Chris Rosebrough

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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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0:29the holy Gospel According to Saint Luke
0:30chapter 9 verses 51 through 62.
0:34when the days Drew near for Jesus to be
0:37taken up he set his face to go to
0:41he sent Messengers ahead of him who went
0:43and entered a village of the Samaritans
0:45to make preparations for him
0:47but the people did not receive him
0:49because his face was set toward
0:52and when his disciples James and John
0:54saw it they said Lord do you want us to
0:56tell fire to come down from heaven and
0:57consume them
0:59but he turned and rebuked them and they
1:01went on to another Village as they were
1:04going along the road someone said to him
1:06I will follow you wherever you go Jesus
1:09said to him foxes have holes the birds
1:12of the air have nests the son of man has
1:14nowhere to lay his head to another he
1:16said follow me but he said oh Lord let
1:18me first go and bury my Father and Jesus
1:21said to him leave the dead to bury their
1:23own dead but as for you go and proclaim
1:25the kingdom of God yet another said I
1:27Will Follow You Lord but let me first
1:29say farewell to those at my home Jesus
1:31said to him no one who puts his hand to
1:33the plow and looks back is fit for the
1:36kingdom of God
1:38in the name of Jesus
1:40amen amen
1:42we’re going to deal with an well a
1:44difficult topic one that needs to be
1:46addressed though as we walk through the
1:49first half of our gospel text today we
1:51will not work on the second half with
1:53the foxes have holes and things like
1:55that you’ll notice that Jesus says of
1:57his disciples and even of himself that
2:00he doesn’t have a private jet or a
2:01mansion so but that’s a different sermon
2:04altogether today we’re going to deal
2:06with the difficult and thorny topic that
2:08has to do with calling down fire from
2:11heaven you’re thinking well who’s doing
2:13that nowadays let me give you an example
2:15that we may be familiar with and
2:17unfortunately uncomfortable with
2:19remember a couple weeks ago an Islamic
2:22terrorist walks into a gay nightclub in
2:25Orlando and guns down 50 people
2:28horrifyingly awful if that weren’t bad
2:32I don’t know if you’ve been paying
2:34attention to the media there have been
2:35some Christian ministers who’ve received
2:37national attention for basically saying
2:40they got what was coming to them
2:44that’s an example of calling down fire
2:47from heaven if you would where the
2:49response from Christians is good those
2:52Sinners got what they deserved
2:55that’s not what Christ Church is about
2:59so let’s walk back through the first
3:00half of our gospel text
3:03and we’ll do a little cross reference
3:04work in the book of Acts as well here’s
3:06what it says when the days Drew near for
3:08Jesus to be taken up he set his face to
3:11go to Jerusalem good way to translate
3:13this is he set his face like Flint Jesus
3:17becomes single-minded and why is he
3:20going to Jerusalem
3:22to bleed and to die for the sins of the
3:24whole world for your sins and for mine
3:27and you’ll note here that James and John
3:30and his disciples clearly are of the
3:33opinion that Jesus is heading for
3:35Jerusalem to do something different you
3:38know well finally the Messiah is heading
3:40to Jerusalem they can mean only one
3:42thing Jesus is going to be coronated as
3:44king we’re going to be his cabinet
3:46members he’s going to kick those evil
3:49idolatrous Romans out all the evil doers
3:52are going to die and righteousness will
3:55reign forever
4:01that’s what they’re thinking
4:03all right how do we know
4:06by what happens next
4:09Jesus sent Messengers ahead of him who
4:12went entered a village of the Samaritans
4:14Samaritans yeah
4:17Jews and Samaritans really didn’t get
4:20along Samaritan well that becomes a
4:22derogatory turn you really want to
4:24insult somebody as a Jew you call them a
4:27Samaritan right those half breeds
4:30idolaters who don’t Worship in Jerusalem
4:32we know what’s going to happen to them
4:34once the Messiah takes over right we
4:38know what he’s going to do to them well
4:40he’s heading to Jerusalem his face is
4:43set to go to the cross
4:46sends emissaries ahead of them to make
4:48preparations but well the people of
4:50Samaria did not receive Jesus because
4:52his face was set toward Jerusalem
4:56and so when his disciples James and John
4:58saw it they said Lord do you want us to
5:02tell fire to come down from heaven and
5:05consume them
5:08I mean it makes perfect sense I mean
5:09think about the story of Elijah on Mount
5:12Carmel right think about the story of
5:14Sodom and Gomorrah well with the
5:16prophets of all and Ashura at Mount
5:18Carmel God caused fire to come down and
5:21consume Elijah’s sacrifice
5:24and all the prophets of all and Ashira
5:27lost their lives that day right
5:31this is what we should expect the death
5:34of the unrighteous they’re going to get
5:37what they deserve
5:40so since you’re heading towards
5:42Jerusalem Jesus why don’t we Flex some
5:45spiritual muscle why don’t we just nuke
5:49Samaria we’ll just turn it into a
5:51parking lot
5:53and everybody will know you’re coming to
5:56Jerusalem right
6:00things do not turn out as James and John
6:02expect I remember when I worked in the
6:04corporate world we had a term that we
6:07used for an uncomfortable meeting that a
6:10boss would have with his employees or
6:12employee right let’s say somebody at the
6:15job isn’t quite doing their job
6:18there are productivity numbers aren’t
6:20where they need to be maybe their sales
6:22numbers are down maybe things aren’t
6:24going right and they’re having a
6:26negative impact on the team and their
6:28performance right we had a term for the
6:30meeting that the boss would have with
6:31that employee it was called the come to
6:34Jesus meeting
6:35that’s what we called it right in fact
6:38if you Google it yeah they’ll talk about
6:41how this is jargon for that type of
6:43uncomfortable meeting well James and
6:45John they for real had to come to Jesus
6:47meeting here
6:48with Jesus himself
6:50and look at what the text says he turned
6:52on them
6:53and he rebuked them
7:00no mention of love your Zeal boys you
7:03got the right idea
7:04he full-on rebuked them we don’t know
7:07the words
7:09of Jesus’s rebuke the rebuke that’s some
7:13pretty strong language Jesus gets in
7:17their face I’m sure the meeting well
7:19wasn’t too long
7:21and I’m sure the words were very strong
7:24and had something to do with the fact
7:26that that’s not what he’s about
7:30you see Jesus has set his face towards
7:34so that Sinners do not get what they
7:40he’s going to take everything
7:44upon himself what they deserve he’s
7:48going to suffer in their place that’s
7:51why he’s heading towards Jerusalem and
7:54it says and then they went on to another
7:56Village just leave them alone
7:58just leave them alone right so we want
8:01Sinners to get what they deserve so many
8:03times that’s how we think it’s How We
8:05Talk Amongst ourselves is it not
8:10but have you ever stopped to think that
8:12when you talk like that
8:14that you are
8:16quite ironically
8:17and quite blindly leaving yourself out
8:21of the category of Sinner
8:25if you really want Sinners to get what
8:26they deserve then isn’t that what you
8:29want for yourself
8:31isn’t that what you want for your pastor
8:32is that what you want for the church
8:34Council isn’t that what you want for
8:36everybody in this community
8:39everyone in this nation
8:41because all have sinned and fall short
8:43of the glory of God
8:45is that what the church is to Proclaim
8:47Sinners are going to get what they
8:55we’ve been called to Proclaim repentance
8:57and the Forgiveness of sins today is the
9:01day of salvation today is not the day of
9:06today is the day for us to be on our
9:08knees praying that we and others do not
9:12get what they deserve
9:14today is the day for us to pray for our
9:18and when somebody strikes us on the
9:21cheek we turn to them the other
9:24today we are called to Humble ourselves
9:27and to take up our crosses and follow
9:31Christ and participate in his sufferings
9:35and that means suffering insults that
9:39means suffering true persecution and
9:41maybe even martyrdom
9:44that means well
9:46believing that it is a joy to be
9:49despised the same way Christ was
9:56and you think
9:57that’s crazy
9:59my reputation will be tarnished people
10:02won’t invite me to their Christmas
10:05I gotta stand for my rights I can’t be
10:08Dishonored and mistreated
10:12isn’t that what Jesus set his face
10:13toward Jerusalem to do
10:16for you and for me
10:19let’s do a little cross-reference work
10:21this is going to be a build by the way
10:23into next week’s sermon you have to
10:25think of next week’s sermon as being a
10:27compliment to what we’re going to talk
10:28about here let’s look at Acts chapter
10:31if you’d like to turn in your Bibles I’d
10:33love to have you follow along Acts
10:35chapter 14. we’re going to look at how
10:37the gospel
10:39is advancing
10:41and how Gentiles are being brought into
10:44faith in Christ through the preaching
10:46and teaching of the Apostle Paul
10:49who although he did not witness James
10:52and John’s come to Jesus meeting
10:55knows full well
10:57that the job of us Christians right now
10:59is to suffer
11:02and pray that nobody gets what they
11:06acts 14 1-28 now at Iconium they the
11:10apostles entered together into the
11:12Jewish synagogue spoke in such a way
11:14that a great number of both Jews and
11:16Greeks believed
11:20I wish it ended right there
11:22the end and they lived happily ever
11:25but watch what happens but the
11:27unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles
11:30poisoned their minds against the
11:33what do you do when that happens well
11:35Watch What Happens so they remained for
11:37a long time speaking boldly for the Lord
11:39Who Bore witness to the word of his
11:41grace granting signs and wonders to be
11:43done by their hands in other words they
11:46preached the gospel in the midst of
11:49active and vocal hostility
11:53and did not let the hostility keep them
11:56from proclaiming Christ and him
11:58crucified for our sins
12:02let them scream let them yell let them
12:05carry on we’re going to tell you about
12:09but the people of the city they were
12:12divided some sided with the Jews some
12:15with the apostles yeah you’ll notice
12:17that preaching the gospel has this
12:19really bad habit of not uniting people
12:21but dividing them
12:23Jesus said that because of him people’s
12:27enemies would be those in their own
12:30father against son daughter against
12:33mother brother
12:35son-in-law against father-in-law
12:38the gospel divides
12:40right so here they’re all divided they
12:43weren’t clearly bringing peace right but
12:46they were with God and when an attempt
12:48was made by both Gentiles and Jews with
12:50their rulers to mistreat them and to
12:53Stone them stone is a very polite way of
12:57putting it the goal is to actually
12:59murder them
13:01the stones were the vehicle for the
13:03murder does that make sense remember
13:05playing the the game Clue it was Mrs
13:08plum in the kitchen with a knife right
13:10the knife was the murder weapon the
13:12stone here is the murder weapon the goal
13:14is to kill these guys via rocks right
13:19so when they heard that their goal was
13:20to mistreat them oh and to murder them
13:22they learned of it and they fled to
13:25lystra and to Derby
13:27no calling down of any fire on these
13:31just well moving along
13:34these are cities of Laconia and to the
13:36surrounding country and there they
13:38continue to preach the gospel the good
13:40news the Christ is bled and died for our
13:42sins and Rose bodily from the grave for
13:44our justification now at Leicester there
13:46was a man sitting who could not use his
13:48feet a little bit of a note here lystra
13:50is a pagan town that worships Pagan
13:53deities they don’t know much at all
13:56about the God of Israel
13:58so Watch What Happens at Leicester there
14:00was a man sitting who could not use his
14:02feet he was crippled from birth and he
14:05had never walked he listened to Paul
14:07speaking and Paul looking intently at
14:09him seeing that he had Faith to be made
14:10well said in a loud voice stand upright
14:13on your feet he sprang up and began
14:18and when the crowd saw what Paul had
14:20done they lifted up their voices saying
14:22in the laconian language the gods have
14:25come down to us in the likeness of men
14:27Barnabas they called Zeus Paul Hermes
14:31because he was the chief speaker
14:34the priest of Zeus whose Temple was at
14:38the entrance to the city brought oxen
14:39and garlands to the gates and wanted to
14:41offer sacrifices with the crowds reminds
14:44me of the Star Wars movie where C-3PO
14:48was worshiped by walking teddy bears
14:56Paul and Barnabas are not gods and
14:59they’re not about to allow
15:01the glory to go to Zeus
15:03or the Hermes or any of the false gods
15:06of the Roman Pantheon
15:08so when the apostles Barnabas and Paul
15:10heard of it they tore their garments
15:12they rushed out into the crowd crying
15:14why are you doing these things we also
15:17are men of like nature with you we bring
15:20you good news that you should turn from
15:23these vain things to a living God who
15:26made the Heaven and the earth and the
15:28Sea and all that is in them in past
15:30Generations he allowed all the nations
15:31to walk in their own ways yet he did not
15:34leave himself without witness for he did
15:36good by giving you reigns from heaven
15:38and fruitful Seasons satisfying your
15:40hearts with food and gladness even with
15:43these words they scarcely restrain the
15:46people from offering sacrifice to them
15:49now there seems to be this Unwritten
15:51rule in the universe currently under the
15:53curse and the rule goes something like
15:55this no good deed goes unpunished
15:59okay have you ever felt that way
16:03you you did the right thing and you
16:06suffered for it
16:08well that’s kind of what’s going to
16:10happen next remember a guy who was
16:12crippled from birth is now walking God
16:15has healed them they’ve heard the good
16:17news of Jesus Christ and now it’s time
16:20for this Unwritten rule of the universe
16:21to now well spring into action
16:25but the Jews from Antioch and Iconium oh
16:30notice the tenacity
16:34notice the tenacity
16:37they left their towns
16:39we’ve heard Paul is in lystra
16:43we’ve got to get there
16:46that guy has got to die
16:49so they leave town make the trip to
16:52lystra for the whole purpose of killing
16:55these guys
16:57so when the Jews from Antioch and
16:58Iconium having persuaded the crowds they
17:01stoned Paul
17:03and dragged him out of the city
17:04supposing that he was dead
17:08so they made good on their threat to
17:10have him stoned and to murder him
17:13they thought they had accomplished the
17:15deed they thought he was Stone Cold dead
17:20think about it that had to hurt
17:26so when the disciples gathered around
17:28him the disciples thinking Paul is dead
17:30thinking they have a funeral to prepare
17:34shocks them all he rose up
17:37he entered the city
17:39and on the next day he went on with
17:41Barnabas to Derby
17:44no calling down of any fire from heaven
17:48no praying I hope you get what you
17:51deserve how dare you murder me even
17:53though I’m still alive
17:59he goes about preaching the gospel
18:02from City to Village to town
18:06each and every place he’s proclaiming
18:08Christ making sure that everybody hears
18:11the good news that Christ the true Son
18:15of God born of the Virgin Mary has come
18:17to Earth to bleed and to die for their
18:19sins and announces to them forgiveness
18:22and peace with God calls them to repent
18:25and to be forgiven and God even grants
18:28miracles to go along with the message
18:30to verify the veracity of the claims of
18:33the Apostle Paul
18:35some hear and they believe
18:38some here and they grit their teeth and
18:42their responses I want to kill you
18:50and rather than stand for his rights
18:53stand up against the aggressor the
18:56oppressor the one who wants to cause him
18:57to suffer
18:59Paul always takes well
19:03the path of suffering
19:07and when push comes to shove
19:10he leaves down
19:15because Jesus said if they won’t listen
19:18to you
19:19Move Along
19:20Shake the Dust off your feet Move Along
19:24today is not the day of God’s judgment
19:26and Wrath
19:28today is not the day where Sinners get
19:30what they deserve today is the day that
19:33Sinners get to hear good news preached
19:35to them
19:36today is the day of God’s mercy and of
19:38God’s grace
19:40we are not called To Rule and to Reign
19:43and to execute and flex power
19:47we’re called to suffer
19:53so when they had preached the gospel to
19:55that City and had made many disciples
19:58they returned to lystra and to Iconium
20:00and Antioch strengthening The Souls of
20:02the disciples encouraging him to
20:04continue in the faith and saying and
20:06here’s the best part saying that through
20:08many tribulations we must enter the
20:11kingdom of God
20:12and that’s how we enter the kingdom of
20:14God through many toils and tribulations
20:18today is the day
20:20of suffering
20:22today is not the day of Glory
20:24so our text today says that Jesus set
20:27his face toward Jerusalem
20:29so that we would not get what we deserve
20:33not only did Jesus set his face towards
20:36Jerusalem he single-mindedly
20:37accomplished his journey
20:40and he goes to the cross
20:43and the scriptures say that God laid on
20:46Jesus the iniquity of all of us the
20:49iniquity of the whole world John the
20:52Baptist said of Jesus Behold the Lamb of
20:54God who takes away
20:56the sin of the world
20:58your sin and mine so that undeserving
21:02wretched sinners like you and like me
21:05can be forgiven and have peace with God
21:08today is the day of the preaching of the
21:11good news not the preaching of God’s
21:14today we know that God’s judgment is
21:17coming and that judgment will be just
21:21and it’s very sad and tragic that on
21:25that day
21:28forgiven sinners sinners for whom Christ
21:31has bled and died for
21:33will unfortunately
21:35sadly choose to get what they deserve
21:41rather than believe and be forgiven
21:44but that is not today
21:47knowing that God’s Wrath is coming how
21:50are we to conduct Our Lives
21:52calling down fire from heaven praising
21:55God when terrorists attack and kill
22:01we’re not Isis
22:03we’re not Muslims
22:04we’re Christians
22:07we’ve been given good news to Proclaim
22:09Christ set his face towards Jerusalem
22:11and calls us all to repent and to be
22:14forgiven and repentance is not a
22:17one-time thing
22:19repentance is the lifestyle of
22:23and so we now deny ourselves
22:28take up our cross
22:30follow Christ
22:32and through many trials and tribulations
22:34and sufferings and persecutions and
22:37maybe even martyrdom and death
22:39we March setting our faces now
22:43towards the New Jerusalem
22:46the one coming
22:48in the name of Jesus
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