Sermon Transcript – God Fulfills His Promise to the Nations

Series B – Sixth Sunday of Easter – Sunday, May 10, 2015 | 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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0:27The holy Gospel
0:29According to Saint John chapter 15
0:31verses 9 through 17.
0:35as the father has loved me
0:37so have I loved you
0:39now remain in my love
0:41if you obey my commands you will remain
0:44in my love just as I have obeyed my
0:46father’s commands and remain in his love
0:48I have told you this so that my joy may
0:51be in you and what and that your joy may
0:54be complete
0:55my command is this love each other as I
0:58have loved you greater love has no one
1:01than this than he lay down his life for
1:03his friends you are my friends if you do
1:06what I command I no longer call you
1:08servants because a servant does not know
1:10his master’s business instead I have
1:12called you friends for everything that I
1:14learned from the father I have made
1:16known to you you did not choose me but I
1:19chose you and appointed you to go and to
1:21bear fruit fruit that will last then the
1:25father will give you whatever you ask in
1:27my name this is my command love each
1:31other
1:32in the name of Jesus
1:35the whole world is broken
1:40something is terribly wrong and we all
1:42know it
1:43chaos stalks our lands and has been
1:46doing its Wicked work on all the sons of
1:49Adam and the daughters of Eve from
1:50millennia
1:51no generation of mankind has been
1:54Untouched by the chaos
1:56everyone’s story ends the same pathetic
2:01way
2:02and now with the opening of the 21st
2:04century armies upon armies of humanity
2:07entire nations in once great and proud
2:09Empires from the ancient world now
2:12molder in the grave
2:15all of us have been made to suffer under
2:17a curse our bodies fail us our
2:20relationships are all fouled up
2:22even the best of them and we are a
2:25wretched lot passing our days bickering
2:27and biting and devouring each other
2:28toiling by the sweat of our brows to put
2:31food on the table and when we’ve spent
2:33all of our energy and our bodies ache
2:36and Creak Under The Strain a new day
2:39Dawns and we have to rise and toil again
2:44but for what
2:46nothing we accomplish lasts all that we
2:49build eventually falls apart and becomes
2:52as derelict as our bodies
2:55marriage is fail
2:57mothers murder their unborn children
3:00fathers abandon and neglect their
3:02children
3:03while caring parents they end up
3:05watching their children die of cancer or
3:07have to bury them after a fatal bus
3:09accident
3:10spouses are taken from us by
3:13debilitating diseases and then finally
3:16by death itself
3:18nations rise and then fall hopes rise
3:22and then they’re dashed against the
3:24rocks and shatter into useless fragments
3:26that are then gathered up in the dustpin
3:28and sent off to the dump
3:31Fame doesn’t last riches are fleeting
3:33fortunes are squandered and not even
3:36science can fix what is broken for even
3:38the most skilled doctors ultimately
3:41cannot heal themselves and they too die
3:43in hospice just like so many of their
3:46patients
3:49and don’t even get me started on the
3:50politicians they are utterly impotent
3:53they have no ability to fix our world
3:55the best that they can do is somehow try
3:58to keep the chaos in check but then
4:00again more and more politicians today
4:02seem to be in League with the chaos and
4:05rather than punish evildoers they
4:07instead reward evildoers and then use
4:09the authority of their political offices
4:11to pursue to persecute and oppress the
4:15few Among Us who have any semblance of
4:16virtue
4:18there is no nation that you can flee to
4:21to avoid this curse
4:24curse is universal
4:26and if you’re honest with yourself then
4:28you will confess that you are not the
4:30solution to this problem in fact you
4:33like me are part of the problem
4:36if you were to lock yourself in a cabin
4:38on the remotest island in the Pacific
4:40you would end up bringing the chaos with
4:42you
4:44you are the disease
4:47I’m the disease
4:48and deep down in our hearts we all know
4:51this is true and we know that there’s a
4:53God and that we’re all going to have to
4:54stand before him men and women from
4:56every nation will have to give an
4:58account of every thought
5:00every word and every deed
5:03we all know this
5:04but we’re not only good at deceiving
5:06others we’ve become masters of deceiving
5:09ourselves despite the fact that we know
5:11that we will have to appear before the
5:13Judgment Throne of God we tell ourselves
5:14crazy lies lies that go like this oh I’m
5:17a good person because I’m not as bad as
5:19Hitler Stalin or Charles Manson granted
5:21I’m not as good as Billy Graham or
5:23Mother Teresa but I’m overall I’m a good
5:25person
5:27this is nothing but self-deceiving crazy
5:30talk
5:31yet the grave yeah the grave the
5:34graveyard out there objectively proves
5:36that there isn’t a single good person
5:38Among Us
5:39yeah we’re all evil and wicked for the
5:42wages of sin scripture says is death and
5:45none of us has ever avoided payday and
5:48receiving the wages of our sin not one
5:52so if you think about it
5:55painting a bleak picture here if you
5:57think about it it’s not so difficult to
5:59explain the existence of evil in the
6:01world what is almost impossible to
6:03explain is the existence of anything
6:05good the existence of beauty a virtue of
6:09love
6:10our world seems hell-bent on ridding
6:12itself of these and violently snuffing
6:14out what little light there is in this
6:15world of darkness and evil even what
6:18little that seems virtuous and good
6:19within us is so weak and fragile that it
6:23never seems to get the upper hand and
6:24things that you know that you ought not
6:26to do are the very things that you find
6:28yourself doing and the things that you
6:30know you should be doing
6:32rarely if ever are done
6:36we are a wretched lot
6:38and every nation every tribe every
6:43tongue of men deserves the devil’s hell
6:45and deep down we all know this to be
6:49TRUE
6:50but
6:52this is a big butt but the prophets long
6:55ago foretold
6:57that the seed of a woman would crush the
6:59head of the one who plunged us all into
7:01darkness and into this curse
7:03he the prophesied seed he was prophesied
7:07to be the descendant of Abraham and
7:09Abraham himself was told by God that
7:13through this Offspring every nation of
7:17the world
7:18would be blessed
7:20blessed by God
7:23what an interesting word blessed
7:27what a concept
7:29blessed
7:30every time I hear the word blessed
7:33it’s like that scene from the Shawshank
7:36Redemption
7:37where Andy locks himself in the room
7:39where the prison’s PA system was kept
7:41and then he put on an opera music
7:46you know on remember the old record
7:49player he put that and played the opera
7:51music over the prison’s loudspeaker
7:53and there the scene shows all of these
7:57prisoners in their prison uniforms out
7:59in the exercise yard and over the PA
8:01comes this beautiful
8:04Opera voice
8:06and they all stop
8:08and listen and take it in slack jawed
8:11right
8:14we’re blessed is like that
8:18it was as if the angels of heaven had
8:20visited those prisoners and sang them a
8:23song that had once been performed in the
8:24throne room of the Almighty
8:26but the prison guards were not about to
8:29stand by and let this beautiful music be
8:31played on their prison speaker system so
8:34they quickly broke through the door that
8:36Andy had locked and they let Andy feel
8:38the wrath of their night sticks
8:41blessed
8:44me blessed
8:47you blessed
8:49what a beautiful word blessed
8:52my life seems like it’s anything but
8:54blessed yet there is the promise from
8:57our creator made to Abraham Every Nation
9:01every single one of them not just a
9:04chosen Nation not just a select few but
9:07every nation of men
9:10would be blessed through Abraham’s seed
9:14the prophets further revealed to us that
9:16the Creator chose for himself a nation
9:18from among the tribes of Mankind through
9:21whom this seed would come
9:23and now we in our first reading this
9:25morning have received a report from The
9:28Men Who were also born sons of Abraham
9:30born children of Israel that the creator
9:33has kept his promise to Abraham
9:36the context of our first reading this
9:39morning keep in mind the day of
9:41Pentecost has already happened it’s the
9:43book of Acts Christianity has start to
9:45spread like a wildfire
9:48but at up to that point Christianity was
9:51a thorough going Jewish religion
9:54the only people who were confessing
9:56Christ as Savior were Jews seems a
10:00little odd for us to hear that today
10:01because so many Jews they reject Jesus
10:04as the Messiah
10:06but lest we forget
10:08Christianity God had to intervene
10:12literally in order for us Gentiles to
10:15hear it so that’s the context and we
10:18find out that God had spoken directly to
10:21the Apostle Peter to go to visit a man
10:25by the name of Cornelius who is a Roman
10:27soldier and by the way Roman soldiers
10:30and Jews generally didn’t get along in
10:33fact that relationship ended poorly if
10:36you remember in 70 A.D the Romans had
10:38finally had enough of their marriage to
10:42the Jews so to speak and so they scraped
10:45the temple off the Temple Mount and
10:47destroyed Jerusalem and Scattered the
10:49Jews
10:50threw them out of the promised land
10:52that’s how things went so Jews and well
10:56Romans didn’t get along and yet God sent
10:59Peter to go and meet with Cornelius and
11:02so we pick up the story Acts chapter 10
11:04verse 28.
11:06Peter said to them
11:09you yourselves know how unlawful it is
11:12for a Jew to associate with or to visit
11:15anyone of another Nation
11:19yet things were so yeah it’s not good
11:22that to just show up at a gentile’s
11:25house could get you in a lot of trouble
11:27as a Jew and so Peter acknowledges this
11:30fact
11:31but God has shown me he said that I
11:34should not call any person common
11:37or unclean
11:39and there’s a reason for that
11:41is because that God shows no partiality
11:43Christ didn’t die for a select few
11:46people or for people of only one tribe
11:48of humanity Christ bled and died for the
11:51sins of the whole world and so it’s
11:53Peter says God has shown me that
11:55everyone I should not call any person
11:57common or unclean so when I was sent for
11:59I came without objection I asked then
12:01why you sent for me so the Centurion
12:04that Roman soldier Cornelius said
12:08four days ago
12:10about this hour I was praying in my
12:13house at the ninth hour and behold a man
12:16stood Before Me In Bright clothing and
12:18said Cornelius your prayer has been
12:20heard and your alms have been remembered
12:23before God send therefore to Joppa and
12:26ask for Simon who was called Peter he’s
12:28lodging in the house of Simon a Tanner
12:30by the Sea so I sent for you at once and
12:33you have been kind enough to come now
12:36therefore
12:37we are all here in the presence of God
12:40to hear all that you have been commanded
12:42by the Lord
12:43this is a big deal
12:47a gentile hearing the gospel
12:50so Peter opened his mouth and he said
12:52truly I understand that God chose no
12:55partiality
12:56but in every nation anyone who fears God
13:02and does what is right is acceptable to
13:05him
13:07here again our Psalm that we recited
13:10Psalm 98 sing to the Lord a new song for
13:14he has done marvelous things
13:17his right hand and His holy arm
13:20they have worked salvation for him the
13:23Lord has made known his salvation he has
13:26revealed his righteousness in the sight
13:28of the Nations
13:31he has remembered his steadfast love and
13:33his faithfulness to the house of Israel
13:35and all the ends of the Earth have seen
13:38the salvation of our God
13:42Peter continues
13:44as for the word that he sent to Israel
13:46preaching good news of peace through
13:48Jesus Christ he is Lord of all you
13:51yourself know
13:53what happened throughout all Judea
13:55beginning From Galilee after the baptism
13:57that John proclaimed how God anointed
13:59Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit
14:01and with Power and Jesus went about
14:04doing good and healing all who were
14:06oppressed by the devil for God was with
14:10him
14:13Jesus did good to all who were oppressed
14:15by the devil
14:17is that not us
14:18are we not all
14:20oppressed by the devil
14:22we are
14:24and Peter continues and we Are Witnesses
14:27of all that Jesus did both in the
14:29country of the Jews and in Jerusalem
14:30they put him to death by hanging him on
14:34a tree
14:35but God raised him on the third day and
14:37made him to appear not to all the people
14:39but to us who had been chosen by God as
14:42Witnesses who ate and drank with him
14:46after he rose from the dead
14:48remember Jesus’s words from our gospel
14:50greater love has no one than this than
14:53he lay down his life for his friends
14:55truly they did put Jesus to death but
14:58Jesus laid down his life and he laid
15:00down his life for you
15:03Peter then continues he Jesus commanded
15:06us to preach to the people
15:08and to testify that he is the one
15:10appointed by God to be the judge of the
15:13living and the dead to him to Jesus all
15:17the prophets bear witness that everyone
15:20who believes in Him receives forgiveness
15:25of sins through his name
15:29every single one of us
15:32who believe in Christ receives the
15:34Forgiveness of sins
15:36we all know that we have to stand before
15:37God on Judgment day but Christ has stood
15:41in our place he stood in the gap
15:44he’s taken all of your sins upon himself
15:46so that on that day when the books are
15:49open you have nothing to fear
15:52all of your sin is atoned for it’s all
15:54answered for it’s all bled for it’s all
15:56died for Christ was crucified for all of
15:59it for you
16:01and he’s done this because he has great
16:03love for you because he’s laid down his
16:06life for you
16:07and so while Peter was still saying
16:09these things the Holy Spirit fell on all
16:11who heard the word and this is a Oddity
16:13in scripture baptism in the holy spirit
16:16always go together and so the Holy
16:19Spirit acts all on his own without water
16:21to show that he has accepted even the
16:25Gentiles
16:26so the spirit fell in all who heard the
16:29word and the Believers from among the
16:30circumcised who had come with Peter they
16:32were amazed because the gift of the Holy
16:34Spirit was poured out even on the
16:36Gentiles for they were hearing them
16:37speaking in tongues and extolling God so
16:40Peter realized what’s going on and he
16:42declared well can anyone withhold water
16:43for baptizing these people who have
16:45received the Holy Spirit just as we have
16:48and he commanded them to be baptized in
16:51the name of Jesus Christ
16:54Cornelius and his family are the
16:57firstfruits of God’s promise to bless
17:00all nations through the Seed of Abraham
17:04and when we look ahead now to the Book
17:07of Revelation you know the book at the
17:09end of the Bible you get a peek you get
17:11a glimpse of what it looks like at the
17:12end
17:13here’s what it says in Revelation 7.
17:16John writes after this I looked and
17:19behold there was a great multitude that
17:22no one could number
17:27from every nation
17:30from all tribes and all peoples in all
17:33languages standing Before the Throne and
17:36before the lamb and clothed in white
17:38robes with palm branches in their hands
17:41and crying out with a loud voice
17:44salvation Belongs To Our God who sits on
17:47the throne into the lamb and the Angels
17:50were standing around the throne and
17:52around the elders and the four living
17:53creatures and they fell on their faces
17:55before the throne and worshiped God
17:58saying amen blessing Glory wisdom and
18:03Thanksgiving and honor and power and
18:06might be to our god forever
18:10endeavor
18:13John was seeing you
18:19in that throng
18:21is Cornelius and his family
18:24in that throng that cannot be counted
18:26you are numbered
18:29I am numbered
18:30he was seeing us
18:32before the Heavenly Throne of God In His
18:36glory worshiping and praising and
18:39declaring that salvation Belongs To Our
18:42God because God
18:44kept his promise to the Nations
18:48the Creator
18:51our creator
18:52your creator the great the almighty
18:55Yahweh the one who was who is and who is
18:57to come
18:58he has kept his promise
19:01hear this all you Nations and all you
19:04who are oppressed by the devil
19:06who dwell in darkness enslaved in sin
19:09death and the evil one
19:11everyone who believes that Jesus is the
19:14Christ is born of God
19:16Born Again God was in Christ reconciling
19:20the whole world to himself and not
19:22counting your trespasses against you for
19:25God the father has laid on Christ the
19:27iniquity of us all you are not excluded
19:30nor are you outside of the reach of his
19:33grace
19:35repent
19:38repent
19:40so many people think repentance is a
19:42one-time thing
19:43for Christians repentance is a daily
19:45lifestyle
19:47repent of your wickedness confess your
19:51sins agree with God that you are ungodly
19:53lay down your weapons and your Rebellion
19:56God does not desire to send you to hell
19:59so receive his pardon and his peace one
20:02by Christ through his vicarious death
20:05on the cross in his resurrection from
20:07the grave no longer
20:10do you need to dwell in darkness and
20:12bear the fruits of your Rebellion
20:14against God which ultimately come to
20:17nothing
20:19I made a point earlier in the sermon to
20:21point out the fact that all of our
20:23accomplishments in this world end up
20:26amounting to nothing
20:30even look at the great pyramids in Egypt
20:32they’re falling apart
20:35nothing that man builds lasts forever
20:37but here again the words of Our Gospel
20:41you did not choose me Jesus said I chose
20:44you and I appointed you that you should
20:47go and bear fruit and listen to this
20:50and that your fruit
20:52should abide
20:56your good works
20:59your love for your neighbor because
21:02Christ has loved you
21:04these are not
21:06things that abide for a short term and
21:10then disappear Jesus says that they will
21:13abide and they will abide forever
21:17you want to do something that matters
21:19something that lasts
21:22something that will not fall apart
21:27than love as you have been loved
21:30all who were born in Christ born of God
21:33have been raised from the dead and can
21:35now bear the fruit of repentance and
21:37rather than hating and being hated we
21:40can love as Christ has loved us
21:43and these good works do not wear out
21:44they cannot be destroyed by time they
21:48cannot be destroyed by the elements or
21:50even gophers and other vermin
21:53they don’t need fresh paint put on on
21:55them either
21:57so repent believe Trust
22:00Christ has conquered he is risen
22:04and he’s done this for you and God has
22:06kept his promise to the nation and you
22:09who are in Christ are truly
22:12blessed in the name of Jesus
22:15amen
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