Sermon Transcript – It is Finished!

Series C – Good Friday – Friday, March 25, 2016 | 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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0:26We Now read the passion narrative from
0:32the Gospel of John chapter 18 starting at verse 1. we’ll break this into two
0:37pieces all the way through 19 verse 16. when Jesus had spoken these words he
0:45went out with his disciples across the brook Kidron there was a garden which he and his
0:51disciples entered now Judas who betrayed him also knew the place for Jesus often
0:56met there with his disciples so Judas having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the
1:02chief priests and the Pharisees went there with lanterns and torches and weapons
1:08than Jesus knowing all that would happen to him came forward and said to them whom do you seek
1:14they answered him Jesus of Nazareth Jesus said to them I am
1:21Judas who betrayed him was standing with them and when Jesus said to them I am they drew back and they fell to the
1:27ground so we asked them again whom do you seek they said Jesus of Nazareth Jesus
1:35answered I told you that I am he so if you seek me let these men go this
1:41was to fulfill the word that he had spoken of Those whom you gave me I have not lost one
1:47then Simon Peter having a sword drew it struck the high priest’s servant cut off
1:52his right ear the servant’s name was malcus so Jesus said to Peter put your
1:57sword into its sheath shall I not drink the cup that the father has given me
2:03so the band of soldiers and their Captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound him
2:09first they led him to anus for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas who was high priest that year it was Caiaphas
2:17who had advised the Jews that it would be expedient that one man should die for the people
2:22Simon Peter followed Jesus and so did another disciple since that disciple was known to the high priest he entered with
2:29Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest but Peter stood outside at the door so the other disciple who was known
2:36to the high priest went out and spoke to the servant girl who kept watch at the door and brought Peter in the servant
2:42girl at the door said to Peter you also are not one of this man’s disciples are you he said I am not
2:51now the servants and officers have made a charcoal fire because it was cold
2:56they were standing and warming themselves Peter also was with them standing and warming himself
3:03the high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching Jesus answered him I have spoken openly
3:10to the world I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple where all Jews come
3:16together I have said nothing in secret why do you
3:21ask me ask those who have heard me what I said to them they know what I said
3:27when he had said these things one of the officers standing by struck Jesus with his hand saying is that how you answer
3:33the high priest Jesus answered him if what I said is wrong bear witness
3:39about the wrong but if what I said is right why do you strike me
3:44Annis then sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest now Simon Peter was standing and warming
3:50himself so they said to him you also are not one of his disciples are you he
3:56denied it and said I am not one of the Servants of the high priest a relative of the man whose ear Peter had
4:02cut off asked did I not see you in the garden with him Peter again denied it and at once the rooster crowed
4:09then they LED Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the governor’s headquarters it was early morning they themselves did
4:16not enter the governor’s headquarters so that they would not be defiled but could eat the Passover so pilate went outside
4:22to them and said what accusation do you bring against this man they answered him if this man were not
4:29doing evil we would not have delivered him over to you pilate said to them take them yourselves
4:35and judge him by your own law the Jew said to him it is not lawful for us to put anyone to death
4:41this was to fulfill the word that Jesus had spoken to show by what kind of death he was going to die
4:47so pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him
4:52are you the king of the Jews Jesus answered do you say this of your own accord
4:59or did others say it to you about me pilate answered am I a Jew
5:06your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me what have you done Jesus answered my kingdom is not of this
5:14world if my kingdom were of this world my servants would have been fighting that I might not be delivered over to
5:20the Jews but my kingdom is not from the world then pilate said to him so you are
5:26a king Jesus answered you say that I am a king for this purpose I was born and for this
5:32purpose I have come into the world to Bear witness to the truth everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice
5:39pilate said to him what is truth and he said this he went back outside to
5:45the Jews and told them I find no guilt in him but you have a custom that I should release one man for you at the
5:51Passover so do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews they cried out again not this man but Barabbas
5:58now Barabbas was a robber then pilate took Jesus flogged him and
6:04the soldiers Twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and raid him in a purple robe they came up to him
6:10saying hail King of the Jews and then struck him with their hands pilot went out again and said to them
6:17see I am bringing him out to you that you may know that I find no guilt in him
6:22so Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe pilate said
6:27to them behold the man when the chief priests and the officers saw him they cried out crucify him
6:33crucify him pilate said to them take him yourselves and crucify him for
6:39I find no guilt in him the Jews answered him we have a law and according to that law he ought to die because he has made
6:46himself the son of God when pilate heard this statement he was
6:51even more afraid he entered the headquarters again and said to Jesus where are you from
6:57but Jesus gave him no answer so pilate said to him you will not speak to me
7:04do you not know that I have authority to release you an authority to crucify you
7:09Jesus answered him you would have no authority over me at all unless it had
7:14been given to you from above therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin
7:20from then on pilate sought to release Jesus but the Jews cried out if you release this man you are not Caesar’s
7:27friend everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar so when pilate heard
7:32these words he brought Jesus out and sat down in the Judgment seat at the place called The Stone Pavement in Aramaic
7:39called gabitha that was the day of the preparation of the Passover it was about the sixth hour and he said to the Jews
7:45behold your king they cried out a way with him away with him crucify him
7:51pilate said to them shall I crucify your king the chief priests answered we have no
7:57King but Caesar so he delivered him over to them to be crucified we continue with the passion narrative
8:04from the Gospel of John chapter 19. finishing verse 16.
8:11so they took Jesus and he went out bearing his own cross
8:16to the place called the place of a skull which an Aramaic is called
8:23golgotham There They Crucified him and with him to others one on either
8:29side and Jesus between them pilate also wrote an inscription put it on the cross it read Jesus of Nazareth
8:37the king of the Jews many of the Jews read the inscription for the place where Jesus was crucified
8:43was near the city and it was written in Aramaic and in Latin and in Greek so the
8:48chief priests and the Jews said to pilate do not write the king of the Jews but rather that this man said I am the
8:55king of the Jews pilate answered what I have written I have written
9:02when the soldiers had crucified Jesus they took his garments divided them into four parts
9:08one part for each Soldier also his tunic with the tunic was seamless woven in one
9:13piece from top to bottom so they said to one another let us not tear it but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be
9:21this was to fulfill the scripture which says they divided my garments among them and for my clothing they cast lots
9:28so the soldiers did these things but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother
9:34his mother’s sister Mary the wife of clopus and Mary Magdalene
9:40when Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby he said to his mother woman
9:46behold your son then he said to the disciple behold your mother and from that hour the disciple took her
9:54to his home his own home after this
9:59Jesus knowing that all was now finished he said to
10:05fulfill the scriptures I thirst a Jar full of sour wines stood there so
10:11they put a sponge full of sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth
10:16when Jesus had received the sour wine he said it is finished
10:22and he bowed his head and he gave up his spirit since it was the day of preparation so
10:28that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath for the Sabbath was a high day the Jews asked pilate that
10:35their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away so the soldiers came and broke the legs
10:40of the first and of the other who had been crucified with him but when they came to Jesus and
10:46saw that he was already dead they did not break his legs but one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear and at once there came out
10:53blood and water and He Who had who saw it has
10:58borne witness his testimony is true and he knows that what he’s telling is the truth that you may also believe
11:07for these things took place that the scripture might be fulfilled not one of his bones will be broken and again
11:13another scripture they will look on him whom they have pierced after these things Joseph of Arimathea
11:21who was a disciple of Jesus but secretly for fear of the Jews asked pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus and
11:28pilate gave him permission so he came and took away his body Nicodemus also
11:33who had earlier come to Jesus by Night came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes about 75 pounds in weight so they
11:42took the body of Jesus bounded in linen cloths with the spices as his burial
11:47custom of the Jews now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden and in the garden a new Tomb in
11:54which no one had yet been laid so because of the Jewish Day of preparation since the tomb was close at
12:00hand they laid Jesus there in the name of Jesus
12:07so we’ve all heard the saying and it sounds a little odd to say it on a day like this thank God it’s Friday
12:14it seems a little out of place in the service does it not and I think it is Friday’s here in America well if you’ve
12:22worked in the corporate world they can be a pretty easy work day for some
12:27people many companies allow their employees to dress casually allow them to let down their hair and if it happens
12:34to be a Friday before a three-day weekend well many companies oftentimes allow their employees to leave a little
12:40early to get a head start on their holiday and for many companies Friday is also payday
12:47there are a few things better than heading out for a three-day weekend with your bank account refilled so that you
12:53can enjoy your weekend to the fullest right thank God it’s Friday
12:59today however is Good Friday today is the day that we remember Jesus’s Friday of Fridays the Friday
13:07when he did his greatest work worked overtime by the way
13:12and received the wages of our sin
13:18that being a shameful painful ignominious suffering
13:24death if you think about death
13:31death is that thing that all of us fear the most we do
13:37death if you look at our movies it’s fascinating death always seems to be one of the invisible characters in the
13:43movies that we go to watch I always think it fascinating that when they they roll the credits right you know Clint
13:50Eastwood you know Martin Sheen name the name of the actor you know who was the primary character why did they never put
13:57death in the cast because death is always part of the cast is it not
14:03at least in the big movies Hollywood
14:08which is weird treats death Ghibli or glibly they do this with movies that not only
14:15have a rating of PG or R but also movies that rack up large body counts it’s as
14:21if well it’s an everyday occurrence for special agents and good guys who wear
14:27white cowboy hats to coolly Gun Down 5 10 15 people in a four minute time span
14:35you notice those movies never show you the aftermath of those deaths the person is killed and then the hero just moves
14:43on they don’t show the ambulance they don’t show the people sitting there slack jawed the people weeping or crying
14:50and they never show the funerals either there’s nothing sexy about death
14:57Hollywood’s treatment of death is fantasy Let’s Make Believe stand graveside
15:04if someone is burying a loved one you’ll see death is truly awful
15:12hearken back to the terrorist attacks in Europe if you were standing in the streets of
15:18Paris or at the Brussels Airport during the latest Terror attacks well then you saw people fleeing
15:26not Isis they weren’t fleeing terrorists they were running for their lives they
15:32were fleeing death
15:38those of us here we pray that we do not experience an awful death
15:44we don’t want a bloody death we prefer not to suffer a shameful death as best as humanly possible we pray that
15:52we will die well or that we will die quickly knowing that death visits all of
15:57us because the wages of sin is death payday is coming by the way and we’ve all sinned and we’ve all Fallen far far
16:03far far far short of the glory of God but each and every one of us all
16:09secretly hope that we will quietly pass away
16:15in our sleep that’s not how Jesus died
16:22it’s not how he died the prophet Isaiah
16:28writing of Jesus’s crucifixion hundreds of years before it actually took place
16:34said this of Jesus his appearance was so marred beyond human semblance
16:40and is formed beyond that of the children of mankind the reason for this was simple
16:46he was stripped naked suspended Between Heaven and Earth his body was ruined it was ruined by the
16:54scourging his flesh was ripped and torn from his back
16:59behold these are the wages of sin these are the wages of your sin and mine
17:10verse 3 of the opening hymn that we sang reads thus ye who think of sin but lightly
17:18nor supposed the evil great here may view its nature rightly here
17:25it’s gout it’s guilt May estimate you want to know what the wages of sin
17:30is take a look at Jesus
17:36Mark the sacrifice appointed see who Bears the awful load Tis the word the Lord’s anointed
17:42son of man the son of God Isaiah continues Jesus was despised
17:50Jesus was rejected by men Jesus was a Man of Sorrows and acquainted with grief and as one from
17:57whom Med hid their faces he was despised and we esteemed him not
18:06and see there’s the irony this really weird irony of all of this We Men despise Jesus
18:14but Jesus was there to save us the whole time that’s why he came so Isaiah then says this surely
18:21he Jesus has borne our griefs he’s carried our sorrows
18:29and in our blindness to who he is and what he’s doing we esteemed him stricken Smitten by God
18:36and afflicted but he was pierced for our transgressions not his own yours and
18:43mine he was crushed for our iniquities not his own but yours and mine
18:51and upon him was the punishment the chastisement that brought us peace and
18:56the question is peace with whom answer peace with God
19:03because that’s what we needed we are the ones who plunged ourselves
19:08into this misery and in our sin and Rebellion we have earned the wrath of God
19:16but he was pierced for our transgressions he was crushed for our iniquities the punishment that
19:23brought us peace was upon him and by his wounds we are healed
19:29you see all we like sheep we’ve gone astray we’ve turned everyone to his own way
19:36but the lord has laid on Jesus the iniquity of us all he was oppressed he was afflicted
19:44yet he opened not his mouth like a lamb that has led to the slaughter and like a sheet that before
19:49it cheers to silence so he opened not his mouth
19:55he didn’t come to defend himself he didn’t come
20:01to hire an attorney so that he can be found innocent because
20:08there’s the real interesting turn even though he committed no sin
20:14God laid on him our sin
20:24by oppression and judgment he was taken away as for his generation who considered
20:30that he was cut off out of the land of the living stricken for the transgression of my people and they made his grave with the Wicked
20:37with a rich man in his death although he had done no violence and there was no deceit in his mouth
20:44you can almost see Isaiah as he’s writing this out going what is this that God is revealing
20:52how is it that one who has done no violence in whom there is no deceit how is he dead
20:59how is he being punished the great Doctrine the vicarious penal
21:05substitution isn’t in place
21:11yes Isaiah writes and this is scandalous
21:16it was the will of the Lord to crush Jesus God willed this
21:23Christ by the way didn’t have his life taken from him he laid it down of his own accord
21:28he despised The Shame of the cross for the joy that was set before him
21:34and that Joy is to be reconciled to you
21:39into me so it was the will of the Lord to crush him he’s put him to grief and when his
21:47soul makes an offering for Guilt he shall see his offspring and he shall prolong his days
21:53and the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand it’s as if Jesus
22:00in the midst of his greatest suffering can see into the future and see the
22:07great wedding Feast of the Lamb everything that he was going through
22:12meant nothing because what meant everything was to be there with you
22:21out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and he will be satisfied
22:26by his knowledge shall the righteous one my servant make many to be accounted righteous and you brothers and sisters
22:32are among those who have been accounted righteous by faith as a gift
22:40he shall bear their iniquities therefore I will divide him a portion with the many he shall divide the spoil with the
22:46strong because he poured out his soul to death he was numbered with the transgressors yet he was not one
22:53yet he bore the sin of many and he makes intercession intercession for transgressors transgressors as
23:01wicked and vile and hardened as you and as me
23:09we return now to Our Gospel text the conclusion of Christ’s crucifixion
23:16there are seven words that Jesus says from the cross three of them are recorded in the Gospel of John
23:24isn’t it fascinating to you that the prophets
23:29the revelation of God can see so clearly into the future
23:34it’s always amazing I mean there Isaiah says Christ’s tomb was with the rich and
23:40so it was David prophesying in Psalm 22 read it
23:46read Psalm 22. Stark Vivid detail of the crucifixion
23:52including the casting of lots for the clothes of Christ hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of
24:00years before Jesus was born when the soldiers had crucified Jesus
24:08they took his garments divided them into four parts one part for each soldier soldier also his tunic
24:16little side note here when you read the church fathers on this it’s very fascinating with what they do with this
24:22they end up type using type and Shadow of the Jesus’s garments it goes to four
24:30different soldiers they say that this symbolizes and foreshadows the four gospels Matthew Mark Luke and John
24:37and then the tunic the seamless woven in one piece tunic from top to bottom
24:43that’s the church herself and for many many many years before the church was
24:48ever rent asunder by schisms and sex and denominations and Heretics
24:55the church would always say we must stay unified because we are the seamless
25:00woven tunic of Christ a little side note there
25:07but we return so the soldier said to one another let us not tear It cast lots to see whose it
25:14shall be this was to fulfill the scripture which says they divided my garments among them and for my clothing they cast lots it’s
25:21in psalm 22. so the soldiers did these things but standing by the cross and there’s Jesus
25:28it’s not an easy Friday for him it’s not a casual Friday he’s not
25:34getting off work early today there he is bleeding suffering dying for my sins and
25:43yours and he still has enough sense about him
25:49to care for his mother when Jesus saw his mother and the
25:56disciple whom he loved that is John standing nearby he said to his mother
26:01woman behold your son then he said to the disciple behold your mother
26:08and from that hour the disciple took her to his own home another historical note
26:14the Apostle Paul is the missionary and the Apostle who planted the churches in Ephesus
26:21spent a long time there proclaiming Christ and him crucified for our sins
26:27and the Lord brought many people to repentance for many years many hundreds of years Ephesus was a
26:35center of Christianity but it’s also important to note that after the Apostle Paul moved on
26:42one of the very first other Apostles to move into Ephesus was the disciple the
26:48Apostle John and he brought Mary with her church history tells us
26:55so he fulfilled his duty to care for Mary as if Mary was his own mother
27:02after this Jesus knowing all that all was now
27:08finished I don’t know how the math works he was on the cross for six hours
27:15but see the thing is is that Jesus is an eternal being he’s the eternal
27:20Son of God second person of the Holy Trinity so six hours times eternity
27:26equals the atonement of all the sins of every Humanity if every human being I don’t
27:32know how it works I don’t know how it works at all of course then again I think math is evil but somehow there’s
27:38some mathematics going on here you know there has to be but you think about it Jesus is on the cross for six days
27:45and six days was the well number of days for the original creation and Jesus when he dies he goes into the
27:53tomb and has his Sabbath rest and he raises again on the Eighth Day the
27:58beginning of a new creation but I’m getting ahead of myself that’s for Sunday right
28:04so Jesus when he knew that all was now finished the awful work done every sin atoned for
28:13every transgression atoned for bled for died for suffered
28:21for the wrath of God he drank it down to the dregs
28:28and yet even after that after drinking it down to the dregs Jesus says this
28:33I thirst what is he thirsty for
28:38so a Jar full of sour wines stood there and here’s something appears that you
28:44have it’s out of the blue so they put a sponge full of sour wine
28:49on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth
28:54hyssop makes an appearance once again do you remember when the children of
29:00Israel were in Egypt for the Passover what is it that the Lord commanded the
29:06children of Israel to use to put the blood over the lentils of the doors of the Egypt of their houses in Egypt
29:13hyssop hyssop so now we have hyssop and sour wine which is blood red
29:22and it’s held up to Jesus kind of a signal here the Old Testament shadows
29:28are now giving way to the reality
29:33and when Jesus had received the sour wine he said to tell us die
29:40it is finished he bowed his head
29:45and says he gave up his spirit
29:51he was in charge of this the whole time
29:58so who is this God who rather than give us all what we deserve
30:04rather than give us all what we have earned by our sinful Rebellion against him who is this God
30:12that satisfies and fulfills his own Justice so that we
30:18truly hardened sinners may live and not die
30:24who is this God who would permit his own son
30:33to be ruined so that we would never be ruined in the fires of hell
30:45John later in his epistle first epistle wrote this
30:52beloved let us love one another for love is of God
30:58and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God
31:03the one who does not love does not know God because God is love
31:14there is no greater love than this the man lay down his life for his friends
31:22and this is what Jesus has done for us because of his great love for us
31:27as Paul writes God demonstrates his love for us he doesn’t do this in abstract he
31:34demonstrates his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died
31:41for our sin
31:46and it all happened via The Great Exchange
31:53for Paul also writes in second Corinthians 5. for our sake God made Jesus to be sin
32:00who knew no sin so that in him we might become the righteousness of God
32:06who is this God that so lovingly pursues
32:12wretched ungrateful rebellious sinners
32:18like me and like you one thing’s for sure
32:25John is right we love God because he first loved us
32:32oh Lord if you kept a record of wrongs who could stand not one of us could
32:38but with you there is forgiveness because of Christ
32:43therefore you are feared in the name of Jesus
32:48amen [Music]
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