Sermon Transcript – Keep This Up And Someone Will Get Hurt

Series A – Fifth Sunday in Lent – Sunday, March 26, 2023 | 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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0:22The holy Gospel
0:29According to Saint John at the 11th chapter foreign
0:37man was Ill Lazarus of Bethany the village of Mary and her sister Martha it
0:43was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair whose brother Lazarus was ill so
0:51the sisters sent to him saying Lord he whom you love is ill but when Jesus
0:56heard it he said this illness does not lead to death it is for the glory of God so that the Son of God may be glorified
1:02through it now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus so when he heard
1:07that Lazarus was Ill he stayed two days longer in the place where he was and after this he said to his said to the
1:14disciples let us go to Judea again the disciple said to him Rabbi the Jews were
1:19just now seeking to Stone you and you are going there again Jesus answered are
1:24there not 12 hours in the day if anyone walks in the day he does not stumble because he sees the light of this world
1:30but if anyone walks in the night he stumbles because the light is not in him after saying these things he said to
1:36them our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep but I go to awaken him the disciple said to him Lord if he’s fallen
1:43asleep he will recover now Jesus had spoken of his death but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep that
1:50then Jesus told them plainly Lazarus has died and for your sake I am glad that I
1:55was not there so that you may believe but let us go to him so Thomas called
2:00the twin said to his fellow disciples let us also go that we may die with him now when Jesus came he found that
2:07Lazarus already been in the Tomb four days Bethany was near Jerusalem about two miles off and many of the Jews had
2:14come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother so when Martha heard that Jesus was coming she went and
2:20met him but Mary remained seated in the house Martha said to Jesus Lord if you had been here my brother would not have
2:27died but even now I know that whatever you ask from God God will give you Jesus
2:32said to her your brother will rise again and Martha said I know that he will rise again in the Resurrection on the last
2:38day and Jesus said to her I am the resurrection and the life whoever believes in me though he die yet shall
2:45he live and everyone who lives and Believes In Me shall never die do you believe this she said to him yes Lord I
2:52believe that you are the Christ the son of God who is coming into the world and when she had said this she went and
2:58called her sister Mary saying in private the teacher is here and he’s calling for you and when she heard it she Rose
3:04quickly and went to him now Jesus had not yet come into the village but was still in the place where Martha had met
3:09him and when the Jews who were with her in the house consoling her saw Mary rise quickly to go out they followed her
3:15supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there now when Mary had come to where Jesus was and saw him she fell at
3:22his feet saying to him Lord if you had been here my brother would not have died and when Jesus saw her weeping and the
3:28Jews who had come with her also weeping he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled and he said where have
3:34you laid him they said to him Lord come and see Jesus wept so the Jews said see how he
3:41loved him but some of them said could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man also have kept this man from dying
3:47then Jesus deeply moved again came to the tomb it was a cave and a stone lay against it Jesus said take away the
3:54stone Martha the sister of the dead man said to him Lord by this time there will be an odor for he’s been dead for four
4:01days Jesus said to her did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God so they took away the
4:08stone and Jesus lifted up his eyes and he said father I thank you that you have heard me I knew that you always hear me
4:15but I said this on account of the people standing around that they may believe that you sent me when he had said these
4:20things he cried out with a loud voice Lazarus come out and the man who had died came out his
4:27hands and his feet bound with linen strips his face wrapped in a cloth and Jesus said to them unbind him and let
4:34him go many of the Jews therefore who had come with Mary and had seen what he did believed in him this is the gospel
4:42of the Lord in the name of Jesus all right when I was a kid I had a kid
4:47brother so I had a younger brother and you’ll note thing of things about brothers Brothers have a tendency to
4:52Rough House have you ever heard of that um yeah it happens a rough house now my mom she was a nurse my stepdad it was an
5:01emergency room doctor so blood was never anything that would like upset them you know they would just handle it
5:06professionally it was very keen kind of cool my wife on the other hand if there was blood in the house by the way we
5:13were on a first name basis with the nurses and the doctors at the Lake Elsinore urgent care when we were raising our kids but if there was blood
5:20on the scene my wife would like okay my mother was cool as a cucumber
5:25but my mom would she would always kind of warn us if we were roughhousing and things were escalating if things were
5:32escalating my mom would chime in and she would say these words if you keep this up somebody’s going to get hurt
5:39keep this up and someone’s gonna get hurt now that was our one and only warning and here’s how it would
5:45generally go down one of us would end up hurting the other and I may have been punished a few times but when the one
5:51who wasn’t injured would then get punished this is how Justice was meted out in our house now all of that being
5:58said in Our Gospel text today you’ll note that there is an undercurrent to
6:03this thing especially at the end of it in the parts I haven’t read which we’ll get to and the undercurrent is this is that
6:10Jesus is legitimately by his miracles at this point escalating things
6:17escalating things to the point where if something doesn’t change somebody’s
6:23gonna get hurt and the person who’s going to get hurt is Jesus and so you’ll note as our gospel unfolds today Jesus
6:30gets word that one of one whom he loves has taken ill and then Jesus Does this
6:36thing that I’m very familiar with he procrastinates uh you know maybe I shouldn’t call it procrastination but
6:41hearing that his his friend is ill Jesus stays put he does nothing okay makes me
6:48wonder if he does what I’d like to do I like to read a book and then I get lost in the footnotes have you ever gotten lost in the footnotes it’s a glorious
6:55thing and what’s the weirdest thing is that when you know I’ll be reading a book and then I’ll see a great quote then they go oh I haven’t read that book
7:01look at the footnotes and next thing I know I’m online and next thing you know I might have bought a Kindle book or two
7:08and then next thing you know I’m reading three books at the same time and it’s just a mess right so Jesus you’ll note
7:14the expectation somebody’s dying you’re supposed to drop everything you’re doing put the red siren on your car and head
7:22down the road as fast as possible without getting a ticket Jesus doesn’t do this and as a result of it well
7:29Lazarus dies that’s what happened and so when Jesus gets into Bethany he’s met by
7:37Martha if you remember the story of Mary and Martha in the Gospel of Luke Martha was the lady who was banging the dishes
7:42in the uh in the kitchen because her sister Mr Mary was sitting at the feet of Jesus doing nothing she was in there
7:49cutting carrots and stuff like that putting out the queso and the tortilla chips you know trying to impress Jesus
7:56with her hors d’oeuvres and her sister Mary is just sitting there listening to Jesus teach and she gets all mad at
8:03Jesus you know tell my sister to get in here help me right all right and you’ll
8:08note that Jesus legitimately politely though firmly rebukes her and says Nope this she’s chosen the better thing
8:15and so Martha’s the first one to meet Jesus and she meets him with these words Lord if you have been here my brother
8:23will would not have died but even now even now you’ll note she has Faith even
8:29now I know that whatever God you ask God he’ll get he’ll give to you right and so Jesus I think engages in a little bit of
8:36catechism work with her to see if she still remembers what she learned because this kind of hints at the fact that
8:42Martha after clanging the dishes and then being rebuked by Jesus said fine I’ll let the queso cool we’ll just have
8:48to have cold cuts later and she sat down and she listened to Jesus so Jesus said
8:53your brother will rise again and she says well I know that he will rise again
8:58on the last day in the on the Resurrection on the last day and then Jesus said to her I am the resurrection
9:04of Life whoever believes in me though he die yet shall he live and everyone who lives and Believes In Me shall never die
9:10do you believe this and she says yes yes Lord I believe that
9:16you are the Christ the son of the god a Son of God who’s coming into the world ah she finally sat down and listened to
9:22a few things from Jesus now Mary on the other hand she’s taken this really hard and when she shows up she says
9:30practically the same words but she doesn’t have that same but I know that even now whatever you ask God will give
9:36you kind of thing to her she just is in despair deep in her mourning Lord if you had been here my brother would not have
9:42died and Jesus saw her weeping and Jesus then himself weeps again showing his
9:48great compassion for Humanity and as I’ve pointed out in previous sermons on this exact text when it says that Jesus
9:56was greatly troubled the Greek word is Amber ma’am I greatly troubled could actually probably be better translated
10:02he was indignant in his spirit and thinking indignant what is he indignant about well go all the way back to the
10:09Garden of Eden when God made the heavens and the Earth in six days days and yes it was six days you know there was
10:17evening and there was morning the first day that’s a day yeah if you’re familiar with this there was evening and there was morning the second day this wasn’t a
10:24thousand years okay this was you know someone says well one day with the Lord’s like a thousand years Noah’s
10:29evening and there was morning there was evening and this this is not hard to work out and Jesus believes in this but
10:36when Jesus created humanity and after he created everything he said it was Tov
10:41maod great Hebrew phrase which means very good but you’ll know what is sin done to this
10:49very good creation well you’ll note each and every one of us we know firsthand exactly what sin
10:55has done because we all firsthand experience both good and evil in this
11:01life and the consequences of our sin have you noticed that sometimes when you wake up in the winter your knees are
11:08creaking and they’re kind of aching and things like this have you noticed that your hair is disappearing or or that
11:15it’s turning gray and things like this and have you noticed that despite how much you exercise once you get past 50
11:22losing weight is like well trying to find a fight a land war in Asia good
11:28luck with that right what is all of that these are the precursors to the big
11:34thing that’s coming the consequences of our sin which is death and you’ll note
11:40the death don’t let anyone try to convince you death is a friend it’s not death is not a friend we all know that
11:47death is unnatural it was it was never God’s intent it was not his design that
11:53your parents would die and you be without your parents that your grandparents would die it was never God’s intent that you would never face
12:01to face in this in this life meet your great great great great great great grandparents right that was not how this
12:09was supposed to go down and so when death comes you’ll note that we who are
12:15left often times are thrown into deep mourning and anguish and real pain and
12:20suffering because of our loss and I want to say something here this might not be
12:26polite but I’m going to say it anyway is that one of the things that humans do and you’ll note this is kind of almost a
12:32universal practice at least here in the states and that is is that when somebody dies it doesn’t matter who that person
12:40is whether they believe in Jesus or not everyone consoles themselves and they’ll say well he’s in a better place
12:47right let’s be blunt here if the person who’d perished does not
12:53trust in Christ for the Forgiveness of their sins they are not in a better place they are far from resting
13:03they are experiencing firsthand the Wrath and torment of God because of
13:08their sin and their Rebellion and this is what awaits all of us if we do not repent and trust in Jesus so
13:15Jesus knows full well what sin has done and the consequences of sin the wages of
13:20sin is death Jesus weeps he’s indignant in his spirit because this isn’t how he
13:25made things to be and you can hear with very firm Stern resolve Jesus asked the
13:31question where have you laid him it’s as if Jesus again is rolling up his sleeves to basically go and snatch a sheep out
13:38of the mouth of the lion known as death that’s what he’s about to do and so he heads off there they tell him he tells
13:45them take away the stone they kind of protest a little bit they take away the stone and then Jesus prays and cries out
13:51Lazarus come out and he comes out and Jesus says these words and I can’t
13:58hear it in any other way than with firm command and resolve unbind him let him
14:05go who’s he talking to right this is It’s he’s just rescued Lazarus from the
14:12jaws of death he’s been dead for four days but the story continues
14:17and this is where it takes a very dark turn many of the Jews therefore who had
14:22come with Mary and had seen what he did they believed in Jesus yeah it’s well holy smokes he just raised somebody from
14:29the dead makes sense to believe in Jesus doesn’t it right but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what had
14:35Jesus had done and so I kind of like picture it like this there were some
14:40legitimate scoffers people who were like looking for something on Jesus some dirt on him and after seeing him raise
14:48Lazarus from the dead Jerusalem’s only two miles off and so even in Old World
14:54sandals you can jog that or hike there you’ll run that pretty quick so they they get skedaddling
15:01they get to Jerusalem and they’re oh man splint in my side I gotta I gotta
15:06exercise more I’m getting out of shape right and so they’re they’re huffing and puffing trying to get their words out
15:12you’re not gonna believe what we just saw Jesus do what what did he do all right we were we’re in Bethany yeah
15:18Bethany yeah Lazarus he had died just four days ago yeah we heard about that yeah well you’re not going to believe
15:24this Jesus went to the tomb and he told the people to take the stone away from the tomb he did what oh we knew he was a
15:31crackpot what what holy smokes who does something stupid like that right and you
15:37can just see him see them like interrupting the story as it’s unfolding going you know there it is that’s it
15:43Jesus has just endangered these people becoming ceremonially unclean because of
15:49his carelessness his recklessness I’m sure it stunk to high heaven right you can just see it but no no wait there’s
15:55more there’s more what do you mean what do you mean there’s more well he uh he prayed yeah and then he told Lazarus to
16:03come out of the grave and and he came out he what
16:09okay you can just hear the story unfolding right I’m sure it went down almost exactly like that
16:18but here’s the thing this is where we have to come back to a
16:25big category in the midweek service I mentioned the fact that Jesus’s
16:30half-brother kind of gives us three art types for false teachers the first one
16:35is the way of Cain this is religious activity with zero Faith you just go in
16:42through the motions second is Balaam profit for profit third is Korah the guy
16:47who Rebels against the institutions the the offices that God has established in his church and you’re going to note here
16:53these Pharisees these Chief priests these leaders of the religion of Israel
16:59they are of the religion of Cain they are going through all the Motions
17:06making sure they got their their eyes dotted their T’s crossed and everything they’re just doing the the thing right
17:13there’s doing the sacrifices they’re praying the prayer they’re lighting the candles they’re lighting the incense
17:19zero Faith at all because you’ll note that what should have happened at this
17:25point was that they should have fallen to their knees in Praise of God that
17:31they have been visited by God and that the Messiah is on the scene that’s what
17:37should have happened but here’s where it goes so the chief priests and the
17:43Pharisees they gathered the council all right can we we got a call an emergency
17:48meeting Church Council needs to meet right now uh meet me in the foyer we gotta have a chat right and so they
17:55report well why are we here Jesus just raised Lazarus from the dead he what okay well we got to put a stop to this
18:04so the question comes up what are we to do this man performs many signs if we let
18:11him go on like this everyone will believe in him and the
18:16Romans will come and take away our place and our nation everyone will believe in him
18:23how is this a bad thing he just raised Lazarus from the dead
18:30now this speaks then at the hard-heartedness of sin you’ll note that
18:36scripture describes everyone who is conceived according to the natural way we are all descendants of Adam and Eve
18:43we are born dead in trespasses and sin and scripture says that we have a Heart of Stone
18:50this is as hard-hearted as a heart as you can get even the Grinch had
18:55something better than this right there they are they want to put an end
19:00to this we’ve got to stop if we let him go on like this everyone’s going to believe in him and then that last bit
19:06kind of tells you where their motivations Romans are going to come take away both our place and our nation we’re going to be we’re going to be
19:12without a job I’m not able to work hard out in the
19:18field what am I supposed to do right who are they caring about themselves
19:24so then one of them Caiaphas whose high priest that year said to them you know nothing at all nor do you understand it
19:31is better for you that one man should die for the people not that the whole nation should perish
19:38wait what are you inferring that we should murder Jesus
19:45well I mean the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few isn’t that what Spock said right
19:52that’s how this is going down so he did not say this of his own accord but being high priest that year he actually
19:57prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation and not only for the nation but also to gather into one the children of
20:03God who are scattered or prod so from that day on they made plans to put Jesus to death
20:11wow in other words you raised from somebody from the dead
20:17I kill you you die how dare you we gave no author you did not get a resurrection permit
20:24from us you forgot to apply you did not fill out the paperwork we didn’t approve of this
20:30you die okay that’s their does any of this make any sense to you
20:36remember the scripture says the fool says in his heart there is no God you want to be as stupid as stupid gets
20:44just keep following your sinful desires just keep listening to that old sinful
20:50Adam inside of you and go that route and you’ll be this dumb
20:55and dumb it is and the text goes on so Jesus therefore no longer walked openly among the Jews
21:03but went from there to the region where near the Wilderness to a town called
21:08Ephraim and there he stayed with the disciples now the Passover the Jews was at hand and many went up from the
21:15country to Jerusalem before the Passover to purify themselves they were looking for Jesus and for Jesus and saying to
21:22one another as they stood in the temple what do you think that he will not come to the Feast at all now the chief
21:28priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew that where he was he should let them they he should
21:35let them know so that they might arrest him in the talmuds we actually have the
21:41arrest warrant for Jesus he they literally issued an arrest warrant basically and here were the
21:47charges he’s guilty of deceiving the people and practicing sorcery
21:53and I want you to keep this in mind because next week is Palm Sunday slash passion Sunday when Jesus comes Waltzing
22:01into Jerusalem on a donkey and everyone’s laying down palm branches
22:06and and they’re cloaks and crying out Hosanna to the son of David Jesus is
22:12doing this with full knowledge that there is an arrest warrant and they are just waiting for the right time to
22:19execute it he knew full well what he was getting
22:24into and now to talk about just how stupid this gets six days before the
22:31Passover Jesus came to Bethany where Lazarus was whom Jesus had raised from the dead so they gave a dinner for him
22:37there and Martha served and Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table and there were a lot of people who basically
22:43came in order to see what was going on to see Lazarus and it says this in verse
22:499 when the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus was there they came not only on account of him but also to
22:55see Lazarus whom he had raised from the dead the whole city was buzzing with the
23:00with his account so as a result of this the chief plea priest made plans to put
23:05Lazarus to death as well because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus
23:13how dare you rise from the dead when Jesus tells you to come out of the Grave
23:18you should have stayed dead
23:23this is unhinged this is legitimately unhinged and the point of all of this
23:31then when we kind of put it all together is that we can see the consequences of
23:37sin running its course have you ever stopped to think that it is absolutely terrifying and I mean that in the truest
23:43sense terrifying that the demons know exactly who Jesus is and when their God
23:49is standing right before them the Jews the Pharisees the scribes the chief priests they are utterly Clueless
23:57and rather than recognize that that’s the god that they claim that they worship
24:02they instead think that he’s a threat that he’s a danger he’s a problem to be
24:08solved how do you solve a problem like Jesus right okay
24:14sorry that was a little odd now here’s where it applies to us
24:21scripture is very clear none of us is righteous and if it were not for the
24:28grace of God and the work of the Holy Spirit and the washing of regeneration each and every one of us would be this
24:35foolish and here’s the thing I’ve said it before the reason why pagans do pagans things
24:41is because they’re pagans pagans are going to Peg man that’s what they do and so Romans chapter 3 which gives us
24:49the greater context for our epistle text gives this gives this verdict for each
24:54and every one of us Paul writes in Romans 3 9 what then are we Jews any
24:59better awful not not at all we’ve all already charged that all everybody both Jews and Greeks they’re under sin as it
25:06is written none is righteous no not one no one understands no one seeks for God
25:15now if you sit there and go well that sounds a little extreme Pastor don’t you think that you might want to cool that a little bit and back it back back it up
25:21just a little bit I didn’t give you my opinion I’m quoting the scriptures to you and if
25:28you’re not sure about this note that these words do not appear once in scripture they don’t appear twice in
25:33scripture these exact words appear three times in scripture twice in the Psalms once here in Romans none is righteous no
25:41not one no one understands no one seeks for God all have turned aside and together they have become worthless
25:49well that hurts my self-esteem Pastor good your self-esteem is the problem you
25:54got that from the Devil no one does good not even one their
26:00throat is an open grave they use their tongues to deceive the Venom of asps is under their lips their mouth is full of
26:06curse curses and bitterness their feet are Swift to shed blood in their paths are ruin and misery now hold on for a
26:15second it’s not all that bad no just take a look behind you you see that yeah that’s a wake of Ruin and misery and
26:21that’s the thing following you and following me not because of somebody sinning against you but because of your
26:28sin how you have hurt others and let’s not even talk about God at this point
26:33and what you’ve done to transgress the first table of the law in their paths
26:38are ruined and misery the way of peace they have not known there is no fear of God Before Their Eyes now we know that
26:44whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law so that every mouth may be stopped the whole world may
26:50be held accountable to God for by works of the law not one human being will be justified in God’s sight since through
26:57the law comes the knowledge of sin
27:02so if you think that you are better than the scribes the Pharisees and the chief
27:08priests and the people who want to put Jesus to death you don’t seem to quite get it yet you’re in that group
27:13so am I that’s what we were born into and you’ll note then the consequences of
27:21our sin are indeed severe not only in this life in pain ruin a misery and the falling
27:27apart of our bodies as we get closer and closer to death but each and every one of us have hell in our future if we do
27:34not repent and Trust in Christ but this is where we’ll note then fast forwarding
27:39a little bit Jesus next week you’re going to hear the passion Narrative of Christ from the gospel of Matthew and
27:47this is where an important Doctrine comes into place and that Doctrine is the doctrine known as substitution
27:53you’ll note that we deserve hell but God in his mercy and his grace has seen fit
28:00to not give us what we deserve instead Christ is the one who suffers in our
28:06place there’s a couple of names for the doctrine penal substitutionary atonement
28:11and you can also call it vicarious satisfaction the vicarious satisfaction
28:16sounds a little less specific but I like the penal substitutionary atonement and here’s the thing that Doctrine which is
28:24taught very clearly in scripture like offends liberals which is all the more reason why we need to be screaming it
28:30from the steeple of this church just to keep offending them more and more with this great news of substitution and
28:38you’ll note we are truly guilty and so what is our hope we need a substitute and if you think then regarding our
28:45reading from next for next week There’s Jesus on trial for what
28:51he’s done not a single thing wrong does he defend himself not even close doesn’t even speak a word in his own defense and
28:59so things get so bad that now pilate has basically called a crowd together to
29:04make a decision because he has this tradition that he does he releases a prisoner on the Passover right and so
29:11they’ve decided that it’s going to be either Jesus or Barabbas one of the two are going to get to walk free by the way
29:18don’t let that name that let that name go by bar rabbis
29:24son of the father that’s what his name means and these details are not
29:30coincidences so there’s pilate who do you want released to you Jesus who’s
29:35called the Christ or do you want Barabbas of course the Pharisees and the chief
29:41priests had whipped up the crowd give us Barabbas give us Barabbas well what am I to do with Jesus crucify him right
29:49and Jesus again doesn’t lift up a voice at all doesn’t protest even in the
29:55slightest because he knows that this is what it’s going to take in order for you and I to
30:00be saved he has become the sinner at this point God has laid on him the
30:07iniquity of us all he is now in his full substitutionary work and Jesus goes to
30:13the Cross but whose cross is he nailed to barabbases
30:19let me think let me kind of put it in a different way the cross that Jesus was nailed to was yours
30:26it was mine that’s how substitution Works focus in
30:31on that name baraba son of the father that being the case Christ has all of
30:37your sin and iniquity was put onto him your guilt your shame your punishment
30:43was placed on him and he drank to the dregs the full cup of the wrath of God
30:48so that you and I can be pardoned and forgiven and so here’s where our epistle text comes in and just Comforts us like
30:55you wouldn’t believe Romans 8 there is therefore now no
31:00condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus but I’m guilty I know
31:07but Christ has stood in your place you are not condemned instead of receiving
31:13condemnation and wrath and eternal punishment from God there is no condemnation for the law of the spirit
31:20of life has set you free in Christ Jesus note the law of the spirit of life has done what to you it sets you free just
31:27like Barabbas was set free could you imagine brav is sitting there going I can’t believe I’m set free they open the
31:33prison doors they let me walk out no one’s chasing me this is crazy that’s you you have been set free in Christ but
31:41from the law of sin and death God has done for you what the law we can by the flesh could not do by sending his own
31:48son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin he condemns sin in the flesh in
31:53order that the righteous requirement of the law might be filled fulfilled in us who walk not according to the flesh but
31:59according to the spirit those who live according to the flesh they set their minds on the things of the flesh isn’t
32:06that what we saw the scribes and the chief priests and the Pharisees doing we’re going to lose our jobs we can’t
32:12let people believe in Jesus right they set their minds on the things of the Flesh and to set the and and the mind
32:19that is set in the flesh it’s hostile to God it doesn’t submit to God’s law indeed it cannot those who are in the
32:25flesh cannot please God you however y’all in the Greek right we
32:32need we need that second person plural backing y’all however are not in the flesh but in the spirit if in fact the
32:39spirit of God dwells in you well does the spirit of God dwell in you or not
32:44yeah I think so because there the Waters of baptism you were buried with Christ
32:50and raised with Christ and as Peter says repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus for the Forgiveness
32:55of your sins and you’ll receive the gift of the holy spirit so note here this is invoking realities that are present for
33:02all of us baptismally you however you’re not in the flesh but you’re in the spirit of in fact the spirit of God dwells in you and he does and anyone who
33:10does not have the spirit of Christ doesn’t belong to him but you do but if Christ is in you and he is although the
33:17body is dead because of sin and yet my body is pretty much worn out and dead anyway yep uh the spirit of Life the
33:24spirit is life because of righteousness if the spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you and he does
33:30he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal
33:35bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you and here’s where we’re going to note
33:41something here we have a tendency to complain God if you really care about me why are you letting my body fall apart
33:47why why do I have to die why why do why does my elbow hurt and why why is that I
33:53can’t get out of bed and what happened to my hair right you’ll note that Christ isn’t really all that interested in
34:01fixing the little things yeah you’re gonna fall apart but didn’t you hear this he’s going to give life to
34:09your mortal bodies he’s going to raise you from the dead that’s the whole point of the Ezekiel passage when I bring you
34:16out of your Graves then you will know that I am Yahweh right
34:22so you’re falling apart now yes but trust me something way better is about
34:27to happen so then Brothers we are debtors but we’re not debtors to the Flesh in order
34:33to live according to the flesh if you live according to the flesh you’re going to die but if by the Spirit by the Holy
34:38Spirit you put to death the Deeds of the body you will live all who are led by the spirit of God are wait a second
34:45listen to these words you’re sons of God now I understand the patriarchy crowd is
34:51just going to scream here they just need to get over it it’s Mankind and When God says you are all sons of God that
34:56includes daughters yes it can work that way just let the patriarchy crowd Screech all they want we’ll just Embrace
35:03what the text says right so all who are led by the spirit and that’s you you are
35:09all now Barabbas sons of the father
35:15you see how the exchange Works play takes place for you did not receive the
35:20spirit of Slavery to fall back into fear but you have received the spirit of adoption as sons and by whom we cry out
35:28Abba Father so brothers and sisters things are taking a dark turn Jesus
35:36you’ll note that he’s escalating things at this point and if things keep going this way somebody’s gonna get hurt
35:44and indeed Jesus was and you’ll note the details of his
35:50passion are horrific he was beaten he was punched in the face spit on
35:56he was scourged had a crown of thorns pushed deep into his skull
36:03he was bleeding and had to carry his own cross and then he was nailed to the
36:09cross and suspended Between Heaven and Earth that’s the whole point in order
36:14that God may be glorified in him and ultimately in you
36:19through the Forgiveness of our sins without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins in Christ indeed
36:25shed his blood for us so let us praise God that it’s true that things went on like
36:32this and somebody got hurt but he got hurt so that we can be healed in the name of Jesus Amen
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