Sermon Transcript – Lord Over Death

1 Year Lectionary – Sixteenth Sunday After Trinity – Sunday, October 2, 2022 | 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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0:29holy Gospel According to Saint Luke the
0:31seventh chapter
0:33soon afterwards Jesus went to a town
0:36called nane and his disciples and a
0:38great crowd went with him as he drew
0:41near to the gate of the Town Behold a
0:43man who had died was being carried out
0:45the only son of his mother and she was a
0:48widow and and a considerable crowd from
0:50the town was with her and when the Lord
0:52saw her he had compassion on her and
0:55said to her do not weep and then he came
0:58up and touched the beer and the Bears
1:00Stood Still and he said young man I say
1:03to you arise and the dead man sat up and
1:06began to speak and Jesus gave him to his
1:08mother fear seized them all and the
1:11glorified God sing a great prophet has
1:13arisen Among Us and God has visited his
1:17and this report about him spread
1:19throughout the whole the whole of Judea
1:21and all the surrounding country this is
1:25the gospel of the Lord in the name of
1:30death yeah we don’t like talking about
1:33it but whether we talk about it or not
1:35death comes death comes for all of us
1:38unless Christ shows up maybe next
1:41Thursday would be a good time for him to
1:43show up because then maybe we can avert
1:46and death but alas if Christ continues
1:48to tarry we will all someday
1:51die and you’ll note that throughout the
1:54gospels there are several instances
1:57three to be exact where Jesus raises the
2:01Dead the first is jarius’s daughter
2:04young 12 year old girl then we have this
2:07fellow the son of the Widow of nain and
2:12clearly he’s a young man so I would note
2:16here this uh this fellow by virtue of
2:18the fact that he’s a young man and the
2:21first person that Jesus raised from the
2:22dead was a girl a little 12 year old
2:26that death comes for us all we all are
2:31born already with one foot in the grave
2:34and death is no respecter of persons
2:37death doesn’t sit there and go oh well
2:38you’re too young to die no no no no no
2:40death doesn’t think this way death
2:43sweeps us all away infant unborn
2:48older younger it doesn’t matter and then
2:52the third of Jesus is Raising people
2:55from the dead Miracles is Lazarus the
2:58one whom he loved and so we’ll know that
3:01tragedy comes for us all In Our Gospel
3:05text today this is indeed tragedy it’s
3:09it’s in fact the tragedy is surpassed by
3:13the mercy of Christ so Jesus is
3:16traveling to a town called nane and as
3:20he drew near to the gate there was a man
3:22who had died being carried out the only
3:25son of his mother she was away Widow
3:27considerable crowd from the town was
3:29with her and this this woman as a widow
3:32I mean she’s facing
3:35abject poverty
3:38that’s what’s facing her
3:40she doesn’t have a son anymore her
3:43husband has passed what does her future
3:45look like
3:47the leak
3:48and you’re gonna note something here and
3:50that is is that
3:52oftentimes tragedy visits us and we cry
3:56out to God and we say why
3:59and I am not authorized to say why
4:02because I do not know the man the the
4:04mind of God however I have noticed that
4:07there are times in people’s lives when
4:10God sends tragedy oftentimes it is um to
4:15make it so that the good things of this
4:17Earth do not tempt Us in ways that we
4:21put our trust in them our hearts desire
4:24is for them rather than for God you’ll
4:26note that by faith we despise all the
4:30things of this Earth we do not cast our
4:33eyes on and Trust in riches our wealth
4:36or youth or in the love of a spouse or
4:40the love of a mother
4:42or the love of a child if we love these
4:46things more than Christ and we’re not
4:48worthy of eternal life we’re still
4:50impenitent we’re still dead in
4:52trespasses and sins and so sometimes
4:55tragedy comes as a means by which God
4:58strips away those things that would harm
5:01our faith in this particular case we’re
5:05in the middle of this tragedy this kid
5:07has just died and Christ here he has
5:11compassion that says the Lord saw her
5:13and he had compassion on her
5:15and he comes and offers words of
5:17consolation he’s saying to her do not
5:19weep this isn’t a Prohibition as if
5:21somehow weeping is an anti-christian
5:23thing to do no no this has to do with
5:25the fact that he’s saying take comfort
5:28take comfort don’t weep
5:30I’ve got something for you then he came
5:32up touched the beer and the bear Stood
5:35Still and he said young man I say to you
5:42talk about compassion third
5:45three people Christ raises from the dead
5:47the fourth is himself by the way when
5:50Jesus was challenged regarding the
5:52things that he was doing especially
5:53making a Accord and a whip and driving
5:56out the money changers and when the
5:58Pharisees challenged Christ and said why
6:01you show us a Sign by what Authority you
6:03do these things and Jesus said tear down
6:06this Temple and I’ll build it again in
6:08three days he said I will build it Jesus
6:10is God in human flesh so you’ll note
6:12that the second person of the Trinity
6:14the the Son of God he also was
6:17instrumental in his own rising from the
6:19dead so that technically counts as the
6:21fourth but what does this show us what
6:23does this show us you’ll note that the
6:25reaction of the people of nane they
6:27immediately realized
6:29something huge has happened in their
6:33midst let their fear speak to you fear
6:36sees them all and they ended up
6:38glorifying God saying a great prophet
6:40has arisen Among Us God
6:42has visited his people
6:45good words good words God has visited
6:49his people indeed he has you see God has
6:53visited his people because Christ is God
6:57in human flesh as Paul says in
6:59Colossians in him the whole fullness of
7:02the deity dwells bodily or as John says
7:06in the Gospel of John chapter 1 that God
7:09has tabernacled among us we have been
7:13visited by God and note that although
7:17this visitation by God is 2 000 years
7:20ago do not let the fact that fact keep
7:24you from seeing the truth God’s word is
7:27living and active and sharper than a
7:29double-edged sword
7:31the fact that Christ raised these this
7:34widow’s son from the dead is every bit
7:37as powerful and potent as it was two
7:42thousand years ago God has visited his
7:45people he’s visited you he’s visited me
7:47and he’s come and demonstrated something
7:50by fulfilling one of the words of the
7:52prophets in the prophet Hosea we read in
7:56Chapter 13 Verse 14. Yahweh speaking
8:02I shall Ransom them from the power of
8:08indeed that’s exactly what God did what
8:11Yahweh did by taking on human flesh
8:14Christ bleeding and dying for the sins
8:17of the world say all now kind of being
8:20portrayed as uh well as a Highwayman
8:23who’s who’s absconded with us and is
8:26holding us hostage waiting for a ransom
8:30and that’s what Christ does
8:32by bleeding and dying for your sins he
8:35has ransomed us from sin death the Devil
8:40Himself and so it says in Hosea chapter
8:4313 verse 14 Yahweh speaking I shall
8:45Ransom them from the power of shale I
8:49shall redeem them from death and that’s
8:53what Jesus has done you know death is a
8:56terrible thing there’s just no way
8:58around it if you find yourself in
9:01mourning it often feels like the whole
9:04world is passing you by that you’ve been
9:06somehow shoved to the side of the road
9:09and just had something stripped of from
9:13you that was so precious and so needful
9:18that’s always what happens when death
9:21but you know God knows a thing or two
9:23about death God the Father watched on
9:26while his son
9:29bled and died for your sins and mine and
9:34what was he doing on the cross redeeming
9:38redeeming us so that we can be set free
9:41once and for all from Death as it any
9:46Wonder then that Hosea then goes on to
9:47say oh death
9:49where’s your plagues what were your
9:52plague’s death you seem to be a
9:54toothless wonder you guys remember
9:56Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at
9:59Reindeer and the Abominable Snowman how
10:01did they conquer the Abominable snowmen
10:03well uh Hermie the dentist
10:07takes all of his teeth out
10:09and see that’s what Jesus did by him
10:12being swallowed up by Death
10:14on the third day Christ Rose Victorious
10:17from the grave and he is totally taken
10:20away death’s power death has no power
10:23over you as a Christian death has no
10:26power over me as a Christian when we die
10:30and our eyes close in this lifetime
10:33we are awakened to the joys of eternal
10:37life in the presence of Christ forever
10:40death is not something that is a
10:43horrible experience for a Believer
10:44indeed it’s the exact opposite so oh
10:47death where are your plagues
10:51O’Shea oh where’s your sting
10:56it’s the answer to the question is it’s
10:59nowhere to be found Jesus puts it this
11:03in the Gospel of John chapter 5. for as
11:06the father raises the dead and gives
11:08them life
11:10so also the son gives life to whom he
11:14for the father judges no one but has
11:16given all judgment to the son that all
11:18may honor the son just as they honor the
11:20father so whoever does not honor the son
11:23does not honor the father who sent him
11:24so truly truly I say to you whoever
11:27hears my words
11:30believes him who sent me has present
11:34tense now
11:35eternal life and that’s you
11:38you are in Christ you’ve heard the
11:41gospel you’ve heard his words you’re
11:42hearing his words right now because the
11:44words that I’m speaking they’re not my
11:46own they’re his and you trust in him and
11:49you believe in him you already have
11:52eternal life oh death where’s your sting
11:54man huh I already I already have eternal
11:57life and so do you he does not come into
12:00judgment and neither will you but it’s
12:04already passed from Death To Life
12:07truly truly I say to you Jesus says an
12:10hour is coming and is now here when the
12:12dead will hear the voice of the Son of
12:14God and those who hear will live
12:18ah for as the father has life in himself
12:21so he is granted the son also to have
12:23life in himself you’ll note by Jesus
12:26raising these three people from the day
12:27dead including the the son of the Widow
12:30of nane he’s demonstrated that he is the
12:34one who is the Lord of life and death
12:37and he is the one who’s ravaging death
12:40and he’s the one who’s taken the teeth
12:42out of death and taken its sting away so
12:46we already have eternal life and you
12:50oh brother sister you’re going to hear
12:53the voice of the Son of God when he
12:55returns in glory to judge the living
12:56dead because the dead will hear he says
12:59you’ll know the dead don’t seem to
13:00respond to anything you know okay are
13:03you there wake up wake up no they don’t
13:04respond to nothing right but they do
13:07respond to the voice of Jesus on the day
13:09that he returns in glory to judge the
13:11living and the dead the dead
13:13will hear the voice of the Son of God
13:15and those who hear they will live for as
13:18the father has life in himself so he is
13:20granted the son also to have life in
13:23he’s given him authority to execute
13:25judgment because he is the son of man
13:28so do not Marvel at this for an hour is
13:32coming when all who are in the tombs
13:35will hear his voice and they will come
13:38out you see the the the that widow’s son
13:42Jesus said the young man I say to you
13:44arise well Jesus when he returns he will
13:48say to you arise call you by name arise
13:51you will come out and those who have
13:53done good by trusting in Jesus for the
13:56Forgiveness of their sins who’ve already
13:57passed from Death To Life who will not
14:00come into judgment
14:02they will go to the resurrection of life
14:04but those who persist in sin and
14:06unbelief well
14:09foolishly they’ll head to the
14:10resurrection of judgment Paul says it
14:13this way in First Corinthians 15
14:14starting in verse 35. some will ask
14:19how are the dead raised with what kind
14:21of body do they come
14:23now you foolish person what you sow does
14:25not come to life unless it dies and what
14:27you sow is not the body that is to be
14:29but a bare Colonel perhaps of wheat or
14:32of some other grain but God gives it a
14:34body as he has chosen to each kind of
14:37seed its own body for not all flesh is
14:40the same but there is one kind for
14:42humans another for animals and another
14:44for birds and another for fish there are
14:47heavenly bodies
14:48and there are Earthly bodies but the
14:51glory of the Heavenly is of one kind the
14:53glory of the earthlings of another there
14:55is one glory of the sun another glory of
14:58the Moon and another glory of the stars
15:01for stars differ from star and Glory so
15:03it is with the resurrection of the Dead
15:05what is sown is perishable
15:09what is raised is imperishable
15:13it is sown in dishonor
15:15it is raised in glory it is sown in
15:19it is raised in power it is sown a
15:22natural body and it is raised a
15:25spiritual body now if there is a natural
15:27body there’s also a spiritual body thus
15:30it is written first man Adam became a
15:31living being and The Last Man became a
15:34life-giving spirit
15:36but it’s not the spiritual that is first
15:38it is the natural
15:39then the spiritual the first man was
15:42from the earth a man of dust the second
15:44man is from Heaven as was the man of
15:47dust so are also those of the dust and
15:50as is the Son Of Heaven of the man of
15:52heaven so are those who are of Heaven
15:53just as we have borne the image of the
15:55man of dust we shall also bear the image
15:58of the man of Heaven
16:00so I tell you this Brothers flesh and
16:02blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God
16:04our mortal flesh cannot
16:07it is required
16:10that we take off this sinful flesh we do
16:13so naturally by dying
16:15all right and then being raised from the
16:18dead so I tell you Brothers flesh and
16:19blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God
16:21nor does the perishable inherit the
16:25so behold I tell you a mystery
16:27we shall not all sleep
16:29there will be Christians when Jesus
16:31returns but we shall all be changed in a
16:36moment in the twinkling of an eye at the
16:39last trumpet for the trumpet will sound
16:41and the dead will be raised
16:44imperishable and we shall be changed for
16:47this perishable body must put on the
16:49imperishable and this Mortal body must
16:52put on immortality when the imper when
16:55the perishable puts on the imperishable
16:57and the Mortal puts on immortality then
17:00shall come to pass the saying that is
17:03written and we just read it
17:06death is swallowed up in Victory
17:09O Death where is your Victory oh oh
17:11death where is your sting right the
17:14sting of death is sin
17:16the power of sin is the law
17:18but thanks be to God who gives us the
17:20victory through our Lord Jesus Christ
17:22therefore my beloved brothers be
17:27immovable in your faith in Jesus always
17:30abounding in the work of the Lord
17:32knowing that the Lord and the Lord
17:35to your labor none of it is in vain so
17:38Brothers and Sisters Jesus Christ truly
17:40is the Lord of Life he’s ravaged death
17:43for you he’s suffered death in your
17:45place so that you would never have to
17:47die and we know this theme of death and
17:51Resurrection it’s not a theme as if
17:53somehow it’s a mythology it’s a fact you
17:56are already alive in Christ you’ve been
17:58buried with Christ in the waters of your
18:00baptism you’ve been raised with Christ
18:02in the waters of your baptism God has
18:05already seated you in Heavenly places
18:07with Christ and when he comes again in
18:09glory to judge the living and the dead
18:11he will bring you back with him if you
18:13perish now and he will raise you from
18:17the dead
18:18to live
18:19forever there’s a day coming when
18:23mothers will never again be taken away
18:25from their children fathers the same nor
18:30will any children die and be taken from
18:32their parents but we will all enjoy our
18:35Lord and Savior Jesus Christ face to
18:38face on into eternity and enjoy each
18:43other in a World Without End Christ has
18:46conquered death he’s risen he is risen
18:49indeed and so will you in the name of
18:52Jesus Amen
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