Sermon Transcript – The New Covenant

Series C – Maundy Thursday – Thursday, March 24, 2016 | Pr. Chris Rosebrough

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We proclaim Christ and Him crucified for our sins and salvation by grace through faith alone, and now, here’s a message from Pastor Chris Rosebrough:
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0:29the holy Gospel According to Saint Luke
0:31chapter 22 verses 7 through 20.
0:34then came the day of unleavened bread on
0:37which the Passover Lamb had to be
0:38sacrificed so Jesus sent Peter and John
0:41saying go and prepare the Passover for
0:44us that we may eat it they said to him
0:47where will you have us prepare it he
0:49said to them behold when you have
0:50entered the city A man carrying a jar of
0:52water will meet you follow him into the
0:55house that he enters and tell the Master
0:57of the House the teacher says to you
0:59where is the guest room where I may eat
1:01the Passover with my disciples
1:04and he will show you a large upper room
1:06furnished prepare it there and they went
1:09and found it just as he had told them
1:11and they prepared the Passover and when
1:14the hour came he reclined at table and
1:17the apostles with him and he said to
1:19them I have earnestly desired to eat
1:22this Passover with you before I suffer
1:25for I tell you I will not eat it until
1:28it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God
1:30and he took a cup and when he had given
1:32thanks he said take take this and divide
1:34it amongst yourselves for I tell you
1:37that from now on I will not drink of the
1:39fruit of the vine until the kingdom of
1:40God comes and he took bread and when he
1:43had given thanks he broke it and gave it
1:45to them saying this is my body which is
1:48given for you do this in remembrance of
1:51me and likewise the cup after they had
1:54eaten saying this cup is poured out for
1:56you is the New Covenant in my blood in
2:01the name of Jesus
2:04Our Gospel text says Jesus said to his
2:07disciples I have earnestly desired to
2:10eat this Passover with you
2:13before I suffer
2:16this Passover
2:18this is the Passover of passovers and if
2:21you’re familiar with your Old Testament
2:22then you are aware of the whole story of
2:26the Passover it’s found in the book of
2:28Exodus and in that book we find that the
2:31children of Israel have been enslaved by
2:33a evil Wicked pharaoh
2:35who did not know who Joseph was didn’t
2:38care who Joseph was and unfortunately
2:40we’re not going to talk about Joseph
2:42tonight but it’s a great story that
2:44points us to Christ
2:45and he Enslaved the children of Israel
2:49and put them in bondage
2:52430 years
2:54how old is the United States
2:56200 somethingish right
3:00I remember when the bicentennial coins
3:02came out I thought it was a big deal but
3:03then I was a little lad you know wow
3:05look at that I want the bicentennial
3:08200 years in 1976
3:12200 years we’re not even halfway there
3:15for the children of Israel
3:18and then God raises up Moses a murderer
3:22quite the screw-up
3:24it’s weird how God uses Sinners but then
3:26again if he didn’t use Sinners to do his
3:28will who would he use right
3:31he commissions him sends him to pharaoh
3:35and says let my people go and then
3:38begins The Ultimate Showdown the
3:39showdown between a false god that’s what
3:42a pharaoh is they’re a god king right
3:45the ultimate showdown between a false
3:47god and the true God
3:49they go 10 Rounds
3:52Pharaoh loses every single round
3:54the last round though is the most
3:57frightening of them all
3:59the Passover
4:01this is the one that gets our attention
4:05why because God says that he’s going to
4:11the Destroyer
4:12into Egypt
4:15the Destroyer
4:17he’s going to go by every house
4:20and if the house does not have the blood
4:23of the Passover Lamb on the doors
4:26the Destroyer will go in and he will
4:29take the life of the firstborn
4:35but if he finds the blood of the
4:37Passover Lamb on the door
4:40the Destroyer passes over
4:43and moves on down
4:46and so the children of Israel that
4:49terrible night
4:52by the way it was Friday the 13th
4:55I know that’s a little bit of an
4:57interesting historical note but this is
4:59absolutely true it was Friday the 13th
5:01one of the reasons why Friday the 13th
5:03comes down to us the way it does
5:08the children of Israel no one they
5:11didn’t lose a single person the
5:13firstborn were all
5:17and they all sat and they feasted on
5:20this Passover Lamb cooked with bitter
5:22herbs and cooked in such a way that none
5:25of its bones were broken
5:28and the reason why is because that
5:31Passover Lamb was the substitute
5:35the substitute for the firstborn
5:38and now we come to our text in Our
5:40Gospel lesson tonight for Monday
5:42Thursday and we hear that Jesus says I
5:44have earnestly desired to eat this
5:47Passover with you
5:49because this time the Passover Lamb
5:53gives way the type and Shadow gives way
5:56to the one whom it was pointing to
6:00the real Lamb of God who takes away the
6:02sin of the world
6:04the one whose blood covers Us
6:07and so when the Destroyer comes to visit
6:12he passes over
6:14because the firstborn
6:16for us has already died
6:20you see the Passover Lamb was the
6:22substitute for the firstborn and now
6:23Jesus the only begotten son of God
6:26steps on
6:28to the field
6:30and he goes to war and the way he’s
6:33going to win this is by dying
6:35he says I have urgelessly desired to eat
6:38this Passover with you before I suffer
6:41I tell you I will not eat it until it is
6:44fulfilled in the kingdom of God and he
6:45took a cup and when he had given thanks
6:47he said take this and divide it among
6:49yourselves for I tell you that from now
6:51on I will not drink of the fruit of the
6:53vine until the kingdom of God comes
6:56there was already in Jesus’s time a
6:59standard Passover liturgy if you would
7:01you can see it if you’ve ever seen a
7:03Seder Mill
7:05established cups for different things
7:07and Jesus Takes these cups and he
7:10changes everything
7:12something new is happening something
7:15amazing the disciples are probably
7:18sitting there slap jawed as Jesus
7:20utterly changes the very rituals that
7:23they have grown up in and for years and
7:26decades have done the same thing at the
7:28same time at the same place in that
7:31liturgy Jesus now changes it he takes
7:34bread and when he had given thanks he
7:37breaks it and gave gives it to them
7:40saying this is my body which is given
7:43for you
7:47I oftentimes use a phrase to kind of
7:51make a point
7:52sometimes we Christians put the emphasis
7:54on the wrong syllable
7:56and when we do so we kind of mess things
8:00where do you put the emphasis in these
8:02words this is my body
8:05which is given for you
8:09where do you put the emphasis
8:14I’ll tell you where I put it
8:16for you
8:20the reason I put it there
8:23is because
8:25that’s what I need
8:28and if you’re honest that’s what you
8:29need as well
8:32it’s amazing to me
8:34our picture of God when we are
8:38sinning like there’s no tomorrow
8:40enslaved to sin
8:43obeying its every beckon called
8:45practically offering ourselves to the
8:48devil to do his work
8:50what we end up thinking about God is
8:52that God is Mad God is coming after us
8:55God is going to throw lightning bolts at
8:58me God is gonna God is gonna and all we
9:01think is about the wrath of God and the
9:03reason why is because we know that’s
9:04exactly what we’ve earned
9:07it’s Adam and Eve hiding in the trees
9:10from God
9:12we all do it we all know existentially
9:14what that feels like
9:16hiding from God
9:18and yet here’s God in human flesh
9:21and he is about to go and suffer and
9:25bleed and die from my sins and for yours
9:29and there’s no talk of judgment
9:32only gifts
9:37it’s Christmas if you would
9:40take eat
9:41this is my body which is given given
9:47for you
9:49do this in remembrance of me
9:51and likewise the cup after they had
9:53eaten saying this cup is poured out for
9:56you this is the New Covenant
9:59in my blood
10:03this is New Covenant in my blood and
10:06there’s the words poured out
10:14the sinless for The Sinner
10:17and that’s what happens on the cross God
10:19lays on him the iniquity of us all Jesus
10:22becomes the singular sinner of all of
10:24mankind and there he is naked and
10:28exposed to the wrath of God and God lets
10:31him have it
10:34and none of this is abuse because Jesus
10:37says he lays down his life
10:42for us
10:44and so we return to our epistle text
10:47talking about this New Covenant in the
10:49blood of Christ the Holy Spirit Bears
10:51witness to us
10:53for after saying this is the Covenant
10:55that I will make with them after those
10:57days declares the Lord I will put my
10:59laws in their hearts write them in their
11:00minds yes I will remember their sins and
11:04their Lawless Deeds no more
11:08no more
11:10they sit there and go can it really be
11:13that God will remember our Lawless Deeds
11:16no more
11:19well we’re not accusing God of being
11:23it’s not like well in his old age I mean
11:25after all how many gazillions of years
11:27old is he anyway
11:29God as he’s getting up there in age is a
11:32kind of starting to lose it right
11:35the reason why he remembers our Lawless
11:37Deeds no more is because they’re all
11:39atoned for Christ has given his body
11:42given his blood poured out broken shed
11:45for you
11:48there’s nothing to remember
11:51I mean how many of you guys remember the
11:54transactions that you’ve conducted you
11:56know you can think through and tick off
11:59the receipts from Lowe’s and from Hugo’s
12:02and from the post office from 10 years
12:05ago 15 years ago you can’t right
12:08that those transactions have already
12:10taken place they’re long in the past
12:13well see that’s the thing
12:14the transaction that took place between
12:17Christ and the Father the shed blood
12:20which redeems us purchases off the of
12:22the slave block
12:24sets us free that transaction has been
12:27conducted all of our sins atoned for not
12:30a single one of them is unaccounted for
12:33unpaid for unbleed for undyed for every
12:37single one of them has the blood of
12:39Christ across it paid in full it’s been
12:44nailed to the cross and that cross
12:46disappeared two thousand years ago
12:49and I don’t care what the Catholics say
12:51they say they got so many pieces of the
12:53Cross you know you go different Catholic
12:55churches and we’ve got a piece of the
12:56True Cross I think it was Martin Luther
12:59who said they’ve got so many different
13:00pieces of the True Cross they could
13:02rebuild the Ark of Noah with them right
13:06but that cross is long gone
13:10God remembers your Lawless Deeds your
13:14sins and we’re not talking about
13:15hypothetical sins here we’re talking
13:18about four real awful sins
13:22sit there and go well what kind of
13:24you’re talking about Pastor well let’s
13:26walk through the list
13:32disobeying your parents
13:34false belief
13:37profaning God’s name
13:42adultery theft
13:45covetousness lying
13:49for real sins
13:52the real sins that you and I have
13:54committed he has
13:57truly bled and died for when you hear
14:01tonight when you come to this altar
14:05and you hear these words take eat broken
14:09shed for you for the Forgiveness of your
14:15the ones you committed when you were in
14:17your 20s the ones you committed five
14:19minutes before you walked in the church
14:22they’re all accounted for
14:25and God remembers our Lawless Deeds
14:28no more
14:32you’ll never stand before Christ
14:35when we finally get to see him face to
14:37face and he’ll say remember that time
14:40when you
14:44he won’t
14:46he won’t
14:48and then the text says this
14:51where there is forgiveness of these
14:53there is no longer any offering for sin
14:56therefore Brothers since we have
14:59confidence to enter the holy places by
15:02the blood of Jesus we have confidence
15:06how many of you when you’ve been in your
15:08darkest moments have thought I better
15:09not ever go back to church
15:11oh man
15:14they’re not going to be happy to see me
15:18when you sin
15:19the devil gets the upper hand
15:22your first temptation is to say church
15:25is the last place I should be
15:28but see the text says Christ God
15:31remembers your Lawless Deeds no more
15:34so you come confident into Kong’s finger
15:37you come confident confident that you
15:40are forgiven confident that you are
15:42sprinkled by the blood of Christ
15:44confident that the blood of the Passover
15:46Lamb covers you
15:48and the destroyer and the devil and all
15:51of his accusatory demons can’t say a
15:53word about you not one
15:57I remember what he did I remember what
15:59she did
16:01I’m covered by the blood thank you
16:05right confidence
16:12so we have confidence to enter the holy
16:14places by the blood by the New and
16:16Living Way that Christ opened for us
16:18through the curtain that is through his
16:21flesh and since we have a great priest
16:23over the house of God let us draw near
16:26with a True Heart
16:28in full Assurance of Faith notice here
16:32this is like Christianity with a
16:34backbone this is like Christianity that
16:36says I know I’m forgiven I know that God
16:40loves me I know that Christ bled and
16:42died for me confidence assurance
16:46this is not arrogance
16:48something completely different
16:51this is one hundred percent assurance
16:53that God truly is what he says he is
17:03so we can draw near to God
17:06in a True Heart full Assurance of faith
17:09our hearts having been sprinkled clean
17:11from an evil conscience and our bodies
17:15washed with pure water
17:16referring to your baptism notice here
17:19the sprinkling of Christ’s blood
17:22in the waters of our baptism
17:25takes away from us an evil conscience
17:28so let us then hold fast to the
17:30confession of Our Hope without wavering
17:33and why can we not waver because he who
17:35promised is faithful it’s not dependent
17:37on you it’s dependent on the one who
17:38gave the promise and the last time I
17:40checked God doesn’t lie
17:42he says he’s going to do something he’s
17:44going to do it he says he’s forgiven you
17:46and that he remembers your sins no more
17:47guess what he loves you and he remembers
17:50your sins no more
17:54so let us consider then in light of all
17:57this and this is where it gets fun
17:59let us consider how to stir up one
18:01another to love and good works
18:06you see how the two go hand in hand
18:09it’s like love and marriage or peanut
18:11butter and jelly or maybe peanut butter
18:12and honey depends on what you like but
18:14the two go together
18:16you being forgiven in Christ having
18:19confidence and Assurance of the
18:21Forgiveness of your sins no longer makes
18:23it so that you are enslaved to your own
18:25sinful nature enslaved to the devil and
18:28think and act like him completely
18:30self-absorbed that’s how the devil
18:34the devil is the original narcissist and
18:37he has trained us all how to be that
18:39same way right
18:42we’re not a bunch of spiritual selfie
18:47do I look holy today
18:51I did that too well okay
18:57but because we are forgiven
19:00because God remembers our Lawless Deeds
19:03no more because we have full Assurance
19:06of the Forgiveness of our sins
19:10because of all of this and the one who
19:13is faithful the one who has promised is
19:15faithful and this is our hope it cannot
19:17be taken from us so now we can stir up
19:21one another to love and to Good Works
19:26not neglecting to meet together as is
19:28the habit of some in other words come to
19:32but encouraging one another and
19:34encouraging each other all the more as
19:37you see the day Drawing Near
19:40have you looked
19:42at the condition of the world
19:44is it better than when you first started
19:46growing up when you were a little kid
19:48has it gotten better or worse
19:51worse condition of the church better or
19:55worse the day is Drawing Near
19:58so what do we do I know let’s go buy
20:01buckets of food and hide in our
20:04and we can learn how to become
20:06survivalists no no as we see the Jade
20:10Drawing Near
20:12let’s encourage each other onto good
20:17the night is coming
20:18the day is long spent
20:21but there’s still enough light it’s
20:23still enough light that we can still
20:26love and serve our neighbors
20:29because Christ has loved us
20:32this is what we are set free to do
20:35you see as Christians we are given good
20:37works which God prepared in advance for
20:40us to do
20:41and all of these things it is our joy
20:43and our privilege not in order to be
20:46saved but because we is saved we are
20:49heading to heaven we have full Assurance
20:52of these things
20:54so tonight
20:56as we come to the Lord’s table
20:59to remember the original Lord’s Supper
21:02the changing of the Passover into the
21:06Lord’s Supper the type and Shadow giving
21:08way to the reality to where we can now
21:11see the end from the beginning
21:15let us draw near confident of God’s
21:18mercy and Grace
21:19confident that what we receive in our
21:22mouth this night is the body of Christ
21:25broken for us for the Forgiveness of our
21:27sins the blood of Christ shed for us for
21:30the Forgiveness of our sins and let us
21:33consider what an amazing powerful loving
21:36gracious kind God we have who get who
21:41cares so much for us
21:43that he would give us such precious
21:49sustain us
21:51and strengthen us on our way as we
21:54travel as sojourners through this very
21:57short life
21:58on finally to the Eternal Kingdom where
22:02we will see him face to face and being
22:05confident of the Forgiveness of sins we
22:07will not shrink back in fear when we see
22:16instead we will run to him
22:21the way a wife runs to her husband at
22:23the airport after he’s been gone on a
22:25long trip
22:30we will run to him
22:32the way parents run to their children
22:34having never seen them because they
22:37adopted them and seeing them for the
22:39first time
22:45but that kind of confidence only comes
22:48from knowing that the Love is Real
22:51and tonight we know this love is real
22:56to cherish these words
22:58broken and shed
23:00for you
23:02for the Forgiveness of your sins
23:05in the name of Jesus Amen
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