Sermon Transcript – The Worst and the Best

Series A – Good Friday – Friday, April 07, 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 the 19th Chapter then pilate took Jesus and flogged him
0:35and the soldiers Twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and raid him in a purple robe
0:42they came up to him saying Hell King of the Jews and they struck him with their
0:48hands pilate went out again and said to them see I am bringing him out to you so that
0:53you may know that I find no guilt in him so Jesus came out wearing the crown of
0:58thorns and the purple robe pilate said to them behold the man
1:05when the chief priests and the officer saw him they cried out crucify him
1:10crucify him pilate said to them take him yourselves
1:15and crucify him for I find no guilt in him the Jews answered him we have a law and
1:21according to that law he ought to die because he has made himself the son of God
1:27when pilate heard the statement he was even more afraid he entered his headquarters again and said to Jesus
1:33where are you from that Jesus gave him no answer so pilate said to him
1:40you will not speak to me do you not know that I have authority to release you an
1:47authority to crucify you Jesus answered him you would have no
1:52authority over me at all unless it had been given to you from above therefore he who delivered me over to you has the
1:59greater sin from then on pilate sought to release him but the Jews cried out if you
2:05release this man you are not Caesar’s friend everyone who makes himself a king
2:10opposes Caesar so when pilate heard these words he
2:15brought Jesus out and sat down on the Judgment seat at a place called The Stone pavement and an Aramaic gabitha
2:24now it was the day of the preparation of the paths over it was about the sixth hour he said to the Jews behold your
2:31king they cried out away with him away with him crucify him
2:36pilate said to them shall I crucify your king the chief priests answered we have no
2:42King but Caesar so he delivered him over to them to be
2:47crucified so they took Jesus and he went out bearing his own cross to the place of a
2:56skull which an Aramaic is called Golgotha There They Crucified him and with him two others one on either side
3:02and Jesus between them pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross it read Jesus of
3:10Nazareth the king of the Jews many of the Jews read this inscription for the place where Jesus was crucified was near
3:17the city and it was written in Aramaic in Latin and in Greek
3:22so the chief Priests of the Jews said to pilate do not write the king of the Jews but rather that this man said that I am
3:29the king of the Jews pilate answered what I have written I have written then the soldiers when the soldiers had
3:36crucified Jesus they took his garments and divided them into four parts one
3:42part for each Soldier also his tunic but the tunic was seamless woven in one
3:47piece 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
3:55this was to fulfill the scripture which says they divided my garments among them
4:01and for my clothing they cast lots so the soldiers did these things
4:07but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s Sister Mary
4:13the wife of clopus and Mary Magdalene when Jesus saw his mother and the
4:19disciple whom he loved standing nearby he said to his mother woman behold your son
4:25and when he had said then he said to his disciple behold your mother and from that hour the disciple took her into his
4:32own home after this Jesus knowing that all was now finished said to fulfill the
4:37scripture I thirst a Jar full of sour wine stood there so they put a sponge
4:43full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth and when Jesus
4:49had received the sour wine he said it is finished and he bowed his head and gave up his
4:55spirit since it was the day of preparation and so that the bodies would not remain on
5:01the cross on the Sabbath for that Sabbath was a high day the Jews asked pilate that their legs might be broken
5:08and that they might be taken away so the soldiers came and broke the legs of the
5:14first and of the other who had been crucified with him but when they came to Jesus they saw that he was already dead
5:21they did not break his legs but one of the soldiers pierced his side with a
5:26spear and at once there came out blood and water he who saw it has borne
5:32witness his testimony is true and he knows that he is telling the truth that you may also believe for these things
5:40took place that the scripture might be fulfilled not one of his bones will be broken and again another says they will
5:48look on him whom they have pierced after these things Joseph of Arimathea
5:54who was a disciple of Jesus but secretly for fear of the Jews asked pilate that
5:59he might take away the body of Jesus and pilate gave him permission so he came
6:05and took away his body Nicodemus also who earlier had come to Jesus by Night
6:11came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes about 75 pounds in weight so they
6:18took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen claws with the spices as is the
6:24burial custom of the Jews but in the place where he was crucified there was a garden and in the garden a new Tomb in
6:32which no one had yet been laid so because of the Jewish Day of preparation since the tomb was close at hand they
6:39laid Jesus there grace mercy and peace to you from God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit
6:45who may be seated in Luther’s small catechism at the close
6:50of The Commandments Luther asked this question what does God say about all of these Commandments he
6:58says I the Lord your God am a jealous God punishing the children for the sin
7:03of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me but showing love to a thousand generations
7:10of those who love me and keep my Commandments and again Luther’s famous
7:16question that he asks vasastas what does this mean God threatens to punish all who break
7:23these Commandments therefore we should fear his wrath and not do anything against them
7:29but he promises Grace and every blessing to all who keep these Commandments therefore we should also love and trust
7:34in him and gladly do what he commands have you noticed that the world seems to
7:41think so little of God’s word but here’s the thing it’s not just the world it’s you and I as well that’s kind of our
7:48problem have you ever noticed or had a time in your life when you thought you knew better than those who were in
7:55authority over you when they gave you a commander gave you a warning I remember as a kid my mom and I and my brother
8:01well we all lived with our stepdad in the mountains the foothills of Monrovia
8:07California now if you guys are familiar with California at all or Southern California you’ll note there seems to be
8:13an annual event that happens every fall Southern California catches on fire it’s
8:20a thing it’s a thing and the reason why is because during the summer months the Mojave Desert that’s north of southern
8:27California well it warms up and it warms up big time and when you get into The
8:34Fall season you start getting these high pressure systems that come right over the Mojave Desert it and high pressure
8:40systems with a lot of energy like that kick up a lot of winds and so you get these winds that come off the Mojave
8:46Desert down into the Southern California Basin and it gets hot like 105 110 112
8:56hot but don’t worry it’s a dry heat right but here’s what happens those winds they get to gusting 35 45 50 60
9:05miles an hour and they are hot and always and again some hapless person Chucks a cigarette butt out of a window
9:13in a dry place and next thing you know Southern California is on fire and we lived in the Foothills so we had a lot
9:19of brush and shrubs and and growth and things like that we were not in a good place and so my mom and my stepdad
9:26always warned me about playing with fire did I listen to them not even close
9:32right I did you you old people don’t know what’s going on and it was during
9:38this time in my life that I discovered a wonderful thing that I enjoyed doing and that was killing ants all right I you
9:44know forget army men okay we had Trails of little black ants and they would go all over the place if a mouse died in
9:51the yard they would be all over its corpse pretty quick and consume that thing lickety-split and so I enjoyed
9:57killing time by killing ants and one of my friends introduced me to this idea
10:03that you can take an open flame in a can of raid and when you put those two together you have Napalm you have a
10:11flame thrower and boy this was an escalation of the ant killing technology that I embraced fully but again my
10:19parents had warned me that we live in a very dangerous place and fire is not something that you play with
10:25did I listen no so one day I was out killing ants
10:31using this new technology that I discovered and there were in our yard
10:38these little baby palm trees and the thing about baby palm trees is they have this hair on them and that’s not even
10:46the right way of putting it it’s it’s this fibrous thing that they emit from the very trunk itself and it’s like
10:53kindling and when you take a flamethrower and that kindling together there’s a sound
11:00that it makes when the two come together and the sound is right
11:05well when this happened my eyes got as big as a saucer my I went into full panic mode I was terrified at this point
11:13because I had started a fire and it wasn’t very far from our garage I mean
11:20the overhang of the garage was like dangerously close and at this point the
11:25adrenaline was going so big inside of my body I can hear my heartbeat in my ears
11:31and time itself seemed to slow down quickly ran got the hose that I washed
11:36the cars with came back over and sprayed down this palm tree and I successfully
11:42knocked that fire down thankfully
11:47but that didn’t get rid of the smell nor the fact that the palm tree was now
11:53black and I had some explaining to do and when my mom got home from work
11:59everything gets really fuzzy in my memories at this point right but here’s what I had done
12:07I had taken the words of my parents and I didn’t listen
12:12and what was just Theory fire starting something dangerous
12:20man it no longer was theory in my mind anymore from that day forward I realized
12:26that God was gracious to me because I easily could have burned our house down and started a wildfire that would have
12:33resulted in other people’s houses and properties being destroyed and I would have been the cause of that
12:39and that event still haunts me to this day
12:45and I think God in his Mercy allowed me to see the consequences of my Disobedience but see them in a way that
12:52really got my attention and with that we considered today you’ll note during the
12:58Lenten season we’ve been working our way through second chronicles and we’ve been focusing on the good Kings of Judah but
13:05it’s here today I would like to formally introduce you by way of the biblical text
13:11probably one of the worst kings of Judah who ever lived and why he was so bad will become very
13:17apparent from the text as a king of Judah you’ll note that if you know your Mosaic Covenant he would have been
13:24required by God’s law to hand write copy word for word every word of the
13:32Torah all the first five books of the Bible one wonders if he did that because
13:37of what the scripture says Manasseh was 12 years old when he began to Reign and
13:43I’m in second chronicles 33. and he reigned for 55 years in Jerusalem
13:49and he did what was evil in the sight of Yahweh according to the Abominations of
13:55the Nations whom Yahweh drove out before the people of Israel and here’s what we have to note something today
14:02people today are engaging in all kinds of evil and you know what they think it’s totally fine it’s okey-dokey you
14:09know why they think it’s fine and it’s okey-dokey because they’re doing what is good in their sight with no regard for
14:16what is evil in God’s sight we do not Define good we do not Define evil God
14:23has that prerogative and when we are doing evil we have no right to say that
14:28God is just fine with it he’s hunky donkey when he’s not
14:33so he did all according to the Abominations of the Nations whom Yahweh had driven out before the people of
14:39Israel he rebuilt the high places that his father Hezekiah had broken down he
14:44wrecked it altars to the balls and made astroth and worshiped all the hosts of heaven and served them he built altars
14:51in the house of Yahweh of which Yahweh had said in Jerusalem shall my name be forever and he built altars for all the
14:57hosts of Heaven in the two courts of the House of Yahweh he burned his sons as an
15:03offering in the Valley of the son of hinnom and used fortune telling and Omens and sorcery and dealt with mediums
15:09and necromancers he did much evil in the sight of Yahweh provoking God to anger
15:17provoking indeed I would note here what a horrible horrible King this is who
15:23would take not a son but Sons it says Sons plural that is a horrifying
15:28sentence he burned his sons as an offering in the Valley of the son of
15:34hinnom that can mean only one thing he was into the worship of Molech and as
15:39I’ve pointed out before no follower or believer in this false
15:45demonic God Molech would have ever called him Molech because that’s not the
15:51name for him it just so happens that the name for Molech is actually the same
15:57word that we use in Hebrew for King malach but there’s some Defiance in the
16:04masoretic text whoever pointed the Old Testament refused to point it in a way that would
16:11give even the remotest slightest honor to such a horrible deity who would
16:18demand the sacrifice of infant Sons and so rather than calling him Melech as
16:24his followers would have invoked him they repointed it and the vowels they
16:30used instead were the vowels that turn into the word Molech which means shame
16:38and indeed it is horrifying how is it that he could possibly believe
16:44how could Manasseh possibly believe that he is doing good by murdering his own
16:51children and I would note something here and that is that scripture is clear that we all
16:58have inherited Adam’s sin as the scripture rightly says None is righteous no not one no one seeks for God
17:05altogether have become worthless and also as Paul writes in Ephesians we were
17:11all born dead in trespasses and sins and as a result of that we note that before
17:16God none is righteous but you’ll note that the purpose of government is to punish an evildoer and an evil doer is
17:24to be punished and put to death only on the testimony of two or three Witnesses
17:30if one is brought up on charges and those charges cannot be proven before
17:35the state before the government before the king one is to be considered innocent the government cannot take the
17:43life of people who are innocent and yet that’s exactly what Manasseh did
17:49he put to death his own innocent children
17:54his own innocent Sons that’s how Wicked he is
18:00he engaged in fortune telling the reading of Omens and sorcery dealt with
18:06mediums and necromancers sounds like Bethel Church in Reading doesn’t it right
18:12he did much evil in the sight of Yahweh provoking God to anger and the carved image of the idol that he made he set in
18:19the house of God that you’ll note that the author here can’t even bring himself to saying what this is really going on
18:25here but we know what it is from the cross references he did much evil he carved an image and idled and he made he
18:31said in the house of Yahweh this was the guy who made an ashirah for Yahweh so
18:37that Yahweh can have a girlfriend a female deity consort and the author of
18:42the scriptures can’t even bring himself to give all the details he just mentions it as that that carved image that one
18:49right and all of this despite the fact God had
18:55said to David and to Solomon in this house in this Temple in Jerusalem which I have chosen out of all the tribes of
19:01Israel I will put my name forever and I will no more remove the foot of Israel
19:06from the land that I appointed to your fathers If Only They will be careful to do all that I have commanded them all
19:13the law and the statutes and the rules given through Moses and Manasseh LED Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem
19:20astray to do more evil than the Nations whom Yahweh destroyed
19:25before the people of Israel just consider the irony here
19:31the people who were driven out by Joshua and the tribes of Israel as they came into the promised land they didn’t even
19:39engage in this much evil Manasseh has set a new low water mark when it comes
19:48to flat out Disobedience and idolatry so what does God decide to do you’ll
19:57note is it God’s will that and he should perish not even one including Manasseh
20:03so the Lord spoke to Manasseh and to his people he sent them Prophets
20:08when you read the book of Second Kings it’s very clear he sent him prophets who are calling him to repentance but they
20:16paid no attention none whatsoever
20:25right pay no attention to God completely discounted his words casting behind them
20:30paid no attention and believe me when I tell you it’s not a wise thing to take
20:36God’s words and cast them behind your back and act like he will not act because he will
20:43therefore Yahweh brought upon them the commanders of the army of the king of
20:48Assyria who captured Manasseh with hooks and bound him with chains of bronze and
20:57brought him to Babylon what a spectacle that had to be
21:04the reigning monarch of Judah captured with hooks like he’s a fish
21:11bound with chains like he’s a criminal or a slave made to March of his own
21:19strength All the Way to Babylon are you paying attention yet Manasseh
21:30but here’s the thing don’t we do this every single day
21:37take God’s words his Commandments
21:43maybe we’ve become accustomed to just being so forgiven of our sins that we
21:49think it’s okay to go ahead and make the cross just a little bit of a license to sin it’s no big deal it’s all forgiven
21:56anyway right sometimes we do this sometimes we just don’t want to hear
22:02God’s words we know that it’s wrong but don’t don’t don’t confuse me with facts
22:10our sinful nature just like that horrible plant it says feed me
22:16right and fools that we are we feed it there’s a lot of Manasseh in all of us
22:22isn’t there there’s too much of it in me
22:28so God had mercy on him had him captured with hooks bound with
22:33chains marched off to Babylon and it says when Manasseh was in distress and I can’t imagine how distressing this had
22:40to be he comes to his senses he entreated the favor of Yahweh his God
22:48and he humbled himself and I love the adverb here greatly before the god of his fathers
22:55he prayed to him and God was moved by his entreaty and heard his plea and
23:01brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom and then Manasseh knew that Yahweh was God
23:07and in bearing fruit with keeping repent with repentance Manasseh then sets about
23:13the business of trying to undo all of the damage that he has done
23:19unfortunately the damage he has done is so devastating and so great and the
23:25hearts of the people are dead set on the worship of these false gods that even these reforms only last for such a short
23:33time so he built an outer wall for the city of David West of gihon in the valley and for the entrance into the
23:40fish gate he carried it around ophel and raised it to a very great height he also
23:45put commanders of the Army in all the Fortified cities in Judah he took away the foreign gods and the idol from the
23:51house of Yahweh and all the altars that he had built on the mountain of the House of Yahweh and in Jerusalem he
23:58threw them outside of the city he also restored the altar of Yahweh and offered on its sacrifices of Peace offerings and
24:05Thanksgiving and he commanded Judah to serve Yahweh the god of Israel nevertheless the people still sacrificed
24:12at the high places but only to Yahweh their God but still they were not supposed to even be doing that
24:19now the rest of the acts of Manasseh and his prayer to his God and the words of the seers who spoke to him in the name
24:25of Yahweh the god of Israel behold they are in The Chronicles of the Kings of Israel
24:31and his prayer and how God was moved by his entreaty and all his sin and faithlessness and the sights on which he
24:39built high places and set up the asherim and the images before he humbled himself behold they are Written In The
24:45Chronicles of the seers and so Manasseh slept with his fathers they buried him
24:51in his house and Ammon his son reigned in his place
24:57and then centuries later the great great great grandson of
25:03Manasseh Jesus Christ is born in Bethlehem born of the Virgin Mary and he sets
25:11about the course of his life and we’re going to note there are big differences between Jesus and Manasseh at no point
25:19did Jesus ever not listen to God’s commands and not heed the warnings of
25:26God’s Commandments at no point did Jesus ever sin he was tempted in every way
25:32that you and I are attempted and yet was without sin at no point did he ever break a single command of God and it’s
25:41important to note why it wasn’t in order to set an example to us about the fact
25:46that God’s law well obviously it’s easy to keep Jesus kept it so get busy and get doing it that wasn’t the point Jesus
25:54did this to make him qualified to be the sinless Spotless Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world
26:00your sin and mine he did it so that he
26:06can impart To Us by faith his own sinless righteousness because you’ll
26:12note rather than causing innocence to be suffered to be murdered and sacrificed
26:18for Jesus Jesus is the innocent one who rather
26:23than calling for other people’s blood willingly lays down his life and sheds
26:29his blood for you and for me and in our case he did so before we were
26:37even children before we were even thoughts in the in
26:42the hearts and minds of our parents he did this out of his great kindness and
26:48mercy in fact you’ll note here that the sermon Hymn for today was not a funeral
26:55dirge and I would remind you all that good Friday is not a funeral for Jesus
27:01instead we heard these words sing my tongue the Glorious battle sing the ending of The Fray now above the cross
27:08the trophy sound the loud triumphant lay tell how Christ the world’s Redeemer as
27:14a victim won the day and here’s the best bit of all of this
27:19is that Jesus Christ knew what he was doing and Satan had no
27:26clue what was going on because Satan played into it perfectly
27:32in fact it was brilliant beyond all reason because if you think about it
27:38look at the world around us have you noticed the Supreme lack of kindness that there is
27:44the growing acrimony malice hatred
27:50strife one one has to wonder if historians if
27:56in the future will look back on this time and say that the Bloodshed of the second American Civil War hadn’t already
28:03begun because people are losing their lives right now blood is being shed over ideological
28:11reasons and you’ll note that the world is just a hot mess of malice
28:18hatred Discord strife
28:23murder the list goes on and you know what it makes perfect sense
28:30as you see we were all conceived and born in sin and we are all because of our fallen descent Children of the devil
28:37and children are just like their papa right is it any Wonder can anyone look at
28:44humanity and say oh there’s a great species Noble in all that they do
28:50we are a screwed up race me as well as you and everyone on Down the Line
28:56because of sin and so Jesus chose to conquer sin and to
29:02conquer the Dominion of darkness and the devil in one of the most brilliant moves ever and the devil couldn’t figure it
29:10out it was written clearly for him what God was going to do in the Old Testament
29:16did we not read about the crucifixion of Christ as we recited Psalm 22 today
29:23I think the devil was completely blind to it because he can’t comprehend anymore because of his sin and his fault
29:31he cannot even begin to comprehend love patience kindness goodness gentleness
29:38self-control he doesn’t understand it at all he rules the world through rage he
29:46rules the world through the threat of murder bend the knee or die is how the
29:53devil operates and so the devil has conquered Humanity with death and the threat of death for
30:01millennia it’s the one thing you can count on him doing and so Jesus comes and he pulls
30:09the ultimate Jujitsu move of all time
30:16he lays down his life and the scripture is clear that if the devil had really understood what was going on he would
30:23have never consented to having Jesus crucified never consented to it but we learn about
30:30something about the nature of Satan Satan’s big job if you would and this is
30:36one of the reasons why I think attorneys are so evil is he is the accuser of the Saints the picture in heaven prior to
30:43Christ’s death burial resurrection and Ascension is the one of Satan being the
30:49accuser of who the Saints the Accuser is how it goes in the Hebrew
30:57and you think about it this way how is the only way that you can silence an accuser of this because it’s not as if
31:03the devil is like completely out to lunch when he sits there and goes would you just look at the saint of yours you
31:09call him holy didn’t you see what he said to his spouse didn’t you see how he
31:15handled his children I saw what he did he wasn’t totally truthful you call him
31:20a saint I call him a sinner and the Satan constantly accusing the
31:27Saints isn’t that what he did with job oh consider my saint job here well the only reason why he’s so holy is because
31:33you’ve made his life cushy take all of his stuff away and he’ll curse you to your face God you’re on
31:40right so how does one silence an accuser like
31:46this who is so litigious that he’s constantly filing lawsuits in the courts of Heaven against the Saints of God
31:54Christ the King of Kings the Lord of lords the judge of all the Earth
32:01he becomes one of us and by going to the cross
32:08he propitiates the wrath of God for you
32:13in the book of Colossians it talks so beautifully about how Christ took the
32:19record of debt that stood against each and every one of us that is a record of each and every one of your
32:25transgressions and believe me the list is a lot longer than you think
32:30every single commission Omission everything you should have done but didn’t do everything you did do that you
32:36shouldn’t have done in thought word deed down to the Nano second is recorded in
32:42that record of debt and believe me phone books pale in size in comparison to
32:49what’s in those books for you and for I and what does Jesus do with that by
32:55bleeding and dying for our sins he propitiates the wrath of God
33:01and he cancels then the record of debt that stood against us and nailed that
33:07thing to the cross and it cannot accuse us ever again and
33:13so now when Satan tries to accuse you do you not see what your Saint just did
33:19Jesus says I have no idea what you’re talking about I can’t find any record of it here in this record of debt you must
33:27be mistaken sir I don’t think he calls Satan sir but you get the idea
33:33but all of this is what Christ was doing his death on the cross is not a defeat it’s a complete Victory and it’s the
33:40greatest victory of all time it is the thing that sets us free from the Dominion of Darkness sets us free from
33:45the consequences of our sins we said it in our responsory tonight when we said
33:51we have an advocate with the father Jesus is the propitiation for our sins
33:56by the way propitiation will be one of those great words to use in a Scrabble game if you can ever figure out how to
34:02pull it off I can’t imagine how many points you’d get for that but then again I’ve never beat my wife in a single game
34:09of Scrabble and the 30 plus years that we have been married it’s a little bit of a dry spell I’m trying to figure out
34:14how to remedy this but all of that being said if I were to ask you what does propitiation mean
34:20the not a lot of people know what it means a good way to think of it is this is a propitiation is kind of like and
34:28let me give you a couple of an analogies it’s kind of like if God were throwing a thunderbolt at you maybe Zeus style a
34:37propitiation would be a shield that then would deflect that Thunderbolt and cause it to Ricochet and go off somewhere else
34:43that’s one example of it I don’t usually like invoking Zeus though so here’s a better way to think of a propitiation
34:50you see there’s some guys they’re in a foxhole they’re in a fire fight the enemy is really coming at them hard and
34:57next thing you know a grenade has just come over the top of their Foxhole and what is one to do with in something like
35:04this and then one of the men of the Battalion throws himself onto the
35:09grenade just as it’s going off so that his
35:17so that his buddies could live that’s a propitiation
35:24that’s what Jesus did he took the grenade for you
35:30and in so doing he didn’t lose he won he was delivered up to death
35:37he was delivered for the sins of the people
35:42including North dakotans and minnesotans and people from South Carolina who
35:48that’s a strange Breed by the way all right no matter where you are Christ was
35:55delivered up to death for your sins and blessed is he whose transgression is
36:01Forgiven and in whose sin is put away your sin is put away it can no longer
36:07accuse you anymore there’s no record of it to even accuse you with it and we are not set free to sin we are
36:15set free from sin and so I must leave you with this warning here if you do not think that God has wrath you have not
36:22yet considered what on Earth Jesus was doing on the cross you want to get a
36:27picture of God’s Wrath you look at Jesus suffering bleeding and dying and crying out my God my God why have you forsaken
36:35me you see I I don’t think we take sin
36:41seriously enough there’s a stanza coming up verse in the
36:46hymn that we’re going to be closing with and the name of the hymn is O darkest
36:52woe in verse 3 reads thus o child of Woe
36:59who struck the blow that killed our gracious master it’s a great question
37:05it was I it was I
37:11thy conscious cries I have wrought disaster
37:17and that’s the thing about our sin look at the lives of all of us
37:24who of us have not been touched by the destructive nature of sin
37:29who of us is sin has not wrought disaster and you’re going to note here
37:35the disaster that your sin and I my sin is caused is much greater than me catching a palm tree on fire when I was
37:42a kid my sin has wrought disaster because my
37:47sin has killed Jesus Christ and so is yours
38:00but that’s not a complete picture of the cross that’s only one deep facet of it
38:09full picture is this on the cross we see God’s Wrath for sure
38:15we see the consequences of our sin borne out with each struggling breath of
38:20Christ as he pushes against the nails in his wrists in order to raise himself up
38:28just enough to breathe while all the splinters from that cross dig deep into the wounds of his open back
38:36while he languishes in the dark suffering bleeding
38:41dying yes the wrath of God is truly there but like I said it’s incomplete
38:48you see the scriptures are clear it was for the joy set before him that Christ endured the cross despising its shame
38:54for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son into death
39:01so that you and I might have eternal life so we see the wrath of God and we see
39:07the love of God colliding at the cross but the love of God is the thing that
39:12that wins the day because the whole thing was planned and orchestrated before the foundations of the Earth
39:18because of God’s Great Mercy love and kindness to us so it is true our sin has
39:26wrought disaster there’s no way around it yet that disaster is the very thing
39:31that brings us the joy of eternal life the promises of the Forgiveness of our
39:37sins the propitiation that swages the justice of God and fulfills it so that
39:44you and I can be forgiven and so we are
39:49and so this day we Ponder the horror of the cross
39:56and also its Wonder and you’ll note that there’s a lot of manasa and I
40:02there’s a lot of Manasseh in you and so today consider the contrast between the
40:08worst and the best Kings and unlike Manasseh Jesus does not have a son
40:15who will take to the throne upon his death
40:21he dies childless but here’s the thing
40:27as we’re going to hear in just a few days death couldn’t hold him because he truly
40:32was innocent God Vindicated him and he rose from the grave and unlike Manasseh and Ammon and
40:39Josiah and Hezekiah and Jehoshaphat and David and Solomon and all the kings of Judah Christ now lives risen from the
40:48grave Victorious and he reigns forever never again will there be a new king
40:55because there is only one king forever and ever and the great news is that he’s your
41:00king and mine and he’s a gracious and kind governor and he’s one who is hell-bent on saving each and every one
41:08of us and thank God for that
41:13so it is true we have an advocate with the father Jesus is the propitiation for our sins
41:20he was delivered up to death he was delivered for the sins of the people and blessed is he whose transgression is
41:27Forgiven and whose sin is put away blessed are you
41:33because these promises are true for you in the name of Jesus
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