Sermon Transcript – This is My Body

Series A – Maundy Thursday – Thursday, April 06, 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 Matthew the 26th chapter
0:37now in the first day of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus saying where
0:42will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover he said go into the city to
0:47a certain man and say to him the teacher says my time is at hand I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples
0:55and the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and they prepared the Passover when it was evening he reclined
1:02at table with the twelve and as they were eating he said truly I say to you one of you will betray me and and they
1:10were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another is it I Lord he
1:16answered he who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me the son of man goes as it is written of him but
1:22woe to that man by whom the son of man is betrayed it would have been better for that man if he had not been born
1:29Jews Judas who would betray him answered is it IRA Rabbi he said to him you have
1:35said so now as they were eating Jesus Took bread and after blessing it he broke it and
1:41gave it to the disciples and said take each this is my body and he took a cup and when he had given thanks he gave it
1:48to them saying drink of it all of you for this this is my blood of the Covenant which is poured out for many
1:54for the Forgiveness of sins I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new
2:01with you in my father’s Kingdom and when they had sung A Hymn they went out to the Mount of Olives this is the gospel
2:08of the Lord in the name of Jesus oh Lord have mercy indeed what a great
2:15prayer and the reality is is that we all need to pray this prayer not once like
2:21some kind of a covid shot oh wait they make him get many of those don’t they but not once like a flu shot or in the
2:28chickenpox or something like that but daily daily we’d pray oh Lord have mercy
2:34have you noticed again that the world is on fire it’s crazy out there and as I
2:41think about what’s going on in the world don’t think for a second as we kind of consider some of the low lights of
2:46what’s happening in the world that somehow you are not complicit in all of this we all are you’ll note that sin has
2:53made us crazy has made us stupid you look at the
2:59world right now France is on fire if literally all the all the riots
3:05occurring there the war in Ukraine has drug on now into its second year and
3:11quite frankly I’ve gotten to the point where I just don’t care who wins because I don’t I I don’t think that war is one
3:19of these things where people legitimately win for each Soldier lost on the battlefield they have lost the
3:25war whether they be for Ukraine or whether they be for Russia and then in our own country don’t even get me
3:32started here it’s it’s just a hot mess from the shooting that took place last
3:38week in Tennessee to the crazy trauma that’s going on as a result of all
3:43things the can artwork for Bud Light I I by the way just just want to make this
3:49clear Bud Light is not really a beer so I don’t understand what the controversy is but all of that being said these are
3:55just symptoms of all of this when you look at your own life we sin against God
4:01greatly have you ever noticed that when you read the account of Judas it hits
4:08way way way too close to home because each and every one of us when we
4:14sin against God we are legitimately betraying Christ and as I’ve pointed out
4:19on multiple occasions in the book of Acts the Apostle Peter makes it clear that we are all guilty of the blood of
4:26Christ this passion Sunday we heard the crowd cry out that Christ Bud be on them
4:32and on them on on their children and oh wow what a statement that is and that’s
4:38something that we absolutely need but tonight Holy Thursday Monday Thursday we
4:45are taken back in time to the very very first Passover and in that very first
4:52Passover we read about this in the book of Exodus chapter 12. it says Yahweh
4:58said to Moses and to Aaron in the land of Egypt this month shall be for you the
5:04beginning of months it shall be the first month of the year for you tell all the congregation of Israel that on the
5:1010th day of this month every man shall take a lamb according to their father’s
5:16houses a lamb for a household and if the household is too small for a lamb then he and his nearest neighbor shall take
5:23according to the number of persons according to what each can eat you shall
5:28make your count for the lamb I love it that even small households they get to share together ah the beginnings of this
5:35idea of loving one another what a thought here he says your lamb shall be without blemish I wonder why because
5:43it’s the Apostle Paul who makes it very clear in First Corinthians chapter 5 the Christ Our Passover Lamb has been slain
5:50that Passover Lamb is a type and Shadow of Jesus himself have you noticed that
5:56when we look at all of the different estuaries and rivers and streams that flow throughout the Old Testament that
6:03they all flow into Jesus it’s always about him and what he is doing to save
6:10us and he says the that you can take that that lamb from either the sheep or the goats and you shall keep it until
6:16the 14th day of this month when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at
6:23Twilight and here is the thing this sacrificial lamb you’ll know they didn’t go they
6:29they didn’t head off to Hugo’s and buy it in the grocery store or at Walmart this this required some Hands-On killing
6:39and I would note that we in our day and age are very unfamiliar with how this
6:44goes down unless of course you’re living on a farm and then if you’re living on a farm you know you’re raising pigs you’re
6:51raising cows and things like this and all of a sudden Bessie disappears and
6:56Bessie is now dead and Bessie comes back in pieces and is put in the freezer right and kids who grow up on farms know
7:04a thing or two about animals sacrificing their lives so that we can live
7:11and so there the Assembly of Israel and you got to note that the kids were probably standing watch because you’ll
7:17note they had to keep this this lamb for 10 days keep it for 10 days get get to
7:23know it give it a name right and then at the end of 10 days well things went really bad for those Lambs right and
7:32they were all killed at Twilight and if you know how to reckon
7:37time according to the scripture Twilight is a very specific time it’s three in
7:42the afternoon the same time that Christ gave up his life gave up his spirit and
7:48he died then they shall take some of the blood put it on the two doorposts of the
7:54lintel of the houses in which they eat it they shall eat the flesh that night roasted on fire with unleavened bread
8:00and bitter herbs that they shall eat it and you’ll note that if you’ve ever been to a Seder and you’re familiar with how
8:07the Jews to this day they celebrate the Passover it’s kind of a fascinating thing they have a liturgy that goes with
8:13this and during the Passover meals the family comes together families can families will come together and someone
8:20the head man in the household he’s the one who plays the role of dad in the
8:25account and at different points in the meal when they take the bread and they dip it in the bitter herbs one of the
8:32children at the table will ask the question what does this mean that sounds like a catechism lesson
8:39right you know Luther says where did he get it from he got it from this right and so you’ll note that each and every
8:46one of these elements has a meaning unleavened bread in the initial in the
8:51initial understanding of this the unleavened bread really stands for the fact that they had to eat this meal in
8:58haste I I one thing I can tell you is that it takes a little bit of time to
9:04make leaven bread if you’re going to put yeast in it it’s got to have some time to rise and to rest and things like this
9:10they didn’t have time for that but later we learn in the book in the New Testament that Levin has a different
9:18significance one that we with a greater understanding because we have both the Old and the New Testament we recognize
9:25that leaven yeast is often associated with sin right and the putting out of sin
9:32so you’re to eat the unleavened bread with bitter herbs they shall eat it and do not eat any of it raw or boiled in
9:39water but roasted its head with its legs and its inner parts and you shall let none of it remain until the morning
9:45anything that remains until the morning you shall burn and in this manner you
9:50shall eat it with your belt fastened your sandals on
9:55your feet your staff in your hand you shall eat it in haste it is yahweh’s
10:01Passover and then God explains what this Passover is really all about for I will
10:07pass through the land of Egypt that night and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt both man
10:14and Beast and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments I am Yahweh
10:23and so God here you a good way to think about it is these first born who die of
10:30men and in Beast these are the first fruits of God’s Wrath it’s God acting in judgment against the
10:38false gods of Egypt those who worship these false gods God is executing harsh
10:44harsh wrathful judgment and how can one Escape when God is coming through your
10:51town in order to well execute his wrath against those who have
10:58sinned and here’s the thing when we hear words like this
11:03create some anxiety in us because we all know that we have all Fallen greatly short of the glory of God
11:10each and every one of us have sinned against God horrifically I I would note this that when we talk
11:17about sins that people do not know about they always refer to it as having skeletons in your closet right and it’s
11:24best of those skeletons stay in those closets but here’s the thing God knows all the bones of all the skeletons in
11:31your closet and he has not chosen to act in judgment
11:36and it was that sacrificial lamb it’s blood on the doorposts of those houses
11:41that as God was passing through Christ was passing through he is the Angel of
11:47the Lord after all as he was passing through to execute judgment he saw the
11:52blood of the Lamb he passed over he saw no blood on the doorpost
12:01he entered and the firstborn did die
12:07I have an archeology book in my library and in that archeology book they have
12:13photographs of the pits in which the bodies of these firstborn were thrown
12:20into after Yahweh went through that town after went through Egypt and
12:27killed all those firstborn they didn’t have time to bury him and no proper way to do it they were overwhelmed with
12:32bodies and that’s like I said the first fruits of the wrath of God the blood
12:37then shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are and when I see the blood God says I will pass over you no
12:45plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt this day
12:50shall be for you on Memorial Day you shall keep it as a feast to Yahweh throughout your Generations as a statute
12:57forever you shall keep it as a feast well fast forward 1500 years there’s Jesus the rightful
13:06heir to the throne of David and he is celebrating his final Passover on Earth
13:12and already already he has been betrayed for 30 pieces of silver what a cheap price
13:21for the God who gave us life and you’ll note there at this Passover feast is the
13:28one who has betrayed him Judas and he talk about having no conscience
13:37do you think Jesus cares about him yes he does scripture is very clear on this it is not God’s will that any should
13:43perish not you not Judas not nobody not no one know how it is not his will that
13:48any should perish but that all should reach repentance come to a knowledge of the truth and have faith in him for the
13:55Forgiveness of our sins Christ’s death on the cross is the death of the Son of
14:00God for the sins of the whole world God has laid on Jesus the iniquity of us all
14:06and so here now Jesus has gathered with his disciples and they are going through
14:13the little Jewish liturgy that goes with the Passover and it doesn’t give us the
14:19details it just gives us how Jesus Takes these things and adds new meaning to it all together so it says on the first day
14:26of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus saying where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover
14:32he said you go into the city to a certain man and you say to him the teacher says my time is at hand I will
14:38keep the Passover at your house with my disciples and the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and they prepared the
14:45Passover and when it was evening Jesus reclined at table with the twelve and as
14:50they were eating he said truly I say to you one of you will betray me and they were very sorrowful and began to say to
14:56him one after another is it I Lord
15:01note here Judas knows full well what he’s already done and what he intends to
15:08do and Christ is giving him a legitimate
15:14opportunity to confess his sin and to be forgiven
15:20I mean do you think you can hide anything from Jesus I think I said it a week ago when Jesus was growing up he
15:26would have been terrible to play hide and seek with right okay just this one of those games that never would have
15:32worked in your favor because he knows where everybody is he knows where you
15:37are he knows where I am he knows our secret thoughts he knows the sins that
15:42we are most ashamed of and he desires that we repent and believe and so Jesus
15:50here is doing this not so much to basically say I know that one of you has
15:55betrayed me I’m I’m king of kings and Lord of lords I know everything he’s doing this
16:03for judas’s own sake and you’ll note each of the disciples
16:09they answer is it I Lord but when Judas asks the question
16:16he asks is it I rabbi
16:22that’s an interesting interesting response so Jesus identifies him
16:29he who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me the son of man goes as it is written of him but woe to
16:35that man by whom the son of man is betrayed it would have been better for that man if he had not been born
16:40and Judas asks is that I rabbi he said to him
16:45you’ve said so terrible absolutely terrible
16:52and so now Christ is taking over the Passover liturgy he’s changing things
17:00left and right because the Passover always was pointing to him that was the point so as they were eating Jesus Took
17:06bread and after blessing it he broke it and gave it to the disciples and said take eat this is my body
17:15and one has to wonder because if you’re familiar with the Seder liturgy when he had broken the bread the question is
17:21supposed to come up what does this mean right and so Jesus in answer to the
17:26question what does this mean says take eat this is my body and he took a cup
17:31and when he had given thanks he gave it to them saying drink of it all of you for this is my blood of the Covenant
17:36which is poured out for many for the Forgiveness of sins I tell you I will
17:42not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my father’s Kingdom
17:48and thus begins at this point the last bit of the normal
17:53life of Jesus and the passion will shortly follow and you’ll note Judas
17:59does go out and he does betray Christ he leads the crowd and the soldiers to
18:04arrest Jesus betrays him with a kiss as we heard on passion Sunday and later
18:11regretted what he did he had legitimate contrition
18:16but you’ll note that Peter also betrayed Christ not once
18:22not twice the three times and you’ll note that there’s a little mini drama a sub drama
18:29in the midst of Christ’s passion and that has to do with the difference between the two between Judas and
18:37between Peter and you’ll note when we understand properly what repentance is repentance
18:43always contains two parts not one many people mistakenly think that repentance
18:49is legitimately just feeling bad for your sin
18:56that is not repentance in fact I would note that scripture kind of describes
19:01that as worldly repentance or worldly sorrow you’ll note there are plenty of people who’ve felt terrible that they
19:09were caught they felt awful that somebody found out just what a lousy person they are by the
19:15way we’re all that we are all lousy in that sense but you’ll note that Judas when he
19:22finally comes to his sentence senses he he realizes that he is betrayed innocent
19:28blood but where does he go to get an absolution
19:35the people he conspired with to murder Jesus in fact if you were to theologically put
19:42it this way Judas went to the law in order to get the gospel the law will
19:48never give you the gospel the law will only condemn you and so he stood condemned so that second part of
19:54repentance is Faith confidence in Christ for the Forgiveness of not some of your
20:00sins but all of them have you ever wondered how does one get rid of a guilty conscience because each and every
20:06one of us ought to have one because when we look at God’s law we
20:12recognize we are totally messed up there is nothing sound in each of us we
20:19heard it in the address for Monday Thursday when we look inside of our hearts we look at our consciences and
20:25what comes back legitimately should terrify us and it does
20:30but where then do we go to get rid of this guilty conscience do we turn to the
20:36law try harder do better this time I promise
20:41Jesus I’m going to really get my act together this time I really am going to pull it off
20:47no that’s never going to do anything and that’s not true repentance true
20:54repentance is contrition over sin and confidence in Christ for the Forgiveness
21:00of your sins so the difference between Judas and Peter is that Judas goes to the law to get his Absolution Peter goes
21:08to Christ and only Christ is the one who can give us an Absolution I do find it
21:14fascinating with the institution of the Lord’s Supper that the official reading for this is taken from Exodus 24 Monday
21:21Thursday the the the the reading is from Exodus 24 and here you have these Elders
21:27of Israel having had blood thrown on to them
21:34thrown onto the book onto the altar on to the people all right there was blood
21:40everywhere right I every time I say that sentence I cannot help but go back in my
21:46mind to the Country Bear Jamboree in in Disneyland right there there was this
21:51weird bear who had come out and he would sing this song Blood on the sidewalk
21:56Blood on the ground right and it’s it there’s blood everywhere right well that’s what we’re reading in our Old
22:02Testament text what uh what is going on here it says Moses took the book of the
22:09Covenant he read it in the hearing of the people they said all that Yahweh has spoken we will do we will be obedient oh
22:16no they won’t and then Moses took the blood he threw it on the people and he said behold the blood of the Covenant
22:21that Yahweh has made with you in accordance with all of these words blood on them Blood on the book Blood on the
22:29tap blood everywhere and we hear in our epistle text from Hebrews without the shedding of blood
22:35there is no forgiveness of sins that’s how we are made holy but not by
22:42the blood of animals of sacrificial lambs and goats and oxen and sheep and
22:48things like this no we are made holy we are Sanctified we are forgiven and well
22:55have our sins forgiven by the blood of Jesus Christ and immediately after that
23:02after they had all this Blood thrown on them and they were made Holy by it then
23:08they were able to see God but you’re going to note here they don’t ever
23:13describe in this text what God looks like okay so they go up to the top of Mount sign and there they are 70 elders
23:20of Israel they went up and they saw the god of Israel and they don’t describe it his face looked like this no no no no no
23:26no his feet under his feet under his feet were a pavement of as as if it were
23:33a sapphire stone the very for for the very Heaven of clearness and God did not
23:38lay his hand on the chief men of the people of Israel you’ll note Moses has to say that they are there in the
23:45presence of God and God didn’t go yeah I kill you no instead what does God
23:51do he doesn’t lay hands on them and they beheld God and they ate
23:57and they drank in his presence and so here now at the Fulfillment of
24:03the Passover Christ says these amazing words he says take eat this is my body
24:12he took a cup and when he had given thanks he gave it to them saying drink of it all of you for this is my blood of
24:19the Covenant which is poured out for many for what
24:24for the Forgiveness of their sins
24:29and this is what I need and this is what you need don’t look at the world out there going
24:36crazy look at your own Crazy Heart look at your own Blackness and your own
24:41sin you need Christ’s body you need his
24:46blood and isn’t it amazing here that the type and Shadow gives way to
24:53the reality the reality is found in Christ and that sacrificial lamb at the
24:59original Exodus that was all pointing to the one that would come Jesus Christ and
25:05you’ll know what did they do with their lambs they put the blood on their doors and
25:10they consumed and ate them and we tonight will eat the body and blood of Christ
25:18drink his blood as well all for the Forgiveness of our sins knowing this
25:23that because God now sees on the door of our bodies on our lips on our tongue he
25:31sees the blood of the true sacrifice the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world Jesus Who Bore your sin and
25:38his body on the cross for you and for me God sees that blood on us on our lips
25:46and our tongue and he passes over us and we do not experience his wrath no
25:54plague befalls us when God acts in Wrath all because of the great mercy of Christ
26:00you see it is not his will that any should perish not you or I and so take
26:06eat this is my body Christ now takes the sacrificial Passover Lamb and points it
26:12to himself and he says this is my body you consume me I tell you I will not
26:19drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it Anew in my father’s Kingdom
26:25and when they had sung of him they went out to the Mount of Olives and now
26:30by the time you wake up tomorrow morning some of you wake up at the crack of dawn you know I think about my wife she has
26:38her alarm going off really early in the wee hours of the morning I do my best to try to ignore it right
26:45but by the time breakfast comes around tomorrow note this
26:50that if we were keeping track of what Christ suffered tonight we remember his betrayal we
26:57remember his establishing of the Lord’s Supper his final Passover but as you get home tonight
27:05and you get ready to get into bed note that Jesus had a long night as you get ready to go into bed maybe
27:12it’s a good idea to think that maybe this was the hour in which he was betrayed and arrested
27:18if you’re up in the middle of the night getting a snack from the refrigerator don’t let your wife know but if you’re
27:24doing that right then take a moment and pause and reflect on the fact that this
27:30was probably the hour that Christ was on trial that kangaroo court in the middle of the night and when you wake up in the
27:36morning if it’s past six o’clock the note that Christ has already met with Pilate
27:43and he’s about ready to be paraded in front of everybody and they are going to choose between him and Barabbas
27:50and once nine in the morning comes tomorrow listen
27:56pause maybe he can still hear it you can hear the hammer blows as they take the spikes
28:02and nail it into Christ’s hands and feet it is truly not his will that any should
28:09perish yet we all deserve to but he bore in his body your sins God
28:18has laid on him the iniquity of us all and he has established now a token of
28:24his kindness and his love tonight as we consume Christ’s body and blood again be
28:30comforted and be assured that your sins are forgiven because of Christ’s vicarious death for you on that cross
28:38and tomorrow when three comes note that he’s already dead
28:44by the time we get together tomorrow night for Good Friday Jesus
28:50will have already assumed room temperature and his body is being prepared for burial
28:56all things that we consider in real time it’s a great thing for us to do this but note then because we are forgiven as it
29:04says in our Old Testament text there is a day coming when we too will eat in the very presence of God and because we are
29:11forgiven God will never lay hands on us and we will behold god with our own eyes
29:18and we will eat and drink in his presence in the great marriage Feast of the lamb in his kingdom which has no end
29:25indeed it gives great meaning then to the words this is my body this is my blood given
29:33in shed for the Forgiveness of your sins in the name of Jesus Amen
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