Sermon Transcript – Vicarious Sin Bearer

Series B – Palm Sunday – Sunday, March 28, 2021 | 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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0:28the holy gospel according to saint mark chapters 14 and 15. it was now two days before the
0:35passover and the feast of unleavened bread and the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest
0:41Jesus by stealth and to kill him for they said not during the feast lest there be an uproar from the people
0:48and while he was at bethany in the house of simon the leper as he was reclining at table a woman
0:54came with an alabaster flask appointment of pure nard very costly she broke the flask and poured it
1:00over his head there were some who said to themselves indignantly why was the ointment wasted like that
1:07for this ointment could have been sold for more than 300 denarii and given to the poor
1:13and they scolded her but Jesus said leave her alone why do you trouble her she has done a
1:19beautiful thing to me for you always have the poor with you and whenever you want you can do good
1:24for them but you will not always have me she has done what she could she has anointed my body beforehand for
1:31burial and truly i say to you wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world
1:38what she has done will be told in memory of her then judas iscariot who was one of the
1:43twelve went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them and when they heard it they were glad and
1:49promised to give him money and he sought an opportunity to betray him and on the first day of unleavened bread
1:57when they sacrificed the passover lamb his disciples said to him where will you have us go and prepare
2:03for you to eat the passover and he sent two of his disciples and said to them go into the city
2:09a man carrying a jar of water will meet you follow him and wherever he enters say to the master
2:16of the house the teacher says where is my guest room where i may eat the passover with my
2:22disciples and he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready there prepare for us and the disciples
2:29set out and went into the city and found it just as he had told them and they prepared the passover and when
2:35it was evening he came with the twelve and as they were reclining at table and eating Jesus said
2:41truly i say to you one of you will betray me one who is eating with me they began to be sorrowful and say to
2:48him one after another is it i he said to them it is one of the twelve
2:53one who is dipping bread into the dish with me and the son of man goes as it is written
2:58of him but woe to that man by whom the son of man is betrayed it would have been better for that man
3:04if he had not been born and as they were eating he took bread and after blessing it broke it and gave
3:10it to them and said take this is my body and he took a cup and when he had given thanks he gave it
3:16to them and they all drank of it and he said to them this is my blood of the covenant which is poured out for
3:23many truly i say to you i will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the day when i drink it anew
3:29in the kingdom of god and when they had sung a hymn they went to the mount of olives and
3:34Jesus said to them you will all fall away for it is written i will strike the shepherd and the sheep
3:40will be scattered but after i am raised up i will go before you to galilee
3:46peter said to him even though they all fall away i will not and Jesus said to him truly i tell you
3:52this very night before the rooster crows twice you will deny me three times but he
3:57emphatically said if i must die with you i will not deny you and they all said the same and they all
4:04and they and they went to the place called gethsemane and he said to his disciples
4:10sit here while i pray and he took with him peter and james
4:15and john and began to be greatly distressed and troubled and he said to them my soul is very
4:21sorrowful even to death remain here and watch and going a little farther he fell
4:27on the ground and prayed that if it were possible that the hour might pass from him and he said abba father all things are
4:34possible for you remove this cup from me yet not what i will but you will
4:40and he came and he found them sleeping and he said to peter simon are you asleep could you not watch
4:46one hour watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation the spirit indeed is willing but the
4:52flesh is weak and again he went away and prayed saying the same words and again he came and found them
4:59sleeping for their eyes were very heavy and they did not know what to answer him and he came the third time and said to
5:06them are you still sleeping take your rest it is enough the hour has
5:11come the son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners rise let us be going see my betrayer is at
5:17hand and immediately while he was still speaking judas came one of the twelve and with him a crowd
5:24with swords and clubs from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders now the betrayer had
5:29given them a sign saying the one i will kiss is the man sees him and lead him away under guard
5:36and when he came he went up to him and at once and said rabbi
5:42and he kissed him they laid hands on Jesus and seized him but one of those who stood by drew his
5:48sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear and Jesus said to them have you come out
5:54as against a robber with swords and clubs to capture me day after day i was with you in the
6:00temple teaching and you did not seize me but let the scriptures be fulfilled and they all left him
6:05and they fled and a young man followed him with nothing but a linen cloth about his body and they seized him
6:12but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked and they led Jesus to the high priest
6:17and all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together and peter
6:23had followed him at a distance right into the courtyard of the high priest and he was sitting with the guards and
6:28warming himself at the fire now the chief priests and the whole council were seeking testimony against
6:34Jesus to put him to death but they found none for many bore false witness against him
6:39but their testimony did not agree and some stood up and bore false witness against him saying we heard him say i will destroy
6:46this temple that is made with hands and in three days i will build it i will build another not made with hands
6:52yet even about this their testimony did not agree and the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus
6:59have you no answer to make what is this that these men testify against you but he remained silent and made no
7:05answer again the high priest asked him are you the Christ the son of the blessed and Jesus said i am and you will see the
7:12son of man seated at the right hand of power and coming with the clouds of heaven and the high priest tore his garments and
7:19said what further witness do we need you have heard his blasphemy what is your decision and they all
7:26condemned him as deserving death and some began to spit on him and to cover his face
7:31and to strike him saying to him prophesy and the guards received him with blows
7:38and as peter was below in the courtyard one of the servant girls of the high priest came and seeing peter warming himself she
7:45looked at him and said you also were with the nazarene Jesus
7:50but he denied it saying i neither know nor understand what you mean and he went out into the gateway and the
7:56rooster crowd and the servant girl saw him he began again to say to the bystanders this man
8:02is one of them but again he denied it and after a little while the bystanders again said to peter
8:07certainly you are one of them for you are a galilean but he began to invoke a curse on himself
8:13and to swear i do not know this man of whom you speak and immediately the rooster crowed a
8:20second time and peter remembered how Jesus had said to him before the rooster crows twice
8:25you will deny me three times and he broke down and he wept and as soon as it was morning the chief priests
8:32held a consultation with the elders and the scribes and the whole council and they bound Jesus and led him away
8:38and delivered him over to pilate and pilate asked him are you the king of the jews
8:44and he answered him you have said so and the chief priests accused him of many things
8:49and pilate again asked him have you no answer to make see how many charges they bring against
8:55you but Jesus made no further answer so the pilate was amazed now at the feast he used to release for
9:01them one prisoner for whom they asked and among the rebels in prison who had committed murder in the insurrection
9:08there was a man called barabbas and the crowd came up and began to ask pilate to do as he
9:14usually did for them and he answered them saying do you want me to release for you the king of the
9:19jews for he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up
9:25but the chief priest stirred up the crowd to have him release for them barabbas instead and pilate
9:31again said to them then what shall i do with the man that you call the king of the jews
9:36and they cried out crucify him and pilate said to them why what evil has he done but they
9:43shouted all the more crucify him so pilate wishing to satisfy the crowd released for them barabbas
9:49and having scourged Jesus he delivered him to be crucified and the soldiers led him away inside the
9:55palace that is the governor’s headquarters and they called together the whole battalion they clothed him in a purple
10:01cloak and twisting together a crown of thorns they put it on him and they began to salute him hale king
10:07of the jews and they were striking his head with a reed and spitting on him and kneeling down in homage to him and
10:15when they had mocked him they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him and they led him out to crucify him and
10:22they compelled a passerby simon of cyrene who was coming in from the country
10:27the father of alexander and rufus to carry his cross and they brought him to the place called
10:32golgotha which means place of the skull and they offered him wine mixed with myrrh but he did not
10:39take it and they crucified him and divided his garments among them casting lots for them to decide what
10:45each should take and it was the third hour when they crucified him and the inscription of the
10:51charge against him read the king of the jews and with him they crucified two robbers one on his
10:56right and one on his left and those who passed by derided him wagging their heads and saying aha
11:03you who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days save yourself and come down from the cross so also the
11:10chief priests with the scribes mocked him to one another saying he saved others
11:15he cannot save himself let the Christ the king of israel come down from the cross that we may see and believe
11:21those who were crucified with with him also reviled him and when the sixth hour had come there
11:28was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour and at the ninth hour Jesus cried out
11:33with a loud voice that means my god my god why have you
11:39forsaken me and some of the bystanders hearing it said behold he is calling elijah
11:45and someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink saying
11:51wait let us see whether elijah will come to take him down and Jesus uttered a loud cry and
11:57breathed his last and the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom
12:03and when the centurion who stood facing him saw that this was the way that he breathed his last he said truly this man
12:09was the son of god there were also women looking on from a distance among whom were mary magdalene
12:15mary the mother of james the younger and joseph and salome when he was in galilee they
12:21followed him and ministered to him and there were also many other women who came up with him to jerusalem
12:27and when evening had come since it was the day of preparation that is the day before the sabbath
12:32joseph of arimathea a respected member of the council who was also himself looking for the
12:37kingdom of god took courage and he went to pilate and asked for the body of Jesus
12:42pilate was surprised to hear that he should have already died and summoning the centurion he asked him
12:48whether he was already dead and when he learned from the centurion that he was dead he granted the corpse
12:53to joseph and joseph bought a linen shroud and taking him down
12:59wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock and he rolled a stone against the
13:05entrance of the tomb mary magdalene and mary the mother of joseph saw where he was laid
13:11this is the gospel of the lord in the name of Jesus
13:16brothers and sisters as we consider and meditate on the sufferings death and of our lord
13:23Jesus Christ and what it all means and why he does this it is important for us to
13:29recognize the deceitfulness of our own sin and the deceitfulness of many false
13:35teachers in amongst the the visible church there is a growing movement of people who call
13:40themselves progressives who literally teach that it is reprehensible to believe that Christ
13:49suffered in our place the punishment that we deserve because of our sins they for real
13:57teach that it is uncouth it is not becoming of god that he would have
14:03wrath and this is where we must pay close attention to what the
14:09scriptures say because in the sufferings of Christ we see god’s wrath against our sin
14:17and we see the death that we deserve as the wages and consequences of our sins
14:23and Christ is the one who bears them for us so today as we ponder what Christ has
14:30done we’re going to focus today on what it means that Christ bore our sins and what
14:36exactly is it that we are saved from and so i would note to all those people out there
14:42who say that it’s unbecoming of god to have wrath i say that is unbecoming of you to deny
14:48what the scriptures say scripture is clear in the preaching of
14:53john the baptist and i would say john the baptist has some pretty good credentials not only is he the last of the old
14:59testament prophets he’s the first of the evangelists and Christ himself says of john that
15:05among men born of women none is greater than john the baptist none that’s a pretty good accolade if
15:13you would and so here the preaching of john the baptist this passion sunday when the pharisees and
15:20the sadducees had come to check him out in his baptism john the baptist said to them you brood
15:27of vipers who warns you to flee from the wrath to come
15:32the wrath to come and then he says bear fruit in keeping with repentance and do not presume to say to yourselves
15:38well we have abraham as our father for i tell you god is able from these stones to raise up children for abraham
15:44and even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees and every tree that does not bear good
15:49fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire
15:54wrath and the fires of hell were part of the preaching of john the baptist
16:00was it because he was just cranky because of the diet that he was eating maybe he had a few too many grasshoppers
16:07or maybe he ate a bad batch of honey is that the reason why he talked about the wrath of god and the
16:13fires of hell no he preached about the wrath of god in the fires of hell because
16:19this is the very thing that we’ve all earned by our rebellion against god john puts it this way in his
16:26gospel john chapter 3 verse 36 whoever believes in the son has eternal life whoever does not
16:34obey the sun and when you hear the phrase obey the son what does it mean to obey the son of means to believe in
16:40trust in him for the forgiveness of your sins whoever does not obey the son shall not see life
16:45but the wrath of god remains on him wrath
16:52you’ll note that wrath doesn’t seem to sound like god looks at sin and just goes no
16:59big deal i forgive you it’s no problem just just don’t don’t don’t let it consume
17:05you it’s not like that at all in fact paul in romans 2 says it this way because of your heart and your
17:11impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when god’s righteous
17:17judgment will be revealed and then he will render to each one according to his works
17:22to those who by patience in doing well seeking for glory and honor and immortality he will give eternal life but for those
17:30who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth but obey unrighteousness
17:35there will be wrath and there will be fury there will be tribulation and there will be distress
17:41for every human being who does evil first for the jew and also for the greek but glory honor
17:48and peace for everyone who does what is good the jew first and also the greek for god shows no partiality
17:56so do not let anyone deceive you god has wrath and he expends that
18:03wrath against real sinners because when you hear that phrase god hates the
18:09sin he loves the sinner that’s not true because you’ll note that in hell right
18:16now are sinners who are experiencing the unending fury and the wrath of god this is what
18:24we have all earned when Christ cries out on the cross my god my god why have you forsaken me that is
18:30the point of his greatest suffering being separated from god
18:36because the sins of the world were laid on him now this is where we need to pay attention to what Jesus is doing on the
18:44cross and we need other texts to tell us what it all means
18:49because there in the passion account we only get the details of his suffering
18:54we only get the details of the beating we only get the details of the mocking we only get the details of how he died
19:02but we don’t theologically understand what it means and so consider this
19:08brothers and sisters that scripture is so clear throughout the old testament
19:13that the worst thing that could happen to a human being is that they bear their own
19:20sin that you bear it or that i bear it there are examples
19:26after examples throughout the torah especially in the book of leviticus talking about people committing various
19:33and sundry sins and their blood being upon them is the one of the phrases
19:39their blood is upon them their blood is upon them their blood is upon them and then worse than that
19:46is this phrase that we that we see multiple times throughout the torah they shall bear their
19:54iniquity so understand this that each and every one of our sins each and every
19:59one of our rebellions each and every one of those times when we thought that sin was well not
20:04that dangerous that it was something that we can imbibe in every the all those times when we listen
20:10to the world or our own sinful flesh or even to the devil himself that note
20:16that every sin the wages of sin is death is brings you blood guilt against
20:22god and the worst thing that could happen to you is that you bear your iniquity another
20:29terrifying aspect of scripture is that certain sacrifices of the mosaic
20:34covenant were only for unintentional sins
20:40have you ever heard the distinction biblically between intentional and unintentional sins and then there’s
20:46a third category a third category called the high-handed sins
20:51this is apostasy and you’re going to note the daily sin sacrifices were only for the
20:57unintentional sins and it was only once a year once a year
21:02where intentional sins and high-handed sins can be atoned for and that’s the day of atonement and it
21:09is beyond this sermon to get give all the details regarding the day of atonement and its
21:15correlations to Christ but understand this that something amazing happens on the day of atonement
21:22there are two sacrificial animals and you have to think of them as a unit they go together and when we
21:30talk about what Christ accomplished from for us on the cross there’s two ways in which we can talk
21:35about it biblically one is expiation the other is propitiation expiation is the
21:43removing of sin from an individual propitiation is assuaging the wrath of
21:51god and so the reason why there are two sacrificial animals on the day of atonement
21:56is because they go together as a unit one is sacrificed for sins to propitiate
22:02god’s wrath the other the sins of the people are imputed to it
22:07and it is driven off into the wilderness back to the devil himself and it shows how sin is removed from a
22:14human being and so you’ll note that it says in leviticus 16 regarding the day of
22:20atonement that the high priest shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the
22:27iniquities of the people this will include unintentional sins intentional sins
22:33and high-handed sins he will confess over the iniquities of the people and all their transgressions every one
22:40of them all their sins and he shall put them on the head of the goat and he shall send it away into the
22:47wilderness by the hand of the man who is in readiness and then the goat shall bear all their
22:53iniquities on itself to a remote area and he shall let the goat go free in the wilderness and i would
23:01remind you what we heard today in the gospel account of Christ’s
23:07passion it includes his trial and in the types and shadows we see that
23:13there are two animals one who represents propitiation the other expiation
23:22in the same way then you’ll note that Christ is the lamb who is slaughtered he is the sacrificial
23:28animal who atones for our sins and if you ever wonder why is it that we
23:33always hear about barabbas going free because barabbas is a picture if you
23:39would of sins being removed from a person and them being able to go
23:44free he is the symbol of expiation sins being removed from a human being
23:50but all that being said i want to point something out the clearest text we have in scripture
23:56and i will go to my grave believing that it is the clearest text regarding what Christ has done for us is
24:02found in isaiah chapters 52 and 53 and here we get a very explicit
24:09telling of the theology behind the suffering of Christ now if you were wondering is there proof
24:16that isaiah 52 and 53 is about Jesus the answer is absolutely yes you’ll note that peter
24:25in second peter takes this text and applies it to Christ but more importantly in the gospel of
24:31luke chapter 22 verses 35 and 37 on monday thursday
24:36it’s actually technically already friday because friday begins at sundown for jews but there while Jesus is having the
24:44passover with his disciples Jesus takes isaiah 52 and 53
24:49and he says it is about him and i don’t think you get any better of
24:55a well biblical scholar than Jesus regarding that if he says that isaiah 53 is about him
25:00then he’s got he’s got the upper hand because he did die and rise again so consider Jesus’s
25:07words here he’s in dialogue with his disciples on the night that he’s betrayed and it says when i sent you out with no money
25:13bag or knapsack or sandals did you lack anything they said nothing he said to them but
25:19now let the one who has a money bag take it and likewise a knapsack and let the one who has no sword
25:25sell his cloak and buy one for i tell you that this scripture must be fulfilled in
25:32me and he was numbered with the transgressors for what is written about me has its
25:38fulfillment here Christ takes the words of isaiah this section on the suffering servant
25:44and says that they must be fulfilled those words that prophecy must be fulfilled in him
25:49and here’s where we would be wise to pay attention isaiah 52
25:5513 begins by saying behold my servant he shall act wisely he shall be high and lifted up and he
26:03shall be exalted as many as were astonished at you his appearance
26:08was so marred beyond human semblance and has formed beyond that of the children of mankind
26:14and we’ll note here in verse 14 that this is describing Jesus after the
26:19beatings that we just read about remember that it was the temple guards who began the beating they put a sack
26:26on Christ’s head and punched him in the face relentlessly and then we also learned
26:33that the guards of pilate that the whole battalion took their licks on Jesus they were beating him on the
26:41face with a reed and isaiah reveals to us just how much
26:46damage was done to Christ so much damage was done that had you been feasting with Christ
26:53the night before at the passover meal looking at him after the beating you would not have recognized him
27:03this is what i have earned because of my sin this is what you
27:10have earned because of your sin wrath fury it’s a picture of it
27:17but isaiah goes on so shall he sprinkle many nations kings shall shut their mouths because of
27:23him for that which has not been told them they see and that which they have not heard
27:29they understand so who has believed what he has heard from us and to whom has the arm of the
27:34lord been revealed he grew up before him like a young plant and like a root out of dry ground he had
27:40no form or majesty that we should look at him no beauty that we should even desire him
27:46he was despised and he was rejected by men he was a man of sorrows he was acquainted with grief
27:52and as one from whom men men hid their faces he was despised and we esteemed him not
28:00and now we start to get glimpses of what Christ was up to surely he has borne
28:07our griefs and he has carried our sorrows yet we esteemed him stricken
28:16smitten by god and afflicted but he was pierced for our
28:21transgressions he was crushed for our iniquities
28:27and upon him was the punishment that brought us peace and with his wounds we are healed
28:34and this is marvelous it’s almost unbelievable that this suffering servant who is
28:40clearly a human being it is describing his sufferings as being
28:45a form of injustice and yet at the same time his willingness to do this and not only that
28:51that it was god’s will that he would suffer these things and do so vicariously
28:58bearing the punishment the guilt for your sin and mine
29:05you see all we like sheep have gone astray and we have we have this past week this past month
29:13this past year last year the year before you have made a habit you have made a
29:18well let’s say a life of listening to your sinful desires and following after those passions of
29:25being tempted by the world and going along with it each and every one of us has fallen
29:32short egregiously and it is not something that is small when we walk through the ten
29:38commandments we can all say that we have failed to love god with our whole heart our whole mind
29:44our whole soul and all of our strength we have despised the preaching of god’s
29:49word we have taken god’s name in vain we have not obeyed our parents or the people who are in authority over
29:56us we are full of murder we are full of adultery we are a bunch of liars and
30:01thieves and covetors and that’s the picture of all of us me included
30:08so when it says we are all like sheep who’ve gone astray it’s not talking about us maybe
30:14wandering the outside fence of the sheepfold but literally
30:19endangering our lives to being torn apart by wolves wandering
30:25off on our own way we have turned everyone to his own way but listen to these words
30:31yahweh has laid on him the iniquity of us all god has taken your sin and my
30:39sin and what aaron and the high priest of the old testament did in type and shadow and symbol god did
30:46in reality where aaron prayed over and put the sins of the people on the
30:52animals god does for real
30:58by laying on Christ your iniquity my iniquity and so he was oppressed he was afflicted
31:06he didn’t open his mouth isn’t it amazing that six hund six centuries before Christ was
31:12ever conceived in the womb of the virgin here isaiah prophesies that when Jesus is on trial
31:19he’s going to say nothing believe me if we were on trial and our life was at stake
31:25and we were the ones being having all this being done to us we would be pleading with pilate please
31:31may i have an attorney i’m innocent i’m innocent let there be a real trial
31:37but not Christ he didn’t open his mouth like a lamb that has led to the
31:43slaughter and like a sheep before it shears a silent he did not open his
31:49mouth and i think there’s got to be a good reason for this part of the reason is clearly that
31:54Christ was doing the will of the father that was his prayer in gethsemane if it
32:00be your will let this cup pass from me but not my will but your will be done
32:06but more than that Christ then as our sin bearer our sins already being laid on
32:12him by the father it is not appropriate for Jesus to plead
32:18innocent at this point he’s guilty he bears your guilt
32:25he bears your sin he bears your shame he bears your punishment so by oppression and judgment he was
32:31taken away as for his generation who considered that he was cut off in the land of the living stricken for the transgression of
32:38my people so they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death although he had done no violence and
32:46there was no deceit in his mouth i think a good way to think of it is this is that when we talk about the wrath god
32:54we we’re talking about god’s justice that the right judge god is the offended party we are the
33:00offenders that at the cross the love of god and the justice of god collide
33:09beautifully they come together in the one event Christ made his grave with the wicked
33:17with the rich man in his death although he had done no violence and there was no deceit in
33:22in his mouth yet it was the will of yahweh to crush him
33:29it was yahweh’s will to crush him instead of you it was yahweh’s will to
33:36crush him instead of me and therefore god is the one who put Jesus to grief
33:43when his soul makes an offering for guilt he shall see his offspring he shall
33:49prolong his days and the will of the lord shall prosper in his hand and i would note this then that
33:57when Christ lays down his life he does so willingly and on good friday rather than focusing
34:04in on the expiation and the propitiation won by Christ on the cross
34:09i’m instead going to focus on the fact that it is by his laying down of his life that he conquered he conquered the world
34:18he conquered sin he conquered death and the devil and you’ll note that here we get a hint
34:24of this theme in the prophet isaiah that Christ on the cross he’s not
34:29losing he’s winning and what is it that makes him endure all
34:36of this it is the joy that is set before him of seeing those who would be saved by his
34:43work and i would note that since god is infinite in his ability and his
34:49knowledge that while Christ is on the cross he is experiencing the suffering looking
34:56forward to the joy of being reconciled to you
35:02your face comes to his mind and the joy that is set before him of knowing that he can be reconciled to you
35:09and that what he has done reconciles you to god
35:14he shall see his offspring he shall prolong his days the lord shall prosper in his hand so
35:20out of the anguished then of his soul he shall be satisfied and by his
35:26knowledge shall the righteous one my servant make many to be accounted righteous and
35:31he shall bear their iniquities therefore i will divide him a portion with the many and he shall divide the
35:37spoil with the strong because he poured out his soul to death and he was numbered with the transgressors
35:43and yet he bore the sin of many and he makes intercession for the transgressors paul puts it this
35:49way in romans 5 verse 10 if while we were enemies we were reconciled to god by the death of
35:55his son how much more now that we are reconciled shall we be saved by his life
36:00so brothers and sisters take heart you do not have to bear the blood or the
36:07guilt of your sin nor do you have to bear the punishment and face the justice of god for your
36:14rebellion against god Christ has done that for you he has borne your sin he has borne your
36:19iniquity he has suffered your death for you corinthians says it this way all of this
36:26is from god who through Christ has reconciled us to himself
36:32and he has given us the ministry of reconciliation therefore we are ambassadors for Christ
36:37and now god is making his appeal to others through us so we implore you on behalf of Christ
36:42to be reconciled to god you see for our sake god made Jesus to
36:48be sin who knew no sin so that in him we might become the
36:53righteousness of god earlier in the ver in the chapter paul puts it this way
36:58for the love of Christ compels us because we have concluded this that one
37:03has died for all he’s died for you he’s died for me
37:09luther in preaching on this text said this Christ by vicariously carrying our sins
37:18having them put upon him he is no longer an innocent and sinless person but he is
37:25a sinner who who bears the sins of paul the blasphemer and the persecutor he
37:32bears the sins of peter the denier of his master he bears the sin of david the adulterer
37:39and the murderer and i would add that he bears your sins
37:45he bears the sins of chris dwayne becky faith
37:52alex bruce mikey brenda sarah mike joan
38:00david gloria
38:10in a word he bears and has all the sins of mankind in his body
38:21he himself though is innocent but he bears the sins of the world
38:26whatever sins i and you have done have become the sins of Christ
38:32as though he himself has committed them because the lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all
38:40brothers and sisters you do not have to bear your sin you do not have to bear your blood guilt
38:46Christ has done it all for you this is what was happening
38:52in the text that we read today in that long gospel reading and it is glorious and i am humbled by
39:00it in the name of Jesus amen
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