Sermon Transcript – Victory Through Death

Series B – Good Friday – Friday, April 3, 2015 | 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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0:27When he had finished praying Jesus left with his disciples
0:32and crossed the Kidron Valley on the other side there was an Olive Grove and he and his disciples went into
0:39it now Judas who betrayed him knew the place because Jesus had often met there
0:44with his disciples so Judas came to the Grove guiding a Detachment of soldiers
0:49and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees they were carrying torches lanterns and
0:55wept and weapons Jesus knowing all that was going to happen to him went out and asked them
1:02who is it that you want Jesus of Nazareth they replied
1:07I am he Jesus said and Judas the traitor was standing there with them and when
1:12Jesus said I am he they drew back and fell to the ground again he asked them
1:18who is it that you want and they said Jesus of Nazareth I told
1:23you I am he Jesus answered if you are looking for me
1:28then let these men go this happens so that the words that he had spoken would be fulfilled I have not lost one of
1:35those you gave me then Simon Peter who had a sword drew it and struck the
1:41high priest’s servant cutting off his right ear the servant’s name was malcus
1:47Jesus commanded Peter put away your sword shall I not drink the cup the
1:52father has given me then the Detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus they
1:58bound him and brought him first to Annis who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas
2:04the high priest that year Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it
2:09would be good if one man died for the people Simon Peter and another disciple were
2:15following Jesus because his disciple was known to the high priest he went with Jesus into the high priest Courtyard but
2:22Peter had to wait outside at the door the other disciple who was known to the high priest came back spoke to the girl
2:29on duty there and brought Peter in you are not one of his disciples are you
2:35the girl at the door asked Peter he replied I am not it was cold and the
2:41servants and the officials stood around a fire that they had made to keep warm Peter also was standing with them
2:46warming himself meanwhile the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciple and his
2:53teaching I have spoken openly to the world Jesus replied I always taught in synagogues or
3:01at the temple where all the Jews come together I said nothing in secret why question me ask those who heard me
3:08surely they know what I said when Jesus said this one of the officials nearby struck him in the face
3:15is this the way you answer the high priest he demanded if I said something wrong Jesus replied
3:23testify as to what is wrong but if I spoke the truth why did you strike me
3:30then Anna sent him still bound to Caiaphas the high priest
3:35as Simon Peter stood warming himself he was asked you are not one of his
3:40disciples are you he denied it saying I am not one of the high priest servants a
3:46relative of the man who Peter who’s Peter Peter had cut off challenged him didn’t I see you with him in the Olive
3:53Grove again Peter denied it and at that moment a rooster began to Crow
3:59then the Jews LED Jesus from Caiaphas to the Palace of the Roman Governor by now
4:04it was early morning and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness the Jews did not
4:10enter the palace they wanted to be able to eat the Passover so pilate came out
4:15to them and asked what charges are you bringing against this man if if he were not a criminal they
4:21replied we would not have handed him over to you pilate said take him
4:27yourselves and judge him by your own law but we have no right to execute anyone the Jews objected objected this happened
4:34so that the words Jesus had spoken indicating the kind of death he was going to die would be fulfilled
4:40pilot then went back inside the palace summoned Jesus and asked him are you the
4:46king of the Jews is that your own idea Jesus asked or did others talk to you about me
4:53am I a Jew pilate replied it was your people and your Chief
4:59priests who handed you over to me what is it that you’ve done Jesus said
5:04my kingdom is not of this world if it were my servants would fight to prevent
5:10my arrest by the Jews but now my kingdom is from another place
5:16you are a king then said Pilate Jesus answered you are right in saying I am a
5:21king in fact for this reason I was born and for this I came into the world to testify to the truth everyone on the
5:28side of Truth listens to me what is truth pilate asked
5:34with this he went out again to the Jews and said I find no basis for a charge against him but it is your custom for me
5:42to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover do you want me to
5:48release the king of the Jews they shouted back no not him give us Barabbas
5:53now Barabbas had taken part in a rebellion then pilate took Jesus and had
5:59him flogged the soldiers Twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head they clothed him in purple robe
6:05and went up to him again and again saying Hell King of the Jews and they struck him in the face once more pilate
6:12came out and said to the Jews look I’m bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge
6:18against him when Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns in the purple robe
6:24pilate said to them here is the man as soon as the chief priests and their
6:29officials saw him they shouted crucify crucify the pilate answered you take him and
6:37crucify him as for me I find no basis for a charge against him the Jews insisted we have a law and according to
6:44that law he must die because he claimed to be the son of God when pilate heard this he was even more
6:50afraid and he went back inside the palace where do you come from he asked Jesus
6:56but Jesus gave him no answer do you refuse to speak to me
7:02pilate said don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you
7:08Jesus answered you would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above
7:14therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin from then on pilate tried to set Jesus
7:21free but the Jews kept shouting if you let this man go you are no friend of
7:27Caesar anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar when pilate heard this
7:33he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge’s seat with a at the palate Place known as the stone pavement which in
7:40Aramaic is gabitha it was the day of the preparation of the Passover about the sixth hour
7:47here is your king pilate said to the Jews but they shouted take him away take
7:52him away crucify him shall I crucify your king pilate asked we have no King but Caesar the chief
8:00priest answered finally pilate handed him over to them to be crucified so the soldiers took
8:07charge of Jesus carrying his own cross he went out to the place of the skull which in Aramaic is called Golgotha here
8:15they crucified him and with him two others one on each side and Jesus in the
8:20middle pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross it read Jesus of
8:25Nazareth the king of the Jews many of the Jews read this sign for the
8:31place where Jesus was crucified was near the city and the sign was written Aramaic Latin and Greek the chief
8:38Priests of the Jews protested to pilate do not write the king of the Jews but that this man claimed to be the king of
8:43the Jews pilate answered what I have written I have written
8:49when the soldiers crucified Jesus they took his clothes divided them up into
8:54four shares one for each of them with his undergarment remaining this garment was seamless woven in one piece from top
9:00to bottom let’s not tear it they said to one another let’s decide by lot who will get
9:07it this happened that the scripture might be fulfilled which said they divided my garments among them and cast
9:12lots for my clothing so this is what the soldiers did near the cross of Jesus stood his mother
9:19his mother’s Sister Mary the wife of clopus and Mary Magdalene when Jesus saw
9:25his mother there and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby he said to his mother dear woman here is your son and
9:32to the disciple here is your mother from that time on this disciple took her into
9:38his home later knowing that all was now completed and so that the scripture would be
9:44fulfilled Jesus said I am thirsty a jar of wine vinegar was there so they soaked
9:50a sponge in it put the sponge on a stalk of hyssop and lifted it up to Jesus’s
9:56lips when he had received the drink Jesus said it is finished with that he bowed his head and gave up
10:03his spirit that was the day before preparation and the next day was to be a special Sabbath
10:09because the Jews did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath they asked pilate to have the legs
10:15broken and the bodies taken down the soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been
10:21crucified with Jesus and then those of the other but when they came to Jesus and found
10:27that he was already dead they did not break his legs instead one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’s side with a
10:33spear bringing a sudden flow of blood and water the man who saw it has given testimony and his testimony is true he
10:41knows that he tells the truth and he testifies so that you may believe these things happen so that the scripture
10:48would be fulfilled not one of his bones will be broken and as another scripture
10:53says they will look on the one that they have pierced later Joseph of Arimathea asked pilate
10:59for the body of Jesus now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus but secretly because he feared the Jews with
11:06pilate’s permission he came and took the body away he was accompanied by Nicodemus the man who earlier had
11:13visited Jesus At Night Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloe about 75
11:18pounds taking Jesus’s body the two of them wrapped it with the spices and strips of linen this was in accordance
11:25with the Jewish burial custom at the place where Jesus was crucified there was a garden and in the garden a new
11:32Tomb in which no one had ever been laid because it was the Jewish Day of preparation and since the tomb was
11:38nearby they laid Jesus there in the name of Jesus
11:45movies it’s a weird word to start a good Friday sermon
11:52but I want you to think if you would the best movies you’ve ever watched the best
11:57movies that are in your collection that you don’t mind watching over and over again I have a few of those
12:04such as The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe the Lord of the Rings
12:09The Karate Kid The Matrix but you know what they all have something in common
12:16and the thing that they all have in common is the that epic final scene when
12:22good has its Showdown with evil you think about the Karate Kid in Daniel’s son beating Cobra Kai with his
12:29you know crane maneuver and I look awful doing that think of Neo
12:36you know in The Matrix dying and then Rising again you think of Maximus from the uh the story of the uh of the
12:43Gladiator right the epic showdown this is what’s happening in our text
12:49tonight this is what all of those movies are actually pointing to and telling the
12:55story of is what we just read in our text tonight Jesus is the son of God in human flesh
13:03the Virgin born Incarnate Word come to set us free and then set us free from
13:10slavery to sin death in the devil and this is The Ultimate Showdown now in the
13:16Gospel of John just immediately preceding what we just read it actually says that Satan entered into Judas so
13:24there it is Satan versus Jesus this is the epic battle this is the
13:31final conclusion who’s going to come out on top and you know the whole air is just
13:36crackling with well energy but the story doesn’t quite end the way
13:43we would expect it to but don’t think for a second that evil one
13:50you know if you think of the movie Gladiator I remember when my son watched that for the first time and of course you know
13:57I’d seen it several times and so he was like 11 or 12. and so he was really
14:04getting into it and loved the fact that Maximus was so good and that Commodus was so evil and then the final
14:11showdown’s about to happen between Maximus and Commodus and of course communist cheats and he stabs maximus in
14:18his kidney and he’s starting to bleed out right and so Maximus finally defeats commitus and no
14:25sooner does he win than he dies and I remember Josh was saying no
14:31Maximus isn’t supposed to die he’s the good guy
14:38yeah and so that’s kind of what happens in our text today more than kind of this is
14:43exactly what happens the good guy wins by dying
14:49no one ever saw it coming the devil didn’t see it coming if he had seen it coming he wouldn’t have done what he did
14:57but Jesus conquers by dying and so we look back actually I want to
15:03look forward a little bit I want to look at a text that I think will help frame this tonight
15:08Hebrews 12 verse 2 says this looking to Jesus
15:13the author and the Perfecter of our faith who for the joy that was set before him
15:19endured the cross despising the shame and is seated at the
15:25right hand of the Throne of God Jesus did everything he did out of joy
15:30in fact when we heard those words from Jesus just as he’s about ready to to
15:36breathe his last where he says it is finished in Greek to tell us die
15:41you can almost picture him having a little bit of a smile on his face
15:47all the movies portray him as kind of spent at this point you know he’s thirsty he says I thirst and you know
15:54they go to give him something to drink but he doesn’t really drink it and so you know you just see Jesus parched on
16:00the cross but he’s at this point he has been roasted under God’s Wrath for our sins
16:05God’s Wrath is spent every last sin that Humanity has committed has been atoned
16:12for and Jesus says it is finished and it says he said this with a loud cry
16:18if Jesus’s arms hadn’t been pinned to the Cross he would have did this it’s finished
16:25he did it he conquered he won and so
16:30when we look back in our text you can kind of see traces of this idea of Jesus in this ultimate battle and so
16:40when you think when you think back to when Jesus was arrested and remember that part in our text where they they
16:48asked him are you Jesus and he said I am he the NIV this is just
16:55the lame translation this is awful okay are you Jesus Nazareth yes I am he no
17:02that’s not what’s going on here in the Greek this is an emphatic way of talking
17:08keep in mind Greek is a an inflected language which means a verb itself can carry the noun in it so if Jesus were to
17:16just say yeah I’m him he just would have said Amy but the Greek says ego you mean I I am
17:24him and this hearkens back to the Divine name of God remember when Moses was speaking to God
17:32in the burning bush yeah Moses The Reluctant one right
17:38God is commissioning him to go to pharaoh and say Let My People Go and
17:43Moses says I really don’t want to go but if I go who shall I say sent me what is
17:48your name that I should tell them and he says tell them I am has sent you
17:55I am that’s the Divine name the self-existing one if you would
18:01so they come to arrest Jesus and there he is in the Mount of Olives
18:07and the ace they said he asked them who is it you want Jesus
18:12of Nazareth they replied and he says I am
18:20and when he had said I am they drew back and fell to the ground
18:27you can almost hear in the distance peels of thunder and Rumblings right something is going on here
18:35so you ask them again who is it you won they said Jesus of Nazareth I told you I am
18:42this is The Ultimate Showdown so The Ultimate Showdown has Jesus arrested has him beaten and flogged has
18:50him standing before Pilate has his own best friends his most
18:55trusted disciples Peter disowning him all of them scattering
19:02nobody there to speak on his behalf false Witnesses coming up giving false testimony about him Kangaroo Court he’s
19:09up all night they take him to pilate in Pilate who is not known in history by the way
19:18pilate is not known to be like the just he’s never referred to as pilate the
19:24just in fact pilate is actually quite known in history as being somewhat murderous very brutal
19:33and hear this brutal Judean Roman procureate
19:40even he realizes there’s more to this Jesus than meets the eye and he doesn’t
19:45believe that he’s done anything wrong and pilate does something totally out of
19:50character for Pilate if you know his historical character he does something totally out of character
19:56he has fear he’s afraid
20:02how is it that the Roman procure it Pontius Pilate
20:09is if he’s afraid of the Jews so much so that he lets them have their way with
20:16Jesus against his better judgment in another gospel we learn that his wife
20:21had a dream about Jesus and said do nothing to that that holy man I’ve had a
20:27dream about him let him go there’s a lot more going on here and
20:33he’s so close to getting it so close he asks almost the right
20:39question when Jesus says all who side with the truth listen to me those are
20:44Jesus’s words pilate’s question was what is truth
20:50almost a good question the right question would have been who is truth
20:55because Jesus says I am this way the truth and the life truth isn’t a what truth is a Who
21:03and there he is standing trial the truth versus nothing but a bunch of
21:11lies and remember Jesus did all this for the joy set before him
21:17he’s enduring all of this ignity all of this nonsense all of these lies all of
21:24these beatings for the joy set for before him why because he considered a
21:30sheer Joy to go through all of this suffering for you
21:36for me he bled and died for us so that we might live
21:43this was the cost this was the only way and Jesus who for the joy Shall Set
21:48before him endured all of this and he did it for us so there they are crying crucify him
21:55crucify him a moment of
22:01Injustice has never existed like this or ever since you can think across time times when
22:07there have been injustices that recorded in history but none even comes close to this
22:14so Pilots afraid he gives in to them and then
22:20the suffering begins so the soldiers took charge of Jesus carrying his own cross he went out to
22:27the place of the skull and he did that for you They Crucified him
22:33and he did that for you the charge written against him said
22:38Jesus of Nazareth the king of the Jews and that was true
22:44there were people who were mocking him telling him to come down from the cross and all of that he suffered for you
22:52they screamed at him save yourself but he wasn’t about to save himself because he was saving you
23:00they complained about what was written on the What’s called the titulus that’s the name of that that written charge the
23:06titulus a pilot says I’ve written what I’ve written because what he wrote was true
23:13so they divided his clothes cast lots for his undergarments which is
23:19actually prophesied by David read the 22nd psalm
23:24near The Cross were some of the Women Marry the wife of clopus Mary Magdalene
23:33and when Jesus saw his mother there the disciple whom he loved standing nearby he said to his mother dear woman
23:39here is your son and to the disciple here is your mother Jesus fulfilling the law
23:45even down to his dying breath because as the firstborn son it is his
23:52responsibility to care for his mother who is widowed and now that he is dying
23:58he’s taking care of his duties under the law to care for his mother and puts him
24:04in the care or puts her in the care of the Apostle John and church history tells us that Mary traveled with John
24:11after Jesus death and Resurrection in fact church history and tradition tells
24:17us that John ended up in Ephesus and was a bishop of Ephesus to caring for the
24:23churches that the Apostle Paul had planted and that Mary was with him and that she probably died in Ephesus
24:32so it was the day of preparation and because the Jews did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the
24:39Sabbath they asked pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down this is one of those little details that
24:45tells you that this is not mythology scientists who’ve actually done studies on crucifixion and the effects that it
24:51has on the body it’s a terrible terrible torturous way to die and you don’t die
24:59from exhaustion you die from asphyxia in order to breathe while you’re on the
25:05cross you have to muster up the strength to pull yourself up to get to grasp a
25:11breath and then when you release you’re in a position where you cannot even
25:16breathe and so the ones who are stronger they can last for a while
25:22and continue to do the task necessary to in order to breathe
25:28by breaking the legs it ensures that the victims on the cross cannot continue
25:34breathing and that’s how the two criminals died
25:41and they died quickly but you remember last night I read to you that verse Christ Our
25:47Passover Lamb is slain that’s First Corinthians chapter five do you remember
25:54that when we read last night in Exodus 12 that you cannot break any of the
26:00bones of the Passover Lamb you can’t and so Jesus’s bones could not be broken
26:06either and so this all took place in order to fulfill those prophecies and
26:12that type and Shadow regarding Christ being our Passover Lamb so Jesus’s bones
26:17were not broken and then we come to this
26:23part of it
26:28Jesus cried out it is finished he breathed his last and Joseph of Arimathea asked pilate for
26:36the body of Jesus Joseph was a disciple of Jesus but
26:41secretly because he feared the Jews this is an important thing for us to take note of today
26:48because if you really believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God
26:54there’s a really good chance in our day and age you’re going to suffer persecution
26:59I would just point you to what’s happening in Indiana right now
27:05all of you here tonight to hear and to meditate on Christ’s death you in the
27:10world’s eyes are a bunch of religious fundamentalist fanatics
27:16and don’t think for a second that your confession of Jesus will go unnoticed forever especially in a world that’s
27:23getting worse by the day but that persecution of Christ’s followers
27:29always already happening at the time of Jesus because listen to what it says Joseph of
27:36Arimathea asked pilate for the body of Jesus Joseph was a disciple of Jesus but
27:41secretly for fear of the Jews secretly
27:48what does that tell you about those who confess Christ even at the time of Christ Christ
27:54promised persecution so with Pilot’s permission he took the
28:01body away he was accompanied by Nicodemus the man who earlier had visited Jesus At Night
28:08Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes about 75 pounds taking Jesus body the two of them wrapped it with the
28:15spices and strips of linen and this was accordance with the Jewish burial custom at that place where Jesus was crucified
28:22there was a garden and in the place a new Tomb in which no one had ever laid because it was the Jewish Day of
28:28preparation since the tomb was nearby they laid Jesus there
28:34Jesus is crucified for your sins on a Saturday and it is finished he has accomplished the word scripture says
28:40that he descended into hell this is what we confess in the Nicene Creed although the Creed we use in our
28:47Hymnal has Hades which is actually probably a little bit of a better translation oddly enough so he descends
28:54into Hades why is Jesus in Hell it’s not to suffer for your sins
29:00he’s there to Proclaim his victory it’s exactly what he’s there for
29:06and so tomorrow when we recognize Jesus’s Sabbath rest in the Tomb think
29:12about that that phrase he descended into Hades he’s there to Proclaim his victory
29:20and now here’s the cash value of all of this I kept saying this is all for you
29:25let me read to you from the Apostle Paul in Colossians chapter 2 he writes for in
29:32Christ all the fullness of the deity lives in bodily form you have been given
29:37fullness in Christ who is the head over every power and authority in him you were circumcised in the putting off of
29:44your sinful nature not with the circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision that was done
29:49by Christ having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God who raised him
29:55from the dead when you when you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature God
30:03Made You Alive together with Christ he forgave us all of our sins having
30:08canceled the written code with its regulations that stood against us and opposed to us and he took it away
30:15nailing it to the Cross having disarmed the powers and authorities he made a public spectacle of them triumphing over
30:23them by the cross so here’s how this all plays out we’re
30:28familiar with the suffering and I said at the beginning of the sermon that this is the epic showdown
30:34this is it this is the ultimate battle between good and evil and it looks like good lost
30:41wrong good totally won evil lost and here’s the reason why
30:48Satan what does the word mean
30:54it’s not his name by the way his name is Lucifer
31:00Satan is a title in fact when you read every time Satan
31:06is mentioned in the Old Testament it is always the Satan not Satan it’s the Satan and what is the
31:16Satan he’s the Accuser
31:21he’s the accuser that’s what the Satan means he’s the Accuser
31:26so if Satan’s power is his ability to accuse uh you did that you broke God’s
31:32law you’re guilty you’re a sinner you you deserve hell
31:37he plays the role of the prosecuting attorney in God’s Court
31:42that’s the job of the Satan and because
31:47it says this that he God forgave all our sins having
31:54canceled the written code with its regulations that was against us and stood opposed to us
32:01see there it is God’s law has all of these regulations we haven’t
32:08kept them we’ve earned hell and all of these things stood against us
32:13and you can almost say that Satan himself who’s writing all the record of debt
32:19oh this well this one here he owes you this much God oh that’s going to be he’s got to go to the hottest regions of hell
32:25for this for these sins that’s the job of the Satan right
32:30but Christ by dying on the cross and bleeding for our sins because
32:37remember what Isaiah said the lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all
32:44if Christ has fully propitiated the wrath of God drunken to the dregs the
32:49bitter cup of God’s Wrath he’s done it all for us then every single jot and Tittle and
32:58infraction of God’s law that stood against us that Satan is so quick to
33:03point out and accuse us with this text says that is all canceled
33:12you can take Jesus’s blood get one of those dip pens take those
33:17pages out and you can write in Jesus’s blood across them paid in full and then
33:24take that and nail it to the cross there’s not a single thing you owe God
33:31now Christ has paid your debt in full and that is why it says this having
33:38disarmed the powers and authorities these are demonic Powers having disarmed
33:43the Demonic powers and authorities Christ made a public spectacle of them
33:50triumphing over them by the cross
33:57the ultimate battle between good and evil is not a story written in Legend and
34:05myth this is recorded in human history this
34:10really took place this really took place for you and Jesus really did conquer the
34:17Satan he really disarmed him and he truly made a public spectacle of him and
34:22triumphed over him by doing the unexpected by dying
34:29because by dying he was suffering the wrath of God and dying in your place because Jesus was sinless
34:37the wages of sin is death
34:42so how did Jesus end up dying because God laid on him the iniquity of
34:47us all the debt is paid Satan is silenced he’s
34:53been made a spectacle of good has defeated evil definitively
34:59and it was all for you for your salvation for your Freedom From Slavery
35:06to Sith sin death and the devil and now we have good news to tell the whole world that this Christ has bled and died
35:13for them as well tell them to come to church to hear the good news to be
35:19forgiven to receive eternal life
35:24and someday we will see him face to face our Conquering Hero the one who truly
35:30did win the day win the battle and win it for us and who for the joy set before
35:36him endured the cross despising its shame in the name of Jesus
35:42amen [Music]
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