Sermon Transcript – Where Do Christians Come From?

Series C – Seventh Sunday After Pentecost – Sunday, July 3, 2016 | 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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0:26The holy Gospel According to Saint Luke chapter 10 verses 1 through 20.
0:33after this the Lord appointed 72 others and sent them on ahead of him two by two into every town and place where he
0:40himself was about to go and he said to them the Harvest is plentiful but the
0:45laborers are few therefore pray earnestly to the lord of the Harvest to send out laborers into his Harvest go
0:52your way behold I am sending you out as Lambs in the midst of wolves carry no
0:58money bag no knapsack no sandals greet no one on the road whatever house you
1:03enter first say peace be to this house the son of peace is there your peace
1:09will rest upon him but if not it will return to you and remain in the same house eating and drinking what they
1:15provide for the laborer deserves his wages do not go from house to house whenever you enter a town and they
1:21receive you eat what is set before you heal the sick in it and say to them the kingdom of God has come near to you but
1:29whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you go into its streets and say even the dust of your town that
1:36clings to our feet we wipe off against you nevertheless know this that the kingdom of God has come near I tell you
1:44it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town woe to you
1:49corazon woe to you visayada for if the mighty Works done in you have been done
1:54entire inside and they would have repented long ago sitting in sackcloth and Ashes but it will be more bearable
2:01in the Judgment for tire and siding than for you and Capernaum will you be exalted to Heaven you shall be brought
2:08down to Hades the one who hears you hears me the one who rejects you rejects
2:14me the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me the 72 returned with Joy
2:20saying Lord even the demons are subject to us in your name and he said to them I saw
2:27Satan fall like lightning from Heaven behold I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions and
2:33overall the power of the enemy and nothing shall hurt you nevertheless do not rejoice in this that the spirits are
2:39subject to you but Rejoice that your names are written in heaven
2:44you may be seated
2:54if you turn to the insert in your bulletin we have the sermon hymn which is entitled Lift High the Cross
3:14the love of Christ Proclaim till all the
3:20world adore his sacred name
3:27come Christmas [Music]
3:35[Applause] [Music]
3:45lift by the cross the love of Christ
3:50Proclaim till all the words
3:56his sacred name let on their way by this Triumph inside
4:07the host of good in conquering ranks combined
4:17[Music] lift by the cross the love of Christ
4:24Proclaim till all the words
4:31sacred name [Music] all newborn
4:38soldiers of the crucified
4:47the Seal of him I lived on the cross the love of Christ
4:58Proclaim till all the words
5:05his sacred name oh Lord once
5:12lifted on the Glorious tree as the
5:19us promise just all to thee
5:29the cross the love of Christ Proclaim till all the words
5:38[Music] his sacred name
5:45let every race and every language still
5:52of him
5:59[Music] foreign
6:26[Applause] [Music]
7:05in the name of Jesus all right now as a parent I have always dreaded that awkward question from my
7:12children all three of them asked it it was really awkward here’s the question daddy where do babies come from
7:19man how I wish each time I was asked that question that I could have said go ask your mother she’ll explain
7:25everything that didn’t work out that way so let me ask you a question
7:31where do Christians come from where do they come from
7:36if you don’t know the answer to this question then you’re never going to reproduce as a Christian and as a result
7:42you me whoever doesn’t understand this will actually fail to do our part in bringing in the Lord’s Harvest
7:48and so with this thought in mind we’re going to again return to Our Gospel text and work our way through it and we will
7:55see in part where the answer to this question what the answer is in this Luke 10 verse 1.
8:02after this the Lord appointed 72 others sent them on ahead of him two by two
8:07into every town and place where he himself was about to go and he said to them the Harvest is plentiful the
8:14laborers are a few therefore pray earnestly to the lord of the Harvest to send out laborers into his Harvest go
8:22your way behold I’m sending you out as Lambs in the midst of wolves
8:27let’s summarize what’s going on here in Our Gospel text we read about Jesus sending 72 of his disciples this is 72
8:35other than the 12 right and he’s commissioning them for missionary work
8:40and evangelism you can think of this as a training mission in preparation for the great missionary work of the Great
8:46Commission this is how the Great Commission is fulfilled this training Mission teaches us by the way how
8:53evangelism is done and by the way yes in case you were wondering you are one
9:00of the workers who have been sent into the Harvest you’re thinking really me
9:05send in the Harvest sounds like hard stuff well let me prove this by the way
9:10you see in Christianity we have to understand there’s kind of two classes all right and I mean it this way you
9:17have the kingdom the priesthood of all believers there on the top the top tier
9:23and Below them are their servants the pastors right now not every bun who is a
9:30member of the priesthood of all believers holds the Pastoral office but the pastor is also one who holds the
9:36priesthood of all believers but he’s the servant of the ones at the top right you see how that works in the hierarchy now
9:43if you’re thinking well I’m in the priesthood of all believers does that mean I have to go into the Harvest field
9:48the answer is yes here’s the reason why First Peter chapter 2 verses 9 and 10.
9:56this is Peter writing to Christians this is a baptismal epistle by the way
10:02he says to the Christians he says you are a chosen race you are a royal priesthood think
10:09priesthood of all believers right you’re a holy nation a people for his own possession is it describing you
10:16yeah that’s that’s us so that you watch this you may proclaim the excellencies
10:23of him who called you out of Darkness Into His Marvelous Light
10:30yeah that’s right you as a member of the priesthood of all believers are commissioned by Christ and you can even
10:37say commanded to proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of Darkness Into His Marvelous Light and
10:43what are his excellencies well that he bled and died for your sins
10:48that he rose again from the grave on the third day that he is saving Sinners by
10:54grace through faith alone right you can Proclaim his excellencies in fact that’s what you’re called to do so to kind of
11:01summarize we’re going to look at four facts today that kind of Rise Up from our sermon today fact number one that we
11:08just covered just like these 72 that we are reading about we too have been sent
11:13out as Lambs in the midst of wolves
11:18this does not sound like a good deal okay now I don’t know if you know this about sheep sheep have like no natural
11:24defenses right so the Sheep versus the wolves in that baseball game The Wolves always
11:32win right by devouring the Sheep now it gets even worse because Jesus
11:38doesn’t say that we’re sheep in the midst of wolves he says we’re Lambs
11:43in the midst of wolves which is like even worse okay we are defenseless
11:50little lambs okay and all I can think of the word is lamb chop right
11:57now that being the case and since we’re Lambs in the midst of wolves this means
12:02that if we’re going to survive the ordeal of evangelism yeah it’s kind of seemed like an ordeal
12:08right if we’re going to survive this ordeal we’re going to need to rely 100
12:13on Christ the Good Shepherd for all of our needs and for all of our protection
12:20right so evangelism 101 Lambs in the midst of wolves
12:28sign me up right so fact number two this is an important
12:34one Lambs are utterly powerless to transform wolves into sheep which by the
12:41way that’s really the goal and the result of true evangelism wolves
12:46magically turn into sheep I should say miraculously right but we as Lambs are
12:54utterly powerless to do this so the question well coming back to it where do Christians come from the sub question to
13:01this is how does a wolf transform into a sheep right now
13:07nowadays we live in the world where apparently you can just self-identify as whatever you want but it doesn’t work
13:12this way okay some wolf comes up and says I now self-identify as a lamb no no
13:18no no no no no we need some miraculous transformation to occur here change of species doesn’t happen via
13:26self-identification now Luther helps us out in getting us in the ballpark here
13:32if you remember your catechism on the portion regarding the Creed third
13:37article right I believe in the Holy Spirit here’s what Luther says about that article I believe that by my own
13:44reason or my own strength that I cannot believe in Jesus Christ my Lord nor can
13:50I even come to him but the Holy Spirit has called me listen through the gospel
13:56has enlightened me with his gifts and Sanctified and preserved me in the true faith
14:02right so how does a wolf transform into a lamb well the holy spirit is the one
14:08doing that work and he does it through the means of Grace now let me give you an example of like bad teaching on on
14:16evangelism all right I’m going to give you a bad example and for that we’re going to have to mix up the metaphor a
14:21little bit right now we’ve been talking about lambs and wolves unbelievers being the Wolves well there’s another metaphor
14:29used by Christ and that’s the metaphor of fish right now to kind of help this out a
14:35little bit we’re going to create our own species of fish we’re going to call it the wolf fish so that way we’re not
14:41mixing metaphors well like changing channels too much there’s a little bit of crossover here all right so with that
14:47I’d like to read what I would consider some bad advice regarding evangelism that is actually very popular nowadays
14:54made Popular by Rick Warren in an article he wrote a few years back called to catch fish you need to learn how to
14:59think like them that’s the name of the article Rick Warren wrote says if you’re going to be a good good at fishing
15:05you’ve got to learn to think like a fish all right if you’re going to be an effective fisher of men you’ve got to
15:12think like a lost person and here’s the problem unfortunately the longer you’re a Christian the less you think like an
15:19unbeliever I don’t think like a non-Christian I think like a Christian in fact I think like a pastor and that’s
15:25even worse it’s two generations removed from the people that I want to reach and
15:30you sit there and go well wait a second here if what he’s saying is true
15:35then the longer you’re a Christian the less effective you’re going to be at evangelism
15:41does that sound right to you or even worse if you actually make the Fatal mistake of becoming a pastor well now
15:47you’re totally incapable of telling anybody about Jesus right something’s
15:52wrong here something’s wrong here so Rick Warren continues he says you can
15:59tell just how differently pastors think than lost people when you look at church advertisements in the newspaper you’ll
16:06see advertisements like quote preaching the inspired inerrant word of God
16:11who will that appeal to I know what the inspired inerrant word of God is in fact I believe in it I die for the inspired
16:19inerrant word of God but non-christians don’t care about your view of inspiration
16:24right because non-believers don’t come to church you know why
16:30because they’re non-believers right
16:36okay he then says this or you’ll see a church advertise we have Holy Spirit Services
16:42well that’s going to scare people away non-christians don’t know what you mean by holy spirit is that Casper the
16:49Friendly Ghost you must learn how to think and communicate like a
16:55non-believer if you’re going to communicate the gospel to them
17:01this doesn’t make any sense he then goes on and says to catch fish you’ve got to
17:06know their habits their preferences their feeding patterns certain fish like Smooth water others are bottom crawlers
17:14some like Rushing Waters others hide under rocks you’ve got to know what the
17:19fish you’re trying to reach like to do if you’re going to understand and reach non-christians you’ve got to begin with
17:25their mindset sounds to me like the fishing that he’s advocating when it comes to evangelism is the kind of
17:33fishing well that many of us are familiar with right all right if when you go fishing for walleye you use a
17:39particular bait in order to trick the walleye into believing that this is their favorite food right now if you’re
17:45fishing for trout you use a different lure or if you’re fishing for bass you use something completely different but
17:50the the premise is still the same deceived the fish into believing that
17:56the fish is getting its favorite meal but of course it’s not because there’s Hooks and once the fish bites on it it
18:03realizes its mistake but it’s too late right is that how evangelism is done
18:09is that what Jesus meant when he said that I will make you Fishers of Men I will make you the greatest deceivers on
18:16Earth no wrong metaphor
18:22little exegesis helps out here Matthew 4 18-19 says this while Jesus was walking
18:29by the Sea of Galilee he saw two brothers Simon who’s called Peter and Andrew his brother casting a net into
18:37the sea for they were fishermen and he said to them follow me and I will make you Fishers of Men you see the type of
18:45fishing that evangelism engages in is not deception it’s not Lure fishing it’s net fishing
18:54in other words you don’t have to learn how to think like a fish at all you just got to know how to throw out a net
18:59and that net is the gospel and the more you know the gospel and the
19:04longer you’re a Christian the more effective you become an evangelism not less right
19:11so I will say this Rick Warren did understand correctly that we do need to know something about the mindset of
19:17unbelievers so let me tell you a little bit about wolf fish from scripture all right this helps Romans 3 verses 10
19:25through 18 says this none is righteous no not one
19:30no one understands here’s the important part no one seeks for God
19:36no one all have turned aside together they’ve become worthless no one does good not even one their throat is an
19:45open grave they use their tongues to deceive the Venom of asps is under their lips their mouth is full of curses and
19:51bitterness their feet are Swift to shed blood and in their paths are ruined in misery in the way of peace they have not
19:57known there’s no fear of God before their eyes there you go
20:02so when you go out and you do evangelism as a lamb Among Wolves keep in mind the wolves are quite content and very happy
20:08to be wolves and they’re not even looking for God at all they’re just happy doing wolfy things
20:15right Ephesians 4 18 says they are darkened in their understanding they are
20:21alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to their Hardness of Heart and Romans 8 7
20:27says for the mind that is said in the flesh is hostile to God it does not submit to God’s law indeed it cannot and
20:36we all know this experientially have you ever told somebody about Jesus who wasn’t an who wasn’t a Believer and you
20:43were well soundly rebuked for doing so or made to feel awkward or stupid
20:49hey there’s a reason for that it’s because they’re dead right
20:56so fact three wolf fish are transformed
21:03turned into Lambs through the means of Grace two passages will bear this out Romans
21:1010 14-17 Paul writes he says how then will they the wolf fish right how will
21:17they call on him who they have not believed how are they to believe in whom they have never heard how are they to
21:23hear without someone preaching and how are they to preach unless they are sent as it is written how beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news
21:29but they have not all all obeyed the gospel for Isaiah says Lord who has
21:35believed what he has heard from us so faith comes from hearing
21:40and hearing through the word of Christ you see that word of God as living and
21:46active and the spirit the Holy Spirit works in the preaching of the Gospel in
21:52his word and through the preaching of the Gospel wolves are miraculously transformed into Lambs
21:59another one of the means of Grace by which this happens Titus Chapter 3 verses 3 through 7 describes it here is
22:06what Paul writes he says we ourselves were once foolish disobedient LED astray slaves to various passions and Pleasures
22:12passing our days in Malice Envy hated by others and hating one another sounds like a great life doesn’t it yeah sign
22:20me up here’s what he says but when the goodness and the loving kindness of God our savior appeared
22:26he saved us not because of Works done by us in righteousness but according to his
22:32own Mercy by the washing of regeneration all right
22:39through the washing of regeneration and the renewal of the Holy Spirit whom
22:45he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ Our Savior so that being
22:50justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life
22:57so how are dead Sinners wolf fish transformed into Lambs through the preaching of the word and the mixing of
23:05the water and the word and the Waters of baptism the Holy Spirit Works through the both now here’s fact number four let me
23:12prepare this for you since you are all good Harvesters now and you realize that this is part of your duty
23:18get ready for this part when you Proclaim Christ and him crucified for our sins some are going to believe
23:27some will not Don’t Panic this is normal
23:34okay let me give you an example from the text we were just listening to
23:40Luke 10 starting again in verse 3 go your way behold I’m sending you out as Lambs in the midst of wolves carry no
23:45money bag no knapsack no sandal greet no one on the road whatever house you enter first aid peace be to this house of a
23:52son of peace is there your peace will rest on him and by the way what does this mean what is our peace in fact who
23:58is our peace Christ is our peace and our peace with God comes through the Forgiveness of sins so when these
24:05preachers go out and preach peace peace from God through what Christ is doing is
24:11done some will hear and receive some will reject this is what Jesus is saying
24:17and that’s why he says your peace will return to you says your peace will return to you but if not
24:23if they don’t receive it it will return to you and remain in the same house eating and drinking what they provide
24:29for the labor deserves his wages do not go from house to house whenever you enter town and they receive you eat what
24:34is set before you heal the sick say to them the kingdom of God has come near but whenever you enter a town and they do
24:42not receive you go into its streets and say even the dust of your town that clings to our
24:48feet we wipe off against you wow
24:54look at that notice that Jesus didn’t say it now if they don’t receive you what you need to
25:00do is totally rethink your whole evangelism strategy okay clearly you’re doing something wrong
25:07so maybe what we need to do is we need to you know stop talking about Sin maybe we can
25:14instead talk about slipsies oopsies and mistakes and things like that or Hurts
25:19Habits and Hang-Ups and maybe not talk so much about the crucifixion and you know Jesus dying for Sinners and stuff
25:25like that instead we need to make them maybe we need to make things more relevant you know rather than saying
25:30behold the kingdom of God is near repent and all that kind of stuff maybe we can say hey Jesus has come to make your life
25:35incredible yeah notice he doesn’t say change the message when they don’t receive Jesus
25:42when they don’t receive you as somebody who’s proclaiming the gospel shake off the dust from your feet
25:50and you say even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you nevertheless know this the
25:55kingdom of God has come near I tell you it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town and you sit
26:03there and go that’s not a very Norwegian way of handling things I know right Jesus was not Norwegian
26:10okay but I will say this that
26:16this takes some wisdom on the part of Norwegians who are adverse to being bold
26:22and creating conflict yours you have dual citizenship as
26:27Christians in the kingdom of heaven and also here on Earth and you have a
26:32Heritage of being Norwegian and when those things are in Conflict the
26:38citizenship of note is your king is your Christian kingdom citizenship that’s
26:43where you have to behave according to that culture and let the other culture fall away right now let me show you what
26:50this looks like on the ground okay if this isn’t enough okay now we can go
26:55forward into the book of Acts and let’s take a look at what this looks like on the ground we’ve got our facts here
27:00Lambs Among Wolves the transformation happens through the
27:06means of Grace some are going to believe some are not so don’t panic right
27:11acts 13 verse 13. here’s what it says let’s take a look at this you can see
27:17this all happening in this text now Paul and His companion set sail from pathos
27:22came to perga and pamphilia John left them and returned to Jerusalem but they went on from perga and came to Antioch
27:30in pasidia on the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue sat down and after the reading from the law and the
27:36prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent a message to them saying Brothers if you have any word of encouragement
27:41for the people say it now keep in mind Paul is on a missionary journey this is
27:47a missionary an Evangelistic sermon that you’re about to hear watch how it starts
27:53Paul stood up motioning with his hand men of Israel you who fear God listen
28:00the God of this People Israel chose our fathers and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt and with
28:06uplifted arm he led them out of it and for about 40 years he put up with them in the wilderness and after destroying
28:12Seven Nations in the land of Canaan he gave them their land as an inheritance all of this took about 450 years and
28:18after that he gave them judges until Samuel the prophet then they asked for a king and God gave them Saul the son of
28:24Kish a man of the tribe of Benjamin for 40 years and when he had removed him he raised up David to be their king of whom
28:31he testified and said I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart who will do all of my will
28:39now you may be thinking well Paul when are you going to get on to evangelizing these people huh
28:46what’s all this filler stuff it’s not filler
28:51you see Paul and bringing to mind salvation history in the Old Testament
28:57knows that God is acting through human history to bring the Messiah
29:03the old testament’s all about Jesus right so this isn’t throw away filler
29:09Paul continues of this man’s Offspring God has brought to Israel a savior Jesus
29:17as he promised before his coming John the Baptist had proclaimed a baptism of
29:22repentance to all the people of Israel and as John was finishing his course he said what do you suppose that I am I am
29:28not he no but behold after me one is coming the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie Brothers sons of the
29:36family of Abraham and those among you who fear God to us has been sent the message of this salvation for those who
29:45live in Jerusalem and their rulers because they did not recognize him nor understand the utterances of the
29:51prophets which they read every Sabbath they fulfilled them by condemning him and though they found in him no
29:58guilt-worthy of death they asked pilate to have him executed and when they had carried out all that was written of him
30:04they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb but God raised him
30:09from the dead and for many days he appeared to those who had come up with him From Galilee to Jerusalem who are
30:15now his witnesses to the people and we bring you the good news that what God
30:21promised to the fathers this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus as also it is written in
30:28the second Psalm you are my son today I have begotten you and as for the fact that he raised him from the dead no more
30:34to return to corruption he has spoken in this way I will give you the holy and sure blessing of David therefore he says
30:41also in another Psalm you will not let your Holy One see corruption for David after he had served the
30:47purpose of God and his own generation fell asleep and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption but he whom
30:53God raised up did not see corruption so let it be known to you therefore brothers that through this man through
31:01Jesus the Forgiveness of sins is now proclaimed to you and by him everyone
31:07who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses
31:13there’s the gospel pretty bold in your face loud proclamation of the
31:19Forgiveness of sins Christ crucified and risen from the grave for our sins right
31:24now everybody knows if you’ve spent any time in American evangelicalism that the
31:30next thing that’s supposed to happen right now is that the keyboardist for
31:35the praise band supposed to come up on stage right and he’s supposed to be gone begin strumming lightly in the
31:42background right and at this point the minister is supposed to say now any of you who would
31:48like to invite Jesus into his heart I we’re going to invite you to do that
31:53right now so everybody close your eyes and bow your heads and if you would like to make a decision to ask Jesus into
31:58your heart go ahead and raise your hands right now I see that hand right there I see that one over there right with all
32:05eyes closed and head bowed let’s pray the sinner’s prayer
32:10that’s not what Paul does faith comes by hearing hearing by the
32:17word of Christ he’s just preached the word of Christ Paul knows full well
32:24that God has already the Holy Spirit has already transformed literally
32:30wolves into Lambs and there are some who are believing already and some who are not
32:38right so watch what he says so let me back up just a little bit
32:44so let it be known to you therefore brothers that through this man the Forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you and by him everyone who believes is
32:51freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses beware therefore
32:58he ends not with an altar call but with a warning beware therefore lest what is
33:04said and the prophets should come about look you scoffers be astounded and perish for I am doing a work in your
33:10days a work that you will not believe even if one tells you the worst altar call ever
33:17right and there’s a reason for that is simple the altar altar altar calls not
33:23necessary the holy spirit’s doing his work through the preaching of the word and here’s
33:28what it says as they went out the people begged that these things might be told them the next Sabbath and after meeting
33:34the meeting of the synagogue broke up many Jews in devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas who as they
33:41spoke with them urged them to continue in the grace of God
33:47we have a church now do we not right the story continues so the next Sabbath
33:53almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord but when the Jews saw the crowds they were filled with
33:58jealousy and began to contradict what was spoken by Paul and they were reviling him
34:05to be expected some believe some don’t right and Paul and Barnabas spoke out
34:13boldly saying well it was necessary that the word of God be spoken first to you
34:18and watch this the fault is not with him the fault is with them watch what he
34:24says since you thrust aside thrust it God’s word aside and
34:31you’ve judged yourselves to be Unworthy of eternal life behold we’re turning to the Gentiles for so the Lord has
34:38commanded us saying I have made you a light to the Gentiles that you may bring Salvation to the ends of the Earth
34:44look at that no excuses oh I’m sorry for offending you oh let me change the message up let
34:50me tell you one that you like no the fault’s with you since you consider the word of God to be awful you revile it
34:57and you consider yourself to be Unworthy of eternal life we’re going to go talk to the Gentiles Tata
35:04who does this right but isn’t this exactly what Paul is
35:11doing because Jesus taught his disciples to do evangelism this way right
35:17so when the Gentiles heard this they began rejoicing glorifying the word of the Lord and as many as were appointed
35:22to eternal life they believed and the word of the Lord was spreading through the whole region but the Jews incited
35:29The Devout women of high standing the leading men of the city and they stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas
35:36and drove them out of your District but they shook off the dust from their feet against them and they went on to Iconium
35:42and the disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit
35:47sending you out as Lambs Among Wolves
35:53when you preach the gospel some will believe some will not the ones who don’t
35:59will well they’ll act quite violent this is to be expected they’re behaving
36:06like wolves and we’re the Lambs leave the woes to Jesus though back to
36:13our gospel text verse 13 Jesus calls down woes on those towns who rejected him woe to you corazon
36:20woe to your bethsaida for if the mighty Works done in you had been done entire inside and they would have repented long
36:26ago sitting in sackcloth and Ashes but it’d be more bearable on the Judgment for tire inside and then for you and Jew
36:32Capernaum will you be exalted to Heaven nope you’ll be brought down to Hades
36:39and listen to these words the one who hears you hears me
36:44the one who rejects you rejects me you see when we bring the gospel we Proclaim
36:52Christ and him crucified for our sins call Sinners to repent and to be forgiven through the shed blood of
36:57Christ the one who rejects you is not rejecting
37:03you they’re rejecting Jesus the one who rejects Jesus rejects the
37:10one who sent him who is God the Father their Rebellion is not against you it’s
37:15against God and since they hold a grudge against God don’t be surprised when they reject you but in so doing they’re not
37:22rejecting you they’re rejecting Jesus or as the saying goes don’t take it personally I’m just the messenger
37:30right so the 72 returned with joy after their evangelism training mission
37:37and they kind of have the emphasis a little bit wrong and Jesus gently corrects him he says Lord even the
37:42demons are subject to us in your name great exorcisms right so he said to them
37:48I saw Satan fall like lightning from Heaven behold I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions and
37:54over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall hurt you nevertheless do not rejoice in this
38:01do not rejoice that the spirits are subject to you instead Rejoice that your
38:07names are written in heaven and if you read that sentence and you
38:12sit there and go man those 72 sure were lucky because they knew that their names were written in heaven in the Lamb’s
38:19Book of Life well brothers and sisters your names are also written in that book
38:26because you having heard the gospel have been brought to faith in Christ you have been to the Waters of baptism your sins
38:32have been washed away you have been United with Christ in his death and his resurrection and your
38:38heart has been circumcised by Christ and you have been filled with his holy spirit your names are written in that
38:44book most assuredly they are Hebrews 12 22-24
38:50says that you have come to Mount Zion to the city of the Living God the
38:55heavenly Jerusalem and to innumerable angels in Festival Gathering and to the assembly of the firstborn and you are
39:03enrolled in heaven and to God the judge of all and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect
39:09and Jesus the mediator of a New Covenant and the sprinkled blood that speaks a
39:14better word than the blood of Abel brothers and sisters your name is in his book he is personally written your name
39:22in that book it’s in Jesus’s handwriting in his blood
39:28right and this morning when you come here to the Lord’s table
39:34believe these words take eat this is my body broken for you
39:40take drink this is my blood shed for you for the Forgiveness of your sins
39:45brothers and sisters you have been given Faith by Christ you have been given the gift of Salvation your names are written
39:52in the Lamb’s Book of Life and today we Feast on the body and blood of Christ for the Forgiveness of our sins
39:58you just like these 72 have this hope and assurance and it’s sure uncertain
40:04because God does not lie Rejoice that’s your names are written in his book
40:10because they are in the name of Jesus Amen [Music]
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