Sermon Transcript – Who Sent You?

Series C – Seventh Sunday in Easter – Sunday, May 8, 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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0:22The holy Gospel
0:29According to Saint John chapter 17 verses 20-26
0:34Jesus said I do not ask for these only but also for those who will believe in
0:39me through their word that they may all be one just as you father are in me and I in
0:46you that they also may be in us so the world may believe that you have sent me
0:53the glory that you have given me I have given to them that they may be one even
0:59as we are one i in them you and me that they may become perfectly one so that
1:06the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you have loved me father I desire that they also whom you
1:14have given me may be with me where I am to see my glory that you have given me
1:20because you loved me before the foundation of the world o righteous father even though the world
1:26does not know you I know you and these know that you have sent me I made known
1:32to them your name and I will continue to make it known that the love with which
1:38you have Loved Me Maybe in them and I in them in
1:44the name of Jesus all right tough text see if we can dig into this one
1:51Jesus says in the gospel text today he’s praying this is his high Priestly prayer
1:56this prayer takes place on the night that Jesus is betrayed it’s Thursday evening hours
2:03away from Jesus’s arrest and he’s praying it’s interesting to note who
2:09he’s praying for and what he says here’s what he says in this prayer I do not ask for these only talking about his
2:16disciples who would become the apostles he says this but I also pray for those
2:23who will believe in me through their word in other words Jesus here is praying for
2:31me he’s praying for you did you see that and he’s praying this that they may be
2:38all one just as you father are in me and I in you that they also may be in us so
2:44that the world may believe that you have sent me now real quick we got to do a little
2:49theological work here we’ll do a kind of a planned bunny trail we’ll Circle back
2:54and look at a little this prayer a little bit more but this next section will title this everything you didn’t
3:00know that you needed to know about Apostles all right it’s kind of important I I apologize for the
3:06complexity but I think you’ll see the importance of it as we unfold today apostles now I don’t know if you know
3:13this but there are people nowadays claiming to be Apostles all right I was reading a book by a gentleman by the
3:19name of C Peter Wagner I’m actually writing a a theological paper on Apostles right now and see Peter Wagner
3:26is one of these guys who claims that Apostles have been restored to the Earth and he literally makes the claim no joke
3:32that it is sinful if if you are a Christian leader if you have not submitted yourself to the authority of
3:39your local apostle so I did some research and our local Apostle is a
3:44woman who well lives in Devil’s Lake all right well let it be known I have not submitted to
3:52her all right and I have no intention of doing so and I think it’s kind of ironic
3:57well not really so that she lives in Devil’s Lake but
4:02so just so you know I will not be submitting to her for good reason all right when we look in the Bible
4:09we see the word Apostle appearing several times in fact many times in the New Testament and it’s important for us
4:15to understand what is meant by an apostle we think when we think Apostle we generally think well Peter James John
4:23Paul right these guys are Apostles well yes indeed they are but then you also
4:28have other people who are outside of that Circle who are also called Apostles and we think well what’s with that well
4:36back in the day apostle was a very commonly used term and it references in
4:42our new testament people who well don’t have an extraordinary status as well as
4:47those who have an extraordinary status and it all comes down to the question of who sent you
4:53who sent you so think of it this way the word Apostle in Greek is Apostle loss pretty simple right okay it’s in fact
5:00you can say the word Apostle in English is just kind of a transliteration of the Greek which makes it very helpful but
5:06always the question comes up is what does it mean well an apostle is a messenger a delegate an Envoy so if he
5:13were to show up if you lived in the ancient world and show up at somebody’s door and say hello I’m Apostle so and so
5:18they would ask you well who sent you because an apostle is one who’s speaking
5:24on behalf of another person all right and so when we look at the apostles you
5:30know the twelve right well those are ones who are sent by Christ
5:36the rest well they’re sent by people all right let me kind of explain this we’ll do a little bit of a Biblical survey
5:42here we’ll look first at kind of like the ordinary Apostles ordinary kind if
5:48you want to look on second Corinthians chapter 8 verse 23 the Apostle Paul says this he says as
5:55for Titus he is my partner and fellow worker for your benefit you’ll notice that Titus
6:01has an entire epistle written to him that we have right and he says as for our brothers they are and here’s how the
6:09ESV translated they are messengers of the churches the glory of Christ
6:15well the Greek there for Messengers is apostolas it’s actually the plural apostoloid
6:22right so it says they’re Messengers they’re Apostles but who sent them well the churches sent them not Christ so in
6:30other words Titus and these other apostles who are mentioned here are of the ordinary type right another example
6:37of this is found in Philippians chapter 2 and where Paul says I have thought it necessary to send to you this is verse
6:4325 epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow Soldier and your
6:49Apostle and minister to my need now he was sent by the church at
6:54Philippi to be a one who helps the needs of Paul
7:00but again that’s the ordinary kind of apostle right there’s also the
7:06extraordinary type and the extraordinary types are those well the one who sent
7:12them is none other than Jesus himself let me give you an example of this that we have in scripture we’ll give you kind
7:18of two places to look if you remember Paul’s letter to the Galatians the churches in galatia where the heresy of
7:25judaizing had taken root and the judaizers came in and said that Apostle
7:30Paul man he’s just an apostle he’s not really an apostle he’s not like Peter
7:38James and John we that Apostle Paul well you remember he was murdering Christians
7:44he’s really not like the other Apostles right so Paul begins his letter to the
7:50churches in galatia with this sentence Galatians 1 1 Paul an apostle not from
7:57Men nor through man but through Jesus Christ and God the Father
8:04who sent Paul Jesus did right
8:09who sent Titus well the church sent Titus you see the difference now Paul actually makes these
8:15distinctions quite clear in First Corinthians 15 verses 3 through 10 and we’ll kind of take a look at this real
8:21quick and note something important Paul says in first in First Corinthians 15 3-10 I delivered to you as of first
8:28importance what I also received that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scripture that he was buried he
8:34was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures and that he appeared to cephas and then to the 12.
8:42a little bit of a note here all right remember in our first reading from the book of Acts Matthias is chosen to fill
8:49the vacant office you know left vacant by Judas right how many of Jesus’s 12 did Jesus appear
8:59to after his resurrection well if you do the math Judas is dead 11 but notice it
9:05says here that well Jesus appeared to the twelve
9:10who’s number 12 answer Matthias although we don’t hear of him ever again in
9:16scripture except in Acts chapter 1 when Paul writes this in the year 50 A.D
9:21he considers Matthias to be one of the twelve so it’s fascinating to note that
9:27so Jesus appeared to Peter then to the twelve then he appeared to more than 500 Brothers at one time most of whom are
9:33still alive though some have fallen asleep then he appeared to James and then all the other Apostles no other
9:38Apostles would be the ordinary kind not the twelve and last of all as to one untimely born well Jesus appeared also
9:45to me for I am the least of the Apostles unworthy to be called an apostle because
9:50I persecuted the Church of God but by the grace of God I am what I am and his grace towards me was not in vain so
9:57notice Paul makes these distinctions regarding ordinary Apostles versus well
10:03those Apostles sent by Christ himself now you see you’re thinking wait a second here Pastor Roseboro I know how
10:11to do math and again I must reiterate math is evil okay I know how to do math and if you add up
10:17the names of the 12 apostles and you throw Paul at the end then you get 13
10:23names yeah I know it’s kind of weird how that works isn’t it when you count up the names of the 12 tribes of Israel how
10:30many names do you have 13. is it how is that possible well remember
10:36Joseph Joseph was split into two tribes the half tribe of Ephraim in Manasseh and so it’s kind of a weird thing that
10:43happens here in the Old Testament there’s 12 tribes 13 names in the New Testament there’s 12 Apostles and 13
10:49names weird how that works but that’s how that works because there
10:56are 13 that Christ sent interesting to note that okay
11:02so all of that let’s look again at our first reading from acts 15 kind of note
11:08something important here about Apostles and then we’ll see the important stuff that Jesus gets to acts 15 acts 1 verse
11:1615 in those days Peter stood up among the brothers the company of persons was in all about 120 quick note here Jesus
11:24did not leave a mega church which is kind of this it’s actually
11:30important to note that Jesus when it came to discipleship was about quality
11:36quantity well I’m not very impressive by any standards right 100 Jesus spends three
11:44years traipsing about the Judean Countryside preaching teaching healing people and at the very end the total
11:51number of Believers in him 120
11:58right so don’t let a small Church fool you right all right he says this so
12:06Peter stands up he says Brothers the scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the
12:11mouth of David concerning Judas no that’s right David prophesied about Jews who became a guide to those who arrested
12:18Jesus he was numbered Among Us and was allotted his share in this ministry note
12:23here there were some people who were actually baptized by Judas right now this man acquired a field with
12:30a reward of his wickedness that would be the 30 pieces of silver that were given to him to betray Christ
12:35and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and his bowels gushed out and all the Junior High kids said ooh
12:43so it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem so that the field was called in their own language
12:49akadama that is the field of blood for it is written in the Book of Psalms may his Camp become desolate and let there
12:56be no one to dwell in it and let another take his and the Greek word is
13:01actually here in the ESV correctly translated also from the Hebrew let
13:07another take his office yes there are offices in Christ’s Church
13:15all right so we had a vacant office and it had to be filled so one of the men
13:20who has accompanied US during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out Among Us beginning from the baptism of
13:27John until the day when he was taken up from us one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection so
13:33two qualifications for the apostleship that had to be filled that vacant office
13:40somebody who was there eyewitness ear witness to Jesus’s
13:45preaching Teaching Ministry from the time of his baptism till his resurrection they have to be there for
13:51the whole time and be a witness to the resurrection but the third qualification by the way is not specifically mentioned
13:57by name but it’s right there this has to be one whom Christ has chosen and we
14:03read so they put forward to Joseph called bar sabbas who was called Justice
14:09and Matthias so they prayed and they said you Lord you know the hearts of all
14:15show which one of these you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and
14:20apostleship from which Judas had turned aside to go to his own place so they pray believing that Jesus is going to
14:28choose one of these two men to fill the vacant office how are they so confident
14:33well there’s a prophecy regarding Judas in the Psalms they know that this is what they must do since Jesus has now
14:40ascended to Heaven they are prayers go to him they know that he hears them and
14:45he’s going to answer by way of casting lots you can say throwing the dice
14:51so they threw the dice comes up Matthias right Jesus chooses
14:58Matthias through the casting of lots and even the Apostle Paul in First
15:04Corinthians 15 recognizes the Matthias is one of the twelve
15:10right chosen by Christ himself strange way to be chosen yep that’s how
15:15it worked so the cast lots fell on Matthias he was now numbered with the 11 Apostles now filling the out the number
15:2212. but there were 13 names I know it’s weird how that works right so why is
15:29this important I mean everything you ever needed to know that you didn’t know that you needed to know about Apostles right well why is this important well
15:36let’s come back now we’ll do a little bit of work here in John chapter 10 Jesus tells the
15:43parable of the sheep where he says my sheep hear my voice right my sheep hear my voice I’m the
15:50Good Shepherd and he says that his sheep hear his voice well the question is have any of you actually heard Jesus’s
15:56Audible Voice any of you had Starbucks with Jesus you know no every time I invite him to
16:03Starbucks he just never shows up right none of you have well how then are you
16:08to hear the voice of Jesus if you’re one of his sheep it’s a decent question is it not
16:14now don’t get stumped on this the answer is through the ones he sent his Apostles Jesus says
16:21in John 13 20 amen amen I say to you whoever receives the one I send
16:28receives me whoever receives me receives the one who sent me
16:34okay so how do we receive the ones Jesus sent I’ll explain a little bit more Luke
16:4010 16 says this of the disciples the one who hears you you Disciples of
16:47mine here’s me the one who rejects you rejects me and the one who rejects me
16:53rejects him who sent me ah now this is starting to get important
16:59right the way you hear the voice of Jesus is
17:04not him whispering in your ear the still Small Voice that the prophet heard right
17:10no the way you hear the voice of Jesus is through
17:16the ones he sent the ones who hears the apostles hears Jesus
17:22the ones who hear Jesus hears the father see how it goes all the way up the chain
17:27of command even within the trinity and so now we come back to our text from
17:32the Gospel of John Jesus prays I do not ask for these only but also for those
17:39who will believe in me how through their word
17:48now a little bit of a note here we don’t think this way I’m reading from the Gospel of John who wrote this
17:55John did John was one of the guys Jesus sent
18:01and so I’m hearing and you are hearing Jesus’s exact prayer
18:08through what John is writing in other words if you really want to get technical you know who’s discipling you
18:15today John is you can’t see him
18:22but he’s here today discipling you through the gospel that he wrote because
18:27he’s one of the guys that Jesus sent you receive him by receiving the words
18:32that he gives regarding Jesus you hear Jesus through him and by hearing Jesus
18:38through him you also are hearing none other than God the father as well fascinating how that all works which by
18:45the way all then plays into with this wonderful doctrine that we lutherans like to you know to trumpet and that is
18:51solo scriptura where else can you go to hear Jesus’s voice
18:57to hear his words you can go no other place than to the apostolic teaching in
19:03your new testament right Jesus sends the prophets of the Old Testament to tell everybody he’s coming
19:09he sends the apostles the ones he sent to tell us that he has come and to tell
19:15us what he has done for us and now with all of this we see that what is it that
19:20John is telling us Jesus is praying for you he’s praying for me let’s pay
19:26attention to what Jesus prays for us it says I do not ask for these only but also for those who will believe in
19:32me through their word so that they may all be one just as you father are in me and I in
19:40you and they also may be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me
19:45and this is an important prayer and why why
19:51because sin separates us from God but sin also separates us from each
19:56other Paul writes all have sinned and falls
20:02short of the glory of God that’s me and that’s you but not only do we fall short of the
20:07glory of God sin divides us separates us from each other I mean if you want an example of that
20:13just look how well politics is a unifying factor in the United States
20:18right we all know what it’s like come Thanksgiving when this relative’s a
20:24Democrat that one’s a Republican and the rule is not being enforced that
20:30says no politics no religion at the Thanksgiving table we’ve all been there we’ve all experienced it
20:37did you feel United after that experience or divided right
20:43and politics is just one way in which we are divided from each other look at the strained relationships that
20:49occur when people decide to chase after sin look at The Angst that it creates in
20:55Godly Parents look at the look at your own sin and how
21:00it strained relationships that you’ve had over the years of your life friendships
21:07literally destroyed family relationships totally strained all of this is a result
21:14of sin but notice what Jesus prayer is for us it’s that we be one that we be United
21:21often wonder if hell itself involves complete separation not only from God we know
21:27that but also from others I wonder if the sufferings of hell are experienced in complete seclusion and isolation from
21:34others who are also in hell that would make sense
21:39it would make sense because I get the feeling that as people go from bad to worse in their sufferings
21:46in hell they wouldn’t even be able to get along with another Soul there
21:52so hell itself has to be so wide that everybody has their own space and nobody bumps into each other
21:58totally isolating but see the cross the Forgiveness of sins
22:04reunites us with God and because of mercy and forgiveness it makes it possible for us even in this
22:11life to begin the experiencing the unity and Oneness that we will experience on
22:17that great day when Christ returns in glory and we become inhabitants of the New
22:22Jerusalem and on that day everybody will be a Lutheran so
22:29just like put that in there yeah so Jesus continues to pray and this is
22:34fascinating he says father I desire that they also whom you have
22:40given me that’s us that’s us listen to this that they may be with me where I am
22:49in this prayer Jesus says he desires that you be with him and he says this I
22:58want them to see my glory that you have given me because you love me before the foundation of the world in other words
23:04Jesus Wills he desires for you and for me to be with him he loves us and he
23:10wants us to see him in his glory
23:18if you think about that that’s some really good news and the reason why is because when we
23:23sin when we screw up when we do that thing we know we ought not to do what
23:29ends up happening you feel guilty you feel
23:35the twinges of God’s Wrath maybe even a little bit more than that and you should because the law says guilty guilty
23:44guilty cannot save you it condemns you and you feel that condemnation when your conscience Bears witness that what
23:49you’ve done is wrong and as a result of that you are tempted to say
23:55God ain’t going to be happy when I he sees me Jesus is not going to have any kind
24:00words for me when I stand before him but here Jesus prays for you and he says
24:08that he desires for you to be where he is he desires for you to see his glory
24:14and that is only possible because Christ has gone to the cross and all of your sins have been washed
24:20away he continues o righteous father even though the world does not know you I
24:27know you and these know that you have sent me Jesus is sent by the father and he sends
24:33his Apostles I make known to them your name and I will continue to make it known
24:38that the love with which you have loved me may be in them and I in them
24:44glimpses of the Kingdom to come is the unity
24:49of the Saints no more bickering and we’re fighting no more separating
24:57what exactly is the love with which Jesus loved us by the way how did Jesus loves us love us
25:05well Jesus’s apostles his ones that he sent tell us that Christ went to the
25:10cross and the question is why did he go to the cross one of the answers given by those he
25:15sent is this that we were all born in slavery to sin slavery to death slavery to the devil
25:23and incapable of freeing ourselves and make no mistake about it brothers
25:28and sisters sin is slavery it is not freedom
25:35and you know this experientially you know this Paul says in Galatians 4
25:42when we were children we were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world but when the fullness of time had
25:48come God sent forth his son born of woman born under the law to redeem those
25:55who were under the law what is redemption what is it
26:01it’s very important word by the way you know when I was a kid we used to redeem Blue Chip Stamps does anyone
26:09remember those you can redeem them for like Chinese made in merchandise but
26:15right and at the time that was not a good thing you’re just saying those things would break pretty quick
26:22Redemption here is not talking about the thing that we talk about like when we talk about Blue Chip Stamps Redemption
26:27is a slave term it’s a slave term you have to go back to the 19th century
26:34all right all of us were born if you would Africans
26:43but not Africans born in Africa we were born or hauled off to America
26:49chains on our hands and our feet big shackle on our necks
26:55some good scars on our backs from the crack of the whip
27:02incapable of saving ourselves of freeing ourselves Christ comes into our situation and says
27:10I’ll buy that one and that one’s you
27:15but it’s more than that because God is Not and Christ is not the kind of person
27:21that says I’ll just be a Kinder Master to you I won’t beat you as much instead
27:27not only does he purchase you he redeems you and the Redemption here is not the
27:32price of paying for a slave it’s the price of paying for that slave’s freedom
27:39and having then been set free he says come to my home come to my home
27:47he feeds you he clothes you gives you your own room and then writes
27:53you into the will and he always refers to you as son or daughter
27:58and never treats you any different than any of his biological children because you are now his son or daughter
28:06that’s what a Redemption is right so we talk about slavery and freedom
28:13let’s keep our categories right Jesus was born under the law to redeem
28:19those who were under the law so that we might receive adoption as sons and daughters and because you are Sons God
28:27has sent the spirit of his son into our hearts crying Abba Father so you are no longer a Slave
28:34you’re not you are not a slave you are a son
28:39and a daughter and if a child of God then you are in heir through God
28:46and this is good news now Paul then in chapter 5 gives us a
28:52very Stern warning and here’s what he says starting in verse 13.
28:59you were called to Freedom you were called to Freedom Brothers do not use your freedom as an
29:06opportunity for the flesh but through love serve one another Paul is literally saying here you’ve been set
29:13free you’ve been redeemed you’ve been adopted you’re in the will
29:19don’t go back to slavery that’s what he’s saying
29:24for the whole law is fulfilled in one word love your neighbor as yourself
29:30that’s what Freedom looks like and what is sin it’s serving yourself
29:38to the detriment of your own neighbor it’s the ultimate selfishness
29:44Paul says walk by the spirit then and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh for the desires of the flesh are
29:49against the spirit the desires of the spirit are against the flesh these are opposed to each other to keep you from
29:54doing the things that you want but if you are led by the spirit you’re not under the law and then he says this now the works of
30:01the flesh they are self-evident and here they are sexual immorality impurity sensuality
30:09idolatry sorcery enmity strife
30:14and by the way sexual immorality pretty simple if you want to just boil it down
30:19anything other than sexual relations between a man and a woman in marriage
30:25is sexual immorality enmity strife these are often caused by a Breaking of
30:32the eighth commandment lying and gossiping against our neighbor divisions rivalries anger dissensions Envy
30:40drunkenness orgies that’s slavery that’s not freedom and
30:46Paul says I warn you as I warned you before that those who do such things
30:52will not inherit the kingdom of God and we even heard this in our in the
30:58Book of Revelation today we heard from revelation 22 Christ himself reiterates this fact
31:08and why is it because we’ve been set free
31:13why would we live as slaves anymore why that doesn’t make sense
31:19so this is why we warn people to repent and to be forgiven and walk in true
31:26repentance to walk in Freedom so you brothers and sisters you have
31:31been purchased off the slave block your chains have been removed from your hands your feet and your neck
31:37you’ve been purchased by God himself redeemed
31:42written into the will and he now calls you son and daughter you are the children of God
31:48and you are Heirs of the coming Kingdom all of this is yours now
31:54this is the result by the way of the message preached to you by the
32:00ones whom Jesus sent today you have heard John preach you’ve
32:05heard Paul preach and hearing Paul and John you have heard Christ
32:10by hearing Christ you have heard the father you have heard of your sin you’ve heard
32:16of slavery and you’ve heard of Christ’s Redemption and setting you free and adopting you
32:22and you also have heard the stern warning to continue to walk in Freedom and no longer live as slaves
32:28so that we do not miss out on the inheritance in that glorious New Jerusalem that is coming down
32:34and yet there are some who have squandered this gift by refusing
32:40to live is free instead returning back to Egypt and living as slaves
32:47let us pray that Christ continues to sustain us in the faith and the gifts that he has given us
32:53so that we will not well walk away from such a great inheritance only to be slaves again in
33:01the name of Jesus amen [Music]
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