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Restore Your Relationship with God (Genesis 33:1-4)

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1 Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men; so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two maidservants. 2 He put the maidservants and their children in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear. 3 He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground seven times as he approached his brother. 4 But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept.

Genesis 33:1-4

Imagine this scene. Jacob has been away from his homeland and family for nearly 20 years by now. The last time he saw his brother Esau was just before he betrayed him and stole the blessing their father had been preparing for Esau. Jacob fled shortly after that, and has likely spent the past 20 years imagining all the ways Esau would repay him for his betrayal. And now, approaching his homeland with all his family and possessions that he’s acquired over the past two decades, he can see his brother – with a great army of 400 soldiers – off in the distance, approaching him with purpose. What would he have felt in that moment? What would you feel? What fate would he have imagined was approaching him at that moment? In this tense, suspenseful situation, let’s consider how he prepared himself and his following for what might happen.

Jacob’s preparation

Jacob prepared for his meeting with Esau the best that he could. His arrangement of women and children to the front of his troop was actually not a preparation for Esau’s attack. Rather, it was a layout based on their order and ranking in the family. Jacob tried to be thoroughly formal, humble, and respectful in front of his brother rather than thinking solely about his own safety. In fact, Jacob, who had been blessed by God after wrestling with him for his life, had no reason not to trust God’s promise now. Jacob set his mind and left his fate entirely up to God’s plan. Jacob treated Esau as if he were a servant greeting a great king with court manners. In this way, Jacob prepared his meeting with his brother as best he could.

So, how did Esau react to Jacob’s polite greetings?

The meeting of the brothers

Genesis 33:4

4 But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept.

Isn’t this an amazing scene? Esau, after perhaps the greatest betrayal by the person closest to him in life, has waited twenty years for this moment, and rather than seeking revenge, he runs to his younger brother Jacob and greets him with heartfelt sincerity.

While there is no information about Esau’s psychological status before meeting Jacob, we can confirm Esau’s state of mind by the words in verse 4.

Upon seeing his brother for the first time in twenty years, he had completely forgiven him for his past betrayals. How can we understand this sudden change in situation with our human thoughts?

After Jacob left his father’s house nearly 20 years ago, he has had zero contact with his brother. Therefore, it would have been considered completely natural if Esau had sought revenge for Jacob’s betrayal and fought him at this moment. But in fact, Jacob had already fought with God, so he didn’t have to fear fighting with Esau. In Jacob’s redemptive process, he first restored his relationship with God, and that consequently restored the destroyed brotherhood with Esau.

You see, God is the only one who can connect and heal each person’s heart. So, God responded to Jacob’s desperate prayers and then he conveyed Jacob’s heartfelt sincerity to Esau. At last, all the crises these brothers had are resolved.

As with all things in life, in God’s timing and guidance, Jacob and Esau confirmed that they had the same heart for each other. At last, the brothers were able to have a very peaceful and pleasant time together because of the guidance of God. Let’s listen to their brotherly conversation:

Brotherly conversation

Genesis 33:9-11

9 But Esau said, “I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what you have for yourself.”

10 “No, please!” said Jacob. “If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably. 11 Please accept the present that was brought to you, for God has been gracious to me and I have all I need.” And because Jacob insisted, Esau accepted it.

Jacob humbled himself and continued to treat Esau with politeness. He called himself Esau’s servant and greeted him according to his traditional etiquette. And we can see Esau’s sincere interest in, and acceptance of Jacob through the conversation between the two brothers.

After running to him and embracing him as a brother and not an enemy, Esau first asked Jacob about his family. Jacob introduced his wives, maidservants, and their children to his brother. His children, he said, were evidence of the grace God gave him. In this sentiment, Jacob’s words contained his confession that God had forgiven him of his past sins and betrayals. Only after he had restored his relationship with God, was he able to confess that his family was evidence of God’s grace.

Esau’s second question was about the livestock that Jacob had earlier sent ahead of him. Because Jacob had been blessed by God, he now wanted to bless and be blessed by his brother. For Jacob, this second blessing was just as important as God’s first grace and blessing to him.

Jacob treated his brother as respectfully as he treated God by saying, “If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably.”

In this short sentence, Jacob’s words contained a subtle confession of his betrayal. Esau, however, generously forgave Jacob without mentioning anything about his betrayal. In fact, Jacob did not need to send a gift of livestock ahead of him to his brother in order to gain his favor because Esau had already sincerely forgiven Jacob with the heart of God.

But Jacob still desired to give Esau a gift as evidence of their reconciliation. In last week’s sermon, remember that this “gift” means “blessing” in Hebrew.

Although Esau had sincerely forgiven Jacob, Jacob still wanted to return the blessing he had previously stolen from his brother Esau. In this way, Jacob sought to express his repentance to God in a physical way, and receive his brother’s forgiveness in a physical way as well.

Do you remember the prayer that Jacob had prayed in Genesis 32 before meeting Esau at this moment? He had prayed for deliverance from his brother’s anger, and now, by his brother accepting his peace offering, he has received confirmation that his prayer has been answered.

The answer to Jacob’s second prayer

Genesis 32:11

11 Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me, and also the mothers with their children.

And now, after Jacob has given Esau his gifts of livestock and accepted his forgiveness, Esau tries to also grant Jacob a courtesy through his natural feeling of happiness. Specifically, as the older of the two brothers, he made two proposals for Jacob’s convenience.

Genesis 33:12; 15

12 Then Esau said, “Let us be on our way; I`ll accompany you.”

15 Esau said, “Then let me leave some of my men with you.”  “But why do that?” Jacob asked. “Just let me find favor in the eyes of my lord.”

At this moment, Esau has taken it for granted that the brothers might live together again. But Jacob was careful to point out that their lifestyles were completely different. However, just because Jacob didn’t accept his brother’s offer of assistance, this can’t be seen as an expression of distrust. Jacob and Esau have now reconciled and have returned into each other’s lives.

Having confirmed Esau’s favor through his offer of assistance, Jacob was convinced that he had received full grace from his brother. And in this way, God mended their relationship and restored the peace of the two brothers, which, remember, had been Jacob’s first prayer.

Fulfillment of Jacob’s first prayer

Genesis 32:9

9 Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, O LORD, who said to me, `Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,`

This first prayer of Jacob before he met Esau has now been perfectly achieved by God.

Genesis 33:18-20

18 After Jacob came from Paddan Aram, he arrived safely at the city of Shechem in Canaan and camped within sight of the city. 19 For a hundred pieces of silver, he bought from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, the plot of ground where he pitched his tent. 20 There he set up an altar and called it El Elohe Israel.

Jacob’s shroud is symbolic of Jacob and his family finally returning to the land of promise as a descendant of God’s promise to his grandfather Abraham. His purchase of land and the name he gave the altar are also symbolic of this in the same way.

The name “El Elohe Israel” indicates that the land, which had been ruled by Gentiles, is now governed by the God of Israel. As such, God has now achieved both Jacob’s first and second prayers on the same day. When Jacob pursued God and restored his relationship with God, God liberated Jacob from his sins and gave him freedom from his problems.

In the same way, Jesus Christ liberates us from our sins and gives us freedom from our spiritual problems.

Jesus Christ Reconciles God and Man

Colossians 1:19-22

19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. 21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ`s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation —

By looking closely at Esau’s attitude toward Jacob in this moment after 20 years of separation, we can better understand God’s attitude toward us. This is because God is the one who has led Esau and Jacob toward the path of peace with each other.

In fact, Esau desired a restored relationship with his brother Jacob, more than the gift that Jacob had sent ahead of him for his brother. This attitude of Esau made Jacob embarrassed. Jacob had lived more passionately, and worked more diligently than anyone else, in order to compensate for his sins against Esau. And now Jacob, who has collected a lot of property through God’s blessing, desired to give Esau a portion of his possessions in order to buy Esau’s forgiveness and gain grace. Jacob must have thought that his gift would compensate at least a little bit for his sins.

But Esau did not expect gifts from Jacob. Esau just wanted to meet his beloved brother Jacob, and he wanted to be with him. In meeting Esau, who did not demand repayment for the price of sins and betrayal, at last realized what God’s grace truly is.

In the same way, God knew that we could never pay for the price of our own sins through any effort of our own and sent Jesus Christ to pay the price for us. Jesus did not reproach us for sin and did not demand we pay the price for our sin to him. Instead, Jesus himself offered his own life and body on the cross as payment for our sins.

Jacob was surprised by the unexpected welcome of Esau. Likewise, Jesus’ amazing mercy and grace, which surpasses our expectations, should surprise us!

Is there something blocking you from going to Jesus, or allowing him to come to you as the two brothers finally met together? In fact, there is nothing you should prepare before you meet him, or before he meets you. There is only one thing necessary and that is “yourself”.

Jesus desires to spend time with you as Esau desired to spend time with Jacob. He desires to give you freedom, peace, and life, as God gave Jacob.

Jacob approached his brother, Esau, with an unforgivable sin. We also may carry unforgivable sins, big and small, but we must go to Jesus with our sins. If we only move on to Jesus, he will shed tears of joy when he welcomes us, and hug us hard, bringing us home, back into a right relationship with him and God the Father.

This is the amazing love and grace of God through the reconciliation of our sins, Jesus Christ.

Confess Jesus as the King of Peace! He restores all relationships!

하나님과 관계를 회복하라

1 야곱이 눈을 들어 보니 에서가 사백 명의 장정을 거느리고 오고 있는지라 그의 자식들을 나누어 레아와 라헬과 두 여종에게 맡기고

2 여종들과 그들의 자식들은 앞에 두고 레아와 그의 자식들은 다음에 두고 라헬과 요셉은 뒤에 두고

3 자기는 그들 앞에서 나아가되 몸을 일곱 번 땅에 굽히며 그의 형 에서에게 가까이 가니

4 에서가 달려와서 그를 맞이하여 안고 목을 어긋맞추어 그와 입맞추고 서로 우니라

창세기 33:1-4

1. 야곱의 준비

야곱은 최선을 다해 에서와의 만남을 준비하였습니다.

야곱이 여인들과 자식들을 순서대로 배치 한 것은 에서의 공격에 대한 대비가 아니었습니다. 그것은 그들의 서열에 따른 배치였습니다.

야곱은 자기 자신의 안전을 도모하기 보다는, 에서 앞에서 철저히 격식을 갖추려고 했습니다.

사실, 목숨을 걸고 하나님과 싸워서 축복을 얻은 야곱이 이제 와서 하나님의 약속을 신뢰하지 않을 이유는 없었습니다. 야곱은 마음을 정돈하고 하나님의 계획에 전부를 걸었습니다.

야곱은 마치 신하가 왕에게 궁중 예절을 갖추어 인사하듯이 에서를 대했습니다.

이처럼 야곱은 최선을 다해 에서와의 만남을 준비하였습니다.

과연 야곱의 공손한 인사에 대해 에서는 어떻게 반응 했을까요?

2. 형제의 만남

창세기 33:4

4 에서가 달려와서 그를 맞이하여 안고 목을 어긋맞추어 그와 입맞추고 서로 우니라

에서는 진심으로 마음에서 우러나는 모습으로 야곱을 맞이 하였습니다.

우리는 야곱을 만나기 전, 에서의 심리적인 묘사를 전혀 발견 할 수가 없습니다.

그러나 우리는 창세기 4절의 말씀을 통해 에서의 마음을 확인할 수 있습니다.

에서는 야곱에 대한 미움 없이 그를 완전히 용서한 상태였습니다.

우리의 인간적인 생각으로는 갑자기 벌어진 이 상황을 이해할 수 없습니다.

야곱이 아버지의 집을 떠난 뒤로, 오랫동안 에서와 연락하지 않았기 때문입니다.

그래서 에서가 야곱과 만난 후 그와 싸웠다고 해도 그것은 당연히 여겨질 것입니다.

야곱은 하나님과 싸웠기 때문에 에서와 싸워야 할 필요가 없었던 것입니다.

야곱은 파괴된 형제 관계를 회복하기 위해, 먼저 하나님과 관계를 회복하였습니다.

하나님은 각 사람의 마음을 연결하시는 분이십니다.

야곱의 간절한 기도를 하나님은 들으셨습니다.

그리고 하나님은 에서에게 야곱의 간절한 마음을 공유하셨습니다.

이 두 형제에게 다가왔던 모든 위기는 해소되었습니다.

하나님의 시간이 되자, 야곱과 에서, 두 형제는 서로 같은 마음이었다는 것을 확인하였습니다.

두 형제는 하나님의 인도하심으로 인해 꿈에 그리던 행복한 시간을 보내게 되었습니다.

3. 형제의 대화

창세기 33:9-11

9 에서가 이르되 내 동생아 내게 있는 것이 족하니 네 소유는 네게 두라

10 야곱이 이르되 그렇지 아니하니이다 내가 형님의 눈앞에서 은혜를 입었사오면 청하건대 내 손에서 이 예물을 받으소서 내가 형님의 얼굴을 뵈온즉 하나님의 얼굴을 본 것 같사오며 형님도 나를 기뻐하심이니이다

11 하나님이 내게 은혜를 베푸셨고 내 소유도 족하오니 청하건대 내가 형님께 드리는 예물을 받으소서 하고 그에게 강권하매 받으니라

야곱은 계속해서 공손한 태도로 에서를 대했습니다.

야곱은 자신을 에서의 종이라 부르고 일상 예법에 맞추어서 인사하였습니다.

우리는 야곱과 에서의 대화를 통해 야곱에 대한 에서의 진심 어린 관심을 확인할 수 있습니다. 

에서는 첫번째로 야곱의 가족에 대해서 질문을 하였습니다.

야곱은 그의 부인들과 여종들, 그리고 그들의 아이들을 에서에게 소개하였습니다.

야곱은 자식을 하나님의 선물 뿐만이 아니라 하나님이 베푸신 은혜의 표라고 소개하였습니다.

이 은혜의 표는 하나님께서 야곱 자신을 용서하신 표라는 고백이 담겨져 있었습니다.

야곱은 하나님과 관계를 회복한 후에, 하나님이 주신 가정을 하나님의 은혜로 고백할 수 있었습니다.

에서는 두번째로 야곱이 보낸 가축 떼에 대해서 질문을 하였습니다.

야곱은 하나님께 은혜를 받은 사람이었지만, 이제는 자신의 형인 에서에게 은혜를 받고 싶어했습니다. 야곱에게 이것은 하나님의 은혜만큼 아주 중요한 것이었습니다.

야곱은 이러한 마음을 담아 “제가 하나님의 얼굴을 뵌 것처럼 형님의 얼굴을 뵈었습니다”라고 형을 높여 하나님과 견주었습니다.

야곱의 이러한 말에는 자신의 잘못에 대한 고백이 들어있었습니다.

그런데 에서는 그 잘못에 대해 전혀 언급하지 않고 너그럽게 무시하였습니다.

사실 야곱은 에서의 호의를 얻기 위해서 예물을 보낼 필요가 없었습니다.

에는 이미 하나님이 주신 마음으로 인해 야곱을 진심으로 용서하였기 때문입니다.

하지만 야곱은 화해의 증거로써 에서에게 예물을 전해주어야만 했습니다.

우리는 이 예물이 히브리어로 축복이라는 사실을 지난 설교 시간에 들었습니다.

비록 에서는 야곱을 진심으로 용서했지만, 야곱은 에서에게 빼앗은 축복을 돌려주고 싶었습니다. 

이를 통해 야곱은 하나님께 회개를, 형에게는 사과를 표현하고 싶었던 것입니다.

4. 두번째 기도의 성취

창세기 32:11

11 내가 주께 간구하오니 내 형의 손에서, 에서의 손에서 나를 건져내시옵소서 내가 그를 두려워함은 그가 와서 나와 내 처자들을 칠까 겁이 나기 때문이니이다

이 본문은 야곱이 에서를 만나기 전에 했던 두번째 기도 입니다.

하나님은 야곱의 기도를 확실하게 이루어 주셨습니다.

야곱이 예물을 주며 호의를 베풀자, 에서도 야곱에 호의에 대한 자연스러운 감정으로 야곱에게 호의를 베풀려고 하였습니다.

특히 두 형제 중 맏이인 형 에서는 형으로서 동생의 편의를 살피기 위해 두 가지 제안을 하였습니다.

창세기 33:12; 15

12 에서가 이르되 우리가 떠나자 내가 너와 동행하리라

15 에서가 이르되 내가 내 종 몇 사람을 네게 머물게 하리라 야곱이 이르되 어찌하여 그리하리이까 나로 내 주께 은혜를 얻게 하소서 하매

에서는 형제가 다시 함께 사는 것을 당연하게 여겼습니다.

하지만 야곱은 둘의 생활 양식이 너무 다르다는 점을 조심스럽게 밝혔습니다.

야곱이 형의 제안을 따르지 않았다고 해서 이를 불신의 표현으로 볼 수는 없습니다.

야곱과 에서 이 두 형제는 서로 화해하고 평안하게 서로 각자의 길로 돌아갔습니다.

에서의 호의와 제안을 확인한 야곱은 에서의 완전한 은혜를 얻었음을 확신 하였습니다.

하나님은 야곱의 첫번째 기도였던 형제 사이의 화평을 이루어 주셨습니다.

5. 첫번째 약속의 성취

창세기 32:9

9 야곱이 또 이르되 내 조부 아브라함의 하나님, 내 아버지 이삭의 하나님 여호와여 주께서 전에 내게 명하시기를 네 고향, 네 족속에게로 돌아가라 내가 네게 은혜를 베풀리라 하셨나이다 

이 본문은 야곱이 에서를 만나기 전에 했던 두번째 기도 입니다.

하나님은 야곱의 기도를 확실하게 이루어 주셨습니다.

창세기 33:18-20

18 야곱이 밧단아람에서부터 평안히 가나안 땅 세겜 성읍에 이르러 그 성읍 앞에 장막을 치고

19 그가 장막을 친 밭을 세겜의 아버지 하몰의 아들들의 손에서 백 크시타에 샀으며

20 거기에 제단을 쌓고 그 이름을 엘엘로헤이스라엘이라 불렀더라

야곱이 장막을 쳤다는 것은 야곱이 약속의 자손으로서 마침내 약속의 땅에 돌아왔음을 상징하는 것입니다. 그가 땅을 구입한 것과 제단의 이름을 정한 것도 같은 의미를 나타냅니다.

엘엘로헤이스라엘은 이제까지 이방 신들이 통치하던 이 땅이 이제부터는 이스라엘의 하나님의 통치한다는 것을 나타내고 있습니다.

이처럼 하나님은 야곱의 첫번째와 두번째 기도 모두를 하나님이 정하신 때에 이루어주셨습니다.

야곱이 하나님을 추구하고 하나님과의 관계를 회복하였을 때, 하나님은 야곱에게 죄와 문제로부터의 해방과 자유를 선물해 주셨습니다.

6. 하나님과 인간의 화해자 = 예수 그리스도

골로새서 1:19-22

19 아버지께서는 모든 충만으로 예수 안에 거하게 하시고

20 그의 십자가의 피로 화평을 이루사 만물 곧 땅에 있는 것들이나 하늘에 있는 것들이 그로 말미암아 자기와 화목하게 되기를 기뻐하심이라

21 전에 악한 행실로 멀리 떠나 마음으로 원수가 되었던 너희를

22 이제는 그의 육체의 죽음으로 말미암아 화목하게 하사 너희를 거룩하고 흠 없고 책망할 것이 없는 자로 그 앞에 세우고자 하셨으니

우리는 야곱을 대하는 에서의 태도를 통해 하나님의 마음을 헤아려 볼 수 있습니다.

그 이유는 에서와 야곱을 화평의 길로 인도하신 분이 하나님이기 때문입니다.

에서는 야곱의 예물에 보다 그의 동생 야곱을 진정으로 원하고 있었습니다.

이러한 에서의 태도는 야곱을 당황스럽게 만들었습니다.

야곱은 형에게 지은 죄를 보상하기 위해, 그 누구보다 열정적으로 살았습니다.

하나님의 축복을 통해 많은 재산을 모은 야곱은 에서에게 은혜를 구하기 위해 자신이 가진 소유를 에서에게 주었습니다.

야곱은 그 예물을 통해 자신의 죄에 대해 약간은 보상할 수 있을 것이라 생각했을 것입니다.

그러나 에서는 야곱에게 예물을 기대하지 않았습니다. 

에서는 그저 자신이 사랑하는 동생 야곱을 만나고 싶었고, 함께 하고 싶었습니다.

야곱은 자신의 죄를 묻지 않고, 죄에 대한 대가도 요구하지 않는 에서를 만나며 하나님의 은혜를 무엇인지 깨달았습니다. 

하나님은 우리가 스스로의 노력으로 죄를 해결할 수 없음을 알게 하시고 예수 그리스도를 해결사로 보내주셨습니다.

예수님은 우리에게 죄에 대해 책망하지 않으시고 죄에 대한 대가를 요구하지 않았습니다.

다만, 예수님은 우리의 죄를 해결하기 위해 십자가에서 죽음을 맞이하셨습니다.

야곱이 예상치 못한 에서의 환대에 깜짝 놀랐습니다.

마찬가지로 우리의 예상을 뛰어넘는 예수님의 놀라운 자비와 은혜는 우리를 깜짝 놀라게 만듭니다.

무엇이 당신을 예수님께로 나아가지 못하게 만드는 것인가요?

예수님께 나아가기 가기 위해 준비할 것은 단 하나입니다. 그것은 바로 “나 자신” 입니다.

예수님은 나와 함께 시간을 보내기를 원하십니다.

예수님은 나에게 자유와 평안과 생명을 주시기를 원하십니다.

야곱이 용서받을 수 없는 죄를 가지고 형 에서에게 나아 갔듯이, 우리도 우리의 죄를 가지고 예수님께로 나아갑니다.

우리가 예수님께 그저 나아가면, 예수님은 기쁨의 눈물을 흘리시고 우리를 힘껏 안아 주시고 진정으로 우리를 반겨 주실 것입니다.

이것이 하나님과 우리의 화해자, 예수그리스도의 놀라운 사랑과 은혜입니다.

예수님을 모든 관계를 회복하는 평화의 왕으로 고백하십시요!

  • Nov 18 / 2018
  • Comments Off on Our Mission is Good News (Acts 14:20-28)
Acts: The Book of Mission, Pastor Heo, Sermons

Our Mission is Good News (Acts 14:20-28)

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Our Mission is Good News

Acts 14:20-28 (Pastor Heo)

20 But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe.

The Return to Antioch in Syria

21 They preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, 22 strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said. 23 Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust. 24 After going through Pisidia, they came into Pamphylia, 25 and when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia.

26 From Attalia they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work they had now completed. 27 On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. 28 And they stayed there a long time with the disciples.

We don’t know how long this “sabbatical” was for the two. Our sabbatical will happen in heaven – not on earth.

These two chapters are the story of Paul and Barnabas’ First missionary journey. They were constantly on the move to multiple cities through the region.

Last Sunday, what happened at Lystra? Paul healed a crippled man by the power of Christ. After this, the crowd thought they were gods. So they wanted to worship P&B by offering them sacrifices. But they shouted “NO!” tearing their clothes and said, “We too are only men like you.” At this moment, their worshiping attitude turned to anger and they stoned Paul and left him for dead.

This is human nature.

Also with Jesus, he understood how fickle the crowd could be. In his earthly ministry, many people watched many signs he did, but he never entrusted himself to the crowd because he knew what was in men’s hearts.

Yes, when people praise us and recognize us, we feel proud, but we must not allow this to cloud our judgment. Do not put your trust in the crowd – it is so changeable and fickle. So:

“Trust in God with all you heart.. in all your ways, acknowledge him and he will direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Jesus says, “Trust in God, trust also in me.”

So, Paul was thrown out of the city, but when the disciples gathered around him, they were overjoyed to see him rise again. Then they immediately re-entered the hostile city, and the next morning, they left for Derbe (the last mission field in this missionary journey.)

v. 20-21

“20 But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe. 21 They preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch,”

Derbe is the next city east of Lystra (small city). As usual, the first thing P&B did in the city was preach the “good news” (gospel).

Missionary’s priority #1 is to preach good news all the time. Also, this is my priority. And if you are a true Christian in this world, then your priority is also to preach the good news.

Only good news can win souls to Christ. What is this good news? “Good news of great joy for all the people at the same time for eternity.” – this is the death and resurrection of Christ.

This is a strange story actually.

The story of “death” is “good”? Can you say this? Even if my enemy dies, we cannot say this is “good news” to me.

But in the world, there is no religion that says the death of its founder is good news. Christianity is the ONLY one that says this. Can you say that the death of Christ is “good news”?

Why? Why and how is this possible?

If your parents die, can you say this is “good news”? No.

But there are billions of reasons the death of Christ is good news (actually, you are one).

This time, finishing their missionary journey, let me share 7 reasons why the death of Christ is good news.

7 Reasons why Jesus’ Death is “Good”

#1 Jesus died for others

Evidently: Jesus did not die for his own sins – he died for others. “Jesus died just for me.” He bore the punishment for our sins in his body on the cross.

“God demonstrated his own love for us in this, that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

“By his wounds we have been healed.”

His death is the substitutionary death for our sins (propitiation).

That’s why the day he was crucified is called “Good Friday.”

#2: Satisfied God’s justice

His death fully satisfied the demands of God’s Law and his justice.

The death of Christ is not only the satisfaction of the justice of God, but also the requirements of his Law. The transgression of that Law brings with it a punishment – but we can never meet the requirements of the Law. But Jesus met these requirements fully.

Romans 10:4 “Jesus is the end (fulfillment) of the Law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.”

#3: Gives us forgiveness of sin

Do you need this?

“The wages of sin is death” (Romans) – spiritual and physical death.

This means everybody needs forgiveness of sin – and only his death gives us this forgiveness. The IMMEDIATE result is forgiveness of sins.

Hebrews: “The Law requires that everything be cleansed with blood. Without the shedding of blood, there is no cleansing. But the blood of Christ cleanses our sins…”

“If you confess your sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

This is good news to you and me!

#4: Removes the wrath of God

God is holy – too holy to see sins.

Habakkuk 1:13 “God’s eyes are too pure to look upon sin.”

God cannot tolerate any kind of wrong. Thus, there is wrath of God against sin and against the sinner.

Eph 2 “We were by our very nature, the objects of wrath.”

John 3:36 “Whoever rejects Christ cannot see eternal life because the wrath of God remains on him.”

Romans 1:18 “The wrath of God is being revealed against all men who suppress the truth.”

Only the blood of Christ can cover / remove the wrath of God against us.

1 John 2 “Jesus Christ is the atoning sacrifice (propitiation) for our sins.”

Imagine, if the wrath of God remains on my head, can I live in peace? No!

#5: Reconciles us to God

“Be reconciled to God.” the Bible admonishes us.

We need reconciliation (회복) – the restoration of relationship with God.

The idea of reconciliation is like this:

Gen 1, 2 before the Fall of Man.

There are more than 1,000 chapters in the Bible (1,069?).

In only 2 chapters, God and man (Adam) stood face to face in perfect relationship. But, in sinning, man turned his back to God and walked away.

Then, in his sadness, God turned his back on man and was sad.

Now, only the death of Christ has satisfied the demands of the Law. So, now God has turned his face back toward man and is waiting. This is the invitation of God. It is now up to man to turn back around to be reconciled with God.

#6: It gives us the ministry of reconciliation

2 Cor 5:17 “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new Creation: the old has gone, the new has come.”

2 Cor 5:18 “All this is from God who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.”

Remember, if you are reconciled to Christ, you have received the ministry of reconciliation.

Thus, we must say that preaching the gospel is our priority #1.

#7: God declares us righteous

Do you have a bank book? Check it.

When you believe in Christ, the righteousness of Christ is “transferred” into your “bank book.” (A full account!)

Then, God declares us righteous through Christ’s resurrection.

Finally, we can say his death is good news because he rose again from the dead!

v. 21b, 22-25

“Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, 22 strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said. 23 Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust. 24 After going through Pisidia, they came into Pamphylia, 25 and when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia.”

Attalia is a sea port in Perga – to sail to their home base (Antioch).

After finishing their final ministry in Derbe, they went to Perga to return to their sending church. And on their returning, they backtracked, retraced their steps.

  1. Derbe (end of journey)
  2. Lystra (Paul had been stoned)
  3. Iconium (almost stoned)
  4. Pisidia (expelled)

What courage!

They went back home through a hard way, willingly. Yes, they knew the dangers they faced before. They knew the dangers, but why did they go then?

Even though they knew of these dangers, they had a responsibility to encourage the new believers there.

Lesson: No matter how uncomfortable or dangerous the task, we must always encourage new believers who need our help. We should have a clear strategy to help them grow in faith.

Paul: “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” Can you say this to new believers?

Two purposes to revisit these former mission fields:

1. Strengthen new believers in the things of Christ and encourage them to remain in the faith

(continuation is strong proof of faith in Christ “He who stands firm to the end will be saved.”) If we have real faith, we must show our faithfulness to Christ.

Remember, living a Christian life in this world, I can say like this to you and me: “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of heaven.” Because this world is sinful and adulterous and ruled by Satan. Around us, we have all seen good, faithful Christians who are going through hard times.

Sometimes even dedication to Christ, commitment often brings us face-to-face with MORE difficulties than if we live only for ourselves without commitment to Christ. And Paul? If he had aimed lower, he would not have experienced such a variety of pains and sorrows, BUT he also would not have been used so powerfully by God.

Remember, Jesus did not save us to make our lives easy. He saved us to make us great, strong, powerful.

He did not save us to follow the pattern of the world, but to fight the pattern of the world. He made us fighters.

Thus, everyone who wants to live a godly life, will be persecuted.

“If the world hates you, remember it hated me first.”

“Take heart, for I have overcome the world.”

Romans: “If you are children of God you are heirs and coheirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. These sufferings on earth are not worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed in us in heaven.”

“We can do all things through him who gives us strength.”

v. 26-28

“26 From Attalia they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work they had now completed. 27 On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. 28 And they stayed there a long time with the disciples. “

After returning home, they gave their mission report. They reported the work God had done through them – they reported the blessings joyfully to the church.

Maybe this was the first “missionary conference” in history.

From this conference, we must learn some lessons.

v 27 – in their mission report, P&B did not say, “We did this for God…” – they were not the subject (주어) in this story – they made God the subject “God did this through us…” – also in our testimony and mission report should be like this. “God did this through me…”

Another amazing thing is that P&B did this great job without the modern missionary tools we have today (cars, computer, KakaoTalk, smartphones, …)

In mission history, some believers have done SO much with so little. But other Christians have done SO little with so much. (These are two kinds of missionaries).

Remember, one day, we will stand before God, face to face, to give our mission report.

“A man is destined to die once and after that to face the judgment.”

Revelation “Behold, I am coming soon. My reward is in my hand and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.”

Just like P&B, we will give this report to God. As long as we live, our priorities will be reordered.

God bless you to be missionaries.

Let’s start the Second Missionary Journey next time.

Let’s pray.

  • Jun 04 / 2017
  • Comments Off on Christ died for you, yes you! (Romans 5:6-8)
Pastor Heo, Romans: The Righteousness of God, Sermons

Christ died for you, yes you! (Romans 5:6-8)

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Christ died for you, yes you!

Romans 5:6-8 (Pastor Heo)

6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

v. 6 Christ died for us.

Christ died for you. Christ died for me.

If you believe the fact that God became man (Jesus is God – the Incarnation), and died for you and me, you can NOT make TOO MUCH a sacrifice for Jesus… – anything you do will not be too much.

These verses are spiritual, timeless truths.

v. 6, 8 “Christ died for us”

These two verses, show a timeless spiritual truth.

v. 7 is not a timeless spiritual truth. It is a relative human argument – to compare Jesus’ death with a human’s death.

First, let’s see the human logic (v. 7)

7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.

In human-to-human relationships, there are three kinds of people:

  1. righteous people
  2. good people
  3. bad people

Who is righteous, good, or bad to you.

  1. Righteous = well known for his great job to the public (national heroes, etc) – not necessarily in personal, private lives – (yes, we honor righteous people, but who would die for these people? It’s very rare – not never, but 99% not)
  2. Good = good to you personally (family members, loved ones, someone who helps you) – yes, we like “good” people, but it is still not easy to die for these “good” men (someone might possibly dare to die)
  3. Bad = the one who is bad, harmful to you, hurts, opposes you. In a human argument, it would be IMPOSSIBLE for me to die FOR someone who is bad to me, against me.

But, the spiritual truth (v. 6, 8) – “Jesus died for the ungodly.”

If this is the truth, the important question is WHEN did Jesus die for me?

Truth: Jesus did not die for you when you were righteous. Jesus did not die for you when you were good. Jesus DID die for you when you were totally bad (evil). “While you were still sinners, wicked, ungodly, unholy, enemies to God.”

What an amazing story – amazing grace.

Today’s topic focuses on Jesus’ death. What is Jesus’ death to you? What’s the meaning of this to you? We say this all the time in personal evangelism. So, what is the meaning of this?

Definition (biblical): 6 points

#1: Substitution

In sports, we are familiar with this – we switch out for a substitute when injured or tired. Jesus is our substitute in carrying our sins to the cross. He is the substitute for all sins. He died for the sins of others. The sufferings of Jesus Christ were NOT the sympathetic sufferings of a friend, but substitionary sufferings of the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

  • OT: Isaiah 53 (the fifth gospel) – the Messiah chapter (53:5-6) “He was pierced, crushed for us. The punishment that brings us peace was upon him – each of us has turned to his own way, the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
  • 1 Cor 15:3 “What I received I passed on to you as of first importance…”
  • 2 Cor 5:21 “God made him who had no sin become sin for us…”
  • 1 Peter 2:24 “Jesus Christ bore our sins in his body on the cross… by his wounds we are healed…”
  • 1 Peter 3:18 “Jesus Christ died for sins once for all – the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.”

Jesus died for me.

He did not die by force, or under compulsion, but by choice “I am the Good Shepherd, I lay down my life for my sheep.”

#2: Ransom (Redemption)

If my child is kidnapped, I must pay a price to take him home again – this is called “ransom.”

Jesus death on the cross is a ransom – to by us from the slavery to sin.

  • Matt 2:28 “I did not come to be served, but to serve and give my life as a ransom…”
  • 1 Tim 2:6 “Jesus Christ gave his life as a ransom…”
  • Gal 3:13(16?) “Jesus redeemed us from slavery…”

Redemption = freedom, liberation, release

We are free from bondage, slavery, captivity, death – by a payment of our ransom.

There are two significances –

  1. Payment
  2. Deliverance

From death to life, sin to righteousness, Old to New, Hell to Heaven, child of Satan to child of God, condemnation to forgiveness, slavery to freedom

To buy back a person or thing by paying the price for which it is held = redemption through ransom payment. Sin is a slave market. Our souls are under the slavery of sin and death. Jesus paid our ransom to deliver us from this to eternal life and freedom.

The death of Christ = a price which is the ransom for our deliverance. Price = Jesus’ life.

  • 1 Cor 6:19-20 “You are not your own, you were bought at a price – so honor God with your body.”

I’m not my own, we were bought by the price Jesus paid as a ransom (his blood).

The price of our salvation, justification, redemption = priceless.

#3. Atoning sacrifice

KJV “Jesus Christ is the propitiation of our sins.” (1 John 2:2) “Jesus Christ is the atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

Romans 3:25 “God presented his one and only son as a sacrifice of atonement through faith in his blood.” because Jesus Christ is our sacrifice.

God had left the sins that were committed beforehand unpunished – and he justified those who have faith in Christ.

OT: Propitiation means “mercy seat” or covering. In the tabernacle, there were two places – the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place (in there is the Arc of the Covenant – its covering = “Mercy seat” – or propitiation – because of this cover, God overlooks the sins and forgives the sins of his people).

Yes, I’m a pastor (outwardly), but inwardly, by nature, I’m full of sin (please forgive me), but the Mercy Seat covers this – so God does not see my sin. This is the propitiation (atoning sacrifice). Without this, no one can enter the most holy place and presence of God. Without this, how can we get to God? Only through the blood of Christ. Thus, it’s called the New and Living Way. He is the One and Only Way to heaven and God.

  1. Substitution
  2. Ransom (redemption)
  3. Atoning sacrifice (propitiation)
  4. Reconciliation

#4. Reconciliation

Reconciliation = restoration of relationship with joy and peace with each other.

  • v. 10 “For if while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of Jesus Christ his son. Through him we have now received reconciliation.”

This (reconciliation) = the restoration of relationship between God and man

  • 2 Cor 5:17 “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new Creation. The old has gone, the new has come… All this is from God. God reconciled us through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.”

God is reconciling the WHOLE WORLD to himself. Not only human beings, but also all Creation. This is the permanent (Master) plan of God for reconciliation.

There are two meanings to reconciliation:

  1. Active: The death of Christ REMOVES the enmity between God and man.
  2. Passive: There is a change of attitude on the part of man toward God.

The idea:

  • At first, Genesis 1, 2, God and man stood face to face with each other in perfect harmony, fellowship, communication, etc.
  • In Genesis 3, man turned his back on God (sin). Because God is holy (cannot be friends with sin), so God also turned his back on man (this produced enmity (enemies) between God and man.)
  • Only the death of Christ satisfied the demands of the holy God. Through Christ, God has turned his face again toward man and waits with long suffering, patience, and perseverance to receive man again – by only one condition (accepting Christ as personal Savior and Lord).

Man is encouraged, entreated, challenged to be reconciled to God.

“Be reconciled to God by accepting Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.”

Be reconciled to God!

“Preach the Word of God in and out of season.”

#5. Satisfaction

Since the holiness of God (“holy, holy, holy”) – this is a basic attribute of God. So, it is only logical that God should be given some satisfaction to remove the outrage of sin. So, this is what the death of Christ does.

  1. Satisfies the Justice of God (man has sinned against God and brought on condemnation and displeasure) God cannot free sinners until the demands of justice are satisfied because he is righteous and just – his justice must be maintained and satisfied. This is made possible through the death of Christ – God remains righteous.
  2. Satisfies the Law of God – this is grounded in the very nature of God (it is perfect, good, spiritual, holy) – the transgression of this Law brings penalty/punishment – and no one can meet the demands of this Law. Only Christ did. By his obedience and suffering and finally, death, Jesus perfectly fulfilled the full demands of the Law.

Romans 10:4 “Jesus Christ is the end of the Law.”

  1. Substitute
  2. Ransom
  3. Atoning Sacrifice
  4. Reconciliation
  5. Satisfaction
  6. … we must reach this point …

#6. My Death

“The death of Christ is MY death.”

What does this mean?

We were dead in sin and alive in Christ in his resurrection.

  • “If we are dead to sin in his death, we will be alive in Christ through his resurrection.”
  • “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live. The life I live I live by faith in Christ.”

Our union with Jesus in his death and resurrection is our life.

Conclusion: there are three kinds of people.

  1. Non-Christian:
  2. Baby Christian:
  3. Real, mature Christian:

One sentence clears this all up.

  1. Non-Christians say (in heart and lifestyle), ‘Jesus did not die for me.’
  2. Baby Christians say “Jesus died for me, OK.”
  3. Real, mature Christians say, “Jesus died for me, and his death / life are my death / life.”

God bless you to reach more and more maturity in Christ.

Let’s pray.

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  • Jan 27 / 2013
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It Is Finished! (John 19:28-42)


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Do you like Jesus’ death?

As a Christian, what do you believe, or what can you say about the death of Jesus Christ?

If you are a Sunday school teacher / evangelist / missionary, what will you teach/preach about the death of Christ?

For humans, usually death is sorrowful news, there is no more work to be done.

But, in the case of Jesus, it is “good news of great joy for all the people, for all time.”

Good news of the gospel is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Without the death and resurrection, the gospel cannot be gospel.

Jesus’ death is a great work, the greatest work.

It didn’t come unavoidably, but by his definite choice according to his own purpose. 

  • “It is finished.” in Greek is only one word.
  • “It is accomplished. All is paid.” etc.

This is one of 7 sentences he spoke at the cross.

  1. “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
  2. “I tell you the truth, today, you will be with me in paradise.” (Even at the point of death can you also preach to save souls as he did?)
  3. “Dear woman, this is your son.” To John, “This is your mother.”
  4. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
  5. “I’m thirsty.” (literal thirst)
  6. “It is finished.” (all is done)
  7. “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”

It is finished = with my death, I do all things I’ve wanted to do for all eternity for all men (in the past, in the future)

Actually, our whole lives are not long enough to fully meditate on the death and meaning of Jesus’ death.

6 Spiritual Meanings.

#1: Substitution 

He did not bear his own sins, but substituted himself for our sins. Numerous scriptures say, “Jesus died for you…for others…for us.”

  • Isaiah 53:5-6 “Christ was pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities…by his wounds we are healed…we all like sheep have gone astray, each to his own way, but God laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
  • Romans 5:8 “God demonstrated his great love for us in this…”
  • 1 Corinthians 15 “What I received, I passed on to you as of first importance.”
  • 2 Corinthians 5 “God made him without sin to become sin for us.”
  • 1 Peter “God made him on the tree for us.”
  • 1 Peter 3 “Jesus died for us all to bring us to God (once for all).”

There is no question Jesus died as our SUBSTITUTION – for our sins.

#2: Ransom (Redemption)

Literal meaning = an amount of money paid to set someone free (prisoner, kidnapped)

Redemption = deliverance of that prisoner to freedom.

Jesus death is our ransom price for deliverance from death to life, from child of Satan to child of God, from hell to heaven, from condemnation to forgiveness, from bondage of sin to freedom of truth, from Old Creation to New Creation. 

Jesus already paid the whole price to get us as a child of God.

“You are not your own, you were bought at a price, therefore, honor God with your bodies.” (Romans?)

If we try to please ourselves, we are bad men, because we were already bought.

What must we pay to buy salvation? You cannot because it is too late. Already 2000 years ago, Jesus paid the full price. 

How much must we pay? You cannot because it is too expensive, far beyond your ability to pay. 

The price of salvation is priceless.

“The value of one soul is more valuable than the whole universe.”
“I did not come to be served, but to serve and to give my life as a ransom for all.”

Galation 3 “Christ became a curse for us to destroy the curse, for everyone who is hung on a tree is cursed.”
“It is not from gold or silver we are bought but with the precious blood of the Lamb of God.”

  • Ransom (cause)
  • Redemption (effect) 

#3: Propitiation (atoning sacrifice)

Literal meaning = covering or mercy seat or appeasing.

In the OT, the cover of the Ark of the Covenant (with 10 Commandments) was called the Mercy Seat (propitiation).

If there is something bad, dirty, etc, and I cover it, then I can no longer see it. 

The covering over us is Jesus’ death, is the propitiation for our sins so that God no longer sees the sins.

Appeasement = if someone is angry at me, and I relieve that anger by giving a gift, that is my propitiation. 

Propitiation removes God’s wrath from us.

How can God declare the unrighteous righteous? Are you righteous before God? Can you say you are a perfect man?

If you are, then God is no longer righteous.

Propitiation is when God declares the unrighteous righteous because he believes in Jesus and his death for our sins.

Romans 3:25-26 “God presented Jesus Christ as the propitiation for our sins.” (KJV)

“God presented Jesus Christ as the atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (NIV)

“because in his long suffering, he had left sins before Christ unpunished. He did this to be just and to justify the one who believes in Christ.”

1 John 2:2 “Jesus Christ is the propitiation for our sins and the sins of the whole world.”

#4: Reconciliation

The Bible encourages us and challenges us to be reconciled to God. 

First, enmity (enemies) and then reconciliation (friends again).

2 Corithians 5:17 “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come.”

God reconciled all human beings through Christ. If we are reconciled, then we are given the message and ministry of reconciliation. 

The story of reconciliation goes like this:

At first, God and man stood face to face in fellowship with original koinonia (Genesis 1-2)

If God judged immediately because of human sin, there would be no more Bible because we fell in Genesis 3. So, the rest of the Bible is God’s pursuit of us to reconcile us and save us from condemnation.

  • At first, Adam and God could talk face to face, and listen to each other. 
  • Usually, sinful man does not like holy God. So, man turned away from God and walked away.
  • Also, holy God could not see sin, so turned away from man.

“The sinful mind is hostile to God, but Jesus Christ has fully satisfied the commands of God and has reconciled us to him.”

Still now, man is entreated, encouraged to be reconciled to God by believing in Jesus.

2 Corinthians 5:3 “Be reconciled to God.”

Without reconciliation with God, there is no reconciliation with yourself, with others, with your parents, children, spouse, friends.

The key to all reconciliation with anyone is first reconciliation with God.

“Jesus Christ is our peace who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier between God and man.”

#5: Fulfillment (Satisfaction)

“It is finished.” “All is done.”

Jesus’ death is the fulfillment and satisfaction. His death is the fulfillment of God’s law, God’s justice, God’s holiness, God’s love, God’s prophecy, God’s covenant. 

  • In God’s law, sin must be paid by death. 
  • In God’s justice, must be punished.
  • In holiness, must be removed.
  • In love, must be forgiven and all things given up.
  • In prophecy, nothing must be left undone.
  • In covenant, all requirements must be met.

All these are met in death – perfectly in Jesus’ death.

“Do not think I have come to abolish the law or the Prophets, I have come to fulfill them.”

Romans “Jesus is the end of the law, the fulfillment of the law.”

#6: Our Story

  • Substitution
  • Ransom
  • Propitiation
  • Reconciliation
  • Fulfillment

All this mental agreement and mental knowledge is NOT enough to save us.

Even Satan knows and believes this and shudders. He knows and believes but is not saved, why? He does not commit his life to Christ.

Mental agreement is not enough.

#6 is our personal story, personal belief, personal relationship

Jesus’ death is MY death (personally).

Can you personally confess this? 

“Jesus’ death is MY death.”

Can you be united with Christ in his death, really, truly? This is the full truth of Jesus’ death from the text this morning.

Visible things are temporary, but invisible things are eternal. If we really have faith, we must be able to see things that are invisible.

  • Today, visibly, it looked like THEY killed him.
  • Invisibly, Jesus killed death, the final enemy.

Yes, we say, “Jesus died for me.”

This is the first step (confession).

Unbelievers never say this because they don’t believe – so they don’t confess the real meaning, effect, blessing. For them, this is resolved until they believe.

  • It looks (visibly) that Jesus died for me.
  • In reality (invisibly) we died with Christ 2000 years ago.

Where Were You When Jesus Was On the Cross? (last sermon)

Galatians “The life I live in the body I live by faith…”

Romans 6:6 “I was crucified with Christ so that the body of sin was done away with… 

This morning, did you see the sun in the sky?

It rises in the morning and sets at night – even the Bible expresses this. 

But in the invisible world, the sun is constant, and the EARTH is moving. But we do not feel it, do not see it.

Visibility doesn’t always equal reality.

The Christian life is union with Christ (first) in his death. Then, if you are really united with him in his death, then you can be (second) united with him in his resurrection. 

If you are not united with him in death, you cannot be united with him in resurrection, and nothing else that happens after (life, glory, etc).

But, if you are united with him in death, then you are also united with him in all things that come after.

Romans 6:4-5 “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead for the glory of the father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with him in his death, we will also certainly be united with him in his resurrection.”

Let’s stand and confess and proclaim.

  • If you do not believe, keep silent.
  • If you believe, open you heart and mouth.
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Listen