Text: 1 Peter 3:18
Today we remember the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. Look at 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.
His sacrifice was sufficient
- once suffered for sins
- Every other belief tells you to stay in good standing or else your sins will be counted back to you.
- Self righteousness making Christ’s suffering pointless
- Folks go to churches surrounded by relics and symbols of Christ’s suffering while they go about trying to pay their own way for salvation. Hey, look up! It’s paid!
- If you can earn it, why is he hanging on a cross there?
- Luke 24:46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
- Hebrews 9:24-28 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: 25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
- once means it is an eternal power
His sacrifice was substitutionary
- the just for the unjust
- 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
- Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
- Romans 5:15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
His sacrifice was reconciling
- that he might bring us to God
- Helpless condition of you and I – Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
- But Jesus Christ’s job is to bring you back to God. You can’t bring yourself to God. You can have faith that the Lord Jesus Christ will reconcile you to God though.
- Colossians 1:20 – In 8 words the entire Bible and scope of God’s redemptive work is summed up, by him to reconcile all things unto himself.
- If God’s work and God’s word are all aimed at reconciling all things to the Lord Jesus Christ, then that makes our business what? 2 Corinthians 5:18-19.
His sacrifice was complete
- being put to death in the flesh
- This was not a partial sacrifice, but his entire body was given to death for the satisfying of the wages of sin. Therefore God the Father could accept sinners on behalf of the Lord Jesus Christ without compromising Himself.
- John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
His sacrifice was successful
- quickened by the spirit
- quickened means to be made alive – resurrected
- The work of Jesus Christ as savior is vindicated and completed in his resurrection.
- declared to be the Son of God with power…by the resurrection from the dead
- This gospel is not about making bad people better, it is about bringing dead people to life.
- The fundamental thing you have to believe is that the Lord Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead after dying for your sins. Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.