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A250 Christ’s Death Through The Ages

Anec 163 “Booth-Tucker was preaching in Chicago one day, and out from the crowd came a burdened toiler and said before all the audience: “Booth-Tucker, you can talk like that about how Christ is dear to you and helps you; but if your wife was dead, as my wife is, and you had some babies crying for their mother, who would never come back, you would not say what you are saying.”

   “Only a few days after, he lost his beautiful and gifted wife in a railway wreck.  The body was brought to Chicago and carried to the Salvation Army barracks for the funeral service.  Booth-Tucker at last stood up after the funeral service.  He stood there by the casket, and looked down into the face of the silent wife and mother.  When he spoke, he said: “The other day when I was here, a man said I could not say Christ was sufficient if my wife were dead and my children were crying for their mother.  If that man is here, I tell him that Christ is sufficient.  My heart is all crushed.  My heart is all bleeding.  My heart is all broken, but there is a song in my heart, and Christ put it there; and if that man is here, I tell him that, though my wife is gone and my children are motherless, Christ speaks comfort to me today.”

   ‘That man was there, and down the aisle he came, and fell down beside the casket, and said, “Verily, if Christ can help us like that, I will surrender to Him.”

Jesus, Chosen to be the World’s Redeemer

1 Pet 1:20 “Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,”

Rev 13:8 “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”

Luke 22:37 “For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.”

Christ’s death was not simply a fitting conclusion to a life of self-sacrifice and obedience to the uttermost, but He was born to die, and His death effected something vital for our salvation, which His earthly incarnation, had it ended in some other way, could not have secured for us.” The Atonement in History and in Life by Dr Chavasse.

Jesus knew the end purpose of His life.

John 10:17‑18 “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.  No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”

Jesus was willing to suffer this death for the sinner.

Christ’s Love revealed the greater Love of the Father

Rom 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

“There was a cross in the heart of God before there was one planted on the green hill outside Jerusalem.  And now that the cross of wood has been taken down, the one in the heart of God abides, and it will remain as long as there is one sinful soul for whom to suffer.” The Atonement in History and in Life by Dr Chavasse.

The death of Christ revealed the love of both the Father and the Son.

It also revealed another eternal truth!

The Cross, Evidence of the Immutable Law of God

Rom 3:25 “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;”

“Repentance was not enough.  His [man’s] sin had to be adequately dealt with.  it demanded expiation; and expiation means open confession and full reparation.  In this stern and inexorable law lies the necessity of an atoning sacrifice for the sin of the world.” Dr David Smith

The Penalty of the Law is Death

Rom 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Rom 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”

Anec 1020 Confessed SinnersAugustine said – Lord, save me from that wicked man, myself.  John Knox confessed – In youth, in mid-age, and now, after many battles, I find nothing in me but corruption.  John Wesley acknowledged – I am fallen short of the glory of God; my whole heart is althogether corrupt and abominable, and consequently my whole life, seeing an evil tree cannot bring forth good fruit.

  “In his beautiful hymn, Charles Wesley wrote – Vile and full of sin I am.  Augustus Toplady, the writer of “Rock of Ages” said – O that such a wretch as I should ever be tempted to think highly of himself!  I that am myself nothing but sin and weakness, in whose flesh naturally dwells no good thing.”

The Law Could Not be Abolished

Luke 16:17 “And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.”

To change an eternal and perfect law to cater for the lawbreaker is impossible for a just God.

Only One Remedy for Sin

Man’s salvation was dependant upon a sinless man who was not involved in the penalty, and who was possessed of life inherent and underived, who must vicariously accept the penalty on behalf of the fallen race.

Anec 984 “An infidel fireman once rescued a little boy from a burning cottage.  To do so he had to climb a hot piping, and his hands were badly scarred.  The woman who cared for the boy perished in the fire.  The question arose as to who would take the boy.  A couple came forward, saying, ‘We should like to have him; we have plenty of money and no children of our own; we would give him a good education and a good start in life.”

  “Others offered the boy a home.  Then the fireman spoke up: “I should like to have him,’ and he showed his scarred hands.  All agreed that he had the greatest claim to the child.  Some objected, knowing the man was an unbeliever.

  “However, the boy was adopted by the fireman who proved a good father, and loved him as his own child.  One day the fireman took the boy to an Art Gallery.  The boy caught sight of a painting of Christ on the Cross, and asked, “Who is that man with his hands nailed, daddy?”  The man tried to silence the boy, and quickly drew him away.  The picture so impressed the child that he gave him no peace until he heard the gospel story.  But, as the man was acknowledging that Jesus let them put Him on the Cross for our sins, the truth shone into his own heart.  He believed and yielded himself to the One Who has the greatest claim on each one of us.”

Only One could Stand in as Man’s Substitute

Gal 4:4‑5 “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,  To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”

1 Pet 2:22 “Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:”

“Though God is the Author of the atonement, and without Him fallen humanity would have been unable to offer it, yet it was made by man, acting in the true conditions of man’s nature.” The Faith of the Gospel by Mason p209

We are twice owned by Christ, first by Creation and second by Redemption(note in SofP)

2 Cor 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.”

Rom 3:26 “To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”

Privileges Offered in that Christ Payed the Penalty of Sin

a.         Deliverance from Satan’s Temptation

Col 1:13 “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:”

b.         Our Sentence to Death Revoked

Rom 5:18 “Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.”

c.         Forgiveness of Sin

Acts 13:38 “Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:”

d.         Reconciliation to God

2 Cor 5:18‑19 “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”

e.         New Status of Sonship

Rom 8:16‑17 “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint‑heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”

f.          Sanctification

Heb 10:10 “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

g.         Eternal Life

John 3:15 “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

John 3:36 “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

A Complete Restoration

Heb 7:25  “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”

Foolishness to the Wicked, but Power to the Repentant Sinner

1 Cor 1:18  “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”

“Never you be ashamed of the blood of Christ.  I know it is not the popular religion of the day, but … the whole Bible from cover to cover is incarminated, reddened with the blood of Christ.  You are blood-bought Christians. … The uniform we Christians wear is scarlet.  If you are ashamed of your uniform, man, for goodness sake leave the service.  Oh, never be ashamed of Christ.” Stanton of St Albans

Heb 9:28 “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.”

Jesus’ Reward for All His Sacrifice

a.         Satisfaction

Isa 53:11 “He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.”

b.         Universal Adoration

Phil 2:9-10 “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;”

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