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Jesus' Role as Savior

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Jesus’ Role as Savior

 

Text:  John 1.29 – Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Thesis:  To prove that Jesus willingly died in the place of all men; hence, we must accept His gift

              and follow Him.

Introduction:

(1)    We owed a debt that we could not pay.

(a)     “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3.23).

(b)    “For the wages of sin is death […]” (Rom. 6.23).

(c)     It was impossible for the Old Testament sacrifices to remove those sins (Heb. 10.1-4).

(2)    Thus, we stood to pay the price for our sins.

(a)    Obviously, they separated us from our God (Isa. 59.1-2).

(b)    This separation was to be for all of eternity.

i.                    We were to hear those words, “I never knew you, depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matt. 7.23).

ii.                  We should have been the ones upon the cross.

(3)    But …

Discussion:

I.                   Jesus paid the price for us.

A.    John called Jesus the “Lamb of God.”

1.      This word, amnos, is used only of Jesus (John 1.29, 35; Acts 8.32; 1 Pet. 1.19).

2.      In Acts 8.32, He is said to have been led like as a sheep to the slaughter, and like a lamb before his shearer so he opened not his mouth, which is a quotation from Isaiah 53, referring to Jesus as the suffering servant.

3.      He would be the perfect lamb, one without blemish and without spot (1 Pet. 1.19).

a.       He stood in our shoes and faced temptations (cf. Matt. 4).

b.      He was tempted in all points, like we are, yet without sin (Heb. 4.15).

4.      He was our Passover Lamb (cf. 1 Cor. 5.7; John 2.13).

a.       During Egyptian bondage, the Passover lamb spared lives of those who had the blood on the post.

b.      During our bondage to sin, the Passover Lamb will spare the lives of us who have our lives covered with His blood (cf. Rom. 5.9).

5.      This was decided upon “before the foundation of the world” (Rev. 13.8).

a.       Peter told us that Jesus’ being the lamb was foreordained before the foundation of the world (1 Pet. 1.20).

b.      Hence, the ones who God decided to save eternally were those who would accept the gift given by Jesus (Eph. 1.4-5).

B.     He was sacrificed in our stead.

1.      “We see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man” (Heb. 2.9).

2.      He said that His blood was shed for the remission of sins (Matt. 26.28).

3.      His blood was shed for the redemption of the transgressions of us (Heb. 9.15).

4.      He was the propitiation for our sins (1 John 2.2).

II.                Jesus willingly paid the price for us.

A.    He told us that the Good Shepherd gives His life for the sheep (John 10.11).

1.      He then goes on to say that He lays down His life (John 10.17-18).

2.      He took upon Himself the form of a servant […] He humbled Himself […] (Phil. 2.7-8).

3.      He chose to die for us, but why?

a.       “Hereby we perceive the love of God, because He laid down His life for us […]” (1 John 3.16).

b.      Not only did He love us undeservingly, He also put first the cause.

(1)    Obviously, He knew of the eternal purpose (cf. Eph. 3.10-11; Rom. 8.28-30).

(2)    He even prayed, “O my father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matt. 26.39).

(3)    “He could have called ten thousand angels, but He died alone for you and me!”

(a)    In reality, He could have called twelve legions of angels (Matt. 26.53).

(b)    Still, He did not call them because He chose to die in our stead.

B.     He died upon the Cross of Calvary to pay the debt of our sins.

1.      He was publicly humiliated.

2.      He was beaten.

3.      He was spat upon.

4.      He was crucified, which was one of the most painful ways to die.

5.      Even as He was being crucified, He cried out, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23.34).

6.      He felt alone as He cried out, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matt. 27.46).

7.      Then, he let out a cry of victory as he said, “It is finished” (John 19.30).

a.       The eternal purpose had now become a reality.

b.      Jesus had paid the debt for our sins!

Conclusion:

(1)    He gave His life as a ransom for us (Mark 10.45; 1 Tim. 2.5-6).

(2)    By so doing, we have been given the chance to be delivered (Col. 1.13-14).

(3)    What will we do with Jesus?

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