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What does it mean to be saved? Salvation is an “all of life” term that begins with a specific point in which we have been saved, delivered from the penalty of sin through faith in Christ (Romans 2:15 & Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation continues as we grow in holiness through dependance upon God’s Word and the Holy Spirit. We are being saved from the power of sin (1Corinthians 1:18). In the future day of glorification, at the return of Christ, we will be saved from the presence of sin (Hebrews 9:28).
The breaking of bread in Acts 2 refers to the Lord’s Supper: a practice commanded by Jesus that we are to continue with earnest devotion. Communion is an act of worship that allows us to look back upon the sacrifice of Christ, look around in fellowship, and look ahead in anticipation of Christ’s return.
The world counts as folly what we count most precious: the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ. Galatians 6:14 exhorts us to make the cross our exclusive boast – what we joyfully exalt in, what shapes and molds our lives. The cross is worthy of our boast because it satisfies the wrath of God (Isaiah 53:6), it secures us in the love of God (1 John 4:10), and it separates us from the grip and influence of the world’s priorities (1 John 2:15-17).
Grace is undeserved, unearned redeeming love and forgiveness. God’s forgiving grace is eternal and irreversible.
“It is finished” (John 19:30). What was finished? Christ’s sacrifice for our salvation – the satisfying of the wrath of God. The cross was necessary because we have sinned against a holy God. God’s wonderful love for us is always linked in Scripture to the cross. Salvation through faith in the crucified and risen Christ is free and available to all.
As we look intently at the identity of Jesus, we will be awestruck, humbled, and our love for Him will increase. The author of Hebrews opens the book with a wonderful description of Christ, God’s final and perfect communication to us. Jesus is the heir of all things, the creator, the radiance of God’s glory, and the sustainer of the universe. Christ has purified us from our sins and now sits on high. This majestic Jesus is who we need and all we need.
Why does our celebration of the Lord’s Supper matter? Jesus commanded us to celebrate communion. We should share Christ’s fervent desire to participate because it represents Christ’s death that brings us forgiveness and salvation. It’s a memorial meal that looks back at Jesus, and a family meal that reminds us to look around at those with whom we share unity in Christ. Communion is a victorious meal where we look forward to Christ’s return in glory, and it is a time to give thanks and worship.
Love binds us together as believers and is a witness to the watching world. Paul reminds us that during the Communion, we mutually participate in the cross. We identify with Christ and proclaim that He died in our place to give us His righteousness. Unity must be guarded by excluding ungodly affiliations and divisions.
Romans 4:7-8 Quotes the psalmist, King David, after he cried out to God for forgiveness. These verses include three different Hebrew words for sin, including the idea of having a twisted, rebellious nature, crossing the line (transgressing), and falling short of God’s commands. Because of Christ’s substitutionary death on our behalf, we can be forgiven of these sins and credited with righteousness as a gift of grace. When this happens, we are truly and eternally blessed.
Jesus, the King of glory and grace, willingly submitted to suffer and die so that we could be reconciled to God. Matthew 27:27-31 details the intense physical and verbal abuse that Christ received from the soldiers as He was scourged and mocked before His crucifixion, fulfilling each part of the Messianic prophecies in Isaiah. Someday even these callous soldiers will bow and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Let us acknowledge His kingship now and grant Him control of every area of our lives.
From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are…
The writer of Psalm 130 does not take the mercy of God for granted. His heart is overwhelmed by a flood of guilt and sin before a holy God. Like the psalmist, we can find that God’s forgiveness is total and freely available today if we confess our sin and cry out to Him.
At the end of history there is a scene where Jesus, The Lamb of God, is standing triumphant and victorious. He was the Lamb that was slain, but now He is alive and He is receiving praise from angels and people from all languages and nations for His great suffering. The great question for today is, “has Jesus, our redeemer, received the reward of His suffering from our lives?”
Pastor Gregory surveys the cross and reminds us of what Jesus meant when he said “It is finished.”
How can we know that God loves us? We know God loves us because He “loved” us by sending Jesus to lay down his life for ours.
John 10:1-5 and 10:26-29 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before…
Mark 8:31 And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. (ESV)
Luke 23:44-47 It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!” (ESV)
John 19:28-30 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (ESV)
Luke 23:43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (ESV)