“The MARKS of Mount Calvary—Excellent Sacrifice”
March 28, 2021 / John 19:30
Make A QUIET COMMITMENT:
- QUIET your mind and soul before the LORD — “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)
- HUMBLE your heart seeking to be a good student of God’s Word — “Speak [Lord], for Thy servant heareth” (1 Samuel 3:10).
- COMMIT to obedience: Commit to doing whatever God will say to you in this message — “to obey is better than sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15:22)
We are tracing the steps of our Savior as He made His way to fulfill the purpose for which He came. We will see how we are to follow in His footsteps: through His exhaustive surrendering of His own will to the Father, we too will learn how to surrender; as He endured extreme suffering, we learn to sorrow over our own sin; in His excellent sacrifice, we see what He was willing to endure to rescue us from the penalty of sin and His extraordinary love for His Father, the One He loved the most, as well for each of us.
Christ’s Excellent at Calvary
Last Sunday, we considered the mark of suffering—Christ’s Extreme Suffering for you and me. Jesus suffered the full fury of God’s wrath because of our sin that He took upon Himself. This truth should bring us great sorrow. It should grieve us as we consider what our sin did to our Savior. Yet the cross does not leave us sorrowing. As we see what Christ accomplished our sorrow turns to joy.
I. The in the Passover Sacrifice (Exodus 12)
A. The of the Sacrifice (Exodus 12:3-5)
B. The Sacrifice (Exodus 12:6-7)
C. The of the Sacrifice (Exodus 12:12-13)
D. The because of the Sacrifice (Exodus 12:28-29)
II. The of the Passover Sacrifice (John 19:30)
Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged [cleansed] with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission [forgiveness / freedom].
Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
A. Christ was a Sacrifice (1 Peter 1:18-21)
1 Peter 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot [perfect and therefore acceptable to God]:
B. Christ was a Sacrifice (1 Peter 3:18)
1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the Just [One] for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
2 Corinthian 5:21 For He [the Father] hath made Him [Jesus] to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.
1 John 4:9-10 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins.
C. Christ was a Sacrifice (John 19:30)
Just as the Israelites had to take an obedient step of faith and trust God to be faithful to His Word so to, we must step out in obedient faith and trust that Christ’s sacrifice is sufficient to save us from the penalty of sin.
John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, “:” and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost.
1 John 2:2 And He is the propitiation [satisfaction / appeasing sacrifice] for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
1 John 5:11-13 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
1 Corinthians 15:57-58 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast [referring to mind and purpose], unmoveable, always abounding [in excess] in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
POINT OF ACTION: Mount Calvary is marked by an excellent sacrifice. We see foreshadowing in the Passover sacrifice and its fulfillment in Christ’s excellent sacrifice. The excellence of His sacrifice is seen in its supremacy and sufficiency as our Substitute.
What Is My Next Step?
Hearing — Giving attention to God’s Word with the intent to obey it – James 1:21-25
Doing — Making application of God’s Word to be more like Christ – Ephesians 4:22-24
- What did God show me that I must confess and forsake because it does not reflect Christ and hurts my relationship with Him and others? (Put OFF SIN)
- What did God show me about Himself in this text? (Renew your mind)
- What is He like?
- What does He like?
- What does He dislike?
- What does God say to me in this text? (Renew your mind)
- What command to obey?
- What promise to claim?
- What principle to apply (If I do ____, then God will do ___)?
- What example to follow?
- What verse(s) should I memorize and meditate upon through-out this week to help make my change lasting? (Renew your mind)
- In light of what I have heard from God, … (Put ON CHRIST)
- What character quality of Jesus must I demonstrate with God’s help this week?
- In what situations will I most likely be tempted not to respond in a Christ-like way?
- How can I get ready for those situations? (If I don’t have a plan for change, it probably won’t happen.)
OUR MISSION: Supremely love GOD, Sacrificially love others—ALL to the GLORY of GOD!