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Good Friday 2021

Recorded on April 2nd, 2021

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Maundy Thursday service.

Transcript of Sermon:

The scripture is isaiah 53 verses 1 through 8 and isaiah 53 verses 1-8 who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the lord been revealed for he grew up before him like a tender chute and like a root out of parched ground he has no stately form or majesty that we should look upon him nor appearance that we should be attracted to him he was despised and forsaken of men a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief and like one from whom men hid their face he was despised and we did not esteem them surely our griefs he himself wore and our sorrows he carried yet we ourselves esteemed him stricken smitten of god and afflicted but he was pierced through for our transgressions he was crushed for our iniquities the chastening for our well-being fell upon him and by his scourging we are healed all of us like sheep have gone astray each of us has turned to his own way but the lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on him he was oppressed and he was afflicted yet he did not open his mouth like a lamb that has led to slaughter and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers so he did not open his mouth by oppression and judgment he was taken away and as for his generation who considered that he was cut out of the land of the living for the transgressions of my people to whom the stroke was due amen and may god add his blessing to the reading of his word jesus did not die so that christians could perpetrate anger and hatred jesus died for that man who held the whip that scourged him jesus died for that man who maliciously and mockingly crafted a crown of thorns to press into his head jesus died for that man who drove the nails into his body i sometimes find it easy to give in to the darkness it seems that our faith is often misrepresented sometimes by those who despise christianity but sometimes by those who call themselves christian sadly sometimes by me i was reading stories about a rapper who has come out with a satan shoe he’s making 666 pairs of these shoes reading this my initial reaction was to be offended angry why would someone antagonize or intentionally mock christian faith my guess is that some christian maybe christians in general hurt him in that moment i was angry wanting to lash out at this rap artist who would be so disrespectful to my faith to the christian faith but god spoke to me as god often does one of the things that god said to me or reminded me of was jesus on the cross you know jesus could have been king he could have ruled the world he could have conquered the roman empire he could have prevented that man from scourging him he could have prevented that man from putting a crown of thorns upon his head or driving the nails into his body the bible reminds us that he could have called forth the legion angels to defend them had he chosen to do so and we know that one angel in defense of judah from the assyrian army wiped out that army overnight killing more in that one night than the two atomic bombs killed and jesus could have called a legion of angels he could have fought he could have won he could have easily have done that he could have gotten angry he could have lashed out and if anybody had the right to be self-righteous it would have been him he could have retaliated or he could have simply chose not to suffer the indignity of the cross or the humiliation of the cross and so as i thought about those things as i thought about the fact that jesus could have done those things but chose to do differently as a matter of fact that he chose to die he chose suffer suffering he chose indignation he chose humiliation over retaliation or power i thought about the fact that lashing out is far more destructive than productive nothing good comes from my anger or hostility it is certainly not the way that jesus responded to my rebellion or to our rebellion jesus did not fight back or lash out he suffered the indignant indignation indignation and humiliation and outright terrible physical pain on the cross were you there when they crucified my lord were you there were you there when they scourged them when they placed the crown of thorns upon him when they drove the nails into his body yes jesus suffered indignation humiliation and outright terrible physical pain so that i could be redeemed when we see rappers when we see this reaction of anger and hostility from this rapper to christianity as displayed by music video and satan’s shoes we become angry and display our anger and hostility toward him that is our natural inclination that’s my natural inclination when you hear the story that he created these very specific say issues when he made a video that mocks in some ways the christian faith isn’t that what we think isn’t that where we go isn’t that what we want to do hostility anger offense indignation and so we display our anger and our hostility toward him if we continue to do this then the world remains in darkness if we choose to not forgive then you choose to remain in remain a little bit darker you know it was us who put jesus on the cross that day it was us that made the world dark every time we hurt someone out of anger or fear every time we act with ruthless condemnation or self-righteous fury every time we choose to hate instead of love to condemn instead of forgive we put jesus on the cross as i look around i see the world leaning towards anger and fury i see the world being directed towards retaliation and vengeance and hatred i see disagreements become more than simple disagreements i see them generate hatred and hostility every time that happens the world becomes a little darker but jesus did things differently though he had the power to overcome the roman empire to prevent his execution to truly reign as a king he died on a cross and he reminded me that when i feel like i have been offended that i have been belittled or ridiculed or disrespected that i can bear my cross without lashing out without hatred without anger without a zeal for revenge but understanding that if god could love me even to the point of dying on that cross when i was in rebellion to him then i can do the same in fact that i’m expected to do the same and i don’t always do the same but i know when i don’t that i misrepresent the christian faith and i’ve been guilty of that sometimes but i know what jesus calls me to he calls me to love to heal to forgive to show compassion and kindness and empathy to show it even when it’s difficult even when my natural inclination is to be offended and angry because i’m reminded i remind you that every time i hurt someone out of anger or fear and every time i act with ruthless condemnation or self-righteous fury and every time i choose to hate instead of love and to condemn instead of forgive that i put jesus on the cross let us pray heavenly father we thank you for this day and the blessings that you have given us and the opportunity to gather together and worship you and lord the cross reminds us of the destructive power of sin the cross reminds us of the suffering caused by sin the cross reminds us of the damage that sin can do but the cross also reminds us how much you love us in the name of jesus we pray amen