The Power of His Plan

"The Power of..." Easter 2018  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  38:12
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The Last Supper

Were you there? For a moment I want us to imagine being there…
The Passover was different this time for the disciples. As they came to the table Jesus did things a little different. Scripture says that Jesus was looking forward to sharing in this meal with them. No longer would this be looking back to the Passover Lamb of Egypt… it would now represent and picture for them the Passover Lamb of God Jesus Christ.
Matthew 26:26-30
Matthew 26:26–30 NASB95
26 While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” 27 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; 28 for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. 29 “But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” 30 After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
We see God in control
Jesus is not needing to go to plan “B”
His plan is to die. To lay down His life as a covering for our sin.

His Choice of Obedience

Matthew 26:36-42
Matthew 26:36–42 NASB95
36 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to His disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed. 38 Then He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me.” 39 And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” 40 And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour? 41 “Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.”
Consider the setting… THE GARDEN
Adam failed in the first garden, he disobeyed
The second Adam (as Christ is referred to) He is victorious Obeys His Heavenly Father
Philippians 2:6-8 obedient even to death on a cross
The Humanity and Deity of Jesus Christ are beautifully pictured here
God’s Will! God’s Plan… and Obedience
SIN is disobeying God! Jesus never sins!

His Control in the Chaos

Christ intended to go to the cross… In the midst of the chaos we see Christ fully in control
The Arrest
Crowd with clubs and swords
Jesus goes willingly
Ears chopped off
Jesus tells Peter to put the sword away/ heals the man
The Illegal Trials
Going from one person to another
The witnesses contradicting each other
Jesus stays quiet not adding or defending himself in all the accusations
Only opens His mouth to affirm He is the Messiah the Son of God
Pilate not wanting to kill Jesus
Jesus offers up no plea
The scourging
Soldiers mocking and spitting on Him
Taking the crown of thorns
Not calling upon all the angels of heaven waiting and watching
The crowds were chanting they want to crucify Him!
Wanting Barabbas rather than the Son of God
He is then led to Golgotha to be crucified…

The Sacrifice is Given

Here at Golgotha Jesus would take upon Himself the sin of man 1 Peter 2:24
1 Peter 2:24 NASB95
24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.
At 12 noon they hung him on the cross “Forgive them, they don’t know what they are doing
Could this really be God’s plan??? Rewind about 1000 years earlier… King David writes Psalm 22
God inspires King David to write a psalm that would minister to His Son as He hung on the cross for you and me!
We don’t know what event could have inspired a Psalm like this one...
full of agony, desertion, suffering
This is a psalm of lament over an innocent one who is suffering
David describes those around him as savage animals...
Look at how God inspired David to describe his suffering Psalm 22:6-8, 14-18
Psalm 22:6–8 NASB95
6 But I am a worm and not a man, A reproach of men and despised by the people. 7 All who see me sneer at me; They separate with the lip, they wag the head, saying, 8 “Commit yourself to the Lord; let Him deliver him; Let Him rescue him, because He delights in him.”
Psalm 22:14–18 NASB95
14 I am poured out like water, And all my bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It is melted within me. 15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And my tongue cleaves to my jaws; And You lay me in the dust of death. 16 For dogs have surrounded me; A band of evildoers has encompassed me; They pierced my hands and my feet. 17 I can count all my bones. They look, they stare at me; 18 They divide my garments among them, And for my clothing they cast lots.
The agony of the Psalmist / David is evident as you read these words… but now read the words in Matthew 27:35,39-43
Matthew 27:35 NASB95
35 And when they had crucified Him, they divided up His garments among themselves by casting lots.
Matthew 27:39–43 NASB95
39 And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads 40 and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” 41 In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking Him and saying, 42 “He saved others; He cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe in Him. 43 He trusts in God; let God rescue Him now, if He delights in Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ”
As He hung there the shed blood of the Lamb of God was covering the Sin of man
Then we read the words Matthew 27:45
Matthew 27:45 NASB95
45 Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour.
God planned from the beginning that even creation would morn at that moment for His Son…
As this occurred God turned His back unable to look upon the sin
Friends had betrayed Him, abandon Him, the people of Israel had rejected Him
And now God the Father turns His back on His Son then Matthew 27:46
Matthew 27:46 NASB95
46 About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

Jesus the Lamb of God

Psalm 22:1 begins “My God, My God why have you forsaken me!?
As the Son of God hang dying on the cross ONLY God’s Words could comfort God at that moment.
At the 9th hour (3pm), the beginning of twilight when the high priest would slay the Passover lamb, Jesus cries out “it is finished” paid in full. And gives up His Spirit and dies.
Tonight I want us to contemplate Christ taking your place with God’s wrath. He died so you may live.
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