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My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?

Mark 15:33-41, Owen Batstone, November 5, 2017

Sermon Notes:
  • Assume little understanding
  • The Trinity
    • The Father
    • The Son
    • The Holy Spirit
  • The Father loves the Son in the Holy Spirit
  • What is the point of being in Church this morning?
    • That you become like Jesus Christ
    • To worship and honour His name
  • God is the most splendid being in the whole universe
    • Knowing God brings us joy
  • If we don't recognise this - it is because we have a problem
    • The thing that makes me most happy in life is ...
    • The thing that occupies most of my time, thoughts and energy is ...
    • If the answer is not Jesus, then you are being blocked from seeing this
  • What is blocking your soul?
    • The Bible says we are broken by sin
    • Sin is when we live in God's world but live by our own rules
    • Jesus says love your neighbour as yourself - do we?
  • The most profound verse in the Bible - Mark 15:34
    • Sin is more than just being in the doghouse
      • Our sin makes us dead to God
    • Jesus knows how powerful sin is, that it spiritually and physically kills people
      • Jesus is not happy with sin and the problems it causes
      • Jesus is fighting sin to free people from sin
    • 155'000 die each time, many without their sin being dealt with
    • At this point it looks like Jesus is losing the fighting against sin
      • Explanation
  • "My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?"
    • Speaking from Psalm 22
    • A cry of anguish not of physical but spiritual torment and pain
      • No physical pain can match that of spiritual anguish
    • Personal Example of Fatherhood
    • God's Fatherhood
      • God loved [and loves] His Son
        • John 17
        • Ex 4
        • Deut 1, 8
        • Isaiah 63
      • God sent His Son at Christmas
      • The Son loves His Father and the Father loves the Son
    • Sin is trying to kill God's Son
      • Jesus is crying out to His Father
  • Why does Jesus say "why"?
    • 1. For the first time in eternal history Jesus has been rocked
      • Isaiah, 2 Cor
      • Jesus is our substitute
    • 2. God the Father wants to destroy the enemy (sin) that keeps us separated from Him
      • Jesus takes our curse and punishment
      • Luke 23 - Jesus entrusts His soul to His Father
      • He rises with His children (believers) to His Father
  • Closing Remarks

Sermon Passage:

Mark 15:33-41

33And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? 35And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth Elias. 36And one ran and filled a spunge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take him down. 37And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. 38And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. 39And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God. 40There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome; 41(Who also, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and ministered unto him;) and many other women which came up with him unto Jerusalem. (KJV)

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