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Never Forsaken

Matthew 27:1-56, Adrian Brake, February 11, 2018

Sermon Notes:
  • Concentrating particularly on v46
  • Jesus hung on the cross for 6 hours
  • Some of the most significant hours in history
    • A sacrifice was offered
  • Jesus spoke 7 sayings during this time
    • First group: 3 cries - first 3 hours
      • Jesus pleads for forgiveness of His executors - "Father forgive them, they know not what they do"
      • Jesus promises salvation to a repentant thief - "Today you will be with Me in paradise"
      • Jesus provided for the care of His mother - "Woman, behold your son."
    • Second group: 4 cries - in the second 3 hours
      • Jesus petitions His Father
      • Jesus pleads for a measure of relief - "I thirst"
      • Jesus proclaimed victory - "It is finished!"
      • Jesus prays a prayer of consummation - "Father into you hands I commend My Spirit"
  • Jesus petitions His Father - "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" (v46)
    • This is not a gospel writer's opinion but Jesus declaring a fact
    • Jesus has declared His love for His Father
    • God the Father had declared His love for Jesus
    • The Father with whom He had perfect fellowship
  • Warning: we are looking into a profound mystery
    • It is perplexing to us
    • It is profitable for us
    • It is to be looked at prayerfully
  • Context:
    • v45: between 12pm and 3pm there was darkness
      • Glorious light at Jesus' birth but darkness at death
      • Not a solar eclipse
      • A supernatural darkness / a miraculous darkness
    • God covered Egypt in 3 days of darkness during the time of the plagues written about in the Book of Exodus
      • This was a symbol of God's judgment upon Egypt
      • This darkness indicated that God's judgment was being poured out ... on Jesus
    • Spoken of [in the Old Testament] by the Prophet Amos
  • God was punishing Jesus
    • Why Jesus? - He was pure, innocent and blameless
    • We have all sinned - Isaiah
    • Jesus was bearing the sin of His people
      • Explanation
    • God cannot dwell with evil
    • Jesus became our sin bearer
    • Jesus remained within the Trinity but lost intimate fellowship and communion with the Father during these three hours
      • His Father was with Him for all of the time up until noon
      • At noon the bearing of sin begins
      • In His humanity Jesus is alone - forsaken by God the Father
      • No angel from the Father to comfort Him
      • His Father withdraws
  • Four applications:
    • We learn how much God loves us
      • Explanation
    • We learn how great the salvation Christ has won for us
      • Explanation
    • We learn how dreadful sin is
      • Explanation
    • We learn how dreadful hell is
      • Explanation
  • Closing remarks and gospel challenge

Sermon Passage:

Matthew 27:1-56

1When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: 2And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor. 3Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. 5And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. 6And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. 7And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in. 8Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day. 9Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value; 10And gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me. 11And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest. 12And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing. 13Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee? 14And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly. 15Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would. 16And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. 17Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ? 18For he knew that for envy they had delivered him. 19When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him. 20But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. 21The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas. 22Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. 23And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified. 24When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. 25Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. 26Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. 27Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. 28And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. 29And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! 30And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. 31And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. 32And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross. 33And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, 34They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. 35And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. 36And sitting down they watched him there; 37And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. 38Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. 39And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, 40And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. 41Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, 42He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. 43He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. 44The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth. 45Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. 46And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? 47Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. 48And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. 49The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. 50Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 51And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; 52And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. 54Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God. 55And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him: 56Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's children. (KJV)

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