Scriptures: John 19:17-30, 2 Corinthians 5:21 & 1 Peter 3:18
Song of Praise: Doxology
The crucifixion of Jesus Christ stands as one of the greatest moments in all of human history.
Let us now focus our attention on this perplexing and gracious occasion.
It goes without saying that the day of Jesus' crucifixion, carries particular importance.
Most Christians will understand the common phrase “Jesus died for your sins”. Because of the familiarity, we often take it's message for granted.
Why did Jesus die? Why for others? Why for sin?
Our scripture reading today is where theologians get the phrase 'penal substitutionary atonement'.
This lengthy sounding doctrine describes for us what happened on the cross.
Let’s break it down.
Penal means that Christ died to pay a penalty. Our sin has incurred a debt with God and we must pay the price (Romans 6:23). By His death on the cross, Jesus satisfied that payment to the Father.
Substitutionary means that Christ died as a substitute, in the place of someone else.
Who? All His sheep. Jesus joyfully substituted Himself for all those that the Father had elected from eternity past and gave to His Son.
Atonement means that Jesus’ death on the cross was the blood sacrifice that appeased God forever. From the very beginning, animals had been slaughtered to cover humans sins (Genesis 3:21). In the Old Testament law, God put in place an elaborate system of animal sacrifice in order to atone for our sins.
Our sins were an act of high treason against God; inciting His wrath against the lawbreakers unless those sins were atoned for.
Though animal sacrifice did appease God, it was only a temporary covering.
It was humans who had sinned against God, animals could never fully satisfy God’s justice. Jesus, being human, could and did satisfy God’s justice completely.
Jesus, being God, could and did satisfy God’s justice forever and for all His sheep.
Thinking about the crucifixion has the tendency to nurture a somber attitude rather than one of feasting and rejoicing.
However, if we understand the rich and deep truths tied up in the death of the Messiah, it makes rejoicing unavoidable.
Because Jesus died, the unrighteous are made righteous. Because Jesus bore the penalty for sins, the guilty have been acquitted. Because Jesus made atonement for sin, the filthy are made clean.
On the cross Jesus cried out "I'm thirsty".
In that one statement we are given a vivid picture of Jesus bearing curse and guilt of our sin. Jesus, God the Son, begotten of the Father, through whom all creation was made, was brought, even to the point of thirst on the cross. He bore our thirst, so we would never thirst again. Because of his death in our place and in our stead, we can partake of true drink. The truths of the crucifixion should stir up gratitude and prompt us to rejoice.
So now, rejoice!
Because our great God and Savior has forgiven us and loved us, we are righteous, we are cleansed, we are free, and we no longer thirst! Again I say, rejoice!
Table Talk Questions:
Who did Jesus’ death atone for?
Why did Jesus have to die for sinners?
Why can we rejoice because Jesus died?
May the Lord bless you and keep you;
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
Meal: Cornbread Casserole, Oven-roasted Carrots, Cherry & Pineapple Dump Cake
Prep and Cook Time:1 ½ hours
¾ cup All-Purpose Flour
⅓ cup Cornmeal (yellow is preferred)
⅓ cup Sugar
1 ½ teaspoons Baking Powder
¼ teaspoon Salt
2 Tablespoons melted Butter
¾ cup Milk
1/8 cup Oil
1 pound Hamburger
1 large Onion, finely chopped
½ pound Bacon chopped into 1 inch pieces (save the other half for your bacon green beans)
2 cans Black Beans, (drained)
2 cans Red Kidney Beans, (drained)
2 cans Navy (northern) beans, (drained)
½ Cup Ketchup
½ Cup Molasses
¼ Cup Yellow Mustard
¾ cup Brown Sugar
2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
2 teaspoon Black Pepper
1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
Prepare your filling in a large pot. Fry together hamburger, bacon, and onion. Once fully cooked add the remaining ingredients. Mix well and set to the side.
To prepare the cornbread topping, add all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Mix just until the ingredients are combined.
In a 9x13 baking dish, pour in the filling. Be sure it is spread evenly on the bottom of the dish.
Gently pour the cornbread mix over the top of the filling. Spread it across the top, making certain the mixture reaches the edges of the pan.
Bake at 325 F for about 45-50 minutes, or until the cornbread is brown, fully cooked, and not raw in the middle.
Serve hot from the oven.
Oven Roasted Carrots
Prep and Cook Time: about 30 minutes
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 ¼ teaspoons Salt
ground Black Pepper to taste
1 teaspoon dried Thyme or Parsley
12 fresh Carrots
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Slice the unpeeled carrots diagonally into 1 ½ inch long pieces. If your carrots are thick, cut them in half first.
In a large bowl, place olive oil, kosher salt and ground black pepper in a large bowl.
Whisk to combine.
Place the carrots in the bowl and toss to coat thoroughly.
Place them on a rimmed cookie sheet in a single layer.
Roast in the oven for about 20 minutes or until tender and browned.
Remove from the oven and sprinkle with dried thyme or parsley.
Cherry & Pineapple Dump Cake
Prep and Cook Time: 1 ¼ hours
1- 20 ounce can Crushed Pineapple
1 box of Yellow or White Cake Mix
1- 20 ounce can cherry Pie Filling
1 stick of Butter
In a 9x13 inch pan, dump in undrained pineapple, add cherry pie filling and spread evenly to the edges of the pan.
Over your fruit sprinkle your dry/unprepared cake mix.
Drizzle melted butter over the cake mix.
Bake at 350 F for about an hour.