May 06, 2018

“Jesus the Lord of Lords”
Luke 20:1-44
Pastor Duane Smets
May 6th, 2018

I.   Beloved Son (v.1-18)
II.  Creator God (v.19-26)
III. Living Victor (v.27-44)

Today, for this portion of our service which we devote to the Word of God we are continuing in our study through the book of Luke in the Bible. We’re picking up a fairly large chunk today.

After three years of teaching and preaching, Jesus has finally entered the city of Jerusalem and He’s been causing quite a ruckus. Thousands of people welcomed Him into the city with a lot of fanfare. He went straight to church and found all kinds of corruption there…people using it as a marketplace, prayer wasn’t even happening and racial prejudice and discrimination had become atrocious there.

So Jesus got pretty upset, overturned the money tables, made a whip to drive out the cattle being sold there and then began to preach on the importance of prayer and seeking God and of God’s house being a place where people of all different colors of skin could come, be welcomed and worship together.

This is the final week of His life. He knew He would be hung up on a cross on Friday and this is probably like Tuesday or Wednesday of that week and Jesus is just charging ahead handing out truth bombs like candy.

So that’s where we are. Would you stand with me to read the holy words of Jesus with me this morning?

Luke 20:1-44

1 One day, as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders came up 2 and said to him, “Tell us by what authority you do these things, or who it is that gave you this authority.” 3 He answered them, “I also will ask you a question. Now tell me, 4 was the baptism of John from heaven or from man?” 5 And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’ 6 But if we say, ‘From man,’ all the people will stone us to death, for they are convinced that John was a prophet.” 7 So they answered that they did not know where it came from. 8 And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

9 And he began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard and let it out to tenants and went into another country for a long while. 10 When the time came, he sent a servant to the tenants, so that they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 And he sent another servant. But they also beat and treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. 12 And he sent yet a third. This one also they wounded and cast out. 13 Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.’ 14 But when the tenants saw him, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Let us kill him, so that the inheritance may be ours.’ 15 And they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” When they heard this, they said, “Surely not!” 17 But he looked directly at them and said, “What then is this that is written: “‘The stone that the builders rejected
 has become the cornerstone’? 18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.”

19 The scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him at that very hour, for they perceived that he had told this parable against them, but they feared the people. 20 So they watched him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, that they might catch him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor. 21 So they asked him, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach rightly, and show no partiality, but truly teach the way of God. 22 Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or not?” 23 But he perceived their craftiness, and said to them, 24 “Show me a denarius. Whose likeness and inscription does it have?” They said, “Caesar's.” 25 He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.” 26 And they were not able in the presence of the people to catch him in what he said, but marveling at his answer they became silent.

27 There came to him some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, 28 and they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies, having a wife but no children, the man must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife, and died without children. 30 And the second 31 and the third took her, and likewise all seven left no children and died. 32 Afterward, the woman also died. 33 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had her as wife.”

34 And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, 35 but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, 36 for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. 37 But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. 38 Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to him.” 39 Then some of the scribes answered, “Teacher, you have spoken well.” 40 For they no longer dared to ask him any question.

41 But he said to them, “How can they say that the Christ is David's son? 42 For David himself says in the Book of Psalms, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, 43 until I make your enemies your footstool.’ 44 David thus calls him Lord, so how is he his son?”

• Pastoral Declaration: This is the Word of the Lord.
• Congregational Response: Thanks Be To God.

This whole section, this whole chunk, all goes together because it’s all about who Jesus really is as Lord over all and what that really means for those who receive it. So I titled my message for today, “Jesus, the Lord of Lords.”

My daughters go to Silver Gate Elementary School right over in Point Loma, right on Catalina road. My relationship with Silver Gate Elementary did not begin however when my daughters started going to school there.

Back in the late 90’s, like 1996 and 1997 it was one of my favorite places to go and skate with my friends. The reason was they have this nice little five stair drop at the end of the main hallway. So we loved to go ollie off it and do kickflips and other tricks on our skateboards off of this perfect little five stair set up.

One night we were there practicing and filming each other and a police officer rolled up and told us we had to leave. This wasn’t a new experience for our group. That scenario had become somewhat of a regular experience for us. Here we were just a group of young college students trying to have fun and do something productive with our free time. We weren’t getting high or drunk, just skateboarding.

I had been fed up with what seemed like the consistent harassment and abuse of power by these cops, so I had done some research. I went right up to the police officer, proudly wearing my “Skateboarding Is Not A Crime” t-shirt and demanded to know why we were not allowed to skateboard at Silver Gate since skateboarding, like basketball is considered a dangerous sport and allowable on school campuses during non-school hours according to Article 2, Section 41.124 of the San Diego Municipal Code! I think I might have added something like, “You’re out of your jurisdiction.”

The police officer took a step toward me and I’ll never forget what he said. He said, “Son if you want to municipal codes and jurisdictions, you can go sit in the back of my police car.” I didn’t want to do that so with the dirtiest look I could muster I said, “Fine. We’ll leave.” Side note, I did end up in the back of police cars for skateboarding a number of times after that incident. They’re not comfortable. It’s like hard plastic seats.

I tell you that story because for me and for many years of my life I struggled with authority. I don’t like somebody telling me what I can and can’t do. Now, you might not be as big of a punk as I was, but I think authority is something we all struggle with.

We live in a culture that does not like authority. We like our own autonomy. We want to determine our own destinies. We don’t trust authorities because pretty much all of us have had those in authorities who have broken our trust. We don’t like somebody tell us what to believe, what to do and how to live our lives.

And this is not new. It began all the way back in the beginning in the garden of Eden when the first man and the first woman rejected God’s authority over their lives and humans have been doing it ever since. I think “no” is every child’s first word.

So into our planet and into human existence, God inserted Himself in a special way, so that our hearts might be changed and won over so that we would no longer buck against His authority but willingly and gladly bow to it. And this is the story of Jesus and who He presents Himself to be in our text today.

Jesus is the Lord of Lords and I’ve got three points for us from our text today to see that, He’s the “Beloved Son,” “Creator God” and “Living Victor.” And the theme of what I’m talking about today is summarized well by what the great missionary Hudson Taylor said, “Christ is either Lord of all or not Lord at all.”

I. Beloved Son (v.1-18)

Let’s jump into this first point this morning, “Beloved Son.” The whole discussion about Jesus’ authority gets kicked off because there’s this group of religious leaders, basically the pastors of the day, who don’t like Jesus. They don’t like what they see Jesus doing and they don’t like what they hear Jesus saying. So they go up to Him and say, “Tell us by what authority you do these things, or who it is that gave you this authority.” They’re basically saying, “Who do you think you are?”

Pretty much all other religious teachers and rabbis of the day studied under some other well-known rabbi or teacher, so they slowly progress and become more and more well known as time goes by. But not Jesus. He seems to come out of nowhere and didn’t study under anyone. Jesus responds in two ways.

First, he brings up John the Baptist, whom the crowd believed was a prophet sent by God from heaven. And John the Baptist pointed to Jesus saying He was the Christ, sent by God from heaven. So the question Jesus is posing is whether or not they believe John. If they say yes then they are admitting that Jesus’ authority comes directly from God in heaven.

Second, the second way Jesus responds is by telling a story about a vineyard. It was a fitting story because back then, like now people liked wine and there were several vineyards in the area and on top of it the vineyard was the country symbol. So just like the Bald Eagle is America’s symbol and the Maple Leaf is Canada’s symbol, the Vineyard was Israel’s symbol. In fact, set all around the doorway to the very temple where Jesus was talking, King Herod had a 70 foot tall richly carved grapevine inlaid in gold all around it. So Jesus tells a story about a vineyard.

Some of Jesus’ stories are a little mysterious. But not this one. It’s pretty literal. The country, the people of Israel were to be set apart, were to be recognized as different by this one primary thing, the God they worshipped, the heavenly Father of everyone and everything.

So God is the owner of the vineyard. The tenants He sends to His people are the prophets of the Bible. Seven of the most famous prophets in the Bible, who all wrote books of the Bible were killed by the Jewish leaders. Isaiah was cut in half with a saw. Jeremiah and Habakkuk were stoned to death. Ezekiel, Amos, Micah, and Zechariah were all cut down with a sword. Kinda makes you scared to be a preacher who speaks the truth. I’ve only had one death threat so far as a pastor, so we’ll see.

In Jesus’ story, God the owner of the vineyard, send His beloved Son to His people, but Him they kill too. But even though He is rejected, like a stone that wasn’t cut right for a building, He will become the cornerstone, which is what everything will be built upon.

I want to focus on a for a minute or two is this phrase, “beloved son” in verse 13. The question put to Jesus is where does His authority come from. The answer He gives in this story about the vineyard is that God, the heavenly father from above sent Him as the beloved son. “I will send my beloved son.” That’s a key line.

Three years prior to this when Jesus first started His ministry, when He was baptized by John the Baptist who said Jesus came from heaven, while Jesus was being baptized an audible voice spoke from heaven. Here’s what it said.

“When Jesus had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you, I am well pleased.” - Luke 3:21-22

Not long after that Jesus and the disciples were up on a mountain and Jesu s was praying and the voice spoke again.

“A voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Beloved One;  listen to him!” - Luke 9:35

Jesus is the Beloved Son of God the Father. The apostle John called Him the “only Son.” John 3:16 “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.” “Only son” there is actually one word in Greek that it was originally written in. It’s “monogenes” meaning, one son, sole or unique son, none other like him.

There is none other like Jesus the Son. Loved for all eternity by the Father. Sent into the world, to you and I so that we might know the Father and be connected to Him. God sent His Son!

Imagine you were there and you saw Jesus and you heard the voice, “This is my Beloved Son, listen to Him.” Jesus is the Lord of Lords because He’s the Son. If there’s anyone we should listen to and believe it’s Him.

So here’s the question then, “Are you listening to the Son?” Are you listening to and believing and following the words of Jesus or are you listening to other voices? Are you believing only what you want to hear instead of what you need to hear?

Are you listening to the Son? And perhaps an even bigger question, do you love the Son. He’s the beloved Son. God the Father loves Him, do you?

When it comes down to it we really only have two options, we can either love the Son or kill the Son. Every time we don’t listen to Him, we’re just killing His words, shoving them away, putting to death His voice of influence and Lordship in our lives.

Don’t kill the Son. Love the Son and listen to His voice today. What God wants to do and what He is doing today is opening our ears and our hearts to hear Him. What is God saying to you through His Word today? God sent His Son for you. Hear His voice.

Jesus Christ is either Lord of all or not Lord at all. The way we have Jesus as Lord is by hearing His voice, allowing Him to speak into whatever He wants, into every area of our lives. Hear the voice of the Lord, the Son of God who says, “I came for you.”

If it were only that Jesus was the beloved and sent Son of God that should be enough for us but there is yet more. He also comes to us as the “Creator God.”

II. Creator God (v.19-26)

So let’s move into this next point and see what Jesus says about who He is by looking at a coin. After the Beloved Son talk the religious leaders are really upset and now they really want Him dead because they didn’t believe Jesus the Son and to put yourself on par with God as a deity was blasphemy, a crime with the penalty of death.

They have a problem though, the crowd of people like Jesus and they didn’t have the legal authority to kill people since they were ruled over by the Romans at the time. So they come up with a plan, pulling out a coin and asking Jesus publicly whether they should pay taxes to Caesar or not.

The people hated paying taxes to Caesar. I don’t know anyone who’s ever enjoyed paying taxes. We just had to pay $800 dollars on top of all the money taken away for taxes all year. That sucked. Back then, the people had to pay about a third of their income in taxes. It was a lot. And it wasn’t just the money that bothered them.

Imagine the US was overtaken by the North Korean government and you were having to pay a third of your income to it. Then on top of it, the very coins you used for trade had his picture on the money. Here’s a picture of an actual coin from this time period. The inscription on it reads, “Tiberius Caesar, Divine Son of Augustus.”

So these guys plan is to trap Jesus. If he says not to pay taxes he’ll be arrested and prosecuted by the Roman government for inciting rebellion and would likely be killed for insurrection. If he says to pay taxes, the crowd will surely turn on Him because they didn’t like taxes and were expecting Jesus to lead a military revolt against Rome.

How Jesus responds to this trap is simply incredible. He asks for one of the Tiberius Caesar coins. It has Caesar’s picture on it saying he is divine. Caesar had the coin made, so Jesus says, give to Caesar what’s Caesar’s and to God what’s God’s.

Jesus just claimed to be the divine Son of God in the previous story. Now He stands there as the divine Son and poses the question, whose image are you made in? The coin belongs to Caesar, he made it. Who do you belong to and who made you?

Here’s what the Bible says,

“God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” - Genesis 1:27

You and I and every other human being who has ever been born were created in the image of God. The unique claim of the God of the Bible is that He created everyone and everything.

When you’re the creator of something you have unique rights to it. What you make belongs to you. For example, I made the desk I work at. I cut the wood, sanded it down, glued and screwed it together. I stained it and lacquered it. I attached the frame and legs to it which I painted. The desk belongs to me as my creation. Even if I sold it, if I ever saw it again years later it would still be my desk. The one I made with my bare hands. It would be special to me.

On a much greater scale, you and I were created and made by God as His special creatures. Different than anything else He created. God took special care and attention to His creation of human beings. He put more time and heart and energy in the creation of people than He did the sun, the moon, the stars, the mountains, the waters and more than any other animal. We are His special creatures. We belong to Him.

You belong to God. Your life is not meant to be lived apart from Him. You belong to God. You are meant to be in His possession and in His care. The desk doesn’t belong with someone else who doesn’t understand it. It belongs to its owner. Friends, family we belong to God.

And just to make sure there’s no mistaking that Jesus isn’t standing there in person saying to everyone around, “You belong to me because I’m your maker”, here are some verses.

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him, all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” - Colossians 1:15-20

“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.“ - Hebrews 1:1-3

I think when you created the universe that sort of gives you right to call yourself “Lord.” Interestingly, what became a problem for many of the early Christians is that they no longer felt like they could call Caesar Lord and many were put to death because of it. One of the earliest Christian motto’s that summarized what Christianity is and meant became the simple phrase, “Jesus is Lord.” And many ended up being killed for it.

Jesus Christ is either Lord of all or not Lord at all. What Jesus demands from us is not just part of our lives. He demands everything. God isn’t looking for you to just punch in two hours on Sunday and maybe a couple more one night for community group. God isn’t asking for us to do some good things for some people here and there. God isn’t asking for just 10% of our money to be given to the church.

God is demanding 100% of everything! God doesn’t just want Sundays but every day of your week as worship unto His name. God doesn’t just want you to be in loving relationship with other people one night a week but wants every day to be a day where you are not only loving God but loving your neighbor. God doesn’t just want you to honor Him how you spend 10% of your money but every single dime to come under submission to Him and His Lordship.

God wants it all because it all belongs to Him because every coin and every life ultimately shows that we were made in His image! You belong to God. You are special to Him. You belong with Him and His people. You belong in His service. You belong to God and you will never be happy in life belonging to any other thing.

God must become your chief allegiance, the number one person and thing you care about. He has rights over you. And as long as we reject that, we will make trouble for ourselves.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 in the Bible says it this way, “You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

Today perhaps what God’s voice is wanting to say to you that you need to listen and hear from the Beloved Son is that there’s something you’ve been holding onto that you need to give up and give to God because it belongs to Him.

Maybe it’s some sin that you’ve been caught up in over and over again?

Maybe it’s it’s a deep hurt or wound where someone sinned against you and it’s been holding you back and holding you down for a long time?

Maybe it’s it’s simply control of your life where you’ve been living on your own doing what you want and it’s time to start really following God and what He wants for you?

God is your Creator. You were made in His image. You belong to Him and belong with Him. Give to God what’s God’s. Give Him your life.

Well, let’s move on to our final point for today, “Living Victor.”

III. Living Victor (v.27-44)

In this last section for today responds to another group of His critics who don’t believe in any kind of afterlife. Like many today believe, this group called the Sadducees believed that when you die, that’s it you just die and there’s nothing after that. So they didn’t believe we have souls and didn’t believe in a heaven or hell.

The way they ask Jesus about this is with this crazy hypothetical scenario to which, as usual, Jesus doesn’t really respond. He basically says they don’t know what they’re talking about and that there won’t be any new marriages in heaven. He doesn’t say anything about everybody who has already been married, which leaves their question hanging.

Instead, Jesus moves on to talk about talking about a future “age”, “the resurrection” and Moses and David’s experience of that.

First with the story of Moses, when Moses first meets God, God speaks out of this bush that is burning but not burning up. Earlier we looked at how God spoke a voice out of a cloud. Here He speaks out of a fire.

In the story of the Bible Moses is the next man of God after Abraham passes on the faith to his sons Isaac and Jacob. By this time they are long dead. But when God speaks out of the burning bush, He introduces Himself to Moses saying, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob (Ex. 3:6).”

Jesus refers to that passage in Exodus three and makes an exegetical argument based on one verb, the two words “I am.” Jesus argument is that since God used the present tense, “I am” that then means Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were alive, resurrected, living again in God’s presence, even though they had already died.

He summarizes His case in verse 38 saying, “(God) is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to him.” After saying this Jesus’ critics are silent but Jesus doesn’t stay silent and instead moves from talking about Abe, Isaac and Jacob’s resurrection to talking about His own from how David talked about Him in Psalm 110:1.

Jesus just asserted earlier in this same discussion that He is the son, the beloved Son. At the very beginning of Luke, when Jesus is born one of the ways He is introduced is as the Son of David (Lk 3:31), one of David’s descendants. Yet in this Psalm, David says that this Son is “Lord” who is sitting at the right hand of the throne of God after crushing the enemy.

Thus what Jesus is saying here is God gave David a glimpse of what He was going to do in sending His Son into the world to defeat the enemy of death and rise as Lord. Death came into the world as consequence beginning with Adam and Eve and passed down to us for rejecting God as Lord over all.

Jesus came into the world to succeed where Adam and Eve failed, to defeat death and give life back to the sons and daughters of men and women once again. Here’s how 1 Corinthians 15:22-26 says it,

“As in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.“ - 1 Corinthians 15:22-26

This is the crux of the matter. If we ask, why is it that we have trouble believing God sent His Son for us and don’t listen to Him? If we ask, why is it that we have trouble entrusting ourselves to God as our Creator whom we belong to? I think the answer is that we have seen and experienced so many people who were supposed to be in trusted positions of power and authority who have broken our trust.

Whether it was a mom or dad or caretaker or teacher or a boss or a pastor or a close friend…people we trust fail us. So what sets in then is fear. We’re afraid to trust anyone. Guilt clouds us because of times we’ve tried to trust but turned out too weak. Shame can become the way we see ourselves and we start to think we’re simply not worth God’s trouble.

Jesus gets that and understands that so He entered the world sent by God to show us trust. He trusts God the Father and His plan every step of the way, even the part where the beloved Son will be killed. He’s the Divine Creator and has all the power of the universe at His fingertips but instead of using His power and authority to force allegiance He sets it aside, giving up His power on the cross through perfect submission and obedience in order to truly win. Jesus proves Himself to be trustable.

Three days later Jesus rises from the dead victorious, defeating death and making a way for the sons and daughters of God to once again taste eternal resurrected life in the age to come, with God and His people forever and ever. Jesus mission, the entire purpose of His coming was so we might live, that we might have life, for God is the God of the living.

If it were just that the Father sent Jesus as His beloved Son, that should be enough to call Him “Lord.”

If it were just that Jesus came to us His creatures as the Creator God in the flesh, that should be enough to call Him “Lord.”

If it were just those two things it would be more than enough. But in a grand finale, Jesus gives His life upon the cross and rises victorious, defeating sin and death and gaining freedom and life for His own forevermore. And that my friends and family is the reason we truly call Him “Lord.”

Philippians 2:6-10 in the Bible says it this way,

“Christ Jesus who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Jesus is Lord. Jesus is Lord of all. Is He your Lord?

Look, here’s the thing. Jesus when we see and believe in the Lordship and authority of Christ, what it makes us want to do is bow. He fully and completely deals with our rebellious authority issues and changes our hearts into ones that delight to submit and bow to His better will.

Bowing is a lot better than bucking. If you buck against God you will be bucking for your entire life long until you bow the knee. Jesus rose from the dead victorious and lives today. He’s the God of the living.

Are you living for Him or are you living for yourself? If Jesus isn’t your Lord and you’re not bowing your knee to Him that means what you’re doing is taking His seat, making yourself your own lord. It’s a bad move. You’re nowhere near as good of Jesus. You don’t belong in His seat.

What He means for us is to be servants and subjects of His great and worthy name. What God is wanting to do in each and every one of our lives is to bring everything in us under submission to Him. We ought to delight to obey. It ought to bring us great joy to please our King.

What today do you need to surrender to the Lord? What needs to bow to Him? What enemy needs to be crushed beneath His feet? Jesus is good enough and strong enough to deal with every foe and frustration we face and He will lead us home and the mighty and victorious Lord.


Jesus the Lord of Lords. He’s the Beloved Son, the Creator God, and the Living Victor. The LORD of LORDS.

Well, I started out the sermon telling you about my problems with police officers. In my life what I have come to recognize is that my problem is much bigger than cops who don’t like skateboarders. I’ve had problems with a much bigger authority, the authority of Jesus in my life.

Earlier I said we need to listen to the Son and not kill the Son. The truth is we’ve all ignored His voice and as the hymn, we sing here sometimes says, “it was my sin that held him there.” Our sins are what put Jesus on the cross. We killed the Son.

Earlier I said our lives are not our own but belong to God. The truth is we’ve all rejected God as our creator and maker and stolen our lives away from Him as if they were our own. Jesus was crucified next to two thieves as a thief for all who have robbed God of His glory. We are all thieves.

Lastly, I said we need to bow in submission to Jesus. The truth is instead of bowing we’ve all stood up and rushed His throne, taking the seat for ourselves, defying God’s kingship over our lives. Jesus died with a sign above His head declaring Him the true King. We’ve all made ourselves enemies of the King.

But here is the wonderfully good news of the Gospel my friends. Jesus came and lived and died and rose for murders, thieves, and enemies of God like you and I. And that message is so good and so sweet He wins our loyalty and love for eternity.

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