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Luke 24, 26 & 46   6 comments

Luke 24 Sermon Notes

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Luke 24, 26 & 46


The greatest undertaking– to work out man’s redemption.  “‘Twas great to speak the world from naught,” etc.

God gave his Son for this purpose.  The cost was great.  “He bore the sins of many.”


To the two en route to Emmaus he opened the scriptures.  “Ought not”–was it not necessary?  Thus he expiated  sin.  Without it no soul could have been saved.

(1)  This was the course indicated for him by the prophets–Moses; Psalm 16 & 22; Isa. 53; Dan. 9; Mal. 4, 5; 1 Peter 1, 11.

(2)  More eminently back of all these lay the divine purpose, the will of the Father, which our Lord was to fulfill.  Can man discover fully God’s thoughts or mind here?


By him atonement is made for all.  “He tasted death for every man.”  In offering salvation to man God does not ignore sin.  He is just and the justifier of the ungodly.

(1)  We see the enormity of sin–its deadly effect & power.  Heroic treatment for a fearful malady.

(2)  We see demonstrated God’s boundless love–he so loved “that he gave his only begotten Son”–his greatest possible gift.  “What wondrous love is this”!


The gift is free–“without money and without price.”  Yet one condition is made by God and must be met–“That whosoever believeth in him.”  All can meet it.  “Unspeakable gift.”  Is it yours?


Jesus Revealed In Us   2 comments

Jesus Revealed in Us

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Lk. 23, 47 and Mk. 15, 39


The death of Jesus made a profound impression on the Centurion, who was over the soldiers who crucified him–the seven words from the cross, & the natural phenomena as well.  Certainly he was a righteous man; nothing else could explain it.


What we are & do impresses others about us–our spirit, our general deportment [are] our service to others; yes, & our death.

If we profess faith in Christ they expect us to live a new life, to be different from our former lives.


How carefully ought we to live.

“Let your light so shine before men.”

“Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel.”

“By their fruits ye shall know them.”

“Does the world see Jesus in you?”

(1)  A consistently religious life.  This is so important, let we offend others.

(2)  In doing good, serving others where we are, in humility and love.  “Jesus went about doing good.”  Love finds a way.


Such people, in life and in death, impress others for good.

No one can gainsay such a life.  What a blessing all such people are!


What Shall I Do With Jesus?   1 comment


Above:  Ecce Homo, by Antonio Ciseri

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Matt. 27, 22

1.  Jesus is a fact that must be considered.  Even his enemies deny not his life and works.  He is a character or person no one can ignore.  Everyone must answer this question.  It was important to Pilate and is to us.  The destiny of individuals and nations depend upon the answers given.

2.  Some try to escape the question

(a)  by refusing to decide, but that is only to reject him;

(b)  by substituting other virtues instead of believing in Christ;

(c) by laying the blame on others, or circumstances or temptation.

But if he is Christ nothing can excuse one.

3.  Rejecting Christ is the great sin of the world, trampling under foot such wonderful love.  Who sins against love will sin against law.

4.  Some day the question will be:  How can I do without him, ’tis that really every day.  But especially in temptation, sickness, death, and the judgment how can I do without him, his divine love, his divine help, his comforting presence?

“I must have the Saviour with me.”  Will you accept him now?


The Death of Jesus   3 comments


Above:  Crucifixion of Christ, March 31, 1884

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Luke 23, 33-38

1.  Prophecy foretold the event, as did Jesus.  He laid down his life.  “No man taketh it from me.”  It was part of the Divine plan.

2.  Jesus chose the time of his death.  “Mine hour is not yet come” is used frequently.  At last he said, “the hour is come” (Jno. 17, 1).  “Go tell that fox”–Luke 13, 32.  “Not at the feast”–Matt. 26, 5.  “What thou doest do quickly”–Jno. 13, 27.  Jesus thrust it forward ere they were ready.

3.  The charge was blasphemy, making himself equal with God–his soul.  He either is, or else an imposter and false swearer.  To profess admiration for the man and deny his Divinity is to betray him with a kiss.

4.  They crucify him between two thieves at 9 o’clock.  Darkness from 12 to 3 o’clock.  The crowd mock him.

5.  His concern for others–prays for his slayers, provides a home for his mother, answers the penitent cries to the Father, declares it is finished & commends his  spirit to the Father & yields up his spirit.  The earthquake bellows & the tombs open.

6.  Why all this suffering?  He did no wrong, as said Herod once & Pilate six times.  It was for me & the whole world.  Shall I not love him and live only for Him?


Thy Will, Not Mine, Be Done   1 comment


Above:  Crucifixion

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Matt. 26, 39

1.  His is a kingdom because His will his is the law of life to His subjects or children.  He is incapable of willing what is not best, for He is a loving Father.

2.  Hence He calls on men to renounce their selfish wills and do His will.  “If ye be willing and obedient.”  Men are not compelled to serve Him.  To surrender brings the highest possible results.

3.  What shall men do touching sin and righteousness, obey him or rebel?  To disobey means guilt, slavery to sin, and eternal death at last–a dear price to pay for self-willed conduct.

But by obedience man receives pardon, peace, and heaven.  Heaven is cheap at any price.

4.  Touching afflictions, shall man rebel or submit with Christian fortitude?  To rebel in spirit is the last thing we can afford; it would drive away all light and peace and the spirit in one.  It will chafe till life is torment every day.

The only peace to be had is found in submission to His will and reliance for grace.  Then are given comfort and peace.  He comes nearer and is dearer now than ever before.

5.  All prayers should be in this spirit, subject to his gracious will.


Christ Our Sinbearer   1 comment


Above:  What Our Saviour Saw from the Cross, by James Tissot



I do not note on this weblog every instance of disagreement I have with my great-grandfather.  Yet I feel the need to write the following:

1.  “The Jews” were not monolithic.  They are still not monolithic; no human population is.  I have a more favorable opinion of the Jewish people and of Judaism than did my great-grandfather.

2.  Three understandings of the mechanics of the Atonement reach back to the first five centuries of Christianity and the writings of the Church Fathers:  The Conquest of Satan/Evil (“the Classic Theory”), Penal Substitutionary Atonement (which St. Anselm of Canterbury and my great-grandfather favored), and the Incarnation as the atoning act itself.  I favor the Classic Theory.




Isa. 53, 6

1.  Someone must suffer the consequences of man’s sin.  The seat of sin is in the moral nature and its effects are there and in the outward life.  The effects follow the deed.  God’s nature demands it also; His word cannot be ignored by Himself.  Broken law required not obedience, but death.

2.  Shall man suffer the results of his sin?  If so he must suffer here without hope, and die eternally in the world to come.

The Jews said to Pilate, “His blood be upon us and our children,” but what an awful thing, as history has shown.

3.  Since man can’t and because God loved the world Jesus bore our sins that we might be saved therefrom here and eternally.  He made a full, perfect, and complete oblation and satisfaction for the sins of the whole world.

4.  But unless one accept by faith as his portion there he is no better off actually than if Jesus had not died.  Now all rests with man whether the sacrifice of Christ shall benefit him.  Let no one dream he can get along without Christ.


Christ Content to Suffer if Man is Saved   1 comment


Above:  Ghent Altarpiece (1432), by Jan van Eyck



I wonder when the United States was a Christian nation–when we had chattel slavery, men had more property rights than women, Jim Crow was the law of the land, et cetera?  Certainly not!  Yet my great-grandfather wrote (a century ago) of the U.S. as a Christian nation.  He was mistaken.




Isaiah 53, 11

1.  Jesus suffered much.  His whole life was a humiliation, was belied, misunderstood, mocked, betrayed, crucified.  In the garden suffered much & upon the cross.

2.  But it is certain he suffered not for any wrong he did but for us.  He hath borne our griefs.  He travailed to give us spiritual birth or life.

3.  Yet he is content with it if only his one great object be accomplished.  Love forgets the cost.  He rejoices in the redemption of souls as do the angels.

4.  But he died for all men and the salvation of all is his purpose & pleasure:  “Other sheep I have, them also I must bring.”  He still yearns over the world till every nation is saved.  Is glad of Christian America but years over China, Japan & Africa.  By every token he strives to reach there.

5.  Some great day the world shall be reached and the nations brought to Christ.  Then shall He rejoice and the satisfied that he died for man, as he rejoiced when the 70 returned victorious.

6.  Can the church rest while her Lord is so much concerned for the lost?  She must have this divine passion for souls which she has.


Christ’s Great Humiliation   1 comment


Above:  What Our Saviour Saw from the Cross, by James Tissot


Phils. 2, 6-8

1.  Emptied himself–laying aside the effulgence of his glory.  He was God and adored by the angels, but left his high abode to reach us.

2.  Became incarnate, veiled his glory by taking human form, subject to the humiliations and temptations of man, sin only excepted.

3.  Became a servant–assume the lowest innocent character, that of being the servant of all.  He came not to be ministered to but to minister.  “I am among you as one that serveth.”  The God of all worlds stooping to be the servant of sinners.

4.  Submitted to the power of death.  He raised others from the dead, but suffered death himself.  He submitted to it to accomplish his mission.

5.  Suffered not only death, but the death of the cross–the severest, most reproached death known to antiquity.  “Endured the cross despite its shame.”  Poured out his soul unto death.  So deep was our sin!

6.  He suffered all of this for you.  What have you suffered for him?  Will you not renounce your sin, take up the cross, and do his will?


Redemption Through His Blood   2 comments


Above:  The Crucifixion (1622), by Simon Vouet (1590-1649)

Eph. 1, 7

1.  Because of his sin the penalty–condemnation of the law–rested upon man.  Had offended God’s justice.  He was enslaved and doomed.  He or a suitable substitute must suffer the penalty or God would make void the law.  Love yearned over him & wisdom found the plan.

2.  Jesus died for him.  Thus met God’s sense of justice–law.  His blood redeems–atones.  He, not another, is our Redeemer.  “No other name given.”  “It is he that shall save his people.”

3.  He is the Saviour of all men.  “Tasted death for every man.”  “Gave himself a ransom for all.”  “Will have all men to be saved.”  “Is the propitiation for the sins of the whole world.”  No sin unatoned for, no sinner left out.  Yet those may perish for whom Christ died–1 Cor. 8, 11.  Hence:

4.  It is conditioned in application.  Man must repent and live, or it all avails him nothing.  “He is the Saviour of all men, especially of them that believe.”  Man in time not God in eternity limits the atonement.  If you will repent and believe he will forgive and cleanse your soul.


Christ’s Sacrificial Death   2 comments


Above:  A Large Crucifix



After saying this, Jesus raised up his eyes to heaven and said:

Father, the hour has come:

glorify your Son

so that your Son may glorify you;

so that, just as you have given him power over all humanity,

he may give eternal life to all those you have entrusted to him.

And eternal life is this:

to know you,

the only true God,

and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent….

–John 17:1-3, The New Jerusalem Bible

I am stickler for details.  So, based on the definition of eternal life in John 17:1-3, I state that there is eternity outside of God and that my great-grandfather misused the word “eternally” in his first point.  “Forever” would have been a good choice instead.



Titus 2, 14

1.  “Who gave himself for us.”

“Death passed upon all men”–left alone they were eternally doomed to death.  To live spiritually they must be forgiven.  But  it must be done in consideration of something.  Christ alone could pay the price.  John was about to weep at the unopened seal.  Christ’s life not the sacrifice; he shrank not from life, but the cross.  “Poured out his soul unto death.”  Why?

2.  “Might redeem us.”

(1)  Life the curse of the law & make possible our pardon.

(2)  Cleanse the soul, purify the people by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.  Peculiar people, living a righteous life.

(3)  “Zealous of good works.”  God’s people should abound in good works, no to be saved, but because they are.

Less than this zeal is short of his will.  As we value our own salvation seek that of others.  “Freely ye have received, freely give.”