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Our Divine Intercessor   1 comment

Our Divine Intercessor

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Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor


Isa. 53, 12b

…and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Authorized Version


To redeem us our Lord bore our sins in his own body on the tree, died for us that he might win our love and save us.  All of this despite our sins, our unloveliness, our unworthiness.  Love led him to Calvary.


He prayed for the transgressor, for those who crucified him.  “Father, forgive them; they know not what they do.”  He undertook for them.

Hence sinners have another chance as we seek pardon in his name and long to live righteous lives.

How very much we owe to his intercession for us!


Jesus set us an example that we should follow.  We, too, should intercede for others, pray that they may be led to Christ for saving power.  Thereby many have been prevailed upon to come to him.  “The effected fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

Take somebody on your heart and pray for them.  What a privilege it is is.  God will use your prayers for his good.


Luke 24, 26 & 46   6 comments

Luke 24 Sermon Notes

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Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor


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?


Isaiah   1 comment


Above:  The Book Heading from The New Revised Standard Version:  Catholic Edition (1993)


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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.