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Holy Trinity

May 30, 2010

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The Holy Trinity                                                                                     

30 May 2010                                   


John 8:48-59


The opposition to Jesus mounts.  He is a big problem. An immense scandal.  An audacious outrage.  To very religious, working-hard- at-their-salvation people.  Who say they believe in God and love Him.  But this Jesus stands in their way – to God.  He is blocking the road — to their salvation.


Who does this Jesus think He is?  Good grief!  He’s not even 50 years old and listen to His sermon:  “If anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.”  Keep my word and never see death?  And then:  “Before Abraham was, I am!”  Only the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob could talk like that!  Only the God of Israel could say such things!  And we all know that Jesus can’t be … Him … could He?  After all, God’s way up there!  We’ve got to go to Him!  But Jesus seems to be asserting just the opposite.  And making Himself out to be … God!  That standing before their very eyes is God in the flesh!   


So out comes the racial slur.    “Hey Jesus!  Your bloodline is questionable.  Impure.  You half-breed Samaritan!  You can’t claim Abraham as your father and Sarah as your mother like we can!  Who knows what’s flowing through your veins.  Greek blood?  Assyrian? Roman?  It doesn’t matter!  You’re a mongrel-outcast-get-out-of-our-sight-we’ll-have-nothing-to-do-with-you-Samaritan!”  No ACLU or federal hate crime laws in those days. 


And so another incredible accusation.  “Hey Jesus! One more thing!  Are you listening?  You have a demon!  Yes, that right!  We said it!  You’re possessed by Satan!” 


Mercy!  Talk about ratcheting-up the rhetoric!  But it’s not just rhetoric.  It’s stubborn unbelief.  They won’t be having a Jesus as He is for them.  They refuse to trust who He is.  What He’s come to do.  What He’s come to give.  For them.  And for their salvation.  “He came to His own but they did not receive Him,” (John 1:11).


The racial slur and the demonic accusations lead to picking up rocks.  Not to take home and be their pets.  But to throw!  At that big problem named Jesus!  The bigger the rocks the better!  “Golf ball size – OK.  Baseball size – nice.  Softball size —  great.  Volleyball size – now that’s the ticket.  Those will do nicely.  Inflict some mortal damage!  That’s it!  Time to bash in His head!  Ready everyone!  1-2-3 throw!  And don’t stop until He’s … dead!”


I told you Jesus was a big problem for these people.  How about you?  Would you too say:  “Hey Jesus!  Aren’t we right when we call you a Samaritan and that you’re demon-possessed?”  Would you too start picking up rocks the size of softballs to wing at His head?  Would you too like to get rid of this Jesus for good?  Is Jesus a big problem for you? 


If you have stones in your hands, put them down.  If you have ears to hear, then listen.  Jesus isn’t your problem.  He is your solution.  Sin and death solution.  He is the divine Savior.  The only one.  There is no other.  For you.  Listen again to what He promises:  “I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.”   Never see death.  By keeping, by treasuring, by trusting His word. 


His word that says:  “I am God the Father’s Son.  I know the Father.  Abraham longed to see the day I would take on flesh, suffer, die and rise from the dead on the third day.  He saw it in the word of promise.  And he rejoiced.  Yes, indeed, I’m the Savior.  I am the Great I AM.  That was me who spoke to Moses in the burning bush.  All the OT patriarchs believed in Me.  Abraham believed in Me.  King David did too.  They treasured my promise of salvation that I would achieve on the cross and deliver through My word of forgiveness.”     


Jesus is true God – begotten of the Father from eternity.  Jesus is true man – born of the Virgin Mary.  He has redeemed you a lost and condemned person from all sins, death and the power of the devil.  With His holy precious blood and His innocent suffering and death.  That you may be His own. 


Here is His promise: “I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.”  


He keeps His promises.  He promised He’d suffer, die, and rise again.  And He did it.  He pulled it off!  Just as it was prophesied in the OT Scriptures.  Bringing glory to His Father who sent Him.  But He did it all for you.  The glory of God revealed in Jesus all for you.  He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  No one comes to the Father except through Him. 


And so you and I long to see another day.  The day when death and the grave give way to the resurrection of the body when Jesus will command us with His Holy Spirit-filled-Lord-and-Giver-of-Life Word to:  “Arise!  Get up!”  And then our baptisms into Jesus’ death and resurrection come to full fruition.


What’s that in your hands?  Nothing?  Oh, I see.  You have them folded in great thanksgiving.  Do you have anything to say? …  What’s that?  “Thank you Jesus!”  Indeed.  And soon He’ll put His Good Friday sin-forgiving and death-destroying Body and Blood into your mouths.  What joy!  Jesus isn’t your problem.  He is your Savior.  And here’s His promise to you: “I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.”    


In the Name of Jesus.      

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