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Ash Wednesday / The Sweet Salvational Swap

February 15, 2018

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Ash Wednesday                                          Trinity Lutheran Church

14 February 2018                                       Murdock, NE

 

+ Jesu Juva +

 

2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10

 

Tonight, and throughout this Lenten season we begin to learn, extol, rejoice and believe in the sweet salvational swap. Or as it is sometimes called: the blessed exchange. I warn you: “do not receive the grace of God” that I preach to you tonight “in vain.” I beg you not to squander or waste this salvific opportunity you have before you. Sadly, many do. The preaching of the gospel of salvation is blown off. Treated as a nothing. Puny cares become hindrances to come to church to hear God’s Word. Not just during Lent but all throughout the year. I want you to have ears that hear. I want you to believe what I preach to you tonight with all your heart. After all, tonight “is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation” as I preach to you and give you the sweet salvational swap.

 

The first part of the sweet salvational swap is that your salvation depends on Jesus taking your sin and answering for all of it by His Good Friday death on the cross. Seriously! After all, in the end, either your sin will be on you or Jesus. If Good Friday Jesus doesn’t carry your sins in His divine Body on the tree, then someone else will have to carry them and answer for them? And who would that be? Well… you! If you have to carry and atone for your own sin, then you will die and be damned with them. So, if your picking up what I’m throwing down tonight – your sin must be Christ’s own or you will perish eternally.

 

Heaven depends on Jesus taking your sin totally and completely in His crucified and hanging-dead-on-the-cross-Body. It doesn’t depend on you. That is good news! Salvific best news!

 

Paul preaches it this way to and FOR YOU: “For our sake [God] made [Jesus] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in [Jesus] we might become the righteousness of God.” THERE IS THE SWEET SALVATIONAL SWAP! Holy One, sinless and never-sinned Jesus bears the sin of the world in His body on the cross. All sin, yours, mine and the world’s Jesus takes. Bodily. He is, as Paul says, “made to be sin.” Crucified with all sin in His Body Jesus is now counted as THE SINNER. MAXIMUM SINNER before God. Jesus takes what is yours – your sin and all its damnation. He does it FOR YOU! Again, let’s not forget: your salvation depends on Jesus taking all your sin and answering for it by His Good Friday death on the cross.

 

In exchange, Jesus gives you the sinner all His “righteousness”“the righteousness of God,” as Paul says in the text. This is the second part of the sweet salvational swap. It means that in exchange for your sin and all its hellacious damnation Jesus has given you His holiness and perfection. He gives you His sinlessness to wear in your baptism. He gives you His holiness to eat and drink in the Lord’s Supper. He gives you His absolute and total flawlessness in the absolution and preaching of the gospel.

 

Listen to the sweet salvational swap. It’s FOR YOU! It was done for your sake. “For our sake [God] made [Jesus] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in [Jesus] we might become the righteousness of God.”

 

So, the Lord sent me as His ambassador to tell you the most important message you could ever hear. It is this: all your sin, rot, filth and gunk belongs to Jesus. Not you! All the hellish damnation your sin earned Jesus took. His Good Friday blood cleanses you from all sin. He has given His holiness and perfection. You are saved. You are reconciled to God. Forgiven. Heaven is yours. What joy!

 

Have a blessed and happy Lent.

 

In the Name of Jesus.

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