Buried, Forgotten and Removed
As we prepare to participate in the Lord's Supper, let's travel back to the Cross of Calvary. As we travel there, focus on what Jesus was accomplishing in the area of forgiveness. It's so easy for us to talk about being forgiven and made perfect in God's sight. But what does that really mean? Sometimes we need to slow down and take time to reflect on what Jesus has provided for us through His suffering and sacrifice.
FOCAL PASSAGE: John 19:28-30
28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When He had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.
IT IS FINISHED MEANS NO CONDEMNATION
- Romans 8:1-4 … 1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
- How did Jesus accomplish this?
- JESUS BECAME SIN FOR US
II Corinthians 5:21 ...21 God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.
- JESUS FORSAKEN BY THE FATHER
Matthew 27:46 ...46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).
- THE TORN VEIL
Matthew 27:50-51a ...50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, He gave up His spirit. 51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
IT IS FINISHED MEANS IT IS FINISHED
John 19:28-30 …28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When He had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.
- When Jesus said, “It is Finished” it was a glorious promise to all of us who are troubled by ongoing feelings of guilt and condemnation.
- The word “teleo” in the term “Tetelestia” in the Greek means the guilt the eternal punishment for our sins is utterly completely paid in full by Jesus.
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE FORGIVEN
- SINS REMOVED
Psalm 103:12 ... 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
- SINS BURIED
Micah 7:19 ...19 You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.
- SIN FORGOTTEN
Hebrew 8:12 … 12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.
LIVE IT OUT
Consider 3 personal questions this morning:
- Why would you keep carrying a burden God has removed forever?
- Why would you dig up what God has completely buried?
- Why would you remember guilt God has totally forgotten?
Lord’s Supper Observance: Luke 22:14-20
14 When the hour came, Jesus and His apostles reclined at the table. 15 And He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” 17 After taking the cup, He gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. 18 For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 20 In the same way, after the supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is poured out for you.
I Corinthian 11:23-25
The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks,
He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
In the same way, after supper He took the cup,
saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”