This is Part 7 of the Saturday Sermons series.
Main Point: This is a sinner getter message. Using the classic story of Peter cutting the soldiers ear off, I parallel Jesus’ work then, with what Jesus does for all of us now.
Text: Luke 23:50-51
INTRO: OVERVIEW OF STORY
A. WHOLE STORY.
- This short story is told in bytes through all 4 gospels
- It takes all of scripture to come with the conclusion of salvation.
- The unfolding of Redemption requires line upon line and precept upon precept.
B. WRONG ACTION.
- Peter grabbed a sword to play the part of savior. He plunged it down and cut off the ear of a Soldier
- Religious activity always leads to a loss of hearing. Never gets to the heart.
- Stolen sword and an ear on the ground.
- Sin. There is obvious evidence against us.
- Romans 3:23 – all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God
- I John 1:8 – if we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves
- Psalms 53:3 – there is none that doeth good. No not one.
C. WILLFUL STOOPING.
- Jesus bent low and grabbed the evidence.
- Jesus went down that we might go up. He came to Earth and humbled Himself that through His work mankind might be exalted In Him.
- II Corinthians 8:9 – for you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor that ye through His poverty might be rich.
- Philippians 2:7 – made Himself of no reputation and took upon himself the form of a servant.
- Philippians 2:8 – He humbled Himself
- II Corinthians 5:21 – he hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin: that we might be made the righteousness of God
D. WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE?
- He with one touch, removed the evidence against Peter, and healed the servant.
- With one act He both healed and saved.
- Colossians 2:14 – blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it our of the way nailing it to His cross
- Romans 3:24 – Being Justified freely by His Grace
- 1 Corinthians 6:11 – and such were some of you…fornicators, thieves, drunkards, adulterers, …but ye are washed but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus.
- Ephesians 2:4 – but God who is rich in mercy for his great love wherein He loved us
- Ephesians 2:5 – Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Him by grace ye are saved
- Romans 5:8 – But God, commendeth His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
- Romans 5:9 – Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.
E. WORD SAVES.
- Jesus rebuked the adversary for Peter.
- Don’t listen to the accusations of your adversary – Listen to the voice of your Victor.
- Hebrews 7:25 – wherefore He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession.
- Romans 8:33 – who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
- Romans 8:34 – Who is he that condementeth? It is Christ that died, yea rather that is risen again who is even at the right hand of God who also maketh intercession for us.
- I John 2:1 – and if any man sin we have an advocate with the father, Jesus Christ.
F. WRONGS RIGHTED.
- Peter put the sword back. He had to take steps to reconcile his wrong action.
- God does what we could never do, He requires us to play our part too. We must repent and turn from our wicked actions.
- Repent to receive.
- Proverbs 28:13 – he that covereth His sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
- I John 1:9 – if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
- Acts 3:19 Repent ye and be converted
G. WHAT NOW?
- Recognize your need for salvation.
- Realize He has done the heavy lifting.
- Receive what His word says about you.
- Repent of your wrong doing (put the sword back) of your sins.
- Removal of the evidence of your sinful past (ear) by Baptism.
- Reach for His resurrection power given freely by the Spirit.