Sermons on Eschatology

Sermons on Eschatology

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

In Matthew 13:24-30 and 36-43 Christ gives the parable of the wheat and the weeds, showing that there will always be a mixture of the righteous and the wicked until the last day.  The great separation will happen at the judgment when Christ sends forth his angels to gather the wheat into the barn but to reserve the weeds for fire. Such is the warning for all Christians, not to presume salvation based on outward membership and not to expect…

Hebrews 8:1-6

In Hebrews 8:2 the author speaks of Christ as the priest of the true tabernacle, pitched by God, not man.  The tabernacle and the temple were instituted by God but constructed by man.  The Old Testament speaks of a time when God himself would construct a house for his name and bring His people to dwell with Him there.  Christ is the priest of this new tabernacle, serving in heaven itself.

John 20:19-23

In John 20:19-23 Christ breathes the Spirit on His disciples. John describes this action in ways similar to Genesis 2:7 where God breathed the breath of life into Adam’s nostrils. Christ, the author of the new creation, who became a life-giving Spirit through His resurrection, sovereignly brings dead sinners to life through the giving of the Spirit. Thus, anyone in Christ is a new creation.

John 19:28-30

In John 19:28-30, Jesus declares His work to be finished on the cross. What is He declaring to be finished? Pastor Grasso shows that this is the culmination of Christ’s work of new creation. As God completed His work on the sixth day and declared everything very good, so too, Christ on the cross declares His work to be completed. All of those in Him have entered the new creation.

Hebrews 4:12-13

In Hebrews 4:12-13, the author concludes the great exhortation begun in 3:7. Do not harden yourself when you hear the Word of God because the Word of God is living and active, it pierces to the deepest part of you, and is able to judge everything about you. This is true because God is the one who speaks this Word. He is the judge of all the earth, whom you cannot escape, and the one to whom you must give…

Hebrews 4:9-10

In Hebrews 4:9-10, the author speaks about a “sabbath rest” that remains for the people of God (v. 9).  He then shoes how Christ has rested from his works as God did from his (v. 10), providing the basis for this rest.  Pastor Grasso defends this reading of verse 10 and shows the ways in which Christ’s work of redemption is related to creation and, more particularly, the new creation.

Matthew 11:20-24

In Matthew 11:20-24, Jesus denounces several cities for not believing the gospel though they had seen so many of his works.  In each case he declares that unbelief in these situations will lead to a greater judgment than notoriously sinful Old Testament cities.  The point being made is that rejection of the Gospel is the worst possible sin and will lead to the greatest judgment.  Judgment will always be in proportion to the light and knowledge one has received.

Hebrews 4:1-11

In Hebrews 4:1-11 the author builds on the exhortation given in 3:7-19. He shows that the oath forbidding some to enter God’s rest implies a promise for all of those who will hear the Word of God with faith. Those who hear with faith will enter into the rest of God, which is the true fulfillment of the rest spoken of at creation in Genesis 2:2. This Sabbath rest has been won for God’s people through Christ, who rested from…

Matthew 11:16-19

In Matthew 11:16-19 Jesus describes the generation that is rejecting him. He describes them as children sitting in a marketplace and demanding that others dance and mourn according to their whims. It is a picture of a generation that seeks to demand God conform to them rather than be conformed to the image of Christ. This caused the people to complain about John being overly strict with what he eats and drinks and to complain about Jesus that he was…

Matthew 11:7-15

In Matthew 11:7-15 Christ explains the greatest of John. His greatness comes from his place in redemptive history as the forerunner of the Messiah. His coming means that the end-time kingdom of God has been established. Christ says that those who understand this are desperately seeking to enter the kingdom of God. As great as John is, all of those who enter this kingdom after him, who live after the resurrection of Christ, are even greater than he is. Every…

Deuteronomy 30:1-10 (Part 2)

In Deuteronomy 30:1-10 Moses teaches that the people of God will one day return from exile at which point God will circumcise the hearts of his people. Paul teaches us that all the promises of God are “yes” and “amen” in Christ (2 Cor. 1:20). In this sermon Pastor Grasso shows how Christ fulfills all of the promises in Deuteronomy 30:1-10.

Deuteronomy 28:14-29:1

The Bible is filled with passages that speak of the wrath of God. In Deuteronomy 25:15-29:1 Moses details the covenant curses for disobedience. All of things are meant to be a warning to the people of God to encourage them to repent, and they are meant to be a warning to all today, for those who disobey God will be undergo even more severe punishments than what Israel faced. This message of wrath is a message of grace. It is…
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