Sermons from April 2022
Sometimes simple verses can contain deep theology. In Hebrews 5:8 the author says that Christ learned obedience through suffering though He was a Son. How can the eternal Son of God learn if He is omniscient as the eternal Son of God? This verse highlights the wonder of the incarnation and the glory of Christ being able to sympathize with His people as a great high priest.
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.
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.
In Hebrews 5:1-10, the author begins his comparison of Christ, a priest after the order of Melchizedek, with the sons of Aaron, the levitical priests. Christ is superior to them in that He is able to sympathize with His people without sin, has learned obedience through what He suffered, and offered prayers to God for His and our deliverance. Through all of this the one who was appointed by God to be high priest has become the source of eternal…
In Matthew 12:1-8, the Pharisees oppose Jesus because of his apparently lax views on the Sabbath. Christ shows that his position on the teaching is in line with Scripture, but more than that, Christ is greater than the temple and Lord of the Sabbath. He is the one who determines what is or is not appropriate on the Sabbath because He is its Lord. Every doctrine must be informed by our understanding of Christ. This passage shows us that works…
In Hebrews 4:14-16 the author, summarizing his exhortations to this point, calls up on Christians to hold fast to their confession of faith and to approach the throne of grace with confidence. All of this in light of the glory of our great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus Christ, who is able to sympathize with us in our weaknesses.
In Matthew 11:28-30 Christ offers rest for the weary, for those who are experiencing the miseries of sin. Misery and wearisome toil is a result of the fall, and the promise of the Gospel is that Christ gives rest. Do not remain in the miseries of this world but come to Christ, whose yoke is easy and whose burden is light.