Summary: The shedding of Jesus’ blood is the only way sins are forgiven.
Broken and Spilled Out
Oct. 9, 2005 FBC, Chester Mike Fogerson, Pastor
In the middle of Chester, at Mayor’s Park, there is a memorial for all those who died in wars.
A Many of us are not old enough to have known these people, but this memorial tells us who they were.
1 Many folks who see this memorial are moved.
a They see name after name of individual soldiers who laid down their lives fighting for our nation.
b That memorial serves as a reminder of the sacrifces made.
2 That’s what the Lord’s Supper means to us.
a It helps to remember the sacrifices made.
b The bible says in Psalm 23 what a Good Shepherd does for us.
aa He provides for us, comforts us, heals us, restores us, feeds us, and protects us.
bb And if that were not enough, He died for us.
cc Jesus himself said, "I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep."
3 This is what we remember at the Lord’s Table.
a Our Good Shepherd dying on the cross so that we would not only be provided for, comforted, healed, restored, fed, and protected.
b We would also be forgiven.
B We remember today the body & blood that the Good Shepherd broke and spilled out for us.
1 Hebrews 9:22 AV "And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
Hebrews 9:22 NASV "And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness."
2 ETS: Blood was to be shed to forgive sin in the past.
3 ESS: The shedding of Jesus’ blood is the only way our sins are forgiven.
4 Obj.: I hope you’ll fully understand the significance of the Lord’s Supper before you take it this morning.
C PQ: What does the Lord’s Supper mean to you today?
1 Let’s look at three words that can help us better understand what it meant for Jesus to be broken and spilled out.
I Forgiveness (Remission, AV) is a word of significance.
A Forgiveness (or remission) refers to a release of a person’s debt or sin.
1 Romans 3:10, 23 clearly tells us that all of humankind is in debt to God because we have sinned.
a Sin is a disease of the soul that affects all of us.
b (IL) A man was so set/determined to live a godly life and "get away from a sinful world" that he retreated to the desert to live as a hermit. He didn’t stay long. He said upon his return, "I couldn’t run away from sin because it was in me."
c Sin is a disease of the soul that needs forgiveness/healing/remission.
2 God has demanded us to live by His rules and the laws of love.
a God’s not demanding us to do a good, moral, decent, or religious job of keeping His rules/Law.
b God’s standard is perfection, & when we sin we go into debt with God.
c Sin is anytime we have chosen to break God’s law of love.
B The story of the prodigal son helps us understand remission/forgiveness of sin.
1 The boy said, "Give me my inheritance."
a Dad gave him 1/3, the oldest son was entitled to 2/3. "But he shall acknowledge the firstborn, the son of the unloved, by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he is the beginning of his strength; to him belongs the right of the firstborn. Deut 21:17 (NASB)
b The boy went & squandered his 1/3 of his father’s estate on wine, women, & song.
aa Wound up broke in the pig pen eating pods from the carob tree.
bb He begins to think, "I might have messed up." "But when he came to his senses, he said, ’How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger!
2 The boy goes home to find a loving father waiting for him.
a He had said, "Daddy, give me." Now he was saying, "Daddy, make me a servant."
b Dad didn’t make the son earn his forgiveness.
aa In the pig pen there was misery, at home, mercy.
bb Everything the boy hoped for in the far-off country, he found at home.
3 What did receiving the son cost the father?
a It cost the wayward child nothing to come home.
aa Pride, ego, self-esteem was ruptured.
bb He didn’t pay anything to come home.
b It cost the father 1/3 of everything he had
C We are in debt to God for much more than 1/3.
1 We are in need of our debt to be remitted/forgiven.