Summary: Jesus died the death we should have died, gave us the Eternal life we could not attain, and lived the life we could not live

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Trinity in the Redemption Process – Jesus’ Life

Joanna and the “Bonfire”

• Cleaning up the property we leased next door created five huge bonfires about three meters high

• Had the church over for “Sloppy Joes” and a bonfire night

• As we all know kids love fire and so it was with a great deal of anticipation that we lit the first fire

• Fires as they usually do start slowly but eventually they roar into life

• The flames started leaping to power wire height and as they did so the kids started moving further backwards out of respect and probably a little bit of apprehension

• As the fire roared into life, one of the girls, Joanna, worked her way over to me an took my hand

• As the flames leaped higher and higher she quietly said to me, “Gary, do you think we ought to call the fire brigade?”

• It was one of those special moments in life you cherish

• I reassured her everything was alright and gripped her hand a little tighter

Question I have for you is this, was Joanna relying on her feeble grasp of my hand or my strong grasp of her hand for reassurance?

• Of course she was relying on my strong grasp for reassurance

• This is the picture of faithfulness God wants us to take up in our lives

For the last couple of weeks we have been talking about the Role of the Trinity in the Redemption Process

• First week we talked about how we are reconciled to God through the Incarnation and the Atonement (show overhead)

• The second week we talked about Jesus our Mediator (Show Overhead)

• We humans are linked to God through Jesus our Mediator (Hypostatic Union) who provides us with both the “Atoning Union” and the “Incarnational Union”

• Jesus has bound us to Himself through the Atoning Union, and He has bound us to the Trinity through the Incarnational Union

• Through Jesus the Mediator we participate in the “Divine Nature” as the very life and love of God flow to us (2 Pet 1:3-4)

This week we are going to go back to that statement I made a couple of weeks ago about the aspect of the gospel message we don’t hear to much about today and that is the aspect of Christ “living the life you and I could not live”

• We need to look at this from two perspectives

• First, He lived the perfect life we could not live ourselves and second throughout His life He overcame and defeated sinful human nature

Today we are going to focus on the first part – He lived the Perfect life you and I could not live ourselves

• Jesus is God’s gift of love to humanity, not only as the Son in the Incarnation, but also as the Victim or sacrifice in the Atonement

• Now we are introduced to another remarkable aspect of the reconciliation process – because man cannot respond adequately to God’s overtures of love because of his sinfulness, God has also provided that response for us

• So far we have seen how God through the reconciling work of both Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, we have access to the very life and love of God,

Now we have to talk about our response to God’s love

• And again because of our sinfulness, our response (or Worship) is totally inadequate to approach a Holy God

• So God steps in and provides the response for us

• And guess who does this for us? Our Mediator, Jesus Christ

• We see this foreshadowed for us in the Mosaic covenant

• As we know a covenant has two parties. God had his responsibilities and the Israelites had theirs

• Theirs was to carefully follow the prescribed patterns of response outlined in the Law of Moses – Obedience, sacrifices, offerings, and the Priesthood

• The Israelites could not decide for themselves how or what to worship or sacrifice to testify to the fact that it is God alone who can forgive sin and bring about reconciliation between Himself and His people

• But we know that those patterns of worship (in other words the Israelites response) pointed to a future fulfillment – to whom did those sacrifices, offerings and Priesthood point to? Jesus Christ

• So we see with the coming of Jesus a remarkable event. We see Jesus portrayed as the One coming from God as Mediator and Redeemer, but from the human perspective He also comes as Priest and Victim

• In other words Jesus fulfills the covenant from both sides

• Isn’t that amazing

• If Christ had not been fully God and fully man this could not happen. He could not represent God if he were not fully man, and second He could not represent man if he were not fully man

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