Summary: A sermon for Maundy Thursday
"The Blood of Christ for Us"
18 You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your fathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold,
19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.
20 He was destined before the foundation of the world but was made manifest at the end of the times for your sake.RSV
Grace and Peace to you from our Lord and Saviour, Jesus wh is the Christ. Amen
As we gaze at the cross, as we think about the events of this week. We turn our attention to the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross. We will zero in on the reality of that event. The cross was real, the pain, the suffering, the agony was real, so real that the earth shock and trembled from the dread and awe of the event.
Jesus died upon that cross. He suffered, he bore pain, he felt the sting of death, he felt the wrath of God, he lived in the human experience of knowing what sin is like. He lived knowing what the constant battle with Satan is all about. The cross of Calvary was at one time a horrible experience of suffering, but at the same time an expression of love on the part of God for all His children on earth.
As we focus on the cross of Christ, I would like our attention to be drawn to the sacrifice he made for us. I would like us to comprehend with our whole being that Jesus redeemed us with his precious blood.
The crucifixion of Jesus has in our time been sentimentalized into a pretty picture of an adoring Jesus who suffered with a smile on his face. Jesus was not crucified on a cross in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves; on the town garbage heap. Jesus was crucified at a crossroads so cosmopolitan that they had to write His title in Hebrew, in Latin and in Greek. He was crucified at the kind of place were thieves curse, and soldiers gamble. Jesus died in a most worldly way, a most inglorious way at the hands of the Romans who felt nothing, no remorse, no piety, no compassion.
Peter says in the text from his first letter that
"we were ransomed not with perishable thing such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot."
Jesus’ blood was let for us and because of us so that our salvation might be secure with the Father. Jesus gave of himself, he gave us his body and he shed his blood for us. He sacrificed himself once for all time. Jesus sacrified himself so we would not be called on by the father to sacrifice our body and blood for the sins we commit. Jesus suffered in our place, he gave his whole being for us.
When we come forward this evening to partake in the meal Jesus gave to us, we can think back to the sacrifice he made for us on that cross. As we eat and drink this meal this evening; let us recall the cross, let us recall the sacrifice, let us participate in that sacrifice, let us live with Jesus that horrible death so that we can understand the uncomprehensible love he had for us.