Summary: 6th message in a 7 sermon Easter series. Jesus willingly paid for the consequences of our sin.
Journey to the Resurrection
April 5, 2020 Palm Sunday Morning Service
Easter 2020 Series
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: Jesus willingly paid for the consequences of our sin.
Focus Passage: Matthew 27:33-56
Supplemental Passage: After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, *said, "I am thirsty." A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth. Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. (John 19:28-30)
Preparation: In preparation for this message, you might consider using a couple of props. Once could be a thorny crown. Another might be a large piece of paper that represents the veil of the temple. I found a picture of some purple colored drapes and printed it onto a sheet of legal sized paper. When I told about the veil of the temple being ripped from top to bottom, I ripped the paper in that manner. If you don't use a lot of visuals in a sermon, this might make a more lasting impression.
I. The Scourging
a. It is very possible that Pilate had Jesus scourged to satisfy the crowd, but instead it stirred them up.
b. All the evil of the devil was stirred up in the crowd and the soldiers
c. The soldier beat Jesus with a whip that had pieces of bone or metal in the tails. It likely had heavy weights, too.
d. They fashioned a crown out of thorns and placed it on His head
e. They found a brightly colored robe and put it on Jesus and put a reed in His hand. They mocked Him and spit on Him. The took the reed and hit Jesus over the head, on the thorns with it.
II. The Cross
a. They picked Simon the Cyrene to finish carrying the cross because:
i. Physically, Jesus was too weak to finish the route and they didn’t want Him to die before they got to crucify Him
ii. Because of His physical condition, Jesus was probably moving too slow for the impatient guards
b. They brought Him to Golgotha; the Place of the Skull
c. In utter humiliation, they removed His clothes and nailed His hands and feet to the cross. Probably not through the palms, but more likely close to the wrists
d. They divided his clothes but cast lots for his coat or tunic
e. The sign above His head read “Jesus of Nazareth: King of the Jews” It was His name, where He was from, and what He had been convicted of.
III. The Veil
a. The veil was what divided the Holy of Holies from everything else. Behind the veil was the presence of God. The Ark of the Covenant was hidden. The Mercy Seat of God was out of view. It represented the separation of God and mankind.
b. It was 60 ft tall and 30 ft wide! It was 5-6 inches thick.
c. The veil was ripped from top to bottom.
d. No longer was it needed to separate God. The final sacrifice had been made and God was satisfied.
Application/Invitation: The Bible says, “That all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. That the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ. That God showed that He loved us that while we were still sinners, Jesus died for us.” Then it says “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” It then goes on to say that “whoever calls upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved!” And His name is JESUS!