Summary: The purpose of this sermon is to motivate the hearers to affirm to others that the Roman Soldiers displayed circumstantial ignorance and was forgiven.
25 November 2007
U.S. Army Chaplain (MAJ) Ken Harris
Ord Military Chapel
BIG IDEA: The Roman Soldiers were forgiven for executing the death sentence and gambling for Jesus’ garments.
REFERENCES: Psalm 22:18-23 (NIV); Luke 23:33-43 (NIV); John 19:23-25 NIV (Power only through Christ); Acts 1:22 (Casting lots for the replacement of Judas); Leviticus 16:8 (God lays out the method of choosing the sacrificial and scapegoat for the annual offering); Joshua 18:6 (The casting of lots were to determine the allotment of the lands to the tribes); 1 Corinthians 10:31 (whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God".); Proverbs 28:20 ("One eager to get rich will not go unpunished"); Proverbs 28:22 (He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil [envious] eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him); Proverbs 13:11 ("Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow".); Matthews 27:35 (KJV) And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots; Matthews 25:14-28 (The parable of the Talents); Isaiah 65:11-12a RSV (But you who forsake the Lord, who forget my holy mountain, who set a table for Fortune and fill cups of mixed wine for Destiny; I will destine you to the sword, and all of you shall bow down to the slaughter);
I. ANNOUNCE THE PERICOPE: Luke 23:33-43 (NIV)
II. READ THE PERICOPE: Luke 23:33-43 (NIV)
III. READ THE TEXT: Luke 23:34 (NIV) Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
IV. PURPOSE: To motivate the hearers to affirm to others that the Roman Soldiers displayed circumstantial ignorance and was forgiven.
V. SERMONIC THEME: “The Gamble that Paid-Off”
VI. INTRODUCTION: Our sermonic theme is a contradictory, because gambling doesn’t usually have a long-term positive pay-off. Gambling is highly addictive. There are over 6 million compulsive gamblers in the U.S., alone, and it is a growing problem.
In fact, twenty-three years ago, Walter Read - Chairman of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, was quoted as saying, "Fifteen years ago there were [almost] no women and no teenagers in Gamblers Anonymous.” Today, in the state of New Jersey, five percent of Gamblers Anonymous are under twenty-one, while thirty-two percent of Gamblers Anonymous are women."
In fact, the latest report of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey reports that the average compulsive gambler owes $ 25,727 and made their first bet by age 13.
Now, if those numbers are alarming, you should be aware that Gambling is a 14 billion dollar business in California;
and California is the sixth largest gambling state in the United States of America behind Nevada, New Jersey, Mississippi, Illinois, and Louisiana. California is only one of six states that don’t have high-stakes casinos.
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