Rockport Sermon

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Root of Injustice

Now the chief priests and the whole Council kept trying to obtain testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, and they were not finding any. For many were giving false testimony against Him, but their testimony was not consistent.
Mark 14:55-56

If you ever need proof that this is an unjust world, you need look no further than the trail of Jesus found in Mark 14:53-65. For here in this passage we find Christ – the perfect sinless Man, God incarnate in human flesh, the Innocent Lamb who’s done nothing but love and heal and given Himself freely for the good of others – accused and rejected by those who should have applauded and embraced Him (John 1:11). Somehow in the warped thinking of human reason, it seemed good to us, as soon as we got our hands on God, to mock and beat him, put him on trial and condemn him to death!

Like it or not, this is the nature of our fallen world. It is an unjust and barbaric place that only from time to time manages to put on a thin veneer of civility. But it is a thin veneer that covers over a monstrous evil: the sinful heart of man in rebellion against God! (Romans 3:9-18)

But the really striking thing in this passage, is to realize by whom this dark deed is done. For Mark tells us that the innocent Christ is condemned and executed, not in the wilds of some wilderness by an illiterate, savage and brutal people, but by those who would have considered themselves to be the most lofty, learned and civilized of all. It was a people who claimed to know and love God, who plotted the assassination of His Son. Such are the depths of depravity that lurk in the heart of every man, woman and child on this planet.

And such are the depths of His love, that He willingly submitted Himself to face these humiliations for us, who by His grace would turn in repentance and embrace, by faith, Him Who came to die in our place and bear away our sin!

Marveling at the Love of Him Who Died for Me
Pastor Scott Lee

PS - We are still getting great reports of God’s work during last week’s Grace Camp Meeting! You can find the sermons from this week of preaching, teaching, fellowshipping etc at SermonAudio

Thursday, April 1, 2010

He is risen indeed!`

It's not religion or ritual we're celebrating this weekend. It's the earth-shaking reality of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Everything changes here!
Think about it.
Christ's stone cold body was dead.
His heart had stopped beating,
His blood had begun to separate,
the limbs had stiffened,
all color had drained from his skin.
He was dead!
But in an instant, at the command of His Father,
Life returned with an unimaginable power,
color flashed into his cheeks,
the heart bounded to life,
and He arose to the wonder and joy of all creation as Lord and Savior!

In that moment, everything changed for the Christian.

Death lost its power to terrify,

The grave lost it's sting

Hell gave up it's hold on those claimed by Christ

Satan lost His teeth.

"Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus."
- Romans 6:8-11