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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL

APRIL 2018 SERMONS

 

APRIL 8, 2018

 

“WHY A LAMB?”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN 1:29-36

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 1:36

 

     And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

 

INTRO: Throughout the Scriptures there are at least 280 different titles or symbols of Jesus (Truth, Beginning and End, Lion of Judea, Shepherd...etc.) which is your favorite?

 

   The greatest symbol, in my opinion, is that of a lamb.

 

   Have you ever asked “Why a Lamb?”

 

   Throughout history, the Lamb has been portrayed as a peaceful, gentle animal.

 

   What are some of the characteristic of a lamb?

 

Gentleness, meekness, innocence, harmless

 

   Jesus in His strength and majesty He is portrayed as a Lion, but in His meekness and humility He is portrayed as a Lamb.

 

   The Lamb was used for two important things:

 

Its wool was used for clothing

Its meat for physical nourishment

 

   Throughout Jewish history the lamb was seen as a sacrificial animal.

 

NOTE: From the time of the Fall, the promise of a Redeemer gave people hope and they looked for the lamb (hidden from their understanding)

 

Genesis 22:7-8 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?  And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

   Adam & Eve were the first to experience the innocent dying for the guilty.

 

Genesis 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

 

   This may have been the first time a Lamb was sacrificed

 

Isaiah 61:10 (KJV) I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

 

Revelation 7:14 (KJV) And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

 

I. THE LAMB OF GOD THAT PURCHASED OUR REDEMPTION

 

NOTE: The Children of Israel were held in slavery by Egypt even as we are held in slavery by sin.

 

   THE PASSOVER LAMB

Exodus 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:

NOTE: Two things were required:

 

·         Had to be without flaw

 

1 Peter 1:19-20 (GW) Rather, the payment that freed you was the precious blood of Christ, the lamb with no defects or imperfections.  He is the lamb who was known long ago before the world existed, but for your good he became publicly known in the last period of time.

·         Had to be taken from the flock

Hebrews 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

   It was the blood of the Passover Lamb that allowed the Children of Israel to escape from Egypt

Exodus 12:13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt

 

   “When I See the Blood”.

 

   Jesus is the Passover Lamb

 

II. THE LAMB THAT TOOK AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD

 

John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

 

Leviticus 16:20-22 (KJV) And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat: And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.

 

Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

 

   Jesus not only died for our sin, but He took our sins away so they can never be held against us.

 

Hebrews 9:27-28 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

 

Jeremiah 31:34, Hebrews 8:12 & Hebrews 10:17

 

And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

 

 

III. HE IS THE LAMB THAT SITS ON THE THRONE

 

Revelation 5:1-14 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither look thereon. And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

 

CONCLUSION: Have you accepted the Lamb of God?

 

APRIL 15, 2018

 

NOAH’S FOLLY

 

SCRIPTURE READING: GENESIS 6:1-8

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Matthew 24:37-39 (NIV) As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

 

INTRO: Are we ready for the coming of Jesus?

 

   Two things are going to happen at Jesus’ return

 

1.     The true Believer will join God in heaven

2.     The non-believer will face the judgment of God

 

   The background of this event

 

I. WORLD WAS EXCEEDINGLY SINFUL  

 

Genesis 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

 

NOTE: Sin had begun with a single act of disobedience, but over time it had grown into a great flood of destruction.

 

Song of Songs 2:15 (NIV) Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.

 

Ecclesiastes 10:1 (GW) Dead flies will make a bottle of perfume stink, and then it is spoiled. A little foolishness outweighs wisdom {and} honor.

 

 NOTE: But great wickedness does not only mean that sin multiplied, it also means that sin became more extreme and terrible. [1]

 

   In today’s society we can see where sin has become more wicked and belligerent.

 

II. GOD PRONOUNCED JUDGMENT

 

Genesis 6:7 (NIV) So the LORD said, "I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth--men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air--for I am grieved that I have made them."

 

   The results of sin is judgment

 

Ezekiel 18:20a The soul that sinneth, it shall die...

 

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death...

 

NOTE: There is coming a day of final judgment where we all will stand before God.

 

Revelation 20:11-15 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

 

III. NOAH’S FOLLY

 

Genesis 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

 

NOTE: God was ready to bring total judgment but made a way for Noah to escape.

 

  A. THE ARK

 

Ø  God gave Noah detailed instructions on how to build the Ark.

 

Genesis 6:14-16 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.

 

Ø  God told Noah what to bring into the Ark.

 

Genesis 6:19-21 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive. And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.

 

   B. NOAH

 

NOTE: Stop and think what Noah had to go through.

 

Ø  Humility

Ø  Harassment

Ø  Loneliness

Ø  Doubt

Ø   Fear

 

NOTE: Stop and think what it took for Noah to build the Ark.

 

    Remember it had never rain before, they were not neat a large body of water.

 

Ø  Courage

Ø  Faith

 

IV. THE ARK A TYPE OF CHRIST

 

   A. JUDGMENT IS COMING

 

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:  

 

   There are many who refuse to believe that God is going to bring judgment.

 

2 Peter 3:3-7 (TLB) First, I want to remind you that in the last days there will come scoffers who will do every wrong they can think of and laugh at the truth. This will be their line of argument: "So Jesus promised to come back, did he? Then where is he? He’ll never come! Why, as far back as anyone can remember, everything has remained exactly as it was since the first day of creation." They deliberately forget this fact: that God did destroy the world with a mighty flood long after he had made the heavens by the word of his command and had used the waters to form the earth and surround it. And God has commanded that the earth and the heavens be stored away for a great bonfire at the judgment day, when all ungodly men will perish.

 

   B. JESUS IS THE ONLY PLACE OF REFUGE

 

NOTE: as the Ark was the only means of escaping from the flood, so Jesus is the only way we can escape from the coming judgment.

 

   There was on one door in the Ark, Jesus is the only door to that will allow us to avoid God’s judgment.

 

John 10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.

 

   God shut the door on the Ark; there will come a time when He will also close the door to Salvation

 

Revelation 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;

 

CONCLUSION: When the first drop of rain hit the ground it was eternally too late.

 



[1] Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible - Commentary - The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible – Genesis I.

 

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