Luke 23:38; The Placard Above Christ’s Head by Geoff Thomas
Thanks to my friend LP jr for this:
Some days you wake up and think you have a plan but God has another. I was all set to use Psalm 19:1 “The Glory of God” for today’s text and while researching it came across today’s sermon and felt I had no choice but to use it. I hope it blesses you as it did me. – Mike
The incident of Lazarus’ death (John 11:35) this and in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:32-42) are the only other records of Jesus weeping. What is significant here is He is doing so because is Israel’s ongoing disobedience.
Let me briefly break it down:
v.41: Jesus is making his triumphant entry into Jerusalem and begins to weep
v.42: Jesus sees the complete arrogance and ignorance of the Jewish people
v.43: He foresees the coming siege of Jerusalem
v.44: He knows because of their disobedience and turning away from God, the nation of Israel will be destroyed. God will lift His hand of divine providence and protection.
As I read the sermon this morning I began to think not “what would Jesus do” but What Would Jesus Think? Would He Weep; if He entered say Minneapolis, Seattle or Washington D.C.?
Has God already lifted His providential hand from the U.S.? If so can we blame Him? Consider how steadfast we have as a nation turned our backs on Him, how far we have come from We the people…
Walter Maier held a doctorate in philosophy from Harvard and taught at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, but is best known for his worldwide radio broadcast, Bringing Christ To the Nations. He was heard in over 120 nations and by over twenty million souls. He was a Lutheran at a time when his denomination was denying the old time religion. He stood true, extolling the reliability of Scripture and man’s need for the sacrifice of Christ. His preaching was inspiring and direct. Early in his ministry he won the Billings Prize in Oratory and used all of the rhetorical tools of the good communicator. Billy Graham called him the greatest evangelist of the 20th century. In the face of harsh opposition, he never dipped his colors or compromised his principles.
Editor’s Note: This sermon was written and delivered during World War II. The illustrations and allusions to war belong to this time period. Maier supported the war and the troops but many liberal religious leaders opposed it strenuously.
LUKE 19:41-44 Jesus Weeping Over Jerusalem’s Defiant Ignorance by Geoff Thomas
This is one of the most misused and abused “false doctrines” based on Romans 8:28, in modern evangelical circles. (See Other Resources Below)
Answer: When a Christian utters the phrase all things work together for good, he or she is referring to a portion of one of the most quoted, claimed verses in the New Testament, Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Or, as the KJV translates it, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
God works all things together for good—both His good and our good. As God is glorified, His people benefit.
In Romans 8, Paul contrasts a life lived in selfish pursuits (the flesh) and one lived in league with, or in accordance with, God (the Spirit). He impresses upon readers that our sovereign God is all-knowing, all-wise, and all-powerful.
Those who love God can trust His goodness, His power, and His will to work out all things for our good. We journey together with Him.
The promise that God works all things together for good does not mean that all things, taken by themselves, are good. Some things and events are decidedly bad. But God is able to work them together for good. He sees the big picture; He has a master plan.
Neither does the promise that God works all things together for good mean we will acquire all that we want or desire. Romans 8:28 is about God’s goodness and our confidence that His plan will work out as He sees fit. Since His plan is always good, Christians can take confidence that, no matter our circumstances or environments, God is active and will conclude things according to His good and wise design. With this knowledge we can learn to be content (see Philippians 4:11).
The fact that God works all things together for good means God’s plan will not be thwarted. In fact, we are part of His plan, having been “called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). When we trust God and His way, we can be sure that He is active and powerful on our behalf (see Ephesians 3:20).
God knows the future, and His desires will be accomplished. “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please’” (Isaiah 46:10). Even when things seem chaotic and out of control, God is still in charge. We sometimes worry about what’s happening to us because we do not know what is best for us. But God does.
The principle of God working all things together for good is well illustrated in the Old Testament account of Joseph’s life. Early in Joseph’s life, Joseph’s jealous brothers sold him into slavery. In Egypt, Joseph rises to a position of responsibility. Then, he is unjustly imprisoned and forgotten about by his friends. God gifts him the ability to interpret dreams, and through that ability Joseph is once again raised to a place of honor and power. When drought forces Joseph’s brothers to seek food elsewhere, they travel to Egypt and encounter Joseph, who eventually saves them from starvation and grants them a livelihood in his new land.
Throughout his life, Joseph trusted God no matter his good or bad circumstances. Joseph experienced plenty of bad things: kidnapping, slavery, false accusations, wrongful imprisonment, rejection, and famine. But in the end God brought things to a wonderful, life-affirming conclusion. God blessed Joseph’s entire family through those painful circumstances and through Joseph’s faith. (You can read about Joseph’s life beginning in Genesis 37.)
Paul’s life is another testament to how God works all things together for good. Paul suffered shipwrecks, beatings, imprisonment, murder attempts, temporary blindness, and more—all within God’s plan to spread the gospel (see Acts 9:16 and 2 Corinthians 11:24–27). Through it all, God was steadfastly working to bring about good and glorious results.
After promising that God works all things together for our good, Romans 8 concludes with the wonderful fact that God trumps everything that comes against Him and those who belong to Him. The Christian is assured that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? . . . No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:35–39). God’s love is everlasting, and His wisdom is infinite. It doesn’t matter who or what attempts to thwart God’s plan; no one and nothing can. God will work all things together for the good of those who love Him. Our decision to align our will with God’s and to always trust Him will be rewarded.
Recommended Resource: The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God by D.A. Carson
Frequently Abused Verses: For What “Good” Is God Working All Things Together?
All things work together for good – Romans 8:28 Audio/MP3 by Geoff Thomas
Other Sermons to Enjoy:
Saving a Soul from Death, John MacArthur (text)
7. Luke 23:46, “And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last. (NASB)
Entonces Jesús, clamando a gran voz, dijo: Padre, en tus manos encomiendo mi espíritu. Y habiendo dicho esto, expiró. (RVR 1960)
Today we look at the SEVENTH and last thing Jesus said on the cross; “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.”
There is little to no controversy surrounding this declaration by Jesus. It is understood that Jesus is surrendering His physical body and as is the case with all humans (our spirit lives on) He is turning over His spirit to the Father.
Only Luke records these words. Luke who depended upon eye witness accounts for the writing of His Gospel in this case especially, Mary Jesus’ mother, would seem to be accurate. Yet John 19:30 was also there and only records as we saw yesterday; Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. Then we have Matthew 27:50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit and Mark 15:37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. So the Bible is wrong, right, not so fast, slow your roll different authors tell the same story differently especially to different intended audiences.
What is consistent in 3 of the four Gospels; Matthew 27:45, Mark 15:33 and in Luke 23:44-45 (ESV) It was now about the sixth hour,[a] and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour,[b] 45 while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two is the this darkness and tearing of the temple curtain.
So from the sixth hour (Noon) until the ninth hour (3 PM) there was darkness over the land. Okay put on our thinking caps for a moment where else in the bible have we seen this before? If you are flipping to Exodus 10:22-23 you are correct. God used darkness as a symbol of judgement against the Pharaoh in Egypt for the sins against the children of Israel. Here He does the same, blotting out the sun midday as to show the world their sins.
The tearing of the curtain, symbolized the tearing down of our access to God. If you remember in the Old Covenant (OT) only the Levite priest(s) and then only once annually had access to the Holy of Hollies, where God dwelt. Jesus through His torn body tears down the curtain separating us from God Hebrews 10:20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh.
Jesus at the Cross, made the ultimate sacrifice, broke down all the sin barriers between us and God and proved No Greater Love exists. Our only response is to heed the Holy Spirits call to repent and call upon Christ as Lord and Savior of our lives.
GEOFF THOMAS Alfred Place Baptist Church 24th March 2013
None of us lives for himself [for his own benefit, but for the Lord], and none of us dies for himself [but for the Lord]. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord. So then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. Romans 14:7-8 (AMP)
Porque ninguno de nosotros vive para sí, y ninguno muere para sí. 8 Pues si vivimos, para el Señor vivimos; y si morimos, para el Señor morimos. Así pues, sea que vivamos, o que muramos, del Señor somos (RVR1960)
Instead of my comments today I offer up a sermon ( so wish you could hear him preach it) from Pastor (retired) Geoff Thomas of Alford Place Baptist Church in Wales, UK. He preached there for over 50 years. I had the pleasure of hearing him preach in person on two occasion, one of which he used the line “man apart from Christ is no better than maggot dung”. Let that sink into your brain for a moment. You can not get lower than what comes out the back end of a maggot.
Not long after I began as a Volunteer Chaplain at Hancock County Jail and preaching regularly a few times a week I had the pleasure of hearing Geoff speak at a conference on “Christ the Mediator”. To say that I was impressed with his energy and commitment to the Word would be and understatement. Later he took the time to spend a few minutes encouraging me in my work for the Kingdom.