A few days ago I recorded a special Good Friday message called "A Time to Die” that will be broadcast on American Family Radio (AFR) three times this Friday:
April 18 11:05 AM CT AFR and AFR Talk
6:05 PM CT AFR Talk
6:30 PM CT AFR
On Easter Sunday they will broadcast my message called "Going All In” on the resurrection of Jesus.
April 20 2:30 PM CT AFR Talk
Also on Sunday, you can listen an interview I did with Kim Ketola on the Cradle My Heart broadcast on how to find healing after an abortion. The program ended up being all about God’s mercy and forgiveness when we have sinned. Hope in Christ shines through every part of the program. Click on this link to listen. Here are the details:
April 20 8 PM CT Cradle My Heart Radio
Please pray that God will use these broadcasts to draw many people to Jesus. Since this is Holy Week, Christians everywhere are meditating on the death and resurrection of our Lord. But millions of people who don’t know Christ are thinking of those same events and wondering what it all means. What a wonderful opportunity to share Christ! Since these broadcasts will go out over the Internet, that means people around the world can hear the Good News of Jesus and be saved.
“There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5).
A quick check of the headlines reveals the fractured state of the world:
“Judge tells NFL and players to keep at it, with new mediator.”
“Mediator tries to broker Tribune deal.”
“President casts himself as mediator.”
“Turkey plays mediator in Libya crisis.”
Everyone needs a mediator, or so it seems.
Nowhere is the need greater than in our relationship with God. A mediator is someone who can represent both sides in an estranged relationship.
Jesus qualifies because he is God and man at the same time.
Fully God and fully man.
Because he shares our humanity, he represents us before the Father.
Because he is God incarnate, he can bear the burden of our sins.
Note that there is “one mediator” and only one between God and man. No one else can do what Jesus does. He “stands in the gap” between God and man, making peace by the blood of the cross.
When God called for Adam after the Fall, the guilty head of the human race hid because of his shame. But now we do not shrink from God, sinners though we are, because Jesus our mediator has opened the way to the Father.
If he were less than God or less than man, he could not be our mediator, much less the “one mediator” for the whole human race. But he is more than enough for this sin-stricken world. He raises his pierced hands and all accusations against us must cease. “What can ever break a reconciliation so dearly bought, so effectually made, and so firmly secured?” (John East)
When times are tough, the nights long, the days dreary, when fearful thoughts threaten to overwhelm us, when life perplexes or death alarms us, let us come with confident faith to Jesus our Lord who is exalted in heaven as our “One Mediator.”
Lord Jesus, because you are the great sin-bearer, you are all we need now and forever. Thank you for doing for us what we could never do for ourselves. Amen.
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We have put together a collection of 57 sermons for Good Friday and Easter. We hope you will use this material as your prepare sermons and Bible studies and for your own blessing as we remember the death and resurrection of our Lord.
“On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity" (Zechariah 13:1).
The Bible often uses the image of the fountain to convey the idea of being cleansed from sin. In Jeremiah 2:13 the Lord speaks with sorrow to the nation of Israel:
My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.
We find this beautiful invitation near the end of the Bible:
To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life (Revelation 21:6).
When we think of the word “fountain,” we probably have in mind a fountain in a public park that sprays water into the air. But in the Bible the word means something closer to the word “spring.” The “fountain” refers to the source of pure, clean, refreshing water.
That fountain starts in heaven at the throne of God and flows down to earth. It’s the fountain of living water that brings us eternal life. That fountain is indeed as deep as God’s mercy and as wide as God’s heart. You will never come to the end of the fountain of living water.
Revelation 7:14 dramatically changes the imagery to include the blood of Christ: “They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
From that image we get familiar gospel songs such as “Nothing but the Blood” and “Are You Washed in the Blood?” It is sometimes said that the idea of being “washed in the blood” is primitive and repulsive to the modern mind and that we shouldn’t sing songs like that. Some hymnals have even taken out all mention of the blood of Christ because it offends some people. But it is the blood of Jesus that cleanses us from every sin (1 John 1:7).
Some 220 years ago there was a man in England by the name of William Cowper. He had a nervous disposition and often struggled with bouts of severe depression. At one point he became extremely depressed, fearing that he was under the wrath of God:
“I flung myself into a chair by the window and there saw the Bible on the table by the chair. I opened it up and my eyes fell on Romans 3:25, which says of Christ, ‘Whom God has made a propitiation through faith in his blood.’ Then and there, I realized what Christ’s blood had accomplished and I realized the effects of his atonement for me. I realized God was willing to justify me, and then and there, I trusted Jesus Christ and a great burden was lifted from my soul.”
Looking back on that day, William Cowper wrote a hymn that we still sing today:
There is a fountain filled with blood
Drawn from Emmanuel’s veins,
And sinners plunged beneath that flood
Lose all their guilty stain.
Has the blood of Jesus ever been applied to your heart? Never be ashamed of the blood of Christ for that blood has opened the door of heaven.
In your kindness, Holy Father, you have made a way for sinners to be saved. Thank you for the blood of Jesus that cleanses us from every sin. Amen.
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