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Discover the Book - Mar. 23, 2008

  • 2008 Mar 23

The Promise Kept

Matthew 27


God kept His promise, He sent us Jesus to be born as God with us.

God kept His promise, He sent us Jesus to die for our sins.

God kept His promise, He sent us Jesus to rise from the dead.

God kept His promise, He sent us Jesus to give us everlasting life.

God the Promise Keeper, sent Jesus the Promise Kept!


The most climactic moment of all history is the Cross of Jesus Christ. God, who made us, watched as we turned from Him in Adam, and became incurably contaminated with sin. But the way back to Him was God’s greatest promise made to mankind. God said He wanted to be with us. Think of that, we as humans in Adam rebelled, turned away from God and caused the death of His only Son. Yet He wants to be with us and for us to be with Him forever.


This Resurrection Sunday I want you to always remember that God has Kept His Promise to make a way for us to be with Him and for Him to be with us!


Jesus is The Promise Kept.


Jesus Promised that if they destroyed the temple (His body) He’d be back in 3 days, and He was.


Jesus Promised that because He lives we shall live also!


Jesus Promised that He was the light of the World and to prove that He touched the Sun from the Cross and darkened it!


Jesus Promised that He was the Resurrection and the Life and to prove it He reached down from the Cross and touched the Centurion.


Jesus Promised that He was the one whose voice can be heard in the grave and to prove that He raised many from their graves from the Cross.


Jesus Promised that He was the truth and the life and the way to God and to prove that He split the veil in the Temple to open the way to us!


Jesus Promised that He was the creator of the earth and to prove it He reached down and touched the Earth with a Mighty Quake.


Do you know the Promise God kept?

·        His name was Jesus.

·        He was a peasant carpenter.

·        He had carried on an itinerant relief work across all of Israel.

·        Countless thousands had followed Him, heard Him and witnessed Him performing the mightiest acts ever seen on the planet in history.

·        The hungry were fed.

·        The sick were healed.

·        The dead were raised.

·        The deaf were made to hear.

·        The blind were made to see.

·        The lepers were made new.

·        The demonized were delivered.


Jesus promised He would die as God’s Lamb. That happened as a result of the greatest crime the world has ever witnessed. Christ's death took place on a cross of wood and with carpenter’s tools. It was[1] “on a skull shaped hill, on a sunny day outside of Jerusalem nearly 2,000 years ago. - MANKIND MURDERED THEIR MAKER”.


At an execution spot called Calvary in full view of thousands of witnesses, on Good Friday over 19 centuries ago was the day the Creator was crucified.


Now He hangs there seemingly helpless. Shouldn’t Christ have done something on the cross if He was powerful enough to keep all those promises He made? Was He really God the Son? Yes, and He did keep His promises even on the Cross. From the cross of wood where He was crucified with carpenters tools, the Maker of Mankind kept His promises He had made on Earth!


Before we look at them, remember the events?


·        Caught in prayer the evening before, He was arrested.

·        Betrayed by a trusted friend with a kiss He was bound and dragged off to a mock trial with phoney witnesses.

·        Beaten and mocked, spat upon and reviled He is rejected by His own and sent off to be crucified.


When Christ hung on that cross of wood for you and for me He confirmed His deity as He performed powerful signs as He kept His promises from Calvary, on the day Mankind murdered their Maker:

·        He said he was the light of the world, so He REACHED UP and touched the Sun John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

·        He said He was the way to God, so He REACHED OVER and touched the Temple. John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

·        He said He was the Creator, so He REACHED DOWN and touched the Rocks. John 1:3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

·        He said He was the Resurrection to Life, so He REACHED UNDER and touched the Graves. John 5:28-29 Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 and come forth— those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

·        He said He was One who saves His people from their sins, so He REACHED IN and touched the Centurions heart! John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 5:40 But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.


Most of these climactic events are in Matthew 27, so turn there with me and let us read this blessed text:


Matthew 27:45-54 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? 47 Some of them that stood there, when they heard [that], said, This [man] calleth for Elias. 48 And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled [it] with vinegar, and put [it] on a reed, and gave him to drink. 49 The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. 50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; 52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. 54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God. (KJV)




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[1] Much of this message is derived from an audio tape of a message preached by John Phillips 2/95 in 1st Baptist Jacksonville.

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