If you hang around Dan Phillips (@BibChr) for any time you learn a number of different things about him. His passion for the Word of God, his expository preaching, his well written articles on just about everything, and his love of the band Chicago. So needless to say this week Chicago has been galumping through the old noggin. And I think I found a cover band that does them justice.
What is sin?
1 John 3:4
Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.
So as I was driving to work of course this song comes on the radio. Now full disclosure I am not an Elton John fan but when the song stays in your head there is only one term for it. So I went looking for a unique cover and these guys did it for me. Maybe you will enjoy them too.
So my laptop died the other day and I had to replace the hard drive with a new one. I opted for a solid state drive and after I installed the drive and reinstalled the operating system I was doing my usual “Things to do after installing Xubu 16.04 LTS” when I noticed a caveat regarding solid state drives. It was a warning that solid state drives need a few extra tweaks to make it work well and long. So I have yet to do the tweaks because, well, I haven’t done this before and my natural inclination is to read about it five times and then do it around midnight.
So I am obsessing over the fine tuning, and since it is spring Mrs. Keachfan wants me to remove non-working hardware. Which everything in my little hacker heart screams no. So I will be busy this week and still try to get a few thing written.
For some of you today will be another day of labor, some of you today will be a flurry of activity consisting of new clothes and going to church. Some of you will be going over your notes making sure your sermon is ready. Some of you will be meeting in secret in fear of your lives. Some of you will still be in bed.
But consider this, because of a Sunday over 1900 years ago something changed the world. Because of this one event nothing is the same any more. Calendars are no longer in reference to cities or other events Anno Domini began. Because the tomb was empty, because the stone was rolled away nothing is ever the same.
And that is the good news. It is good news because Christ being raised was for our justification (Rom. 4:25). Christ being raised has delivered us from God’s coming wrath. (1 Thess. 1:10) Christ being raised from the dead he is now interceding for us. (Rom. 8:34) Because Christ was raised we too will be raised from the dead. (1 Cor. 6:14) Christ being raised we too will be in the presence of God. (2 Cor. 4:14) Because being raised he now rules being given authority over all things. (Eph. 1:20-22)
So today let us echo the proclaimation: Christ has risen! He has risen indeed! Amen.
Resurrection Sunday 2017
1 Peter 2:24
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
Who his own self bare our sins This form of speaking is fitted to set forth the efficacy of Christ’s death. For as under the Law, the sinner, that he might be released from guilt, substituted a victim in his own place; so Christ took on himself the curse due to our sins, that he might atone for them before God. And he expressly adds, on the tree, because he could not offer such an expiation except on the cross. Peter, therefore, well expresses the truth, that Christ’s death was a sacrifice for the expiation of our sins; for being fixed to the cross and offering himself a victim for us, he took on himself our sin and our punishment. Isaiah, from whom Peter has taken the substance of his doctrine, employs various forms of expression, — that he was smitten by God’s hand for our sins, that he was wounded for our iniquities, that he was afflicted and broken for our sake, that the chastisement of our peace was laid on him. But Peter intended to set forth the same thing by the words of this verse, even that we are reconciled to God on this condition, because Christ made himself before his tribunal a surety and as one guilty for us, that he might suffer the punishment due to us.~John Calvin Commentary
Lest, however, we should think that the patience of our Lord was intended to be our example and nothing more, the apostle goes on to speak expressly of the expiatory nature of the sufferings alluded to. He has held up the Savior in all His woes as our example, but knowing the evil tendency of skeptical minds, by any means, to becloud the cross, he now puts aside the example, for a moment, and speaks of the Redeemer as the great sacrifice for sin. The sacred writers are always very clear and distinct upon this truth and so must we be. There is no preaching the gospel if the atonement is left out. No matter how well we speak of Jesus as a pattern, we have done nothing unless we point Him out as the substitute and sin-bearer. We must, in fact, continually imitate the apostle, and speak plainly of Him, “Who His own self bore our sins in His own body on the tree.”~Charles Spurgeon
Since no one can keep the law, what is its purpose?
For by works of the law no human being will be justified in God’s sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.