Sunday, May 4, 2014

May 4, 2014 | Pastor John Bayles | The Sixth Discourse: When the Son is Lifted Up | John 8:21-30

In this text we see the inclusion of statements Jesus made at some time in His ministry. They may or may not have been spoken at the same time as what has come before, but John deems them so important that he includes them here in this discourse. The death of God’s lamb. The taking away of the Holy One who will take away the sin of the unholy ones. To think that these sinners here and we sinners now will assist in the mission of Jesus most significantly. How will we they and we do it? We will contribute our sins, our selfish arrogance, our denial and rejection of Who He was and is, and the dismissal of His mission and message. All the while, as we assist in killing Him, He is being exalted, He is being lifted up in death. But not His death. The death He dies is the death of our death, our nature redeemed, our sins forgiven.