The Expository Files

  Our Contact With His Death

Preparing a sermon recently about Jesus & People, something came to mind about the death of Christ; specifically, our contact with that history.

First, we know this. There was a necessity about the death of Christ to save sinners built into God's plan that can be best reckoned with by seeing what the Old Testament taught about atonement, about the penalty for sin being paid.

When we read the gospel accounts of the imprisonment, torture and execution of Jesus, we need to turn out thoughts with the deepest reverence to what He was willing to do for people, and then make it personal. He was stripped naked, flogged, spat on, struck in the face, subjected to mockery, pain and death - - all of that indignity He endured, so that you and I could be forgiven of lying, or evil thoughts, or any other kind of disobedience to God.

Now to the thought I had about our contact with this truth. You can watch scores of movies and hear the songs of the season all you want, perhaps to some benefit. There is nothing as powerful as reading what God has said about the death of Christ through the Scriptures. No movie maker can do a better job than the Holy Spirit. No orchestra or composer can move us like the words written by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. No forensic/medical expert can describe it better than those men who were there and who were inspired by the Spirit to tell the story.

"For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:

"Who committed no sin,

Nor was deceit found in His mouth";

who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness-by whose stripes you were healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls." 1 Pet. 2:22-25

By Warren E. Berkley
The Final Page
From Expository Files 14.12; December 2007