Preacher's Pulpit               Dr. Joe Tims

TEXT: Isaiah 53:1-12

SUB: The Day Jesus Died

Introduction:
Memorial Day is a day to honor no only those who have died on the Battle Field, but also personal remembrance of family and friends.

There are flowers on graves, visits to commentaries and Church services.

It is a day marked with dignity, reflection and seriousness.

However, to most Americans its the day that signals the beginning of Summer with a three of four day holiday.

But today I tell you of a death like no other death that needs never to be forgotten.

It is the day the Savior of Sinners died!

There shall never be another day like this day - the day Jesus died for sinners!

Three things I would call your attention to:

I. IT WAS A DAY OF DARKNESS

 A. It was a dark day for all unbelieving sinners.

(Luke 23:34)  "Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots."

 B. It was a dark day for Judas Iscariot who went out into eternity lost forever!

(Acts 1:25)  "That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place."

 C. It was a dark day for God the Father as He turned His back on His only begotten Son.
 
(Mat 27:46)  "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?"

II. IT WAS A DAY OF WRATH UPON JESUS FOR OUR SINS

(Isa 53:1-6)  "Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? {2}For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. {3}He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. {4}Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. {5}But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. {6}All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all."

 A. God brought judgement upon the Lord Jesus Christ for the sins of every sinner.

 B. He who knew NO SIN was made SIN for US!

III. IT WAS A DAY THAT GOD PROVIDED A SAVIOR FOR EVERY BELIEVING SINNER

 A. The MORAL sinner - Nicodemus

(John 3:16)  "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

 B. The IMMORAL sinner - Woman at the Well

(John 3:17)  "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."

 C. The BELIEVING sinner - Paul

(John 3:18)  "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."

CONCLUSION:    The most infamous act ever performed by mankind was the act of crucifying the Savior.  But had it not been for the shed blood on Calvary sinners could not be saved . . . (1 John 1:7-9)  "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. {8}If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. {9}If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."  Is He your Savior? Have you been to Calvary by faith? Memorial day remembrance is nothing without remembering . . . Jesus died for you and for me that we might be SAVED!

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