The Death of Death in the Death of Christ: The Good News of a Bloody Cross
January 3, 2014 Leave a comment
This is the fourth post with my sermon notes from the Cross Conference (CrossCon) that was held from December 27-30, 2013, in Louisville, KY. To see my other sermon notes from CrossCon, click here.
Speaker: Conrad Mbewe Key text: Romans 3:21-26
In order to relish the good news, we must first see our hopelessness and helplessness under the judgment of God. The natural fallen state of humanitiy, the “bad news”, is spiritual death. The good news we take to people as they labor under God’s judgment of death is that same God has defeated death in the death of Christ (Romans 5:12-21). We are held in bondage to death until a perfect payment has been made to God Himself. That payment is the blood of Christ.
3 S’s of Redemption: suffering, substitution, and satisfaction
Christ didn’t make redemption possible on the cross; He affected it in the lives of His people. Our death died on the cross. It didn’t faint; it died! Death has died in the death of Christ!
Jesus has entered heaven to speak to God and intercede on our behalf. Our response to this good news: faith in His blood and repentance of our self-saving attempts. Trusting in our works for salvation is the backdoor to hell. Salvation makes it possible for us to cry out with the Apostle Paul: “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:54-57).
If we believe the good news, we can’t keep it to ourselves; we want to tell it to the whole world.
Learn It. Love It. Live It.