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Here’s the outline and audio for my Good Friday (2024) sermon, preached at Cross of Christ Fellowship.

GOOD FRIDAY 2024: 2 Tim 1:10 (1:8-12)

INTRO: What’s so GOOD about GOOD FRIDAY?
         –ANSWER: It is good because of what Jesus did on that day. He died on a cross.
                     -Through his death on a cross, Jesus abolished death for us.
                                 -This is tbe GOOD NEWS of good Friday: through his death, Jesus abolished death for us!
-Tonight and Easter Sunday
we will be look at one verse from apostle Paul’s 2nd letter to Timothy

        2 Tim 1:10: our Savior CHRIST JESUS abolished death and brought life and immortality to light.
                    –TONIGHT: We consider ‘abolished death,’
                    –EASTER: “brought life and immortality to light
                                            3 QUESTIONS:
1. What does it mean? 2. How did Jesus do it? 3. Why would Jesus do this?

1 What does it mean that Jesus ‘abolished death’?
-OBJECTION: People still die… (150k per day, 106 every minute, 2 every second)
        -How can apostle Paul say, ‘Jesus abolished death’?
                    -What does it mean that Jesus ‘abolished death’?

1. Physical Death:
we physically die.
        -Death is not natural, but is a consequence of first parents’ sin and ours: Gen 2:17; Rom 6:23
                    -When Adam and Eve sinned, the penalty was physical death.
                                -Mercifully, God allowed them to live a number of years before they physically died.
                                            -EVERYONE of us will experience a physical death (unless Jesus returns before)
2. Spiritual Death: spiritually dead.
        -Spiritual death shows itself in lacking spiritual life in our souls and our enslavement to sin Eph 2:1
                    -We are dead to God, we choose what is evil and selfish, we lacking spiritual life
                                -EVERYONE comes into this world spiritually dead
3. Second Death: eternal death in hell.         -After death, some will experience the second death of hell (Revelation 2:11)
                    -After Jesus judges the world some will experience this eternally.
                                -SOME will experience a death that is unending: the SECOND DEATH.

_____________What does it mean that Jesus ‘abolished death’???
1. Jesus abolished physical death for us
        -For those who believe, physical death has “lost its sting”: 1 Cor 15:54-57
                    JOHN GILL:
he has abolished [physical] death with regard to his people, as a penal evil, he has took away its sting, and removed
                                            its curse, and made it a blessing to them
                    -For Christian, physical death is not be feared, because we will be with Jesus (Phil 1:21-23)
                                -We all still physically die, but we see that it is not something we need fear.
                                            -Jesus abolished the penalty of physical death for us.
2. Jesus abolished spiritual death for us
-Jesus absorbed the physical and spiritual penalty for us
                    -Jesus cried out ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ (Mark 15:34)
                                -Jesus took the spiritual punishment for us on the cross: weight of our sin and guilt
        -When you become a Christian, you experience a spiritual RE-BIRTH
                    -Christians are spiritually alive, and will never die
                                -You have eternal life already, and it will continue after physical death.
                                            -Jesus abolished spiritual death for us.
3. Jesus abolished the second death for us
        -Jesus took our hell for us on the cross
                    -‘Propitiation’=sacrifice that absorbs the righteous anger of God: Hebrews 2:14-17
                                -Those who believe in Jesus will not experience the ‘second death’ of hell.
        -David defeated Goliath and Israel shared in the victory
                    -Jesus defeated death and his people share in the victory.
                                -DEATH is like a Goliath to us all, we cannot overcome it, but Jesus did for us!
SUMMARY: What does it mean that Jesus abolished death?It means Jesus brought about a true and real defeat of death for his people: (we still die physically, but don’t fear), we can be made spiritually alive, and can avoid second death (no hell).

2 How did Jesus “abolish” death?
When David defeated Goliath, how did he do it? (1 Sam 17:45-47).
        -God gave David victory in unexcepted way: 1 Sam 17:48-51.
When Jesus defeated death, how did he do? (guns, bombs, armies?)
         -God gave us victory over death in an unexpected way: Jesus abolished death by dying.
QUESTION: How does a Jesus’ death bring about the abolition of death for us?
-Signification of words or actions depend on context and speaker
        -“I do” (Different from in fast food restaurant and at Wedding Altar)
                    –Gavel Pounding (Different from toddler toy and supreme court judge)
                                –Death (Criminal and Savior of the World)
-The DEATH of Jesus was an ATONING DEATH made by a SAVIOR
-Note that Paul speaks of Jesus in 2 Tim 1:10 as “SAVIOR Christ Jesus”
                    -The identity of Jesus is that of one who SAVES a people who are in need of deliverance
-Jesus’ death was a ‘Once and For All Death’: Hebrews 9:26b
-The death of Jesus sufficiently dealt with our sins and punishment for sin, which is death
        -Death was the death of Jesus, who is the mediator between God and Man 1 Tim 2:3-6
-Mediator stands between two parties and is able to bring about reconciliation
        -Jesus’ death was a ransoming death Matt 20:28
-We were captive to sin and Satan, but the ransom price of his Jesus satisfies God’s justice
-Jesus’ death was a death “FOR” his people: Rom 5:6-8
-Jesus was not dying for his sins, but ours!

SUMMARY: How did Jesus abolish death?
àJesus abolished death through his atoning death for us

3 Why would Jesus do this?
What is the motivation? LOVE        -John 10:15
                    -John 15:13

-The abolition of death accomplished by Jesus was the supreme act of love for sinners!
         -God loves us, that is why Jesus abolished death for us.

        -By coming to Jesus in faith: John 3:16
-Believe on Jesus and you will be rescued from DEATH.

Good Friday is truly GOOD because of this GOOD NEWS: Jesus abolished death for us!

Isaiah 25:7-8
And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. 8 He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken.

By Tom Schmidt

Christian, husband of Rach, Church Planter,musician,

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