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29 March 2013

Sermon: Good Friday

29 March AD 2013

Theme: Buried Alive (MP3 Audio)

It Is Finished Summary: Like victims in a gothic horror story, we find ourselves buried alive, entrapped and entombed by our sin and its consequences. Trapped, we cannot dig ourselves out. We may panic, rage, or quietly accept our fate — whichever it may be, nothing we can do will fix our horrid condition.

We may not even realize our fate. Many go about taking for themselves every advantage, paying homage to false gods and only lip service to the Creator of heaven and earth. However, just as the Lord rocked Israel’s temple, so He will shake down and shatter every place of false worship.

Yet in the hour of doom, we also discover delivery. Our Lord Jesus allowed the temple of His own body to be laid to earth that He might take the sins it carried to their destruction. He was buried that He might bury our iniquities and when He rose, He led the captives free from the pit.

Coffin Text: I saw the Lord standing beside the altar, and he said: “Strike the capitals until the thresholds shake, and shatter them on the heads of all the people; and those who are left of them I will kill with the sword; not one of them shall flee away; not one of them shall escape.

“If they dig into Sheol, from there shall my hand take them; if they climb up to heaven, from there I will bring them down. If they hide themselves on the top of Carmel, from there I will search them out and take them; and if they hide from my sight at the bottom of the sea, there I will command the serpent, and it shall bite them. And if they go into captivity before their enemies, there I will command the sword, and it shall kill them; and I will fix my eyes upon them for evil and not for good.”

The Lord God of hosts, he who touches the earth and it melts, and all who dwell in it mourn, and all of it rises like the Nile, and sinks again, like the Nile of Egypt; who builds his upper chambers in the heavens and founds his vault upon the earth; who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out upon the surface of the earth — the Lord is his name.

“In that day I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen and repair its breaches, and raise up its ruins and rebuild it as in the days of old.” Amos 9:1-6, 11

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of Buried Alive, preached to the saints of God at Faith Lutheran Church, Knob Noster, Missouri.

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 22; Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9; John 18:1-19:42

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