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12 March 2014

Sermon: Second Wednesday of Lent

12 March AD 2014

Title: Silent Innocence (MP3 Audio)

Zurbarán: Lamb of God Summary: If anyone had the right to curse His opponents, to scream invective against those torturing Him, wouldn’t it be Jesus? Guiltless, He carried the guilt of all mankind’s sin. Found innocent by Pilate, He was still sentenced to die. He was abandoned by His followers and forsaken by His Father.

However, the Son fulfilled His Father’s will, suffering silently on the cross that He might then raise the victory shout at His resurrection. He chose to bless rather than to curse, to calmly and quietly carry our transgressions rather than to damn the transgressors. His silent suffering paid the cost for our joyful songs of Easter triumph.

Text: He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.

By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people?

And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. (Isaiah 53:7-9)

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 Silent Innocence.

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 130; 1 Peter 1:17-21; John 1:29-34

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