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03 April 2015

Sermon: Good Friday

3 April AD 2015
Lent – Easter Series on Christ and Creation

Title: In the (New) Beginning: The Fall (MP3 Audio)

Creation: The Fall Summary: In Creation’s early days, Adam and Eve listened to the Tempter, followed their own desires, and cast off the image of God. They brought divine judgment and death upon themselves and all generations to follow.

When the Lord gave them opportunity to fess up, they instead passed the buck: the man blamed His wife and His God while she blamed the serpent. God blamed them all and judged each. His harshest condemnation fell on the serpent — Satan embodied — as He promised that the woman’s Seed would one day crush the Devil’s head.

Jesus came in human flesh to undo the Devil’s damage, bringing life to those dead in their trespasses and beginning the New Creation that will supplant the Old at the end of time. He accepted the blame — not for His sins but ours — and paid the price by suffering and dying on the cross. He resisted Satan’s temptations, crushed the serpent’s head, and accepted our deaths as His own.

Christ clothes us in His own righteousness, restores the image of God, grants forgiveness instead of condemnation, and promises to raise all who believe in Him to everlasting life.

Hymn: During Lenten midweek services, through Holy Week, the Vigil, and Easter morning, we will be singing With God in the Beginning as Office Hymn or Hymn of the Day. Each time we will sing two stanzas focusing on the Christology of that day’s sermon text from Genesis. The tune I chose is Auf, auf, mein Herz, known among many English-speaking Christians as the Easter hymn Awake, My Heart, with Gladness.

   Christ, for the heirs of Adam,
   Knew strife and toil and pain.
   Sent forth from bliss of heaven
   He came our lives to gain.
   This Sinless One did bear
   All of our grief and care.
   To sin He would not yield
   And by His wounds we’re healed.

   Forsaken by His Father
   He hung upon the tree,
   That He might crush the
   Tempter And set Creation free.
   Through garden’s bitter cries
   And crucifixion’s sighs
   He fought His Valiant fight
   To give dead sinners life.

      ©2003, 2015 Walter P. Snyder

Text: Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.

He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”

And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’”

But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”

And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”

He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”

The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.”

Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring [Seed]; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”

And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them. Genesis 3:1-21

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 In the (New) Beginning: The Fall.

NB: A few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio with Windows Media 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 or Psalm 31; Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9; John 18:1-19:42 or John 19:17-30

Illustration: The Temptation and Fall of Adam and Eve from Die Bibel in Bildern by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld at Wikimedia Commons.

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