JESUS is your Substitute - 03-20-16

Series: JESUS is ___________________________

March 20, 2016
Chuck Bernal, Lead Pastor - LifePointe Church -

This message is Part 5 in Pastor Chuck Bernal’s series, “JESUS is _____________”. The message is titled, “JESUS is your Substitute”. In this message Pastor Chuck talks about how Jesus took our place and our punishment when He died for us on the cross. By looking at substitution in three different ways, we see how much God wants us, values us and loves us. This message was delivered at LifePointe Church on Sunday, March 20, 2016.

Episode Notes

Series – JESUS is ______________ Part 5: JESUS is your Substitute!

Pastor Chuck Bernal – March 20, 2016

 Jesus became our _________________ when He died on the cross

 Christ himself suffered when he died for you, and with that one death he paid for your sins. He was not guilty, but he died in the place of people who are guilty. He did this to bring all of you to God.  (1 Peter 3:18 – ETRV)

 That’s what Christ did definitively: suffered because of others’ sins, the Righteous One for the unrighteous ones. He went through it all—was put to death and then made alive—to bring us to God. (1 Peter 3:18 – Msg)

 We looked down on him, thought he was scum. But the fact is, it was our pains he carried —  our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us. We thought he brought it on himself, that God was punishing him for his own failures. But it was our sins that did that to him, that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins! He took our punishment, and that made us whole. Through his bruises we get healed. We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost. We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way. And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong on him.  (Isaiah 53:4-6 – Msg)

It was an _____________________________________  substitution!

 He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb. And this was no afterthought. Even though it has only lately—at the end of the ages—become public knowledge, God always knew he was going to do this for you. It’s because of this sacrificed Messiah, whom God then raised from the dead and glorified, that you trust God, that you know you have a future in God. (1 Peter 1:19-21 - Msg)

 This was God’s plan for all of history which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord. (Ephesians 3:11 – GWT)

 Jesus was given to you, and . . . you put him to death by nailing him to a cross. But this was God’s plan which he had made long ago; he knew all this would happen.  (Acts 2:23 – NCV)

 He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.  (Ephesians 1:9-10 – Msg)

 THE LESSON: God _____________ me so much, He planned for my salvation

 It was a ______________________________________  substitution!

 You know you were not bought and made free from sin by paying gold or silver, which comes to an end. And you know you were not saved from the punishment of sin by the way of life that you were given from your early fathers. That way of life was worth nothing. The blood of Christ saved you. This blood is of great worth and no amount of money can buy it. Christ was given as a lamb without sin and without spot.   (1 Peter 1:18-19- NLV)

 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. (Ephesians 1:7 – NLT)

 You have been purchased at a great price . . . (1 Corinthians 6:20 – Voice)

 Not one of them, though rich as kings, can ransom his own brother from the penalty of sin! For God’s forgiveness does not come that way. For a soul is far too precious to be ransomed by mere earthly wealth. There isn’t enough of it in all the earth to buy eternal life for just one soul, to keep it out of hell. Psalm 49:7-9 – LB)

 He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. (1 Timothy 2:6 - NLT)

THE LESSON: God ______________ me so much, He sent Jesus to die for me

 It was a ______________________________________  substitution!

 But think about this: while we were wasting our lives in sin, God revealed His powerful love to us in a tangible display—Jesus, the Anointed One died for us. (Romans 5:8 - Voice)

Immense in mercy and with an incredible love, God embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us . . . Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! (Ephesians 2:6,8 – Msg)

 The greatest love a person can show is to die for his friends. You are my friends . . . You did not choose me; I chose you.  (John 15:13-14, 16 – NCV)

 For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son and every one who believes in him shall not be lost, but should have eternal life.  (John 3:16 – PH)

 APPLICATION: God __________ me so much, He wants me with Him forever 

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