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You Are Redeemed (Mark 14:12-16)Gary McManus, March 20, 2016
Part of the Mercy series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Palm Sunday Mark 14:12-16 (p. 1007 / p.1019)
The reading from God’s word today
is not the usual reading for Palm Sunday.
We are focusing on the REASON for Jesus’
going to Jerusalem.
WHY WAS Jesus going to Jerusalem:
WE know it was to fulfill scripture—to die.
What did everyone know?
Jesus and the disciples were going to Jerusalem
to celebrate the Passover.
Passover is a party of remembrance.
Passover is an anniversary party.
For ancient peoples, parties meant eating meat.
See Exodus 12:14, Exodus 13:3, Deuteronomy 16:3.
“Redemption” is a marketplace term.
It has to do with money and buying back.
Think of a pawn shop.
Passover was a celebration for God’s people
who were in slavery in Egypt leaving the Egyptians
and going back to their owner who is the Lord God.
HALF the times God is called redeemer are
- IN the BOOK of the prophet ISAIAH:
Isaiah 41:14, Isaiah 43:14, Isaiah 44:6, Isaiah 44:24
Isaiah 47:4, Isaiah 48:17, Isaiah 49, Isaiah 49:26
Isaiah 59:5, Isaiah 60:16, Isaiah 63:16
Here at this Lord’s table is a reminder
It is an anniversary dinner.
Jesus said: “This is my body. . .
this is my blood. . . .for you. . .for sin.
We have been in sins grip.
People today are not sure of that but
Jesus was sure of that fact.
God wanted His people back from the grip
of sin. God wants us in God’s hands.
We are either serving Satan and slave to him
or we are serving God servant to God.
There is no third option.
God getting us back doesn’t mean that we
won’t sin anymore but the power of sin is broken.
If the pawnbroker has received the redemption money,
it means your object won’t go out the door.
It may sit in the pawn shop another day until you pick it up.
God’s word speaks of God buying us back all the time.
Psalm 130:8, Titus 2:14 (Today’s statement of faith.)
1 Peter 1:18-19 (lamb) Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:14
“In whom we have redemption through his blood. . .”
(KJV only). . .
You are redeemed. You have been bought back.
The redemption price has been paid. Amen.
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12 And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, “Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 13 And he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him, 14 and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15 And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us.” 16 And the disciples set out and went to the city and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover. (ESV)