2007-08-10 Sacrifice and judgment

Passage Matthew 16:21-28:

Jesus Predicts His Death


21 From then on Jesus[a] began to tell his disciples plainly that it was necessary for him to go to Jerusalem, and that he would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day he would be raised from the dead.

22 But Peter took him aside and began to reprimand him[b] for saying such things. “Heaven forbid, Lord,” he said. “This will never happen to you!”

23 Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”

24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. 25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. 26 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?[c] Is anything worth more than your soul? 27 For the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of his Father and will judge all people according to their deeds. 28 And I tell you the truth, some standing here right now will not die before they see the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom.”

Footnotes:
Matthew 16:21 Some manuscripts read Jesus the Messiah.
Matthew 16:22 Or began to correct him.
Matthew 16:26 Or your self? also in 16:26b.


Passage 2 Corinthians 5:9-15:
9 So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him. 10 For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.
We Are God’s Ambassadors

11 Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this, too. 12 Are we commending ourselves to you again? No, we are giving you a reason to be proud of us,[a] so you can answer those who brag about having a spectacular ministry rather than having a sincere heart. 13 If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. 14 Either way, Christ’s love controls us.[b] Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life.[c] 15 He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.

Footnotes:
2 Corinthians 5:12 Some manuscripts read proud of yourselves.
2 Corinthians 5:14 Or urges us on.
2 Corinthians 5:14 Greek Since one died for all, then all died.


Passage Hebrews 9:25-28:
25 And he did not enter heaven to offer himself again and again, like the high priest here on earth who enters the Most Holy Place year after year with the blood of an animal. 26 If that had been necessary, Christ would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But now, once for all time, he has appeared at the end of the age[a] to remove sin by his own death as a sacrifice.
27 And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, 28 so also Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.

Footnotes:
Hebrews 9:26 Greek the ages.


What are the benefits for Christ and for us of his “once and for all sacrifice”?

What impact did his sacrifice have on the power of sin?

In each passage we learn that everyone, both Christians and non-Christians will face the judgment seat of Christ after they die.

Why is Jesus upset with Peter?

what does Paul tell us is the goal of the Christian life?

On what does Christ tell us his judgment will be based?

Since Christ died once for every sin (past, present and future) of his chosen people, what will be the difference on the day of judgment for Christians and non-christians?

How does laying hold of this fact in faith/trust change both our desire and our ability to live a life that is pleasing to Christ? (2 Cor 5:14-15)?

[written by Kelly Guy]

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