A Tribute to Christ
27 September 2020 AM – Titus 2:14 – Tit20 – Scott Childs
Introduction: People give tributes to all sorts of heroes, including dads, mums, teachers, and those who risk their lives to help others, but the one who deserves the greatest tribute of praise is Jesus Christ.
Transition: We owe a tribute to Christ for two reasons.
We Owe a Tribute to Christ for WHAT He did.
a. He gave Himself for us.
1) As sinners, we can do nothing to fix our hopeless condition. A New Year’s resolution will never fix our bent to sin. Doing penance will never change our sinful hearts.
2) We sin because we are sinners. We were born sinners. Jeremiah 17:9 reminds us that, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?“
3) No one is except from the curse of sin. (Ecclesiastes 7:20) “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.” (Romans 3:10) “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:“
4) Our only hope is for an eternal, sinless substitute to pay the debt of our sin and give us a new heart. Jesus Christ, God the Son, gave Himself to die for us. That is amazing. (Galatians 1:4) “Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father.” (Galatians 2:20) “[Paul] I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Ephesians 5:2) “And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.” (1 Timothy 2:6) “Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.“
5) Jesus came to earth for one reason, (John 3:17) “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” That includes you!
b. He gave Himself for us.
1) It is important that we do not miss this. The Jews did not kill Jesus. Pilate did not kill Jesus. The Roman soldiers did not kill Jesus. He gave Himself for us.
2) God the Son left heaven for us. (Philippians 2:7-8) “But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.“
3) Jesus said, (John 10:15) “As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.” (John 10:18) “No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” Speaking to Pilate, (John 19:11) “Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.“
Truly, we owe a tribute of praise to Christ for what he did.
We Owe a Tribute to Christ for WHY He did it.