You Will Die Sermon Outline
- Strange, epic, historic Easter…church doors closed, yet more people will hear about Jesus in a single day than on any other day in the history of the world.
- 3 sentences everyone could agree on for common ground, (with a biblical explanation given for why Christianity says that’s true), a question that brings all three statements together, and an old story that answers the question.
Statement #1: Death is imminent, inevitable, and universally feared.
- Biblical Explanation: You and I were made for life, not death.
Statement #2: Jesus is the most popular human in history.
- Biblical Explanation: Before Jesus was a baby, He was a KING
Statement #3: Humans have an unquenchable thirst for ROYALTY
- Biblical Explanation: You were made BY a King, FOR a King
The Key Question:
How is Jesus being King good for me in a world filled with death?
The Story: David and Goliath, I Samuel 17:41-51
- Battlefield Context: In representative combat, the destiny of Israel was bound up in the destiny of it’s champion. The future of an entire nation would ride upon the actions and bravery and courage and prowess and skill of a single warrior.
- Big Idea: in order for God to save his people, He had to send a WARRIOR SAVIOR to fight in their place. God does not save his people through motivation or inspiration or emulation, he saves them through IMPUTATION.
The Sermon: Peter’s First Sermon, Acts 2:22-41
- The Big Reveal: God sent Jesus Chris as the Warrior Savior Champion to not just symbolically fight for us, but to legal represent us and fight as us. His destiny would become our destiny. His victory became our victory. He doesn’t save us through inspiring us to be better people (motivation), he saves us through winning a victory we had no hope of winning (imputation)
- The Bid Gospel Idea: Jesus went down into the valley of death to fight our Goliaths…
- our sin (in word, thought, and deed)
- our death (the result of our sin)
- our judgement (the eternal damnation from God for payment).
When David walked up out of the valley of death holding the head of Goliath, everyone knew there was a new King in town. And when Jesus walked out of the shadow of the tomb having crushed the head of the serpent, the whole world was put on notice…there’s a new King in the heavens!
The question is not, “Is Jesus King?” When you rise from the dead, you settle that question. He most certainly is. The only question remaining is simply this…is He your king?
How Jesus Feels About Death: John 11:1-2
- Jesus advanced on Lazarus’s tomb like a warrior going to battle. This was about much more than mourning the loss of a friend; Jesus had an appointment with death.
Jesus called Lazarus out of his tomb of stone and He’s calling many of you out of your tomb of sin right now.
Jesus came out of his grave so you could come out of yours.
Jesus went down into the valley of death so you could come out of death into life.
It may be that God has orchestrated all recent global events to strip away your distractions and reveal your false kings so he could in this moment reveal to you the hope available to you in the Warrior King, Jesus Christ.
Quotes referenced in sermon:
“I am an historian, I am not a believer, but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history.” — H.G. Wells, British author (1866-1946)
“As the centuries pass, the evidence is accumulating that, measured by His effect on history, Jesus is the most influential life ever lived on this planet.” — Historian Kenneth Scott Latourette
“What John tells us in this story, pointed fact, is that Jesus approached the grave of Lazarus not in a state of uncontrollable grief but of irrepressible anger. Why at the sight of Lazarus tomb and family grief enraged Jesus? In some ways his anger and tears seem inappropriate. He knows full well what he’s about to do, to turn their weeping and mourning into laughter and dancing. Why the fury? Why not lighthearted and kidding as he approaches the tomb? The spectacle of the distress of Mary and her companions enraged Jesus because it brought poignantly home to his conscience the evil of death, it’s unnaturalness, it’s violent tyranny on those he loved. In Mary’s grief, he contemplates the general misery of the entire human race and burns with rage against the oppressor of men. Inextinguishable fury seizes Jesus and his whole being is discomposed and perturbed. It is death that is the object of his wrath, and behind death him who has the power of death and whom he has come into the world to destroy with his own death. Tears of sympathy may fill his eyes, but these are incidental. His soul is held with rage, and he advances to the tomb as a champion prepared for conflict. What John does for us in this particular statement is to uncover for us the heart of Jesus as he wins for us our salvation, not in cold unconcern, but in flaming wrath, Jesus smites on our behalf. He has not only saved us from the evil that oppresses us, he has felt for and with us with our oppression, and under the impulses of these feelings he has wrought out our redemption.” BB Warfield:
Verses on Salvation
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16
“And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Acts 2:21
“And they asked Peter, “Sir, what must I do to be saved?” And he replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” Acts 16:30
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:23
“We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin[b] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” II Corinthians 5:20-21