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Grace Baptist Church of Danville
September 13, 2015
The Scriptures nowhere assert or suggest that the Lord God looked upon and treated Christ as though he had been made sin. The Scriptures do assert that our dear Savior was made sin for us, and was therefore justly punished for our sins made his.
· Bro. Cody Henson is preaching today for Buck Mountain Baptist Church in Roan Mountain, TN, where Bro. Gary Perkins is pastor.
· I am scheduled to preach Thursday night for Zebulon Baptist Church in Pikeville, KY, where Bro. Tom Harding is pastor. Friday night and Saturday morning I am scheduled to preach for Grace Baptist Church in Dingess, WV, where Bro. Gary Vance is pastor.
· Thank You! — I appreciate, more than words can express, you who faithfully serve our blessed Savior and his cause with me. Your faithfulness, ready and willing service, and generosity do not go unnoticed. And special thanks is due to you who did so much and gave so much to meet all the needs for our conference. May God be pleased to bless our labors for much good to many, for Christ’s sake.
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Behold Your Servants, Lord — Don Fortner
(Tune: #33 — Stand Up and Bless the Lord — SM)
1. Behold Your servants, Lord,
Assembled waiting here;
Your special blessings now outpour,
Your family to cheer.
A precious Christ reveal,
Our fears remove, our faith increase,
And wounded spirits heal.
3. Your hungry children feed;
Your wanderers restore;
Give grace to help in time of need,
From Your exhaustless store.
4. Assist the preacher, Lord,
Salvation to proclaim;
Oh, let us worship You, our God,
And glorify Your name.
“O Lord, Behold My Affliction”
As a faithful pastor, Jeremiah’s heart was broken because of the woeful condition of God’s Church. The sorrows of Jerusalem were truly his sorrows. The people for whom and among whom the prophet of God labored so faithfully had rejected his counsel and despised him. The man of God, who brought God’s Word to them, they cast into a pit, and chose to hear false prophets who spoke smooth things in their ears. By their own rebellion, sin, and unbelief, the sons and daughters of Abraham brought the judgment of God upon themselves. Yet, they were Jeremiah’s beloved people still. His heart broke for the very people who had cast him into that deep, dark dungeon. As he beheld the ruins of the city of God, the prophet wept in bitterness, identifying himself with the people who despised him, taking their crimes to be his crimes. He wept with great bitterness and cried, — “See, O Lord, and consider; for I am become vile. Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the Lord hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger.”
But if we interpret these words to be only the words of Jeremiah, we must conclude that he was mistaken. If Jeremiah here speaks only as Jeremiah, in the anguish of his circumstances, the prophet must have exaggerated his grief. If we hear none here but Jeremiah, we must conclude that his words are not strictly accurate and true. That, you and I know, cannot be. We are reading the Word of God, inspired, infallible, precise, and inerrant in every word.
Without question, in this portion of Holy Scripture, Jeremiah the weeping prophet spoke as a typical representative of our blessed Savior, the Man of Sorrows, the only man who could ever truthfully use these words in an absolute sense. — “Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the Lord hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger”
Hear those words falling from the lips of our Lord Jesus Christ, and you hear them as the Spirit of God intends for us to hear them.
“O Lord, behold my affliction: for the enemy hath magnified himself…See, O Lord, and consider; for I am become vile. Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the Lord hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger. From above hath he sent fire into my bones, and it prevaileth against them: he hath spread a net for my feet, he hath turned me back: he hath made me desolate and faint all the day. The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand: they are wreathed, and come up upon my neck: he hath made my strength to fall, the Lord hath delivered me into [their] hands, [from whom] I am not able to rise up.”
That was God’s work done to his darling Son when he made him sin for us. It was his Father’s rod that afflicted him. By his Father’s hand he became vile! It was his Father who sent fire into his bones, who spread a net for his feet, and turned him back! The yoke of his transgressions (our transgressions made his) was bound by his Father’s hand, wreathed, laid upon his shoulders, and made to pierce his heart, until at last he cried, “My God! My God! Why hast thou forsaken me?”
Picture the Lord Jesus Christ hanging upon the cursed tree. There hangs the Son of God, suffering all the agonies of his Father’s righteous wrath and strict justice. He hangs yonder on Calvary’s tree as the sinners’ Substitute. He is dying the Just for the unjust that he might bring us to God! How many times have I passed by this place, “the place called Calvary,” and gone my way unmoved, unaffected? — God forgive me! Give me grace never to do so again.
Christ Made Sin
The question is simply this: whether, in the great economy of salvation, the sins of men were transferred to Christ, or the effects only. It is freely and joyfully admitted that Christ did bear, as the Surety of his people, the effects of their sin, the punishment of their guilt; but to teach that he bore this only, and to deny the translation of sin itself, is another matter, and is a grievous error and contrary to the plainest declarations of the Word of God.
The translation of sin itself to Christ, was clearly .taught under the law. It was prefigured by the sinner .laying his hands on the head of the animal intended to be sacrificed. Thus when Aaron and his sons were to be .hallowed, they were commanded to "put their hands on the .head of the bullock," which represented typically the .transfer of their sins to the animal which was thereby .counted worthy of death (Exodus 29:10-11). Still .more striking is the atonement of the scape goat, which is .a lively figure of the transfer of sin to Christ, and of his bearing it away forever (Leviticus 16:20-22).
Here, then, .we have in a figure, first, the real transfer of sin itself to Christ; secondly, the transfer of the sins of a peculiar people, even the children of Israel; and thirdly, the transfer of all their iniquities, all their transgressions, and all their .particular sins. In corroboration of this, it is worthy of .notice that the word which in the law of Moses is used for .the sin offering, properly means sin itself; so that the .victim, in consequence of the typical transfer of iniquity to it, was considered a mass of sin (Leviticus 4:21). Where the bullock is called a sin offering of the .congregation, the animal is in the Hebrew called sin itself. Also the word which is .translated trespass offering, properly signifies guilt; .because the animal typically bore the guilt of the .transgressor who brought it for an offering (Leviticus 5:6-7, 18).
But that which was .figuratively represented in the Mosaic sacrifices, is .actually exhibited in Christ, the archetype of the figures. .Wherefore, in order to effect a complete expiation, he gave .his soul, that is, an atoning sacrifice for sin, as the prophet says; so that our guilt, and consequent punishment, as it were, transferred to him, must cease to be imputed to .us.
The Grace Bulletin
September 13, 2015
Grace Baptist Church of Danville
2734 Old Stanford Road-Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438
Telephone (859) 236-8235 - E-Mail email@example.com
Donald S. Fortner, Pastor
Schedule of Regular Services
10:00 A.M. Bible Classes
10:30 A.M. Morning Worship Service
6:30 P.M. Evening Worship Service
7:30 P.M. Mid-Week Worship Service
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