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Abundant Grace

18,345 words in Matthew's Gospel
3040 of them or 1/6 are devoted to the crucifixion
Resurrection Sunday: How did we get here?
Last week we read about Mary’s Alabaster Offering
We read Judas betrayed Christ for 30 pieces of Silver 3800.00
We read the passover meal was prepared
Matthew 26:26–29 NKJV
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”
Matthew 27:26-
Matthew 27:26–29 NKJV
Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified. Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him. And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
We come to 27:26
On to Gethsemane
Please Pray! 3 Times
False Witnesses
In the heat of the moment Peter Denies Christ
Jesus goes to Pilate
Judas Repents and hangs himself
Jesus is examined by Pilate
Barabbas is freed
Jesus is scourged
Lead to Golgotha
Crucified and Dies
Veil of the Temple is torn
Matthew 27:51–54 NKJV
Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many. So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!”
Matthew 27:51-
Jesus is buried
Soldiers are placed
Mary and Mary go to the tomb
Matthew 28:1–6 NKJV
Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
Matthew 28:
RISEN! RISEN! RISEN! Up from the grave He arose, with a mighty triumph over o’er His foes. He arose the victor of the dark domain and He liver for ever with the saints to reign! He arose, He arose, Hallelujah Christ arose!
Do you have a solid meaning of the word GRACE
Grace is the unmerited favor of God. This doctrine of Grace is this: though man deserves God being against him, He is for us!
God’s grace is dynamic. God is the aggressor against sin and the pursuer of man. It is love in action!
Jesus came to institute the new covenant: Grace
You see in the story of the crucifixion God’s love in action. We see in the story of the resurrection God’s love in action. We have redemption because God acted on our behalf.
Jesus heals the multitude: God’s grace
Jesus forgives sins: God’s grace
Jesus changed the water into wine: God’s grace
He taught the disciples to pray: God’s grace
He demonstrated servanthood: God’s grace
Jesus took the bread, gave thanks, broke the bread and distributed the bread: God’s grace
Think about all the times in the New Testament Jesus did for others: God’s grace
Abundantly He gave, worked, sought, healed, taught: abundant grace
Grace for you and for me
Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper as a means of remembering His grace poured out on the cross
John 6:35 NKJV
And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
Why? God’s Grace
John 6:1–13 NKJV
After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased. And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples. Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near. Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do. Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.” One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?” Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.” Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.
John 6:1-
Abundant Grace: more than enough to cover your sins and mine
Revelation 3:20 NKJV
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
Abundant Grace: Jesus dined with Matthew the tax collector, Simon the leper, the woman at the well, Nicodemus, Zacheus, and He invites you to the table to experience His grace.
He is loving, He is kind, full of compassion.
His table is set and offers us participation, fellowship, Koinonia.
Matthew 5:6 NKJV
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Ephesians 2:1 NKJV
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,
Ephesians 2:8 NKJV
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
This table is a place of God’s grace. All are welcome.
From the abundance of God’s grace we have set this table today.
I want you to see Jesus, the crucified for your sins and mine.
I want you to meet the resurrected Jesus who went to war with Death Hell and the Grave and won.
I want you to taste the abundance of Christ’s gift of grace and be satisfied.
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