A Sermon in Song based on the Hymn:
Jesus Paid It All
How Much Will It Cost?
This question has been asked by each of us. When we consider buying something, the question always crosses our minds. Cost is a relative subject. “You get what you pay for” is a statement that is often heard. “Quality is very seldom discounted.” A story from the life of David is a good illustration.
David had come to Jerusalem to worship. He offers to buy Araunah’s threshing floor as a place to sacrifice burnt offerings to God. The response of Araunah to David, although commendable, was unacceptable to David. He wanted to give David a place to offer the burnt offerings, the offerings themselves, and the instruments needed. It was David’s response to the gracious offer that is significant. David refused to accept the gifts. “No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” (2 Samuel 24:22) David was determined to pay the full price. How does this apply today to the spiritual realm? Spiritual truth and spiritual blessings are never discounted.
“Jesus Paid It All”
He died as an offering for sin.
- (2 Corinthians 5:21) “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
- (1 Peter 1:18-20) “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.”
The law of sin and death than began with Adam and Eve . . .
- (Genesis 2:16 – 17) “And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”
. . . is now broken by Jesus
- (Romans 8:1-3) “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering.”
He Paid a Debt
I Will Sing of My Redeemer – “Paid the debt and made me free”
Gone is All My Debt of Sin
Lord, I Believe – “our Lord, Redeemer paid the bitter cost”
O the Depth and the Riches – “the debt for my sins by the Savior was paid”
Salvation Has Been Brought Down – “Jesus paid it all”
Sweet Peace – “my debt by His death was all paid”
Tell Me The Story of Jesus – “Love paid the ransom for me”
“All to Him I owe”
Paul makes it clear that when a person comes to Jesus in faith, and experiences the new birth, that individual no longer lives as he or she once did.
- (Romans 6:3-7) “Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin– because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.”
- (Galatians 2:20) “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Boundless Love – “Jesus my Lord, Yes I owe”
Majestic Sweetness – “to Him I owe my life and breath”
O Lord of Heaven and Earth and Sea – “we owe Thee thankfulness”
Praise the Savior, Ye Who Know Him! – “who can tell how much we owe Him?”
When This Passing World Is Done – “how much I owe”
“SIN HAD LEFT A CRIMSON STAIN”
Sin brings guilt. Sin brings bondage. Sin brings consequences which are not good. Sin is set in Scripture as an antithesis, or in opposition to something else. Darkness (sin) is contrasted to light (holiness).
- Lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:18-21 is contrasted to fruit of the spirit (Galatians 2:22-23)
- Hell (darkness) is contrasted to heaven (Matthew 25:30; Revelation 21:23, 25)
Come To Jesus – “though your sins as crimson glow”
Grace Greater Than Our Sin – “flowing a crimson tide”
I Hear The Savior Say – “sin had left a crimson stain”
Though Your Sins Be As Scarlet – “though they be red like crimson”
“HE WASHED IT WHITE AS SNOW”
- (Isaiah 1:18) “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”
- (Acts 2:38) “Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
- (Acts 22:16) “And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.”
Are You Washed in the Blood? – “white as snow”
I Shall Know Him – “robe of spotless white”
Nothing But the Blood – “flow makes me white as snow”
O Think of the Home Over There – “robed in garments of white”
On The Cross of Calvary – “it washes white as snow”
Sowing the Seed – “a harvest pure and white”
Thou Art Worthy – “In white robes arrayed”
How Much Will It Cost To Be A Disciple of Jesus? – Listen to his answer!
- (Luke 9:23, 24) “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.”
- (Matthew 10:37-39) “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”
Sermon in Song prepared by Paul Brown (1929-2017)