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“Weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping. My eye wastes away because of grief…” Psalm 6:6–7; Here are the expressions of a grieving heart. Many people feel such grief like waves crashing on the beach, a relentless soul eroding crashing of waves.

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Expressions of grief and sorrow can bear heavily upon body and soul. Whether sorrow is the result of incidents near or far, it is taxing. Grief, sadness, sorrow, mourning, and heartache are just some of the different forms, or various levels of strain upon the afflicted heart. The poetic expression of the heart’s cry and prayer of the soul should be where a follower of Christ goes when pressed in such a manner. Psalm 31:9, “Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and my body also.”

Even so, in the dark night of the soul where a heart is crying out to God, there is the hope of future glory to rejoice in, which is beautiful. Suffering and loss will only be for a season; “His favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” Psalm 30:5

Though these measures of comfort do not always make the grief we share easier, nor do they take the evil we gaze upon away, thereby failing to make the situation better, there is at least the confident hope that suffering will only last for a moment. This is still true even if the moment spans the length of our vapor like lives; here one minute and gone the next. The suffering we share in Christ is something leading exultant rejoicing. 2 Corinthians 4:17–18, “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

This momentary affliction has an end point because of the work of Jesus Christ upon the cross. His life and death bring about justice, mercy, grace, and a restoring of the fallen world in which we live. Isaiah 53:3–4, “He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.”

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While walking with one another in Christ Jesus our Lord, let us keep our eyes upon Christ Jesus, who is unseen and eternal; remembering Christ Jesus’ sufferings, acquaintance with grief, and bearing of sorrows for those whom He loves. Remember Jesus Christ came to save from the sorrows of sin and death.

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Genesis 4:7 “…sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”

Sin wants to rule over man, making us captives. It is crouching and waiting to pounce upon every passerby, subjecting us to its cruel dominion. Like a legendary kung fu epic of the battle between good and evil, minus all the Eastern spiritualism. The lie of our flesh, the world, and the enemy veils sin’s desire to reign over it subjects with cruel hatred. In the words of John Owen, you must be killing sin, or it will be killing you.

Thanks be to God, through Jesus Christ the Lord, He has set free from sin and death any who believe in His name. The Scriptures teach sin reigning in death over people, as a cruel despot, and it is only by Christ that anyone can die to sin and live to Christ. Sin rules over people, mastering them, and until they come to serve another master, sin is their master. (Romans 6:7-23)

The personification of sin seems a little odd. Nevertheless, in the epic embodiment of sin, it appears to be more than something people do, but rather it is a cruel master that would rule over people, only paying out the wages of sin and death. Master Sin pays wages poorly and its only desire appears to be as a pouncing tiger. Ridiculous? I don’t think so, the fruit of tutelage under master sin is only shame and death—sin is an unrelenting master who pays out the only wage man deserves.

The Christian needs to actively recognize the dire significance of indwelling sin in their life and actively seek to put that sin to death. Romans chapters 6-8 are well worth the time to study in helping followers of Christ realize the continuance in sin is not an option. By faith in Jesus Christ we must actively seek to mortify indwelling sin. Subduing sin in the life of the Jesus follower is to no longer submit to the yoke of slavery that once bound us in the chains of death. Jesus has conquered sin and death, therefore we need to live life in Christ as we are—free from sin. By faith in Christ Jesus it is clear that He doesn’t pay us our due, but gives us the free gift of life in Himself.

Who is Jesus?

Posted: May 20, 2014 in Sermons
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Continuing in Colossians, a sermon that aims to communicate the supreme-magnificence of Jesus Christ.