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How to Use This Outline
The emphasis of this outline is on the exegetical material for the chosen passage. The emphasis of this sermon is on
the following issues:

        Death Doesn’t Look Like Victory
        By the Cross Jesus Disarmed the Rulers & Authorities
        By the Cross Jesus Cancelled Our Debts

The outline will need to be customised and contextualised by each Corps Officer for the congregation to whom the
sermon will be preached:

        Adding appropriate illustrations that will connect with the specific congregation
        Modifying language to be appropriate to the socio-cultural setting of the Corps
        Modifying sermon style if you prefer a topical rather than expository sermon style
        You may also wish to make the application more specific to your context.

PowerPoint slides have been provided for the following:

    1.   Title Slide – Introducing the Sermon
    2.   Scripture Slide(s) – Luke 23:26-49 (whole passage)
    3.   Scripture Slide(s) – Colossians 2:9-15 (whole passage)
    4.   Scripture Slide – Colossians 2:15 (highlight verse)
    5.   Scripture Slide – Revelation 12:10b-11a (highlight verse)
    6.   Scripture Slide – Romans 8:37-39 (highlight verse)
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Scripture
Colossians 2:9-15 (ESV)
9
  For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule
and authority. 11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body
of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised
with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And you, who were dead in
your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our
trespasses, 14 by cancelling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing
it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in
him.

Luke 23:26-49 (ESV)
26
  And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him
the cross, to carry it behind Jesus. 27 And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who
were mourning and lamenting for him. 28 But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for
me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed
are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30 Then they will begin to say to
the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ 31 For if they do these things when the wood is green, what
will happen when it is dry?”
32
   Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33 And when they came to the place
that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34 And Jesus
said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. 35 And the
people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the
Christ of God, his Chosen One!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37 and saying,
“If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the
Jews.”
39
  One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But
the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41
And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42
And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you,
today you will be with me in Paradise.”
44
  It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45 while the
sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said,
“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. 47 Now when the centurion
saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!” 48 And all the crowds that had
assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. 49 And all
his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things.
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Sermon Outline
Introduction
  1. In times of difficulty and trouble we need more than ever to have a clear view of who Jesus is. These last few
     years have furnished many reasons to make us fear; from the long list of natural disasters that have
     ransacked large portions of the world, to the dire financial situation that the world’s markets are in. When
     things get tough like this, it can be difficult to know where our footing will be secure. What can we stand on
     that will eclipse the chaos and turmoil of our lives?

  2. This Victory by the Cross series looks at the only security we really have, that Jesus has completely defeated
     the forces of evil that wage war against his kingdom. Any trouble that the devil and his forces give us now is
     only the guerrilla warfare of a defeated enemy. And God has promised to crush Satan under our feet
     (Romans 16:20).

  3. Today is Good Friday, the day we remember the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

  4. Read Luke 23:26-49; Colossians 2:9-15


Death Doesn’t Look Like Victory
  1. From whatever perspective you look at it, death doesn’t look like victory. Genesis teaches that death was a
     consequence of the fall, part of the curse. Even when someone has lived a good long life, there is still
     something wrong about death. In Ezekiel 18:32, God said “I take no pleasure in the death of anyone”! And
     Paul said that “the last enemy… is death” (1 Cor 15:26).

  2. Death is an end, an end to life, an end to opportunities for things to be different. We often use the finality of
     death as a metaphor for other things in life that are beyond hope. When our computer hardware fails, we
     say “it died”. When something really, really isn’t working, we say “it’s dead as a doornail/doorknob/dodo”

  3. Possible Illustration – In October 2011, Steve Jobs and Muammar Gaddafi both died. Many people mourned
     the passing of Steve Jobs as he was seen as a visionary leader who had brought about much change in many
     people’s lives through the work of Apple. However, Gaddafi’s death was seen in many circles as a positive
     thing because he had been a dictatorial leader in Libya, causing many people’s deaths. Gaddafi’s death also
     prevented him from having any further possibility of repentance, which is a tragedy in itself. These two
     examples reveal how we tend to feel about death; that it cuts off the goodness of life and its possibilities, and
     is a punishment for wrongs.
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       4. In the Roman Empire, crucifixion was a type of death reserved for criminals. Alongside the normal tragedy of
          death, Jesus’ death was a shameful one. “Crucifixion was a form of execution that the Romans had learned
          from the Persians. The Persians had developed a method of crucifying victims by impaling them on a pole.
          Later cultures developed different methods of crucifixion, And Rome employed several of them. By the time
          of Christ, crucifixion had become the favourite method of execution throughout the Roman Empire. Also by
          the time of Christ, Rome had already crucified more than 30,000 victims in and around Jerusalem. So crosses
          with dead or dying men hanging on them were a common site around Jerusalem And a constant reminder of
          Roman brutality. It was an emblem of suffering and shame”1.

       5. And yet, Paul says that God achieved two things by the cross: the disarming of the rulers and authorities, and
          the cancelling of our debt. How can this be?


The Disarming Of Rulers & Authorities
       1. As we have been talking about throughout this sermon series, the rulers and authorities referred to by Paul
          in this passage from Colossians is referring to spiritual forces. This verse is saying that by the cross, Jesus
          defeated all demonic powers that fight against him.

       2. The language Paul uses here to describe the disarming of the ruler and authorities derives from language for
          taking off clothing “It seems to have meant ‘to strip away from.’ It referred to taking weapons from dead
          soldiers … In this context it relates deity’s (the Father and the Son) destruction of the powers of the spiritual
          realm that was hostile to mankind. The believer’s victory is of God through Christ and by the Spirit”2

       3. Paul says that by the cross, Jesus “triumphed” over the rulers and authorities, putting them to shame. “The
          historical background to this was a triumphal parade into Rome for a victorious general (cf. II Cor. 2:14). The
          captives were marched behind him in chains. By His death on the cross and His resurrection Jesus overcame
          …hostile angelic powers”3

       4. How did God do this? How was the victory won? Revelation 12 tells us that Satan is “the accuser”. He
          reminds God of people’s sins “day and night”. Our record of sin is the weapon that Satan and his demonic
          forces use against us in the spiritual war. When Paul says that the rulers and authorities have been disarmed
          it is this weapon that he is saying God has taken away from Satan. Satan can no longer stand before God and
          accuse us of sin, because Jesus has dealt with our sin on the cross.




1
    http://www.sermoncentral.com/illustrations/sermon-illustration-brian-harvison-statistics-67231.asp
2
  Robert James Dr. Utley, vol. Volume 8, Paul Bound, the Gospel Unbound: Letters from Prison (Colossians, Ephesians and Philemon, Then Later, Philippians),
Study Guide Commentary Series (Marshall, Texas: Bible Lessons International, 1997), 33.

3
  Robert James Dr. Utley, vol. Volume 8, Paul Bound, the Gospel Unbound: Letters from Prison (Colossians, Ephesians and Philemon, Then Later, Philippians),
Study Guide Commentary Series (Marshall, Texas: Bible Lessons International, 1997), 33.
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       5. Possible Illustration – “A missionary told the story of the time he found himself face to face with a lion on the
          African plains. His companion, familiar with the area, warned him to not act afraid but to slowly back up and
          walk away. The lion roared loudly, but never made any move to attack them. Later the African explained to
          the amazed missionary that the lion pride had rejected this particular male. Old and toothless, he could no
          longer hunt or protect the other lions. Now to survive, the aged lion had to scavenge the plains for injured
          animals or scraps left behind. His roar sounded tough, but without teeth he could do little harm. The
          missionary compared this to the devil prowling around acting tough and ominous when in reality, he is weak
          and powerless. He roars loudly trying to make us feel scared and anxious, hoping we will stumble so he can
          easily devour us”4.


The Cancelling Of Our Debt
       1. Revelation 12:10-11 says that Satan was hurled out of heaven, and that the church triumphs over him “by
          the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony”. And that is also what Paul is pointing to here in
          this passage from Colossians: “And you, who were dead in your trespasses... God made alive together with
          him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by cancelling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal
          demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to
          open shame, by triumphing over them in him” (verses 13-15). Paul links the cancellation of our debt which
          God nailed to the cross, with Christ’s disarming of the rulers and authorities...

       2. Possible Illustration – “In the 4th century AD in Korea a man had two sons. The elder rose to become Chief
          Justice in the land and the younger became an infamous bandit. The elder brother loved his younger brother
          but was unable to persuade him to change his ways. Eventually the younger son was caught and brought
          before his brother, the Chief Justice. Everyone in the courtroom thought the younger brother would get off
          because it was well known that the Chief Justice loved his brother. But at the end of the trial, the Chief Justice
          sentenced his brother to death. On the day of the execution, the elder brother came to the prison and said to
          his brother ‘Let’s swap places’. The younger brother agreed thinking that once they realised that it was the
          elder brother, the execution would not go forward. On he went up on the hill to watch proceedings. His
          brother was brought out at dawn and to his horror executed. Filled with remorse, he ran down the hill and
          told the guard his name and that he was the criminal who should be executed. The guards said to him. ‘There
          is no sentence outstanding on anyone with that name’. In the same way, Christ has died for our sins so there
          is no sentence outstanding. All we have to do is to accept his death in our place”5.

       3. Everything we need to face life and all its difficulties has been provided for us by God through Jesus Christ.
          Because of the cross, there is no accusation that can stand against any who follow Jesus. Because of the
          cross, there is no attack that Satan can bring against us that will stand. Because of the cross, there is nothing
          that stands between us and the love of God. Our debt has been completely paid, we are free!




4
    http://www.haventoday.org/toothless-enemy-dv-330.html
5
    http://www.sermoncentral.com/illustrations/sermon-illustration-martin-dale-stories-substitute-3855.asp
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Conclusion
  1. Paul says in Romans 8:37-39, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved
     us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the
     future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us
     from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (NIV).

  2. This truly is the gospel. Not only has Jesus dealt completely with the sin that used to hold us back from
     relationship with God, but he has also completely disarmed Satan and triumphed over him, so that he has no
     weapons left with which to attack us.

  3. Any trouble that the devil and his forces give us now is only the guerrilla warfare of a defeated enemy. And
     God has promised to crush Satan under our feet (Romans 16:20). This means we have no reason to fear the
     forces of evil, because God is in control and he loves us.

  4. Invite people to the Mercy Seat / Response

				
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