Let's open the Bible now to the great, great gospel of Luke which has become such a treasure to us. Luke chapter 23...Luke chapter 23.
In our last message from Luke 23, we looked at verses 44 through 46, the death of the Lord Jesus Christ. And now we come to verse 47...verse 47 to 49, Responses at Calvary...Responses at Calvary. Luke gives us a very brief account of responses to the death of Christ: the response of Roman soldiers, the response of the crowd, and the response of the followers of Jesus. And it's an appropriate way to close his record on the death of Christ because each of these responses is a right response. The Roman soldiers responded as they should have. And the crowd responded as it should have. And the followers of Christ responded as they should have.
Each response, the right is unique. Together they give us the picture of the full response that should be required of all of us. Certainly fitting on a Sunday when we come to the Lord's table to consider responses to the cross of Christ. But when the Lord introduced this ordinance to us, it was not merely to recall the history of the event, but to renew the right responses. This table that takes us back to the cross is designed to elicit from us a renewed confession of sin, a renewed commitment to obedience. It is designed to elicit from us gratitude and joy. It is designed to be a testimony. In a sense, it is a full expression of worship gathering up all those components....