With gladdened hearts, members of PENSA-KNUST gathered on this glorious Sunday, the 24th February, 2019 to have fellowship and as well dine with Christ. The church was privileged to be ministered unto by Pastor Stephen Boakye Yiadom on the topic: Proclaiming His Death. His main scripture references were taken from Isaiah 53:10-12 and 1 Corinthians11:26.
He commenced the sermon by saying that our captivity was so strong, nothing other than the blood of Jesus could free us from it. We were so entangled in sin and our forefathers in their attempt to be righteous engaged in all kinds of activities and rituals. He further explained that our forbearers thought prayers, offerings and/or living by the law could save man from sin, but what they failed to understand was that, our captivity was a spiritual one.
The speaker, Ps. Stephen Boakye Yiadom, continued by giving an account of the death of Christ and said that, although Jesus was not for sale, He had to be sold for 30 pieces of silver. And though He was powerful and mighty, He was bruised and destroyed; because it was God’s will (Zechariah 11 and Isaiah 53:10). He further propounded that, the death of Jesus is the reason we are gathered together as believers and not because of the miracles or the prophecies that came concerning Him. Christ was accused of three things namely;
- Subverting the law
- Forbidding people to pay taxes to Caesar and,
- Proclaiming He was the king or the expected Messiah.
He helped the church understand that, the people of Israel were more furious about the third accusation because they had their own expectations of who the Messiah should be and what He would do for them. They expected that He would take them out of their current predicament of Roman rule, be their king and lead them to prosperity. Moreover, kings are born in palaces or come from a particular line of descent; thus their failure to accept Jesus as Messiah.
The speaker, in helping the congregation appreciate more the death of Christ, took the church through Jewish history, where he stated that, in the Jewish tradition, before anyone was tried, it had to be done in the presence of a jury of 23 members who would judge the case and witnesses questioned separately and not before the accused. Moreover, if anyone’s actions deserved a capital punishment, it shouldn’t be done on a festive day or season. Again, within Jewish tradition, cases took a week before accused persons were tried. However, in the case of Jesus, His accusations were not only unofficial but was He was arrested and tried in the evening and was crucified the next day.
The minister, Ps. Stephen Boakye Yiadom, getting to the latter part of his sermon gave the church some reasons why Jesus had to die. Because:
- He died to accomplish God’s plan (Isaiah 53:10-12)
- He died so that He can have many descendants – us. We are the reason for His death.
- His death has counted us as righteous people which means we are the saints of Christ.
- He died to bear our sins and today we are sinless (Isaiah 53:12).
- He was given the highest honor after his death
- He is the commander-in-chief of our Christian walk
He also enlightened the church on how to proclaim the death of Christ for which he said that whenever we partake of the Lord’s Supper – eat the bread and drink the wine – we are proclaiming his death adding that it meant we believe in the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. Anyone who does not partake in the activity confirms their unbelief of Jesus’ death and resurrection. He added that another way to proclaim the Lord’s death is by bearing His marks. He used Philippians 2:5 as scripture reference and admonished the church that humility is key in our journey. Just as Jesus humbled himself, we should also learn to humble ourselves no matter who we are or the power we wield.
In his concluding remarks, he cautioned that, if anyone of us does not know anything, the fellow should humble himself and learn it as it will lead them to greater heights in all spheres of life. He finally stated that humility meant “suffering today and enjoying tomorrow”.
May the Lord bless His word!
(WRITTEN BY THE EXCERPTS CREW OF THE EDITORIAL COMMITTEE)