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THIS MAN!

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Lord’s Day Morning, September 27, 2009

“But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool” (Hebrews 10:12-13).


Please keep your Bible open to this place. The text begins with the words “this man.” What man is this of whom the Apostle speaks? “This man” is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. “Why,” someone says, “I thought He was a spirit.” Indeed, many think He is a spirit – an ethereal ghost. The Disciples themselves thought this when they saw Him. After He rose from the dead,

“they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit” (Luke 24:37).

But Christ said to them,

“Handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have” (Luke 24:39).

To those today who think that Jesus is a spirit, we say, in the words of our text, “But this man” (Hebrews 10:12). He is called in the Scriptures,

“The man Christ Jesus” (I Timothy 2:5).

“But,” you may say, “I have heard that Jesus is a spirit.” We answer by appealing to the Apostle, who said that they speak of

“Another Jesus, whom we have not preached”
       (II Corinthians 11:4).

“Yes,” someone else says, “that is all He was. He was just a man. A great prophet, but just a man.” That is what Mohammed said but, not knowing the New Testament, he was wrong!

“But this man” (Hebrews 10:12).

“This man” is like no other man. “This man” is God in human flesh, by hypostatic union,

“For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily”
       (Colossians 2:9).

“This man,” therefore, is like no other that has ever lived – or will ever live! “This man” is Christ Jesus – the Word of God made flesh – the Second Person of the “Godhead” (Colossians 2:9).

“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one”
       (I John 5:7).

”This man” is Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity!

“In the beginning was the Word…and the Word was God…And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:1, 14).

Word of the Father,
   Now in flesh appearing!
O come, let us adore Him,
   O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
   Christ the Lord!
(“O Come, All Ye Faithful, anonymous;
   translated by Frederick Oakeley, 1802-1880).

“This man” is He of whom the Apostle speaks! Sing it!

Word of the Father,
   Now in flesh appearing!
O come, let us adore Him,
   O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
   Christ the Lord!

In our secular age, rationalists often speak of three great religions that believe in God. But we must constantly affirm that salvation comes only through “this man.” “This man” who said,

“No man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).

Why do we agree with this, which He spoke of Himself? The text gives three reasons.

I. First, this man offered one sacrifice for sins!

The text says,

“But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins…”
     
 (Hebrews 10:12).

In your imagination, go down with Christ into the Garden of Gethsemane. There in the darkness of midnight, see the Blood pouring from His sweating skin. Jesus, why are you in such agony? Why are you groaning so? Why are you tortured in this way? No human hand has yet been laid on you. Why, then, is your sweat “as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground” (Luke 22:44). We can only say that here a righteous God “hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6).

Follow Him to Pilate’s Court. See Him flogged across the back, cut to the bone, His garments dyed crimson red with Blood. Then read with amazement the prophet’s words, “and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).

Now go with Him down Via Dolorosa, bearing His Cross to Calvary’s mountain. Hear the pounding of nails through the flesh of His hands and feet. See His pain-wracked face, and hear Him cry, “It is finished,” as He bows His head and dies (John 19:30). “Tetelestai.” “It is finished.” What, Lord Jesus, have you finished? The answer comes back to us from our text – “one sacrifice for sins” (Hebrews 10:12). From Adam’s fall to the end of the world, “This man…offered one sacrifice for sins for ever” (Hebrews 10:12). Herein lies a division greater than the Grand Canyon between the false “Jesus” of the Koran and the real Jesus. The Koran says He did not die on the Cross. But the real Jesus “died for our sins according to the Scriptures” (I Corinthians 15:3).

Jesus paid it all,
   All to Him I owe,
Sin had left a crimson stain,
   He washed it white as snow.
(“Jesus Paid It All” by Elvina M. Hall, 1820-1889).

“In the Cross.” Sing it!

In the cross, in the cross,
   Be my glory ever,
Till my raptured soul shall find
   Rest beyond the river.
(“Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross” by Fanny J. Crosby, 1820-1915).

Sing it again!

In the cross, in the cross,
   Be my glory ever,
Till my raptured soul shall find
   Rest beyond the river.

II. Second, this man did not stay dead!

Look at the text.

“But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God” (Hebrews 10:12).

Say it aloud!

“But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God” (Hebrews 10:12).

If Christ had remained dead He could not be the man spoken of by the Apostle – for “this man” rose from the dead, and ascended back where He came from, to be seated at “the right hand of God” (Hebrews 10:12). This is Christ Jesus, who was

“declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead”
       (Romans 1:4).

When He rose physically from the dead,

“He shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days” (Acts 1:3).

“So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God” (Mark 16:19).

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
   The three sad days have quickly sped,
He rises glorious from the dead;
   All glory to our risen Head: Alleluia!
   Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
(“The Strife Is O’er,” authorship uncertain,
   translated by Francis Pott, 1832-1909).

Sing it!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
   The three sad days have quickly sped,
He rises glorious from the dead;
   All glory to our risen Head: Alleluia!
   Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Yet there is one more verse in our text, which takes us to the third point.

III. Third, this man is coming again!

Please read verses 12 and 13 aloud.

“But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool”
       (Hebrews 10:12-13).

Christ is coming again! Then

“they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30).

Then “his enemies [shall] be made his footstool” (Hebrews 10:13). Great Spurgeon said,

The Son of God will appear, and we know that when he shall appear he will tread his foes beneath his feet, and reign from pole to pole, and from the river even unto the ends of the earth (C. H. Spurgeon, “Christ Exalted,” The New Park Street Pulpit, Pilgrim Publications, 1981 reprint, volume II, p. 303).

Christ will descend from Heaven’s glory to the Mount of Olives, from which He ascended!

He is coming again, He is coming again,
   The very same Jesus, rejected of men;
He is coming again, He is coming again,
   With power and great glory,
He is coming again!
    (“He Is Coming Again” by Mabel Johnston Camp, 1871-1937).

“… and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30).

Sing it!

He is coming again, He is coming again,
   The very same Jesus, rejected of men;
He is coming again, He is coming again,
   With power and great glory,
He is coming again!

Christ was crucified to pay for our sins. He was dead and buried. He rose from the grave and ascended back to Glory. He is coming again and “his enemies shall be his footstool.” Make sure you are not one of His enemies. Come to Christ! Be washed clean from your sins by His Blood! Be born again by His grace! And be sure to be in church “every time the door is open.” May God help you and bless you! Amen. Sing the chorus “Living, He Loved Me”! It’s song number 7 on your song sheet.

Living, He loved me; dying, He saved me;
   Buried, He carried my sins far away;
Rising, He justified freely forever;
   One day He’s coming – oh, glorious day!
(“One Day” by J. Wilbur Chapman, 1859-1918).

(END OF SERMON)
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Scripture Read Before the Sermon by Dr. Kreighton L. Chan: Hebrews 10:9-14.
Solo Sung Before the Sermon by Mr. Benjamin Kincaid Griffith:
“One Day” (by J. Wilbur Chapman, 1859-1918).


THE OUTLINE OF

THIS MAN!

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

“But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool” (Hebrews 10:12-13).

(Luke 24:37, 39; I Timothy 2:5; II Corinthians 11:4;
Colossians 2:9; I John 5:7; John 1:1, 14; John 14:6)

I.   First, this man offered one sacrifice for sins! Hebrews 10:12a;
Luke 22:44; Isaiah 53:6, 5; John 19:30; I Corinthians 15:3.

II.  Second, this man did not stay dead! Hebrews 10:12b; Romans 1:4;
Acts 1:3; Mark 16:19.

III. Third, this man is coming again! Hebrews 10:13; Matthew 24:30.