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THE ASCENSION AND EXALTATION
OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Lord's Day Morning, August 29, 2010

“It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us” (Romans 8:34).


We invited you to come this morning. We went out to the malls and colleges, and streets, and invited to you to come and be with us, and share a meal with us. And you came! Thank you for coming! You are our special guests this morning!

I’m going to let you in on a secret. Nearly every time I sit down to write a sermon I seem to feel God saying to me, “Keep it simple, stupid.” It’s easy to make things hard to understand, but God wants me to “Keep it simple.” Naturally I would like you to think of me as a great scholar. But what good would that do you – or me? So, God keeps telling me, week after week, “Keep it simple, stupid.”

Therefore I want to make this short sermon as simple as possible. Even though the subject is vast and deep, I pray that it might be made so clear that even a child could understand it. Our text is Romans 8:34. Please read it aloud, beginning with the words “It is Christ that died.”

“It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us”
       (Romans 8:34).

Now that verse naturally divides into four points. It tells us four things about our Lord Jesus Christ.

I. First, it is Christ that died.

“It is Christ that died” (Romans 8:34).

Sin is not trivial, small or unimportant. Sin ruined the universe, cursed the earth, brought suffering and pain to all creation, and has damned millions to eternal punishment in Hell. Sin is not something insignificant that God could overlook and forget. It is such a monstrous evil that nothing short of the death of God’s only begotten Son could solve the problem of sin and rid His people from its hideous consequences.

It wasn’t just anyone who died in man’s place, to atone for man’s sin. “It is Christ that died” (Romans 8:34). It was only Christ, the eternal Son of God, who could pay the penalty for man’s sin, and bring sinners back into a right relationship with God the Father. The Apostle Peter said,

“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God” (I Peter 3:18).

The justice of God demands that sin must be paid for. Christ voluntarily gave Himself to be punished on the Cross to bear God’s wrath against sin in His people’s place. I do not agree with C. S. Lewis on everything, but he was right when he said,

We are told that Christ was killed for us, that his death washed out our sins, and that by His dying He disabled death itself. That is the formula. That is Christianity. That is what has to be believed (C. S. Lewis, Ph.D., Mere Christianity, HarperCollins Publishers, 2001 edition, p. 55).

Dr. John R. Rice made this clear in his beautiful song,

We have a story of love past all measure,
   We tell how sinners forgiven can be.
There is free pardon, for Jesus has suffered,
   And made atonement on Calvary’s tree.

There all the sins of the world were upon Him,
   Hung there to die as an offering for sin.
God turned His face away, Left Him to suffer,
   Paying man’s debt his redemption to win.

Sing the chorus!

Oh, what a fountain of mercy is flowing,
   Down from the crucified Saviour of men.
Precious the blood that He shed to redeem us,
   Grace and forgiveness for all of our sin.
(“Oh, What a Fountain!” by Dr. John R. Rice, 1895-1980).

That’s what the crucified Saviour does for those who come to Him by faith!

II. Second, it is Christ that rose again from the dead.

“It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again”
       (Romans 8:34).

The Apostle Peter said,

“The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree” (Acts 5:30).

The Apostle Paul said that Jesus Christ was,

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

Dr. B. B. Warfield said, “Christ deliberately staked His whole claim upon His resurrection. When asked for a sign He pointed to this sign as His single and sufficient credential” (The New Encyclopedia of Christian Quotations, Baker Book House, 2000, p. 865).

Without the physical resurrection of Christ there is no Christianity, because Christianity stands or falls with Christ’s resurrection. God raised Christ from the dead to give man the new birth and conversion. The Reformer John Calvin said, “Although we have complete salvation through His death, because we are reconciled to God by it, it is by His resurrection, not His death, that we are said to be born to a living hope” (The New Encyclopedia of Christian Quotations, ibid., p. 864). The new birth is something God does in you through the resurrected Christ. You must be born again “by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (I Peter 1:3). “He breaks the power of cancelled sin.” Sing it!

He breaks the power of cancelled sin,
   He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean;
   His blood availed for me.
(“O For a Thousand Tongues” by Charles Wesley, 1707-1788;
     to the tune of “O Set Ye Open Unto Me”).

Sing it again! That is what the risen Christ does for those who come to Him by faith! But our text goes on!

III. Third, it is Christ who is living now, seated at the right hand of God, up in Heaven.

“It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God…” (Romans 8:34).

Fifteen times the New Testament tells us that Jesus ascended back to Heaven, and is now seated at God’s right hand.

“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).

Look, ye saints! The sight is glorious:
   See the Man of Sorrows now;
From the fight returned victorious,
   Every knee to Him shall bow:
Crown Him! Crown Him! Crown Him! Crown Him!
   Crowns become the Victor’s brow.
Crowns become the Victor’s brow.

Crown the Saviour! Angels, crown Him!
   Rich the trophies Jesus brings;
In the seat of power enthrone Him;
   While the vault of heaven rings:
Crown Him! Crown Him! Crown Him! Crown Him!
   Crown the Saviour King of kings.
Crown the Saviour King of kings.

Hark, those bursts of acclamation!
   Hark, those loud triumphant chords!
Jesus takes the highest station;
   O what joy the sight affords!
Crown Him! Crown Him! Crown Him! Crown Him!
   King of kings, and Lord of lords!
King of kings, and Lord of lords!
    (“Look, Ye Saints! The Sight is Glorious” by Thomas Kelly, 1769-1855;
     sung to the tune of “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”).

Christ is seated at the right hand of God in glory! “Crown Him! Crown Him! King of kings, and Lord of lords!” Amen! “Crown Him With Many Crowns.” Sing it!

Crown Him with many crowns,
   The Lamb upon His throne;
Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns
   All music but its own!
Awake, my soul, and sing
   Of Him who died for thee,
And hail Him as thy matchless King
   Through all eternity.
(“Crown Him With Many Crowns” by Matthew Bridges, 1800-1894,
     and Godfrey Thring, 1823-1903).

IV. Fourth, it is Christ who also makes intercession for us.

Please stand and read the text one more time, Romans 8:34. Read it aloud, beginning with the words, “It is Christ.”

“It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us”
       (Romans 8:34).

“Who also maketh intercession for us.” Christ doesn’t just sit there on His throne in Heaven. He is doing many things. But the most important thing He is doing is interceding for us in prayer. In the passage Dr. Chan read before the sermon, the Bible says,

“Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25).

Christ is able to save you “to the uttermost,” forever, completely – because “he ever liveth to make intercession for” you (Hebrews 7:25). Christ can save you and keep you saved forever, “to the uttermost” – because He is alive and constantly interceding for you in prayer.

I have a Saviour, He’s pleading in glory,
   A dear, loving Saviour, though earth-friends be few;
And now He is watching in tenderness o’er me,
   But oh, that my Saviour were your Saviour too!
(“I Am Praying for You” by S. O’Malley Clough, 1837-1910).

How we are praying that you will come to Jesus!

“It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us”
       (Romans 8:34).

Come to Christ by faith and He will pardon your sins, and save you forever! Amen.

(END OF SERMON)
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Scripture Read Before the Sermon by Dr. Kreighton L. Chan: Hebrews 7:23-27.
Solo Sung Before the Sermon by Mr. Benjamin Kincaid Griffith:
“Look, Ye Saints! The Sight is Glorious” (by Thomas Kelly, 1769-1855).

THE OUTLINE OF

THE ASCENSION AND EXALTATION
OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

“It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us” (Romans 8:34).

I.   First, it is Christ that died, Romans 8:34a; I Peter 3:18.

II.  Second, it is Christ that rose again from the dead, Romans 8:34b;
Acts 5:30; Romans 1:4; I Peter 1:3.

III. Third, it is Christ who is living now, seated at the right hand
of God, up in Heaven, Romans 8:34c; Mark 16:19.

IV. Fourth, it is Christ who also makes intercession for us,
Romans 8:34d; Hebrews 7:25.