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Sermon Notes: Good Friday - 4/15/22

THIS MUCH

“Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.”

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭4:8‬ ‬‬

“Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?””

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭4:9‬ ‭

‬‬ “And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground.”

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭4:10‬‬‬

God said, "The voice of YOUR BROTHER’S BLOOD CRIES OUT TO ME from the ground.”

Moses didn’t record the exact words that the blood said. Moses didn’t record the exact sound that was heard, but what Moses recorded was enough.

As God recounted to Moses what took place on that dreadful day. As God relived that moment in Moses’s presence, God said something so powerful, yet often overlooked. God let’s us know that…

BLOOD HAS A VOICE.

"THE VOICE of your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.”

One can’t help but to think that since the voice of Abel’s blood cried out to God, how much more did the blood of Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, cry out to the Father for you. God said THE VOICE of YOUR BROTHER’S BLOOD CRIES OUT TO ME from the ground.

Since BLOOD HAS A VOICE, I can’t help but to think to myself…

WHAT DID THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST SAY TO US ON THAT DAY?

“When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭22:14-15‬

‬‬ “And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.””

‭‭Luke‬ ‭22:19‬ ‭

‬‬ “In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, WHICH IS POURED OUT FOR YOU.

‭‭Luke‬ ‭22:20‬‬‬

Jesus said I’m not just going to bleed a little. It’s not just going to be a few drops and scratches like some pictures depict. No! I’M GOING TO POUR OUT ALL OF MY BLOOD—FOR YOU.


“As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside privately and told them what was going to happen to him.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭20:17‬

““Listen,” he said, “we’re going up to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence him to die.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭20:18‬

“Then they will hand him over to the Romans to be MOCKED, FLOGGED with a WHIP, and crucified…

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭20:19‬ ‬‬

Jesus told them what was going to happen to him. He knew what was coming and He still went. He knew what was coming but He still left Heaven to come to earth just for you.

Then in John 19:1, it happened just as Jesus said it would.

“Then Pilate had Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip.”

‭‭John‬ ‭19:1‬ ‭

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This cup is the new covenant in my blood, WHICH IS POURED OUT FOR YOU.

“I offered my back to those who beat me and my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard. I did not hide my face from mockery and spitting.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭50:6‬

"But many were amazed when they saw him. His face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human, and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man.” Isaiah‬ ‭52:14‬‬‬

“Who has believed our report?…

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭53:1‬‬‬

Who could wrap their minds around the things that Jesus Christ would go through just for us? Who will believe in an agape love like this that comes with no strings attached? Who would believe this report?

“My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭53:2‬

‬‬ “He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭53:3‬

“Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins!”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭53:4‬

‬‬ “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭53:5‬

As He was wounded. As He was bruised. As He was chastised. He did it for us. He poured out His blood for us.

God told Cain…

The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to me FROM THE GROUND.

Since this was true of Cain, how much more is this true for the blood of Jesus Christ? The same way that Abel’s blood cried to God from the ground, is the same way that Jesus’s blood cried out to us from the whipping post.

The same way that Abel’s blood cried to God from the ground, is the same way that Jesus’s blood cried out to us from the streets of Jerusalem as He attempted to carry His cross. Just as Abel’s blood cried to God from the ground, is the same way that Jesus’s blood cried out to us from the crown of thorns that they placed on HIS HEAD. Just as Abel’s blood cried to God from the ground, is the same way that Jesus’s blood cried out to us from the 7 inch nails that were driven through HIS HANDS. The voice of Jesus’s blood cried out to us from THE CROSS, and here’s what I hear it saying…

THIS MUCH.

I love you THIS MUCH.

I want to be with you so bad throughout all eternity THIS MUCH.

I believe in you THIS MUCH.

I desire for you to be forgiven THIS MUCH.

My every action cried out, I love you THIS MUCH. With every nail, with every slap, with every whipping, with every hair that they pulled out of my beard, that was me telling you I LOVE YOU THIS MUCH.

Yet you say you’re worthless.

Yet you say you’re not enough.

Yet you say you’re not forgiven.

Yet you say you’re useless.

Yet you say you’re not sure if you believe.

Yet you say, nobody loves you.

If that was the case, WHICH IT’S NOT, but if it were the case, MY LOVE FOR YOU WOULD BE ENOUGH.


“Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:7‬

‬‬ “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:8‬

It was at the cross where Jesus demonstrated this love.

“Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.”

‭‭John‬ ‭19:25‬

“When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!””

‭‭John‬ ‭19:26‬

“Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.”

‭‭John‬ ‭19:27‬ ‭

‬‬ “After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!””

‭‭John‬ ‭19:28‬

‬‬ “Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth.”

‭‭John‬ ‭19:29‬

‬‬ “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”

‭‭John‬ ‭19:30‬ ‭‬‬

“But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately BLOODand water came out.”

‭‭John‬ ‭19:34‬

Just like Jesus said He would. ‭‬‬He poured out His blood from the whipping post all the way to the cross.

The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to me FROM THE GROUND. Blood has a voice.


The voice of Jesus’s blood, cries out that you’re FORGIVEN.

The voice of Jesus’s blood cries out that you’re LOVED.

The voice of Jesus’s blood cries out that you’re REDEEMED.

The voice of Jesus’s blood cries out that you’re WORTH IT.

“In him we have redemption THROUGH HIS BLOOD, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭1:7‬‬‬

“For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.”

‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:18-19‬ ‬‬

The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to me FROM THE GROUND. I say unto you today…

THE BLOOD OF CHRIST HASN’T LOST IT’S VOICE.


For the Romans the cross was a means to demonstrate their power. For Jesus the cross was a means to demonstrate His love for us. The cross is to remind us day in and day out….

I LOVE YOU THIS MUCH.


This is why we thank Him for the cross.

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