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Feruary 4, 2018

Sermon: The Shape of the Gospel: Buy Us Back

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Scripture Lesson

Hosea 3:1-2, 5; John 19:16-18, 30

Further Assurances of God’s Redeeming Love

The Lord said to me again, ‘Go, love a woman who has a lover and is an adulteress, just as the Lord loves the people of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love raisin cakes.’ So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer of barley and a measure of wine. Afterwards the Israelites shall return and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; they shall come in awe to the Lord and to his goodness in the latter days.

Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.

The Crucifixion of Jesus

So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them. When Jesus had received the wine, he said, ‘It is finished.’ Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
The Shape of the Gospel: Buy Us Back
Hosea 3:1-2, 5; John 19:16-18, 30

I. Introduction: The Wizard of Id
II. Series: Hosea: The Shape of the Gospel
     A. Hosea marries a prostitute
     B. God speaks of restoration
     C. How?
III. The story (Hosea 3:1-2, 5)
     A. Gomer has left Hosea (3:1)
     B. Israel has left God (3:1)
     C. Gomer is selling herself
     D. Hosea buys her back (3:2)
     E. The relationship is restored (3:5)
     F. Understanding Hosea will take 750 years
IV. Jesus buys us back (John 19:16-18, 30)
     A. The crucifixion (19:16)
     B. Jesus’ death
         1. Wine (19:30; John 2:10)
         2. “It is finished” (19:30)
     C. Roman taxes
     D. What Jesus does on the cross
         1. Our sins are paid for, in full
         2. The relationship is restored
V. Conclusion: “And Can It Be”/“Amazing Love”
     Charles Wesley (1736), Kaoma Chende


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