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Sunday Morning Together with Cath Tallack

by | Wed, Apr 3 2024

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Cath Tallack became part of Arrow Leadership in 2017, taking on the role of Director for the Emerging Leaders Program. Prior to this, she served in pastoral ministry at Gateway Baptist Church, initially as the Children’s Pastor starting in 2009 and later as the Generations Pastor.

Cath is passionate about nurturing leaders and enabling them to fulfil their God-given potential. She shares her life with husband Michael, a doctor, and together they are parents to Henry and Oliver.

Recently, Cath shared a special 5-minute sermon with us during Sunday Morning Together, highlighting the importance of understanding that the only thing that can wash away our sin is the blood of Jesus. Read Cath’s full message below:

‘What can wash away my sin? It’s a question we wrestle with, isn’t it? The gospel writers give this really interesting detail in their accounts of the crucifixion that helps us understand the answer to this question; what can wash away my sin?

The gospel writers give this little detail that seems irrelevant, except that it answers this question. It also brings together this incredible amount of things, all bookends to the story of Jesus’ ministry on earth.

The gospel writers tell us that Jesus doesn’t suffocate on the cross. You see, suffocation is the cause of death through crucifixion. In order to breathe, a person has to use their legs to get a breath in, to bring themselves up enough to breathe in.

When the Romans got sick of seeing people suffer, they would come and break their legs, meaning they could no longer breathe and would suffocate. Well, the gospel writers give this little detail. They tell us that when the Romans went to break Jesus’ legs, He was already dead. So He did not die from suffocation.

The cause of death for Jesus was blood loss after the beating, the crown of thorns, and the scraping of His bare back on the wood of the cross. The nails in His hands and feet meant that He would literally bleed out on the cross. His cause of death was blood loss.

This is powerful because if you go right back to the beginning of John’s Gospel, he introduces us to John the Baptist, who testifies that Jesus is coming. And he says in John 1:29, look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

This is powerful when you think that the crowd of people that John the Baptist is talking to that day in the River Jordan. As he takes a break from baptising people to do some teaching, the crowd that are gathered there are almost entirely Jewish, and they know what this Lamb of God means.

It brings to mind an image of a cute, cuddly, fluffy sheep. But to them it means death and sacrifice. Because for nearly 1500 years, that is how they have dealt with sin in their lives. When they did something wrong, when they made a mistake, when they stepped out of God’s law, they would sacrifice an animal, often a lamb, to atone for their sin.

After John says this, Jesus starts His ministry. And then at the end of His ministry, He’s at a table with his disciples celebrating Passover, which Jewish people do every year to remember and celebrate. When the Israelite people were delivered from slavery in Egypt because of the sacrifice of a lamb, God told His people to sacrifice a lamb, paint their doorways with the blood, and when death came to Egypt, it would pass over their household.

That’s why it’s called Passover. It’s through the sacrifice of a lamb that God’s people are saved. And Jesus says at the celebration with His disciples, I don’t want you to have this meal for this anymore.

I want you to have this meal to remember me. Remember my body that was broken for you, and my blood that will very soon be poured out for you. And of course, that night Jesus is arrested. He’s tried, He’s condemned, He’s beaten and then crucified where He will bleed out on the cross.

Jesus becomes the sacrificial lamb. And you know, when you think about that question, what can wash away my sin? We grapple with that and we wrestle with that. We think about the mistakes that have a hold on us.

And every religion has an answer to that. Every structure of faith and spirituality has some process of dealing with sin, dealing with wrongdoing. But there has only ever been one person who stood up and said, not only do I have a solution, but I am the solution.

That same person who became the sacrificial lamb paid for our sins and the sins of everyone through bleeding out on the cross. Three days later, He came back to life, proving that He has the power, the majesty and the authority to be that sacrificial lamb, to be our God and save our lives and eternities.

We all wrestle with what we do with our sin, what we do with the mistakes that have a hold on our life, the regret and the shame and the guilt, and we just want to get rid of it. We ask the question, what can wash away my sin? And the answer is nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Father, thank you for Resurrection Sunday. We thank you for the Easter celebration that we’ve taken part in. And we remember. We remember what Christ did on the cross. For me and for everybody.

We remember the blood that was poured out on the cross. The sacrifice that Christ made so that we may be delivered. Delivered to eternity. Delivered to a life free of guilt. Free of shame. Free of regret.

So, God, I pray that you, by your Holy Spirit would make your presence known. That we would know the closeness of a relationship with Jesus because of the blood that was shed on the cross. We thank You that You are alive, that You are at work and we praise You. We magnify You and we love You. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Listen to Cath’s full message below: