Defeating Death (part 1) Sermon Audio

On Sunday, February 16, 2020 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a sermon based on Matthew 26:1-5, 14-16.  This message was part 1 in the “Defeating Death” sermon series.  Below you will find the sermon audio to listen to, download, or share.


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Defeating Death (part 1) Sermon Questions

On Sunday, February 16, 2020 at Wildwood Community Church in Norman, Oklahoma, I preached a sermon based on Matthew 26:1-5, 14-16.  This message was part 1 in the “Defeating Death” sermon series.  Below are a set of questions related to this message for personal reflection or group discussion.

Sermon Questions:

  1. Pray
  2. Read Matthew 26:1-5, 14-16
  3. Why do you think the Bible is so focused on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ?  What is so important about these events that 25-50% of the chapters in each Gospel focuses attention on the last week of Jesus’ earthly life?
  4. Based on the passages discussed this morning, and your understanding of the Bible in general, why did Jesus have to die?
  5. Jesus KNEW the cross was coming (26:2), and yet He willingly kept the course.  What does this tell you about how Jesus feels about you and me?
  6. Judas Iscariot made a terrible trade . . . exchanging relationship with Jesus and eternal life for 30 pieces of silver.  We can clearly see his folly, but we often miss similar “bad trades” in our own lives.  As Charles Spurgeon says, “The amount agreed upon, thirty pieces of silver, was the price of a slave; and showed how little value the chief priests set upon Jesus, and also revealed the greed of Judas in selling his master for so small a sum.  Yet many have sold Jesus for a less price than Judas received; a smile or a sneer has been sufficient to induce them to betray their Lord.”  Where are you tempted to make “bad trades” for your relationship with Jesus for something far less?  What can you do to continue to value Him most in your life?
  7. What is one particular application you took away from this passage/message?


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Defeating Death Series Preview

“Hey Jesus, would you please tell us when Your kingdom will come?”  

This was the honest question Jesus’ disciples asked in Matthew 24:3.  Their hope was that the King of Kings would soon be crowned, and that they would be able to reign with Him in glory.  

Jesus responded with clarity – describing the season of His return and establishment of His Kingdom.  It was not in doubt.  He would one day sit on His glorious throne ON THE EARTH, IN JERUSALEM (Matthew 25:31)  . . . but before He would rule, there was a foe He needed to defeat; a ransom He wanted to pay.  Indeed, Jesus would soon be crowned . . . with a crown of thorns.  The victory Jesus would win would come at a great price.

The disciples question would come on a Tuesday.  On Wednesday, the chief priests would scheme to kill Jesus.  On Thursday, Jesus would have a “Last Supper” with His disciples.  On Friday, He would be arrested and crucified.  On Saturday He would lay in the grave.  But on Sunday morning, Jesus rose!  The tomb was empty.  The foe Jesus defeated was death . . . and He paid the ransom so that sinners like you and me might be redeemed.  

This Sunday at Wildwood Community Church, we will be kicking off a new sermon series that will take us through Easter Sunday, as we explore Matthew 26-28 together in a series we have called “Defeating Death:  Victory Crowned at Great Cost.”  Death is a foe we all are impacted by.  Jesus has made a way for us to “defeat death” for you and for me.  We would love to have you join us this Sunday for part 1 in this series as we look at Matthew 26:1-5, 14-16.

The overall outline for this series is:

  • February 16:  Matthew 26:1-5, 14-16  (The plot to kill Jesus)
  • February 23:  Matthew 26: 6-13 (Jesus anointed at Bethany)
  • March 1:  Matthew 26:17-29 (Last Supper)
  • March 15:  Matthew 26:30-35, 69-75  (Peter’s denials)
  • March 22:  Matthew 26:47-56, 27:3-10  (Jesus betrayed & arrested . . . Judas’ regret)
  • March 29:  Matthew 26:57-68, 27:1-2, 15-26 (Jesus before Caiaphas and Pilate)
  • April 5:  Matthew 27:27-44  (Crucifixion of Jesus)
  • Good Friday, April 10:  Matthew 27:45-66  (Death of Jesus)
  • Easter Sunday, April 12:  Matthew 28:1-15 (Resurrection!)
  • April 19:  Matthew 28:16-20 (Great Commission)

Additionally, we have put together a playlist of songs to listen to this Easter season.  These songs were assembled by taking requests from staff and elders at Wildwood.  You can listen to these songs by visiting the playlists at: