#John 12

THE PREPARATION FOR THE CROSS

John 12

INTRODUCTION

Now everything is coming to a head. Is Jesus Who He said He is? Will He be properly received.

Within this chapter is found the streets of Jerusalem echoing with the proclamation of “Hosanna” from those who want Jesus to be their King.

In a few short hours these same streets will echo with the proclamation of “Crucify Him!”

Much is compressed into this chapter.

I. THE BANQUET TO HONOR JESUS John 12:1-11

     A. The Ministry Of One Family vs. 1-7

          1. Martha served

          2. Lazarus sat with Jesus

               a. A living testimony of the power of the Lord Jesus Christ

               b. An acknowledgment of the relationship of Lazarus to Jesus

          3. Mary anointed the feet of Jesus for His burial

     B. The Complaint Of Judas vs. 4-8

          1. The lack of spiritual insight of Judas

          2. The greed of Judas

          3. The rebuke of Jesus

     C. The Irrefutable Testimony Of Lazarus vs. 9-11

II. JESUS IS RECEIVED INTO JERUSALEM John 12:12- 22

     A. The Shouts Of Praise By The People vs. 12-15

     B. Lack Of Understanding Of The Disciples vs. 16

     C. The Response Of The Pharisees vs. 17-19

D. The Desire Of Greeks To See Jesus vs. 20-22

III. THE EXPLANATIONS OF JESUS TO THE DISCIPLES John 12:23-50

     A. The Necessity Of Death At This Time vs. 23-24

     B. The Necessity Of Total Surrender vs. 25-26

     C. The Necessity Of Suffering vs. 27-28

     D. The Necessity Of The Cross Of Calvary vs. 29-36

     E. The Necessity Of Faith, Belief And Trust vs. 37-41

     F. The Necessity Of The Right Values And Priorities vs. 42-43

     G. The Necessity Of Truth From God vs. 44-50

CONCLUSION

These events lead to the Cross of Calvary. It is at the cross that is found the eternal crossroads. To receive the Lord Jesus Christ is to receive life eternal. To reject the Lord Jesus Christ is to receive the broad way to destruction.

As Abraham told the rich man in Luke 16, ‘Even if one comes from the grave they (those who reject Jesus) will not believe.’

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#Luke 24:1-12

THE MEANING OF THE RESURRECTION

Luke 24:1-12

INTRODUCTION

If each one of us could stand and say what is the best day of our life, what would it be? There could be many answers. There could be our wedding day, the day we graduated, the birth of our children. Actually the best day is the day we got saved.

Another question: What is the best day in the history of the world? There could be many answers given but one is the best. The best day in the history of the world is when Jesus came from the tomb. We might also say this is the best day in the history of God.

And now the best day of all the best has now arrived. The number of songs that have been written and sung regarding this day cannot be numbered by us. And if we were to try to list a few of the best, someone is bound to say, “Wait, what about this one?” And we would have to smile and nod and say, “Yes, add it also.”

And what a day! Some have denied it ever happened. Some have tried to explain it away. Some have tried to ignore it. But is the number one fact of history: Jesus arose from the grave!!!

NOTE: It is not so certain that Julius Caesar once lived, as it is that Christ rose again Ryle

If we can deny the evidence of the resurrection then we can deny anything in the world.

THEME: WHAT DOES THE RESURRECTION MEAN TO US?

I. THE RESURRECTION MEANS THAT WE MUST AVOID THE WRONG MINISTRIES vs. 1-3

     A. They Were Involved With The Religious Traditions Of The Jews vs. 1

          1. To their own spiritual detriment

          2. The distractions of life

               a. The Sabbath came

               b. They are bound by so much obligation in life

               c. They did not have time to be with Jesus

          3. They finally got down to business

               a. Last evening at 6 p.m. the Sabbath ended

               b. They prepared the spices for Jesus

               c. They tried to rest

          4. Very early in the morning

               a. Greek – literally – deep dawn

               b. Used twice of the resurrection morning

NOTE: The apostles in Acts were so eager to give the message about Jesus, they were ready to go at ‘deep dawn’

NOTE: And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught. Acts 5:21

          5. They went to the tomb as soon as they could see

          6. Sepulchre

               a. Any visible object for preserving or recalling the memory of any person or event

               b. Grave

               c. Memorial

               d. Monument

               e. Tomb

NOTE: The sin of a ‘memorial’ ministry instead of a ministry to the living Christ

     B. The Contrasting Views Of This Day

           1. For the priests, this was a good day

                a. The trouble – making preacher is gone

                b. No more interference with the way we run our Temple

          2. But for the women this day did not start out as one of special joy

               a. They were going to have to handle the dead body of Jesus

               b. They were going to complete their undone job of anointing the body with spices and perfumes

               c. They expected to shed many more tears when they then left Him in the company of all the dead

               d. They knew this was the last time in this life that they would see him

               e. It was their time for ‘closure’

NOTE: The great contradiction in their ministry

          a. What they did demonstrated their love and devotion

          b. What they did demonstrated their lack of faith and remembrance

     C. They Experience The Unexpected vs. 2

          1. They found what they did not expect

NOTE: These facts speak volumes

          2. What they did find

               a. The solution to their problem

               b. The stone rolled away

          3. What they did not find

               a. The body of Jesus

               b. The satisfaction of ministering the way they wanted to minister

          4. Rolled way

               a. Used four times in the New Testament

               b. All times it is used of the stone at the tomb of Jesus

               c. Roll back

               d. Roll off

NOTE: Matthew tells us that an earthquake moved the stone

          a. More than “moved the stone”

          b. The indication is that it was no longer in its groove

          c. It could no longer be wheeled back in its place to cover the door

     D. They Did Not Find What They Expected For Their Ministry vs. 3

          1. The empty tomb in and of itself is no proof of a resurrection

          2. The final belief of the resurrection is based on the appearance of the risen Lord

     E. The Biblical Steps Of The Resurrection

          1. The body of Jesus became alive

          2. He left the wrappings without disturbing them except for them collapsing

          3. He left the tomb without any mark on the ceiling, wall or floor

          4. The angel opened the tomb door to show that Jesus had already left

NOTE: Someone says this cannot happen

               a. Our sight can see through air, glass and water

               b. And there is no evidence this has occurred

     F. Lord Jesus

          1. The first time this is found in the Bible

          2. It is used 115 times in the rest of the New Testament

          3. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. Revelation 22:21

     G. No Gospel Writer Tries To Describe The Resurrection Proper

          1. There are no witnesses to the resurrection

          2. This is the direct opposite of the ascension

T.S. WHAT DOES THE RESURRECTION MEAN TO US?

          I. THE RESURRECTION MEANS THAT WE MUST AVOID THE WRONG MINISTRIES

II. THE RESURRECTION MEANS THAT WE MUST GIVE THE RIGHT MESSAGE vs. 4-7

     A. Circumstances Were Not Going As They Planned vs. 4a

          1. Perplexed

          2. At a loss as to what has happened

          3. Utterly at a loss

     B. Two Men In Shining Garments vs. 4b

          1. Terms that are used of heavenly garments

          2. To flash out like lightning

          3. To shine

          4. Be radiant

          5. And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering Luke 9:29

     C. They Were Afraid vs. 5a

          1. Every time angels appear there is fear

          2. The Jewish though was that when a person was dying they would see the angels coming for them

          3. They bowed down their faces to the earth

          4. A Jewish sign of recognition of a heavenly person

     D. Why See Ye The Living Among The Dead? vs.5b

          1. They meant well

               a. They had no business to be here

               b. Why seek the living among the dead?

          2. The ministry of angels

               a. They announced the arrival of Jesus in the world

               b. They announced the arrival of Jesus from the dead

          3. This startling question is not a rebuke

               a. It gets to the heart of the matter instantly

               b. This is the supreme reality of Easter

               c. The resurrection marks a new era in time and eternity

               d. Heaven and earth are now joined

               e. The greater than the veil is torn; the wall of separation between God and humans is now fallen

              f. God is now reconciled to us and we to Him

              g. The complete sacrifice of the Son has now been accepted by the Father

     E. He Is Not Here, But Is Risen vs. 6a

          1. Never were more glorious words heard by human ear!

          2. They came searching for the dead body of Jesus

          3. They failed in their search

          4. They were overjoyed in their failure

     G. Remember How He Spake Unto You vs. 6b

          1. A gentle rebuke

          2. Despite the teachings of Jesus, the resurrection was too unbelievable to register with the disciples until after it occurred

          3. He had taught them all of this

               a. From the earliest days

               b. The days in Galilee

     H. The Angel Is Reminding Them Indirectly Of God’s Divine Love For Them And Us vs. 7

          1. Three essential acts are recalled

               a. The deliverance into the hands of men

               b. The death by crucifixion

               c. The resurrection

          2. Redemption in a nutshell

T.S. WHAT DOES THE RESURRECTION MEAN TO US?

          I. THE RESURRECTION MEANS THAT WE MUST AVOID THE WRONG MINISTRIES

        II. THE RESURRECTION MEANS THAT WE MUST GIVE THE RIGHT MESSAGE

III. THE RESURRECTION MEANS THAT WE MUST TELL EVERYONE vs. 8-11

     A. For The First Time They Link The Teachings Of Jesus To These Events vs. 8

          1. A least three times Jesus had told them that this would transpire

          2. He was not speaking of the resurrection of the last day

          3. One of the great sins of the Christian life

               a. We believe all that Jesus said

               b. But we believe it applies to the ‘sweet by and by’

              c. We do not believe practically that it applies to today, not tomorrow but today

              d. We hear the words of Jesus and we make no use of them

NOTE: The is the most common spiritual disease among Christians

          4. We must remember

               a. It must be a desire

               b. It must be a conviction

NOTE: We do not forget the things we readily love

NOTE: The word ‘remember’ is found about 150 times in the Bible

NOTE: It may be that we need to recollect more than we need new information

     B. They Told All These Things vs. 9

          1. The empty tomb

          2. The report of the angels

          3. The declaration that Jesus is raised just as He predicted He would be

NOTE: They did what they were told to do

NOTE: They were rewarded by meeting the risen Lord Himself

NOTE: What would it have been like if when they had met Jesus, they had not told one soul of His resurrection?

     C. The Faithfulness Of Women vs. 10

NOTE: The role of women

          a. Satan came to a woman, Eve, in the garden

          b. Angels came to women at the garden tomb

          1. Mary Magdalene

              a. The one woman mentioned in all four of the resurrection accounts

              b. As Peter was the leader among the men; Mary Magdalene was probably the leader among the women

          2. These women were of all ages and all walks of life

               a. They loved Jesus

               b. They served Jesus

               c. They brought their children to Jesus for blessings

NOTE: The mothers of at least three disciples also followed Jesus

          3. To them was given the privilege of first telling of the resurrection

               a. To the apostles

               b. To others later

     D. They Were Not Believed vs. 11

          1. Idle tales

               a. The truth does not gain immediate acceptance

               b. A medical term the delirious talk of the very sick

               c. An absurd effort to challenge reality

              d. Silly talk

              e. Nonsense

              f. Wild talk of a pack of hysterical women

          2. Apparently no one believed them at first

               a. The disciples held out to the very last

               b. The disciples were not looking for any reversal of the tragic situation

          3. Sure they believed in a future return of Jesus

              a. But not today

              b. True, someday

              c. Not an immediate bodily resurrection

          4. One of the greatest proofs of the resurrection is that none of His followers expected it to happen

               a. They were utterly skeptical

               b. They believed them – no

NOTE: Of all the disciples of Jesus one may have believed immediately that Jesus had risen from the dead – Mary of Bethany, the sister of Lazarus. She anointed Him for His burial. She did not go with these women to anoint the dead body of Jesus

          5. Disbelieve is not necessarily the same as outright rejection

T.S. WHAT DOES THE RESURRECTION MEAN TO US?

          I. THE RESURRECTION MEANS THAT WE MUST AVOID THE WRONG MINISTRIES

        II. THE RESURRECTION MEANS THAT WE MUST GIVE THE RIGHT MESSAGE

     III. THE RESURRECTION MEANS THAT WE MUST TELL EVERYONE

IV. THE RESURRECTION MEANS THAT WE MUST KNOW THE FACTS vs. 12

     A. Then Arose Peter

          1. No one initially believes except possibly Peter

          2. He learned to believe what Jesus said, even when it went against his convictions

          3. Except for John no other disciple is ever recorded going to the tomb

     B. He Beheld The Linen Clothes

          1. The clothes show that Jesus had been there

          2. If His body had been taken than the clothes would have been taken

          3. No one would steal the body and leave the impression of a resurrection

     C. It Is A Moment Of:

          1. Reflection

          2. Decision

          3. Faith

     D. The Four Great Questions

          1. Is the resurrection the only adequate explanation for what Peter sees?

         2. Is not the resurrection what Jesus promised?

         3. Has not God acted on behalf of Jesus?

         4. Is Jesus alive to carry out God’s plan after all?

     E. The Account In Luke Is Of Special Significance

          1. Luke was a physician

         2. He was a man of science

         3. He was a historian of the first rank

         4. Every bit of his medical training would have prejudiced him against a bodily resurrection

         5. But Luke investigated the facts

         6. He became so convinced as to its reality that he recorded on of the most beautiful and complete accounts of the fact that He Who was dead is alive forevermore

NOTE: All who have doubt will have their doubts laid to rest by the Lord Jesus Christ Who stands risen and alive

CONCLUSION

WHAT DOES THE RESURRECTION MEAN TO US?

I. THE RESURRECTION MEANS THAT WE MUST AVOID THE WRONG MINISTRIES

II. THE RESURRECTION MEANS THAT WE MUST GIVE THE RIGHT MESSAGE

III. THE RESURRECTION MEANS THAT WE MUST TELL EVERYONE

IV. THE RESURRECTION MEANS THAT WE MUST KNOW THE FACTS

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#John 13

WHEN DISCIPLESHIP IS TESTED

John 13

INTRODUCTION

There are probably as many answers to what is a disciple as there are people to answer the question. Part of the reason is based on this question: As a disciple what or who is that person following?

For the child of God the answer to this question is clearly taught in the Word of God. In fact, no less than twelve different verses give this answer: love one another.

NOTE:John 13:34; 15:12; 15-14; Romans 13:8; I Thessalonians 4:9; I Peter 1:22; I John 3:11, 3:23; 4:7; 4:12; II John 5

In the thirteenth chapter of John we have a role model from our Lord and Savior as to how to demonstrate discipleship in our life.

I. DISCIPLESHIP WHEN WE EXPERIENCE HUMILITY John 13:1-17

     A. The Example Of Jesus In Washing The Disciples’ Feet vs. 1-5

     B. Peter’s Misunderstanding Of What Jesus Was Doing vs. 6-11

          1. ‘Completely clean’ – salvation vs. 10

          2. ‘Not all of you’ – not all saved vs. 10

NOTE: I John 1:7-9

          3. Ephesians 4:32

II. DISCIPLESHIP WHEN WE ARE BETRAYED John 13:18-30

     A. The Betrayal Of Jesus Was Prophesied vs. 18-20

NOTE: Psalm 41:9

NOTE: John 16:33

     B. The Conversation Of Jesus With Judas vs. 21

    C. The Shock Of The Disciple vs. 22-25

     D. Jesus Reveals The Traitor vs. 26-30

          1. The statement of Jesus vs. 26a

         2. The kindness of Jesus vs. 26b-30

III. DISCIPLESHIP WHEN WE LOVE John 13:21-32

     A. The Greatest Example – The Father And The Son vs. 31-32

     B. A New Commandment For The Disciple vs. 33-35

IV. DISCIPLE WHEN WE DENY HIM John 13:33-38

     A. The Boasting Of A Proud Disciple vs. 33-37

     B. The Prophecy Of The Humble Lord vs. 38

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#John 15

ABIDING IN CHRIST

John 15

INTRODUCTION

To abide in Christ means to live in Him. His life is our life. His strength is our strength. His goals are our goals.

The Bible says that the Christian who abides in Christ becomes a fruit bearing Christian.

NOTE:John 15:10

NOTE:John 15:5

I. THE BELIEVER’S RELATIONSHIP TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST John 15:1-14

     A. The Lord Jesus Christ Is The True Vine from Whom all life precedes vs. 1

     B. The Responsibility Of The Branch vs. 2

     C. The Pruning Of The Branch vs. 3

     D. The Limitations Of The Branch vs. 4-6

     E. The Strength Of The Branch vs. 7-9

     F. The Branch Has To Remain In the Vine vs. 10

     G. The Joy That Belongs To The Branch vs. 11

     H. The Lord’s Command vs. 12-14

II. THE BELIEVER’S RELATIONSHIP TO HIS / HER CALLING John 15:15-17

     A. The Friendship With The Lord Jesus Christ vs. 15

     B. The Fruit Of The Christian vs. 16

     C. The Call To Obedience vs. 17

III. THE BELIEVER’S RELATIONSHIP TO THE WORLD SYSTEM John 15:18-27

     A. The Believer’s Relationship To The World vs. 18-20

     B. The Reason For The World’s Hatred vs. 21-25

     C. The Source Of The Believer’s Strength vs. 26

     D. Duty Of The Believer vs. 27

CONCLUSION

There are certain absolutes regarding the believer. The believer is to abide in Christ. The believer is to bear fruit. The believer is to bring glory to God. The believer must endure the hatred of this world.

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#Luke 23:39-43

A TALE OF TWO MEN

Luke 23:39-43

INTRODUCTION

How is it that two people, who came from the same background, can make such diverse choices? Two brothers, two sisters, even a brother and a sister. They come from the same family yet one chooses a path to success, the other is a lazy bum; one serves God, the other rejects or ignores God.

There is a field of study today that is quite in vogue. The broad catch-all term is social scientists. This includes psychologists, specializing in child, adolescent and adult fields. The following statement is not meant as a criticism, it is just a basic fact: The great majority of these specialists do not come into a person’s life until after a great crisis, after the damage is done in a life. They are so busy in the repair shops of life, they spend almost no time in preventative maintenance. Yet, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

In our passage of Scripture today, we see two men. We could be either one. They have a common background:

     1. Both came from a religious culture

     2. Both were sinners (thieves)

     3. Both were in acute pain

     4. Both were dying

     5. Both needed forgiveness

     6. Both saw and heard the things regarding Jesus

     7. Both were equally near Christ

But one made choices that the other did not make. His choices made all the pain and suffering worth while. The other refused to make the right choices. He died in his sins, without hope.

THEME: WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT CHOICES WE MUST MAKE IN LIFE?

I. AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT CHOICES INCLUDES WE MUST REALIZE DESTRUCTION IS ALWAYS BEFORE US 23:39-40

     A. The Natural Thing To Do Is To Blame God vs. 39

NOTE: Both reviled Jesus

Matthew 27:43-44; Mark 15:32

          1. If you be Christ

               a. A taunt

               b. Like the priests vs. 35

          2. Save yourself and us

               a. Salvation to Him

                    1) No repentance

                    2) No faith in Christ

               b. All of us have prayed to be delivered from physical death

NOTE: The denial that the crucifixion could take place is met by the fact that it did take place

                    1) When God raises us up, we forget our promises and live as we did before

                    2) He would have been a “saved” thief

     B. The Right Thing To Do Is To Accept Our Own Blame vs. 40

          1. We should rebuke others

               a. Why did the repentant thief answer when Jesus didn’t?

               b. Because the first thief presumed to speak for both

NOTE: Save thyself and us

          2. We should fear God

               a. Fear God and keep His Commandments Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

               b. For His mercy is on them that fear Him Luke 1:50

          3. We should recognize our condemnation

              a. Even if they had been taken from the cross, they would have still died

              b. Even if all our past sins were forgiven our future sins would cause our death

THEME: What Are The Most Important Choices We Must Make In Life?

          I. AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT CHOICES INCLUDES WE MUST REALIZE DESTRUCTION IS ALWAYS BEFORE US

II. AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT CHOICES INCLUDES WE MUST REALIZE WHAT WE DESERVE 23:41

     A. We Are To Blame

          1. We receive the due reward of our deeds

NOTE: An open acknowledgement that judgment was fully deserved

          2. We indeed justly

NOTE: The plainer a person sees their sin, the more readily they will yield to Christ

     B. Christ Is Not To Blame

          1. He hath done nothing amiss

          2. Out of place, wicked

THEME: What Are The Most Important Choices We Must Make In Life?

          I. AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT CHOICES INCLUDES WE MUST REALIZE DESTRUCTION IS ALWAYS BEFORE US

        II. AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT CHOICES INCLUDES WE MUST REALIZE WHAT WE DESERVE

III. AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT CHOICES INCLUDES WE MUST REALIZE WHO CAN GIVE US THE RIGHT CHOICE 23:42-43

     A. We Must Realize He Is Real, A Person vs. 42

          1. Jesus

          2. Savior

     B. We Must Realize Our Relationship To Him – Lord

     C. We Must Ask Properly – Remember Me When You Come Into Your Kingdom

          1. Remember me:

               a. A phrase asking kings for a favour

               b. Implies he believes Jesus is the Messiah

               c. The opposite of being forgotten, excluded from heaven

          2. When you come:

               a. Parousia – (Greek)

               b. Second Coming at end of the Church Age

     D. We Must Let Him Have Control Of Our Life vs. 43

          1. Verily, I say unto you:

               a. Verily:

                   1) Amen

                   2) That is truth

                   3) The seal of truth

              b. I say unto you:

                   1) I – the Authority

                   2) To you – personally

          2. Today:

NOTE: Not when I come

               a. Most took 2-3 days to die on a cross

               b. Jesus said His suffering would cease “Today”

          3. You shall be with me

              a. The thief asked remembrance: he got fellowship

              b. He is able to do exceedingly

              c. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Ephesians 3:20

          4. Paradise

               a. Persian in origin

               b. Means, a garden

               c. A garden of pleasure, filled with trees, shrubs, fountains, flowers

              d. In hot climates, found next to mansions of rich and royalty

NOTE: The Romans had their Elysium fields,

               The Greeks their gardens of Hesperides

NOTE: In my Father’s house are many mansions … I go to prepare a place for you John 14:2

CONCLUSION

Two men with common backgrounds. One like gold under the fiery trial of the cross melted to repentance. The other like clay under the fiery trial of the cross hardened in his guilt and sin. What choices do we make regarding salvation?

This salvation came at the time of our Lord’s greatest weakness. Two men: One demanded help from Jesus – Jesus made no response. The other confessed his sin and Jesus’ righteousness.

What Are The Most Important Choices We Must Make In Life?

I. AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT CHOICES INCLUDES WE MUST REALIZE DESTRUCTION IS ALWAYS BEFORE US

II. AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT CHOICES INCLUDES WE MUST REALIZE WHAT WE DESERVE

III. AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT CHOICES INCLUDES WE MUST REALIZE WHO CAN GIVE US THE RIGHT CHOICE

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#John 14

LET NOT YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED

John 14

INTRODUCTION

During His ministry we have seen evidence of the power of the Lord Jesus Christ to do astonishing works. Just as He calmed the storm on the Sea of Galilee He also could, and did, calm the hearts of individuals. Just like weather storms every person is helpless against the storms of life. But Jesus provides us a promise. He is greater than anything and everything in this world.

His life is ours. And, as the song writer wrote, Because He lives, we shall live also.

I. THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF JESUS John 14:1-6

     A. The Supremacy Of His Peace vs. 1

     B. The Promise For Temporary Life Here vs. 2-4

     C. The Provision For The Repentant Sinner vs. 5-7

II. THE PERSON OF JESUS John 14:7-15

     A. The Questions Of The Disciples vs. 7-8

     B. The Answers Of Jesus vs. 9-10

     C. The Goal – The Father In Heaven Receiving All The Glory vs. 13

     D. The Way His Commandments Are Kept vs. 14-15

III. THE PROMISE OF JESUS John 14:16-26

     A. The Promised Comforter vs. 16-18

     B. The Love Between The Believer, The Father And The Son vs. 19-21

     C. How Love Is Manifested vs. 22-25

     D. The Teaching Ministry Of The Comforter vs. 26

IV. THE PEACE OF JESUS John 14:27-31

     A. The Power Of His Peace vs. 27

     B. The Son With The Father vs. 28

     C. The Contrast Between Jesus And The Prince Of This World vs. 29-31

CONCLUSION

The Lord Jesus Christ came to this earth. Then He completed His work. Then He returned to the Father. But this is not the end. The Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again!

In the meantime we have the Comforter, the Holy Spirit of God Who abides in us and with us. He gives us power and peace in this present evil world.

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#Luke 23:44-49

WHEN JESUS DIED

Luke 23:44-49

INTRODUCTION

Almost everyone we know owns at least one decorative cross as a piece of jewelry. Most Christians own more than one. But do we really have an appreciation of what that cross represents for each of us? Do we only say the words or do we really have a comprehension of what the cross represents.

The most sacred and solemn hour of crisis in the history of the world has now arrived. Jesus, the Lamb of God, is now suffering and is to die on the cross. He is to bear the sins of the world.

The cross is a symbol of God’s heartbreak over a world that is gone astray. Sam Jones

We need men and women of the cross, with the message of the cross, bearing the marks of the cross. The motto of every faithful church: We preach Christ crucified I Corinthians 1:23

No more horrible manner of execution was ever devised. Jesus was stripped naked. He was made to lie on the ground with His arms outstretched along the cross. To render Him helpless His arms and legs were jerked out of joint. After His hands were nailed to the cross His feet were likewise nailed. He was left hanging throughout out the ordeal. His body was extended. Every muscle and nerve was drawn tight so that the agony was beyond human endurance. Through bleeding and perspiration the loss of body fluid produced tremendous thirst. His entire body became fevered. his lips were parched and cracked. His tongue became swollen. His throat was dry. His inflamed vocal cords produced only a rasping sound. It is impossible for language to describe the excruciating pain which accompanied crucifixion.

THEME: WHAT AFFECT SHOULD THE CROSS HAVE ON US?

I. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE IT AFFECTS OUR WORLD vs. 44-45

     A. The Sixth Hour

          1. The crucifixion began at nine a.m.

          2. Darkness at noon

         3. Lasts until 3 p.m.

         4. This is the time of the day when the sun should be at its strongest

NOTE: And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day:

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.

Amos 8:9,11-12

     B. The Darkness

          1. This is not an eclipse is possible with a full moon at Passover

          2. No eclipse lasts three hours

NOTE: Hell came to Calvary that day

          a. Jesus bore our judgment

          b. The judgment of God on our sins

          3. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Romans 13:12

          4. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against … the rulers of the darkness of this world … Ephesians 6:12

     C. Darkness In Scripture Is Often A Symbol Of Judgment

          1. Jesus went to the cross to give His life for us

          2. Jesus uttered – My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken Me? Matthew 27:46

          3. Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son Colossians 1:13

NOTE: And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. Luke 23:45

NOTE: The two signs that God gives that this death is so important

          a. The sun is darkened

          b. The veil of the temple is rent into

     D. The Sun Was Darkened

          1. Greek – the sun failed

          2. Not, it was blocked

          3. The cause was in the sun itself

          4. No natural explanation conforms completely to the details

NOTE: The sun, as it were, hiding its face, and refusing to afford its comforting light and heat to Him; and yet might be in disgust of the heinousness of the sin the Jews. It was an emblem of the judicial blindness and darkness of the Jewish nation; and signified, that now was the hour and power of darkness, or the time for the prince of darkness, with his principalities and powers.

NOTE: A Greek wrote after seeing the darkness in Egypt, said, “Either the, divine being suffers, or suffers with him that suffers, or the frame of the world is dissolving.”

     E. The Veil Was Rent Into

          1. It was of blue, scarlet and purple

          2. The veil between the Holy of Holies and the Holy Place

          3. Only the High Priest could go in to sprinkle blood on the mercy seat for the sins of the people of God

          4. Now our refuge is in Him alone

               a. Symbol that Jesus opens the way for each one of us to come before God

               b. At the instance of His death the veil was torn

NOTE: Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,

By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh

Hebrews 10:19-20

NOTE: Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16

          5. It also means the Temple is no longer needed

               a. Every repentant and believing sinner can now enter the most intimate communion with the Holy God

               b. No more offerings for sin is needed

               c. Through the torn veil of His body we can come directly to God

NOTE: Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

John 4:21,23

T.S. WHAT AFFECT SHOULD THE CROSS HAVE ON US?

          I. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE IT AFFECTS OUR WORLD

II. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE OF WHAT JESUS DID FOR US ON THE CROSS vs. 46

     A. The Prayer Of Trust

          1. Jesus dies with a cry of faith

          2. Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth. Psalm 31:5

          3. It is a cry of restful resignation

          4. It is a cry of voluntary surrender

          5. It is a cry of confidence

          6. It is a cry that never can be forgotten

     B. Father

          1. In the first and in the last statements from the cross Jesus addressed the Father

          2. Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth. Psalm 31:5

     C. He Is Our Role Model In Death

          1. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. Acts 7:59

          2. Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously I Peter 2:23

     D. I Commend My Spirit

          1. Commend

               a. To place alongside someone

               b. Commit to one’s charge

               c. A banking term, deposit

               d. Entrust

          2. He gave up the spirit

               a. None of the Gospels say just “He died”

               b. There was something more unusual in the death of Jesus than in the death of anyone else

          3. Ghost or spirit

          a. Breathe out one’s life

          b. Breathe one’s last

         c. Expire

NOTE: Spent to the utmost, weary unto death, yet knowing that the mighty task was finished, finished forever, and that all its glorious fruits would follow – so this Son calls out “Father” and lays His human spirit into His Father’s hands. Lenski

          4. His kingly act

               a. He dismissed His spirit

               b. No one took His life

               c. He laid down His life Himself

          5. The quality of His death

NOTE: People talk about quality of life. Far more important, far better is the quality of our death.

          a. A death of peace

          b. A death facing an eternity of peace

          c. A death of joy

          d. A death of a triumphant return to His Father

NOTE: Behind Christ now is:

          a. The hard work of redeeming the world

          b. The faithful work of doing the will of His Father

          c. A life of service

T.S. WHAT AFFECT SHOULD THE CROSS HAVE ON US?

          I. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE IT AFFECTS OUR WORLD

        II. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE OF WHAT JESUS DID FOR US ON THE CROSS

III. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE OF WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS vs._ 47

     A. The Centurion

          1. The Roman soldier in charge of the crucifixion

          2. Upon observing what has happened, the centurion utters the scene’s final remark, which functions as a judgment over the events

NOTE: Now when the centurion saw what was done

          a. The eclipse of the sun

          b. The darkness upon the land

          c. The earthquake

          d. The rocks broke

          e. Jesus expire in so uncommon a manner

     B. He Glorified Jesus

          1. Honored

          2. Magnified

          3. Praised

          4. Rendered God excellent

          5. Cause the dignity and worth of some person or thing to become manifest and acknowledged

     C. A Righteous Man

          1. Approved of or acceptable of God

          2. Innocent

          3. Keeps the commands of God

          4. Used of those whose way of thinking, feeling, and acting is wholly conformed to the will of God

NOTE: All the official representatives of Rome’s presence in this story agree that an innocent man was executed

          a. Pilate

          b. Herod

          c. This Roman officer

     D. The Centurion Pictures A Person Sensitive And Open To God’s Work

          1. He understands God’s testimony

               a. There were false witnesses

               b. There were those who hated Jesus

          2. Only God’s testimony is what counts

NOTE: Every centurion mentioned in the New Testament is spoken of in a positive way

T.S. WHAT AFFECT SHOULD THE CROSS HAVE ON US?

          I. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE IT AFFECTS OUR WORLD

        II. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE OF WHAT JESUS DID FOR US ON THE CROSS

      III. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE OF WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS

IV. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE OF OUR CONSCIOUS vs. 48

     A. The People

          1. A casual collection of people

          2. An unorganized multitude

          3. People gathered together without order

          4. The common people, as opposed to the rulers

     B. A Contrast Of Crowds

          1. The first crowd clamored for His crucifixion Luke 23:21

               a. They did not even stay for the crucifixion

               b. Those who hate Jesus do not care for the crucifixion

          2. This is a second crowd

               a. They are moved by the events

                    1) The crucifixion of Jesus

                    2) The words of Jesus

                    3) The darkening of the sun

                    4) The earthquake

                    5) The death of Jesus

                    6) The words of the centurion

               b. The death of Jesus went from being desired to being regretted

     C. They Smote Their Breasts

           1. In token of:

                a. Alarm

                b. Anguish

                c. Fear

                d. A sign of remorse, but remorse alone will not save

          2. They saw the judgments of God

               a. They saw the guilt of the rulers

               b. They feared the further displeasure of the Almighty

          3. And returned

               a. To their own houses

               b. Where they might more seriously, and with the greater composure of mind, reflect on these things

NOTE: They came to witness a show; they left with feelings of woe Lenski

T.S. WHAT AFFECT SHOULD THE CROSS HAVE ON US?

          I. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE IT AFFECTS OUR WORLD

        II. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE OF WHAT JESUS DID FOR US ON THE CROSS

     III. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE OF WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS

     IV. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE OF OUR CONSCIOUS VS. 48

V. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE OF OUR KNOWLEDGE OF JESUS vs. 49

     A. Two Other Groups Are Mentioned

          1. His acquaintances

          2. The women that followed Him

     B. Acquaintances

          1. Those who knew Him

          2. The eleven disciples stand at a safe distance (except John with Mary)

          3. Some of the seventy who followed Jesus

          4. Joseph of Arimathaea

          5. Nicodemus

         6. People Jesus had healed and raised form the dead

         7. Mary, Martha and Lazarus?

     C. The Women

          1. Mary Magdalene

          2. Mary the mother of James, the less and Joses

          3. Mary’s sister Salome the mother of James and John

          4. Joanna

D. They Stood Afar Off

          1. The issue of personal safety from the Romans

          2. The issue of helplessness on their part

          3. I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul. Psalm 142:4

NOTE: My wife .. a mirror. When I have sinned against her, my sin appears in the suffering of her face … The passion of Christ … is such a mirror. Are the tears of my dear wife hared to look at? Well, the pain in the face of Jesus is harder … Nevertheless, I will not avoid this mirror! Walter Wangerin, Jr.

CONCLUSION

WHAT AFFECT SHOULD THE CROSS HAVE ON US?

I. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE IT AFFECTS OUR WORLD

II. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE OF WHAT JESUS DID FOR US ON THE CROSS

III. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE OF WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS

IV. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE OF OUR CONSCIOUS

V. THE CROSS AFFECTS US BECAUSE OF OUR KNOWLEDGE OF JESUS

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