#John 9a

I WAS BLIND, NOW I SEE

John 9

INTRODUCTION

This is a story of how Jesus brought a man out of physical darkness (blindness) into physical light (sight).

But there is a more important story here of how Jesus came to bring us out of spiritual darkness into spiritual light.

I. JESUS SEES THE PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL NEED John 9:1-5

     A. The Man’s Immediate Need vs. 1

     B. The Theological Discussion Of The Disciples vs. 2-3

     C. How To View People As God Views People vs. 4

     D. The Transition To The Spiritual View vs. 5

II. THE POWER AT THE DISPOSAL OF JESUS John 9:6-7

     A. Work That Jesus Did vs. 6

     B. The Obedience Of The Blind Man vs. 7

III. HOW PEOPLE RESPOND TO THE WORK OF JESUS John 8-34

     A. The People Are Perplexed vs. 8-10

     B. The ‘Righteous Indignation’ Of The Pharisees vs. 11-15

     C. Fear Of The Parents vs. 16-23

     D. The View Of The Healed Man vs. 24-33

     E. The Power Of The Pharisees vs. 34

IV. HOW JESUS APPROACHES THE HEALED MAN John 35-41

NOTE: He inquired of the belief of the healed man

     A. The Question That Jesus Asks vs. 35

     B. Jesus Reveals Who He Is vs. 35-37

     C. The Man Worships Jesus vs. 38

     D. Jesus Condemned Those Who Refuse To Be Given Sight vs. 29-41

CONCLUSION

The crux of this entire story is centered around the power of Jesus. He had the power to heal on the Sabbath. The Pharisees lacked compassion on the healed man. The Law superseded even the needs of individuals.

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#Luke 22:63-71

HATING JESUS

Luke 22:63-71

INTRODUCTION

A commodity that is never in short supply in this world is hatred. There is hatred in government. There is hatred in politics. There is hatred in countries. There is hatred in ethnic groups. There is hatred in schools. There is hatred in churches. There is hatred in people of all ages, stations of life and situations of life.

Unfortunately we have both hated and we have been the victims of hatred. And if we live godly we should not be surprised that those who are not godly will hate us.

Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you. I John 3:13 ESV

If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. John 15:18 NKJV

You are blessed when people hate you,
 when they exclude you, insult you,
 and slander your name as evil 
because of the Son of Man. Luke 6:22 HCSB

And now begins a series of scenes in the Word of God that should never have happened. Yet, it they had not happened, we would still be in our sins. There is no way we can “clean up” these scenes. And there is no way we can make them seen any worse than they were.

These scenes, recorded in the Word of God, now shift from others around Jesus to Jesus Himself. We have seen the ungodly religious crowd. We have seen the godly crowd. We have seen those touched by Jesus. We have seen the disciples. We have seen Judas. We have seen Peter. But now, Jesus is the reason for these events. Jesus is the center of these events because now we begin His Passion that ends on the cross.

THEME: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A PERSON DOES NOT LIKE JESUS?

I. WHEN A PERSON DOES NOT LIKE JESUS THEN JESUS IS PUT AT A DISADVANTAGE vs. 63-65

     A. Those Who “Control” Jesus Despise Him vs. 63

          1. What was originally intended to be a proper court now turns into bedlam

               a. This orderly court of justice becomes a mob scene

               b. The enjoyment of lost people in the fierce delight of trampling on the most holy:

                    1) Things of God

                    2) People of God

NOTE: There is an old saying: Man left to himself is half- beast and half – devil

NOTE: The homemade heaven people try to create on earth more closely resembles a homemade hell Wm. Penn

          2. They mock Him

               a. Deceive

               b. Delude

               c. Jest

              d. Trifle with

          3. They smote Him

               a. Used fifteen times in the New Testament

               b. Almost every time God’s people are beaten

               c. Beat

               d. Skin

     B. We Now See The Cruel, Vengeful Sadistic Character Of The Spiritual Leaders Of Israel

          1. Though the ‘underlings’ do this, those over them give indirect permission

          2. Some commentators say that members of the Sanhedrin joined in this

          3. He Who throughout His ministry went about doing good is now made the object of cruelty

NOTE: Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

I Peter 4:12-13

     C. The Extent Of “Playful” Cruelty vs. 64

          1. Blindfolded

               a. Cover up

               b. Hinder the knowledge of a thing

          2. Asked

               a. Challenge a person

               b. Confront one

               c. Contradict a person

               d. Demand of one

               e. Dispute with a person

               f. Interrogate

          3. Prophesy

               a. Declare a thing that can only be known by divine revelation

               b. They know Jesus has been called

                    1) A prophet

                    2) The Prophet

          4. They now make fun of Him

                a. “Guess who hit you that time”

                b. They added insult to their violence

          5. They smote Him

               a. Different word that in verse 63

               b. In verse 63 they hit Jesus hard

               c. In verse 64 they use a lesser word

                    1) “No one hit you that hard”

                    2) Sting

                    3) Strike

          6. The main point is the depth of Jesus’ humiliation and shame

               a. He held out to men the hand of love

               b. They replied with the clenched fists of hate and mockery

               c. He in return was calm and dignified, without answering a single word

               d. He bears all this outrageous humiliation and pain

     D. Many Other Things

           1. Luke does not go any farther

           2. The Greek says they went on and on and on

           3. They spoke blasphemously

                a. Abusive

                b. Attacked

                c. Defamed

                d. Reviled

                e. Slandered

                f. Spoke evil

          4. The Temple solders are supposed to protect the things of God

               a. They act wickedly against Jesus and against God Who sent Him

               b. Cynicism runs strong in many who reject Jesus

T.S. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A PERSON DOES NOT LIKE JESUS?

          I. WHEN A PERSON DOES NOT LIKE JESUS THEN JESUS IS PUT AT A DISADVANTAGE

II. WHEN A PERSON DOES NOT LIKE JESUS THEN JESUS IS PUT ON TRIAL vs. 66-69

     A. After Daybreak The Sanhedrin Convene In Official Session vs. 66

          1. To give a semblance of legality to the proceedings against Jesus

          2. Jewish law would not allow trials at night

          3. The council convened to pass judgment

     B. It Is Curious That No Accusation Is Brought Against The Prisoner vs. 67

          1. Instead they invite Jesus to incriminate Himself

          2. Mark tells us that they went out and searched for witnesses against Jesus – No one came to them to complain

          3. Matthew tells us that the witnesses contradicted each other

          4. The judges begin to assume the role of prosecuting attorneys or of accusers

          5. They hated Jesus and were determined to destroy Him

     C. They Ask Here A Political Question

          1. This is so they can find fault with Jesus before Pilate

          2. From all the evidence of Scripture Jesus did not publicly claim the title of Messiah during His ministry

          3. He lived and acted according to Isaiah 61:1-2

NOTE: The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn

Isaiah 61:1-2

          4. Jesus compelled people to make their own decision

NOTE: And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples

and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?”

Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see:

The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them.

And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”

Matthew 11:2-6 NKJV

     D. But Now …

          1. This is a legal trial

               a. Jesus is under oath

               b. He would never be guilty of perjury

          2. If I tell …

               a. Affirm

               b. Declare

               c. Maintain

               d. Swear

               e. Testify

          3. You will not believe

               a. Persuaded

               b. Place confidence in

               c. Saving faith

               d. Think to be true

               e. Trust in Jesus as able to aid

          4. There are questions that cannot be answered by a simple yes or no

               a. His understanding of Messiah-ship was so different from theirs that He could not give a simple “Yes”

               b. The Jews were looking for a military Messiah, not a saving Messiah

               c. They would not believe Him had He made the claim He was legally entitled to make

          5. The point is, it is useless to answer

               a. They have made up their mind

               b. There is nothing to add

               c. Why discuss it?

               d. The meeting is not for the purpose of getting a fair hearing

NOTE: The case against Jesus was so prejudged that no honest decision could be reached

     E. You Will Not Let Me Go vs. 68

          1. Acquit one accused of a crime and set him at liberty

          2. Detain no longer

          3. Dismiss

          4. Release

          5. Send away

          6. Set free

     F. Hereafter

          1. Jesus is looking down the corridor of the future

          2. He sees:

               a. Golgotha

               b. The resurrection

               c. The ascension

               d. The coronation at the Father’s right hand

               e. Pentecost

               f. The Church Age

               g. The glorious return in the clouds

               h. The judgments

          3. Hereafter

               a. From now on

               b. From this time forward

               c. This indicates a change is imminent

               d. The glory of Jesus has begun

               e. His death, resurrection and ascension will change everything

NOTE: Jesus makes four legal statements

          a. Son of Man – He acknowledges that He is the Son of God

NOTE: Son of Man (human nature) united with Son of God (divine nature)

          b. Sit – He claims equality with God

          c. He implies that even though they will kill Him, He will live on in heavenly power and glory

          d. Though He now stands in judgment, the time is coming when He would be the judge of them

          4. Right hand

               a. Place of authority

               b. Place of honor

          5. By appearance Jesus is subject to the judgment of them

               a. In reality they are judged by Him

               b. One day Jesus will judge them for their crime against Him

          6. After the Resurrection the Father, in effect, pulls out the chair to welcome the Son

               a. This is not blasphemy

               b. This is totally appropriate exaltation

               c. The highest place of honor in heaven is at the right hand of God

               d. Here the human nature of Jesus will operate His divine power

T.S. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A PERSON DOES NOT LIKE JESUS?

          I. WHEN A PERSON DOES NOT LIKE JESUS THEN JESUS IS PUT AT A DISADVANTAGE

         II. WHEN A PERSON DOES NOT LIKE JESUS THEN JESUS IS PUT ON TRIAL

III WHEN A PERSON DOES NOT LIKE JESUS THEN JESUS IS DENIED WHO HE IS vs. 70-71

     A. Then Said They All vs. 70

          1. What Jesus said aroused intense interest

          2. They are asking if Jesus claims a special relationship to God

          3. Jesus is claiming that He claims a higher place than that of Messiah

NOTE: To claim Messiah could be called a ‘mistake’ on the part of Jesus

          a. This claim is blasphemy

          b. In verse 65 they blasphemed Jesus

          c. In vs. 70 they convict Him of blasphemy

     B. The Sanhedrin Rightly Concludes That Jesus Claims For Himself A Unique, Highly Exalted Position Before God

          1. Jesus is not to be executed for being a lawbreaker

          2. Jesus is to be executed for claiming to be the Messiah, the Son of God

          3. Jesus also gets them to proclaim by their admission that He is deity

     C. “You Say That I Am”

          1. “This is what you infer”

          2. “You said it!”

          3. “You are right, I am”

          4. “An unqualified Yes”

NOTE: Jesus is the key to our understanding of God, the world, ourselves, our fellow man, of history, the future, eternity

     D. Further Witnesses vs. 71

          1. Legal testimony

          2. Testimony before a judge

          3. What one testifies

NOTE: The witnesses in the life of Jesus in His ministry

          a. God’s own voice, three times from heaven, “This is My own Son, hear Him”

          b. His miracles

          c. His teachings

          d. His personality

          e. The Scriptures

          f. John the Baptist

          4. His own mouth

               a. The Sanhedrin cannot convict Jesus without Jesus’ testimony against Himself

               b. Jesus chooses to go to the cross by His own words

               c. In this case the truth is deadly

          5. Jesus witnesses against Himself

               a. Christians have always witnessed for Him

               b. To them it never occurred to them that what He said was true

          6. To the unbelievers

               a. These claims of Jesus are too radical to believe

               b. These claims of Jesus are too dangerous to ignore

               c. Neutrality is not possible

               d. The claims of Jesus require a decision

NOTE: There are at least twelve illegal actions taken in this trial

          a. The proceeding take place at the high priest’s house instead of in the Temple

          b. Jesus is tried without defense counsel

          c. The verdict came in the space of one day when two days are required for a capital trial

          d. Jesus is tried on a feast day

          e. Contradictory testimony nullifies evidence

          f. A pronouncement of guilt by the high priest is contrary to the normal order, which should start with the least senior members

          g. Those who arrested Him judged Him

          h. The trial was held at night

          i. He was forced to testify against Himself

          j. The younger judges were to vote first, then the older, then the high priest; Caiaphas voted first

          k. Contrary to Jewish law, Jesus was abused

          l. The sentence of death could not be set on the same day as the trial

     E. Which Judge Do We Prefer To Stand Before?

          1. The rejecting Sanhedrin and their mocking soldiers

          2. The One Who will sit at the right of God?

          3. For Luke, it is heaven’s courtroom that counts

     F. Here Jesus Declared That He Was The Divine Messiah And Nothing Less Than The Son Of God

          1. This forms the very cornerstone of Christianity

          2. All we believe stands or falls on this truth

          3. Only those who believe unconditionally that He is really and truly the Beloved Son of God have the right to be called Christians

CONCLUSION

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A PERSON DOES NOT LIKE JESUS?

I. WHEN A PERSON DOES NOT LIKE JESUS THEN JESUS IS PUT AT A DISADVANTAGE

II. WHEN A PERSON DOES NOT LIKE JESUS THEN JESUS IS PUT ON TRIAL

III WHEN A PERSON DOES NOT LIKE JESUS THEN JESUS IS DENIED WHO HE IS

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#John 10

The Shepherd / Sheep Relationship

John 10

INTRODUCTION

One of the clearest teachings in the New Testament concerning the relationship of Jesus and His people is the motif of the Good Shepherd (Jesus) and the sheep (the people of God).

I. THE ABODE OF THE SHEEP John 10:1-6

     A. The Importance Of The Entrance To The Sheepfold vs. 1

     B. The Importance Of The Porter vs. 2-3

     C. The Sheep Know The Difference Between The Shepherd And The Stranger vs. 4-6

II. THE IMPORTANCE OF THE DOOR John 10:7-10

     A. Jesus Is The Door vs. 7-9

     B. The Contrast Between Jesus And The Stranger vs. 10

          1. The mission of the thief

               a. To steal

               b. To kill

               c. To destroy

          2. The mission of Jesus

               a. The sheep might have life

               b. The sheep might have abundant life

III. THE MARKS OF THE SHEPHERD John 10:11-21

     A. The Sacrifice Of The Shepherd vs. 11

     B. The Limitations Of The Hireling vs. 12-13

     C. The Power Of The Right Knowledge vs. 14-15

     D. The Outreach Of The Shepherd vs. 16

     E. The Saving Power Of The Shepherd vs. 17-18

     F. The Division Between People Regarding The Shepherd vs. 19-21

IV. THE BIBLICAL BASIS FOR THE WORK OF THE SHEPHERD John 10:22-42

     A. The Belief Of The Sheep vs. 22-26

     B. The Condition Of The Sheep vs. 27-30

          1. They have eternal life vs. 27a

          2. They never perish vs. 27b

          3. They cannot be stolen vs. 27c

          4. They are given to the Son by the Father vs. 28a

          5. They cannot be removed from the Son vs. 28b

          6. The strength of the Father vs. 29

          7. The relationship between the Father and the Son vs. 30

     C. The Relationship Of Jesus To The Father Rejected By Many vs. 31-39

     D. The Ministry Of Jesus Never Stops vs. 40-42

CONCLUSION

The secret regarding the relationship of the sheep to Jesus is revealed here. Not only do the sheep have a relationship with the Son but also with the Father. The power represented here is a security for the sheep that lasts for eternity.

We who have believed on the Son and called on Him have a secure salvation for eternity.

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#Luke 23:1-12

WHEN WE REJECT JESUS

Luke 23:1-12

INTRODUCTION

As we encounter all these horrible events in the passion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we are faced with an important series of questions.

Why would God put up with all of this?

Why would people treat the Sinless One with such disregard and hatred and disgust?

Much theology has been, and will yet be, written on this subject. The truth is, it will take all of eternity for us to begin to comprehend the depths of sin and the even greater depth of the love of God for us.

It is difficult to overstate the drama of this scene.

The God of the universe is on trial before the greatest ruling power on the earth to that day. The irony – Pilate thought Jesus was on trial before him when Pilate is on trial before Jesus.

We are faced today with not ‘why’ but ‘when’ as to our possible relationship with Jesus. We must not forget … behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) II Corinthians 6:2

THEME: WHEN DO WE REJECT JESUS?

I. WE REJECT JESUS WHEN WE WANT OUR RELIGION OUR WAY vs. 1

     A. Shortly After Daybreak The Sanhedrin Meet To Give Official Confirmation To The Sentence

          1. The masses have not yet awaken

          2. The Jewish leaders were so afraid of the people that they did their best to prevent the masses from knowing what was going on

         3. This is why Jesus is crucified at nine A. M.

              a. And by the Romans

              b. This way the Sanhedrin could blame everything on the Romans

NOTE: Our sin is blaming others for our running from Jesus

     B. The Sanhedrin consisted of two parties

          1. Sadducees – The intellectual ones

          2. Pharisees – The spiritual ones

          3. They hated each other with a deadly hatred

          4. They hated Jesus so much more they worked together

     C. Some Reasons Why They Hated Jesus

          1. Sadducees – Jesus proved to them there is a resurrection

          2. Pharisees – They smarted under His rebukes of their hypocrisy

          3. Priests – Money lost when He cleansed the Temple

          4. Caiaphas – Jesus might cause the Romans to take away what little liberty and rulership they still had over the masses

          5. The masses were following Jesus, not them

     D. There Was A Good Relationship With Pilate

          1. Pilate appointed the high priest annually

          2. Caiaphas managed to receive this appointment from Pilate for ten years

T.S. WHEN DO WE REJECT JESUS?

          I. WE REJECT JESUS WHEN WE WANT OUR RELIGION OUR WAY

II. WE REJECT JESUS WHEN WE WANT TO KEEP OUR OWN PLACE OF POWER vs. 2-6

NOTE: Luke shows the three parts to a Roman trial

          a. Charges

          b. A simple questioning time

          c. Verdict

     A. This “Fellow” vs. 2

          1. ‘Fellow’ is not in the original

          2. This shows their contempt for Him

          3. They won’t use His name

          4. This is perverting the nation

     B. The Three Charges vs. 2

          1. Jesus is misleading the nation – this is very subjective, hard to prove

          2. Jesus refuses to pay taxes

               a. This is totally false

               b. The charge that Jesus brings financial risk to Rome

          3. Jesus declares Himself to be a King

               a. The most serious charge

               b. True

               c. But not in the sense that the Jews try to make

     C. The Sin Of Jesus – Perverting The Nation vs. 1-2

          1. Perverting

               a. Corrupt

               b. Distort

              c. Oppose

              d. Turn away from the right path

          2. The only real ‘perverting’ that Jesus was doing was leading the people away from the perversion of the Jewish leader

         3. Pilate was prone to listen to this

              a. Galileans were noted for rebellions and disturbances

              b. Jesus had drawn crowds after Himself, hence, trouble

          4. Forbidding to pay taxes

               a. They did not say that he taught this

               b. The inference carries more weight

               c. They said it followed from His doctrine

          5. He says He is a king

               a. If He gave allegiance to Rome the Jews would reject Him

               b. If He refused to give allegiance than Rome would kill Him

NOTE: Two gross facts come out

          a. How false the charges are

          b. How dishonest the charges are

     D. The Worldly Wisdom Of Pilate vs. 3

          1. Pilate is observant

               a. He gets to the heart of the matter

               b. He ignores the first two accusations

               c. Only the third charge interests him

          2. Pilate is also wary of the Jews

               a. They hated the Roman rule

               b. They used Rome to stay in power

               c. Since when were they the champions of Roman honor and Roman interest?

          3. He gives Jesus a trial reserved for non revolutionaries

               a. Jesus is a king but not out to overthrow Rome

               b. You said it

                    1) It is as you say

                    2) My kingdom is not of this world John 18:36

     E. The Legal Judgment Of Pilate vs. 4

          1. I find no fault

               a. This is an official verdict

               b. A public pronouncement

                    1) I see no evidence that He is guilty of what you charge

                    2) No crime or offense

                    3) Not guilty

NOTE: Pilate sees no threat to Rome. Three times Pilate will declare the innocence of Jesus.

NOTE : Church and State – Church is okay as long as it does not interfere with the State

          2. The irony

               a. Jesus is portrayed as rebelling against Rome

               b. The priests are rebelling against their Messiah, God’s Chosen One

          3. In John 18 Pilate questioned Jesus privately

               a. He understood the nature of Jesus’ kingdom, not of this world

               b. His claims did not interfere with those of Caesar

     F. The Jews Refuse To Accept The Verdict vs. 5

          1. Pilate has acquitted Him of the charge of being an enemy to Caesar

          2. They kept on insisting

               a. They

               b. Not the crowd

               c. The priests

          3. Fierce

               a. Grow stronger

               b. They are insistent

               c. They are adamant

              d. With determined insistence they become more violent

          4. All Jewry is contaminated by Him

               a. From Galilee to Jerusalem

               b. The whole country

               c. They acknowledge the impact of the teachings of Jesus

     G. Pilate Loses His Nerve vs. 6

          1. He refuses to stand by his judicial judgment

          2. The priests insist that Jesus is a threat to Jewish – Roman relations

          3. Pilate had no love for the Jews

               a. He was a self – seeker, wishing to stand well with the Caesar

               b. Up to a point he was willing to do what justice demanded

               c. When his position was threatened, he surrendered

T. S. WHEN DO WE REJECT JESUS?

          I. WE REJECT JESUS WHEN WE WANT OUR RELIGION OUR WAY

        II. WE REJECT JESUS WHEN WE WANT TO KEEP OUR OWN PLACE OF POWER

III. WE REJECT JESUS WHEN WE HAVE SUNK TOO DEEP INTO SIN vs. 7-12

     A. Jesus Belonged To Herod’s Jurisdiction vs. 7

          1. The passing of the buck

               a. Legally, Jesus should be tried by Herod

               b. Even though He found Jesus innocent

          2. Pilate tries to do one of two things

               a. Pilate shows political courtesy to Herod

               b. Pilate tries to pass the buck to Herod

          3. Whatever Herod’s verdict may be, it will exempt Pilate from responsibility in the matter

         4. Herod

              a. The son of Herod the Great

                   1) The Great tried to kill Jesus the infant

                   2) This son killed John the Baptist

              b. Like his father Herod was an unstable character prone to violence

     B. Other Gospels Say Jesus Remained Silent vs. 8

          1. After all He had been pronounced innocent by Pilate

               a. Justice should mean release

               b. All that follows is more trials and mockery

               c. In verse 15 Pilate says even Herod said Jesus was innocent

          2. Why Jesus refused to do a miracle

               a. Jesus refused to prove He is God by miracles, especially before those who would not believe if someone came from the dead

               b. His power is used to help and redeem other

               c. He never used His power on His own behalf

     C. The Depth Of Herod’s Spiritual Ignorance vs. 9

          1. Herod had so completely surrendered himself to:

               a. Spiritual blindness

               b. Moral decay

          2. His rejection of sinful things included

               a. Rejecting the message of his sin from John the Baptist

               b. The execution of John the Baptist

          3. Herod continued to sink into moral degradation

              a. Jesus had nothing else to say to him

              b. He wanted to meet Jesus only our of curiosity, Jesus refused to speak

              c. Jesus never refused a sincere questioner

              d. Silence is the best answer to refusal to repent

NOTE: Herod is the only person in the Bible that Jesus refused to speak to or address

     D. The Conflicting Decisions vs. 10

          1. They vehemently accused Jesus

          2. Only other New Testament occurrence – For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ. Acts 8:28

          3. They violently accused Him

          4. They unjustly accused Him

          5. The indecision of Herod

               a. He knows that Jesus is innocent

               b. He lacks the courage to declare Him innocent

               c. He lacked the courage to set Jesus free

     E. The Hatred Of Sinful People For Jesus vs. 11

          1. Herod is offended at the unwillingness of Jesus to:

               a. Perform miracles

               b. Answer him

NOTE: A mark of spiritual callousness; For we walk by faith, not by sight II Corinthians 5:7

          2. Herod’s men of war

               a. Army

               b. Band of soldiers

               c. Bodyguard

          3. They set Jesus at nought

               a. Treated Jesus with contempt and ridicule

               b. Despised Jesus utterly

               c. Esteemed Jesus least

NOTE: Since Herod could not prove Jesus was a god he concludes that Jesus is no god Herod treats Jesus as a powerless and inconsequential human being

          4. Jesus is dressed in a gorgeous robe

               a. A white and shining robe

               b. To be worn by kings

               c. To be worn by religious leaders

NOTE: They mock His claims to Kingship. With the Son of God before him Herod could only jest.

NOTE: The two favorite weapons of Satan

          a. Bear false witness

          b. Slander

NOTE: When Satan cannot stop God’s work he blackens the character of:

          a. Jesus

          b. The servants of Jesus

          c. He seeks to destroy the value of their testimony

          5. Herod refuses to make the slightest attempt to investigate His case

               a. Spiritually

               b. Judicially

          6. The colors of royalty

               a. Pilate put a purple robe on Jesus

               b. Herod put a white robe on Jesus

NOTE: For us these colors mean something else

              a. White – purity and innocence of Messiah

              b. Purple – royalty of Messiah

          7. All of these actions were unlawful

               a. There was not the least evidence of His guilt presented

               b. Though legally innocent, Jesus is treated as if He is guilt

NOTE: Because He is carrying our guilt

          8. Herod sent Him back to Pilate

               a. He has his sport with Jesus

               b. He concludes that Jesus is no threat to his rule

     F. The Catalyst For Enemies To Be Friends With A Common Enemy – Jesus vs. 12

          1. We do not know what was the reason for their dispute with each other

          2. What they had in common

               a. They both considered Him merely an object of ridicule and sport

               b. History tells many tales of wicked people who hate each other, put aside their differences in order to unite in opposing and ridiculing Christ and Christians

NOTE: Friendship based on evil is worthless

NOTE: It is a matter of shame to Christians, that while the devil can persuade wicked men to lay aside their enmities, in order to do harm, Christians cannot even keep up friendship in order to do good Theophylact

CONCLUSION

WHEN DO WE REJECT JESUS?

I. WE REJECT JESUS WHEN WE WANT OUR RELIGION OUR WAY

II. WE REJECT JESUS WHEN WE WANT TO KEEP OUR OWN PLACE OF POWER

III. WE REJECT JESUS WHEN WE HAVE SUNK TOO DEEP INTO SIN

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#Luke 23:13-25

SINNING AGAINST JESUS

Luke 23:13-25

INTRODUCTION

Pressures. At times life seems to be one great pressure cooker. We experience pressure in our lives every day. Everyone is demanding something of us. And if that is not bad enough, there are those who are pressuring us to be, or do, ungodly things. We are pressured to take wrong stands.

In this passage Pilate makes three efforts in Luke to release Jesus. He declares Jesus innocent and tries to let the Jews handle the matter (23:4). Under pressure to placate the Jews he sends Jesus to Herod (23:6-12). But the pressure continues. To get out from under the pressure he offers to whip and release Jesus (23: 13-25).

Within the third effort alone he tries three times to get Jesus released (23: 16, 20, 22). He miserably fails. He is now pressured by the nation’s demands that Jesus be slain.

Within this story are the pressures we also have to face when we stand up against sin.

THEME: WHAT CAUSES US TO SIN AGAINST JESUS?

I. BLAMING JESUS WHEN THINGS DON’T GO OUR WAY CAUSES US TO SIN AGAINST JESUS vs.13-16

     A. We Try To Do Things Right vs. 13

          1. This is a legal meeting

          2. There are rulers who don’t want to do things right

               a. Chief priest

               b. Rulers

               c. Some of the people

     B. Jesus Is Examined vs. 14

          1. Others Find Fault With Jesus

          2. Some say Jesus perverts people from political correctness

               a. Not the same word in vs. 2

               b. Greek – apostasy

               c. Change one’s mind

              d. Defect to a different way of thinking

              e. Turn away from allegiance to anyone

          3. I have found no fault in this man

               a. With His enemies as judge they declare Him innocent

               b. …. a lamb without blemish and without spot I Peter 1:19

     C. In Jesus Is Nothing Worthy Of Death vs. 15

          1. Pilate solemnly protests

               a. In a strange development Pilate become the attorney for the defense

               b. Deserving of death

              c. The charges are not proved against him

          2. The Jews had every opportunity to prove the charges

               a. First to Pilate

               b. Then before Herod

               c. Both declared Him innocent

          3. There is no better evidence of the legal innocence of Jesus than from Herod and Pilate

     D. The Innocent Is To Be Punished And Released vs. 16

          1. Chastise

               a. Scourge

               b. Whip

          2. This was usually done before capital punishment

               a. It increased the sufferings of the man condemned

               b. It was such severe punishment that prisoners sometimes died under it

              c. Historical descriptions of the act are gruesome, including details of torn flesh, rupture of the abdominal wall and exposure of internal organs

          3. It is not easy to see the reason why, if Pilate supposed Jesus to be innocent, he should propose publicly to scourge him

              a. It was as really unjust to do that, as it was to crucify him

              b. But to yield an inch from his first verdict overthrew the entire verdict

              c. The crack in the dam is now seen

NOTE: Perhaps he expected that by seeing him whipped and disgraced, and condemned to ridicule, to contempt, and to suffering, they would be satisfied

          4. All this shows

               a. The unmistakable injustice of our Lord’s condemnation

               b. The steadfast hatred and stubbornness of the Jews

               c. The illegal actions of Pilate

NOTE: Chastise

NOTE: But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

T. S. WHAT CAUSES US TO SIN AGAINST JESUS?

          I. BLAMING JESUS WHEN THINGS DON’T GO OUR WAY CAUSES US TO SIN AGAINST JESUS

II. JOINING THE WORLD IN WANTING SINNERS INSTEAD OF JESUS CAUSES US TO SIN AGAINST JESUS vs. 17-23

     A. He Proposes To Release Him, If They Will But Consent To It vs. 17

          1. He will release him as being a lawbreaker

         2. The choices between the two prisoners

              a. Both offered the Jews a salvation

              b. One offered spiritual salvation from the bondage of sin; one offered military and political salvation from the bondage of Rome

NOTE: The Roman Empire no longer exists; sin still exists

               c. One offered regeneration; one offered revolution

              d. One offered to save the people by shedding His blood; one offered to save the people by shedding their own blood

              e. One offered a spiritual kingdom; one offered a political kingdom

     B. The Choice vs. 18

          1. Barabbas

               a. Greek – Son of the father

               b. Ironic – as opposed to The Son of the Father

          2. The contrast

               a. The beloved Son of the Almighty Father

               b. The degenerate son of a respected father

               c. The modern equivalent of a terrorist

NOTE: The demand of the release of an Osoma Ben Laden or a Suddan Hussain instead of Jesus

          3. The crowd chooses to release a murderer instead of the Teacher

               a. The One who could save them is to die

               b. The one who represents the spirit of rebellion is released

               c. This is the spirit of revolt that is to carry them to their destruction forty years later

     C. Barabbas Is Guilty Of Doing What Jesus Is Charged vs. 19

          1. Jesus suffers in the place of Barabbas

          2. This is a picture of how he sets sinful captives free

     D. They Not Only Will Have Him Die, But Will Have Him Die So Great A Death vs. 20-21

          1. The crowd knows what it wants

               a. The crowd refuses to accept the innocence of Jesus

               b. They are more interested in torture than justice

          2. Crucifixion was the harshest form of capital punishment in the ancient world

               a. It dates back to the Persians

               b. Originally Greece and Rome only allowed slaves to be crucified

               c. Finally Rome allowed non – Roman citizens to be crucified

              d. The purpose was to promote fear in the masses

              e. Death came by suffocation through exhaustion or by loss of blood and body fluids

              f. The height of the average cross is estimated at seven feet

     E. The Legal Statements vs. 22

          1. What evil has Jesus done?

               a. Destruction

               b. Harm

               c. Injury

              d. Wickedness

              e. Wrong

          2. I find no fault in Jesus

               a. Three of the four times this word is used it is concerning the trial of Jesus

               b. It is used by Luke concerning Pilate declaring Jesus innocent

NOTE: The three legal statements

          a. Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man. Luke 23:4

          b. Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him Luke 23:14

          c. And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go. Luke 23:22

               c. Pilate admits legally that he has no charge to hang on Jesus

     F. The Command Of The Priests vs. 23

          1. They were instant

               a. Insistent

               b. Pressure of a violent tempest

               c. To be urgent

              d. To press upon

          2. Requiring

               a. The crowd is not begging a favor

               b. The crowd is demanding its rights

               c. The right of them over the right of the Son of God

NOTE: The chant of the crowd (in Greek) Stau-rou, stau-rou-auton! Stau-rou, stau-rou-auton!

NOTE: It is said this is the most dreadful” one two, one – two – three – four” beat ever to sound in the ears of men

          3. They prevailed

               a. Political pressure over truth

               b. Political expediency over truth

               c. Political correctness over truth

NOTE: If a lie is told loud enough and long enough, then the masses will believe it Adolph Hitler

NOTE: Victory for the screamers

          a. The loudest rules

          b. One death is better than a mass violence

T.S. WHAT CAUSES US TO SIN AGAINST JESUS?

          I. BLAMING JESUS WHEN THINGS DON’T GO OUR WAY CAUSES US TO SIN AGAINST JESUS

        II. JOINING THE WORLD IN WANTING SINNERS INSTEAD OF JESUS CAUSES US TO SIN AGAINST JESUS

III. GIVING IN TO THE WORLD’S OPINIONS CAN CAUSE US TO SIN AGAINST JESUS vs. 24-25

     A. Pilate Gave His Legal Verdict

          1. Gave sentence

          2. Approved of their decision vs. 24a

          3. Even though it was contrary to the evidence

          4. Gave his decree

     B. As They Required vs. 24b

          1. Denotes a request of the will; they willed it

          2. Signifies to ask for something to be given, not done, giving prominence to the thing asked for rather than the person

          3. Not as the law required

          4. Not as God required

          5. The Jews get what they wanted

NOTE: Who is responsible for the death of Jesus?

          a. The Jews were the driving force

          b. The Romans share responsibility for the final decision

          c. It is our sin in the most comprehensive sense that nailed Jesus to the cross

NOTE: The contemporary meaning of the cross is a judgment on the evil of all humanity. For centuries men have deftly avoided the implications of the cross by a very simple maneuver; they have placed the blame for the murder of Jesus on Jews …, But the truth is that they were people just like all people, the present generation included – with the same ambitions, the same weaknesses, the same problems. Racial prejudice, institutionalized religion, social injustice these were the evils that Jesus challenged. M. O. Tolbert

NOTE: The continuing battle of trying to shove God out of the picture

          a. Refusal to come to terms with the Word of God (Jesus)

          b. Attempts to silence the disturbing voice that proclaims the Word (Jesus)

          c. Desire to run this world ourselves

          d. Use this world for our own ambitions

          e. This is the ultimate idolatry

          f. This crucifixion takes place every day in the hearts of many people

     C. The Choices vs. 25

NOTE: Luke does not mention the name of Barabbas

The description of his sins are greater than his name

          1. The great contrast

               a. The horrible criminal goes free

               b. The Innocent One is placed among criminals

              c. Luke gives a description of the crimes of the guilty one

             d. Luke only names the innocent One Jesus

          2. The final decision

               a. The enemy of Rome is allowed to go free

               b. The One Who had no ambitions to rule an earthly kingdom is crucified

          3. Jesus is delivered over

               a. Not to the will of justice

               b. Not to the will of the court

               c. To the will of the Jews

NOTE: This pronouncement, made by a judge who again and again had pronounced Jesus innocent, is the most shocking travesty of justice history has ever recorded

NOTE: Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne … The Present Crisis, James Russell Lowell

          4. Will

               a. Choice

               b. Command

               c. Desire

               d. Pleasure

NOTE: There is a story of two athletes. A huge statue had been erected for the winner. That made the loser so envious that evening after evening he would go out and chisel away at the statue, to cause it to fall. And it did … on top of him, crushing him to death.

CONCLUSION

WHAT CAUSES US TO SIN AGAINST JESUS?

I. BLAMING JESUS WHEN THINGS DON’T GO OUR WAY CAUSES US TO SIN AGAINST JESUS

II. JOINING THE WORLD IN WANTING SINNERS INSTEAD OF JESUS CAUSES US TO SIN AGAINST JESUS

III. GIVING IN TO THE WORLD’S OPINIONS CAN CAUSE US TO SIN AGAINST JESUS

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#John 11a

JESUS COMES TO THE TOMB OF LAZARUS

John 11

INTRODUCTION

Jesus is informed of the illness of Lazarus. Instead of immediately healing him Jesus delays his arrival until Lazarus has been dead for four days.

Many questions arise within the minds of Mary, Martha and friends of the family. Why did He not come? Why did He allow Lazarus to die?

There is a very important truth found in this chapter: The Lord Jesus Christ is never late in responding to the needs of His people. His timing is everything. And His answers are everything.

Someone has wisely said that to our questions to Jesus He can respond in a number of ways:

     1. Yes

     2. No

     3. Wait awhile

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-9 NKJV

As the song writer has written, Jesus does all things well (All The Way My Savior Leads Me). That also includes His timing.

I. THE EMOTIONS EXHIBITED BY JESUS FOR US John 11:1-37

     A. The Report Of The Illness Of Lazarus vs. 1-3

          1. The illness of Lazarus vs. 1

          2. The sister of Lazarus vs. 2

          3. The message from Mary and Martha to Jesus vs. 3

     B. The Real Reason For The Illness Of Lazarus vs. 4

          1. The outward view of the illness vs. 4a

          2. The real reason for the illness vs. 4b

     C. The Death Of Lazarus vs. 5-16

          1. The compassion of Jesus to the family vs. 5

          2. The refusal of Jesus to go to them vs. 6

          3. The discussion of going to Judea

               a. The statement vs. 7

               b. The question of the disciples vs. 8

               c. The response of Jesus vs. 9-10

          4. The discussion regarding the condition of Lazarus vs. 11-16

               a. Jesus uses ‘sleep’ to refer to ‘death’ vs. 11

               b. The disciples misunderstood vs. 12

               c. The announce of Jesus that Lazarus is dead vs. 13-15

               d. The pessimistic resignation of Thomas vs. 16

     D. The Arrival Of Jesus vs. 17-22

          1. The four-day-old corpse vs. 17

          2. The location of Bethany vs. 18

          3. The reaction of Martha to the arrival of Jesus vs. 19

          4. The acknowledgment of the power of Jesus by Martha vs. 20-27

               a. The power of Jesus if He had been present vs. 20-22

               b. The resurrection at the last day vs. 24

     E. The Proclamation Of Jesus vs. 23-27

          1. The belief in the resurrection at the last day vs. 23-24

          2. The statement by Jesus as to Who He is and does she believe this? vs. 25-26

          3. The testimony of Martha regarding Who Jesus is vs. 27

     F. Mary Goes To See Jesus vs. 28-32

          1. The call of Jesus to see Mary vs. 28-29

          2. The misunderstanding of the friends of Martha and Mary vs. 30-31

          3. The acknowledgment of the power of Jesus by Mary vs. 32

     G. The Emotions Of Jesus At The Tomb Of Lazarus vs. 33-37

          1. Jesus is taken to the tomb of Lazarus vs. 33-34

          2. Jesus displays His emotions vs. 35-37

II. THE LORD TAKES CHARGE John 11:38-46

     A. Jesus Gives Instructions vs. 38-39

          1. The location of the grave – a cave vs. 38

          2. The order to remove the stone vs. 39

     B. Jesus Reminds Them Of His Promise vs. 40

     C. The Prayer Of Jesus Before The Audience vs. 41-42

     D. The Command Of Jesus To Lazarus vs. 43-44

           1. “Lazarus, come forth!” vs. 43

            2. The response of Lazarus vs. 44

     E. The Reaction Of The Audience vs. 45-46

           1. Some believed on Jesus vs. 45

           2. Some reported the miracle of Jesus to the Jewish authorities vs. 46

III. THE REACTION OF THE PHARISEES John 11:47-57

     A. Their Concern And Blindness Revealed vs. 47-48

          1. What shall we do? vs. 47a

          2. This man works many signs vs. 47b

          3. If everyone believes in Him we lose our jobs, prestige, power vs. 48

     B. The Unintended Statement And Prophecy vs. 49-52

     C. The Urgent Desire Of The Pharisees – To Kill Jesus vs. 53

     D. The Response Of Jesus vs. 54

     E. The Order Of The Pharisees vs. 55-57

CONCLUSION

In this chapter we see how strong the power of sin and spiritual blindness can be.

Two groups of people witness a miracle. They see the same events. Without question one of the greatest miracles of all time has occurred at the hand of the Lord Jesus Christ. A dead man, who is beyond recovery, is brought from the dead.

One group sees and believes in the Lord Jesus Christ as to Who He is.

A second group leaves the scene and tell the Pharisees what has happened and there is no record they were moved in the least spiritually by this miracle.

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#Luke 23:26-32

BEFORE CHRIST DIED

Luke 23:26-32

INTRODUCTION

The songwriter said it right when he said, “My sins nailed Him to the cross.” If we did not have sin, there would have been no reason for Jesus to go to the cross. He went to the cross for our sin nature. He went to the cross to save us. And He also went to the cross to cleanse us from the sins we still commit even though we are saved.

The most profound, the most important event in the history of mankind is the cross. It is the center of all history and eternity. It is the center of our salvation It is the center of our purity. It is the center of our eternal destiny. That is why, of all the titles we can give to Jesus, the greatest is really two:

The Lover of our souls

The spotless Lamb slain for our sins

Of the four Gospels Luke has the simplest account of the crucifixion itself. And Luke gives meaningful details not covered by the other Gospels. We must not forget, Luke is the only Gentile account of the crucifixion. Luke was Greek, not Jewish. Luke is a Gentile just like us. He knew what it meant to be born with no hope. He knew what it meant to have the sacrifice of Christ so we can have eternal hope.

THEME: BEFORE CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS:

I. WE HAD A PART IN HIS DEATH vs. 26

     A. Jesus Was Led Away

          1. He was led to Caiaphas Matthew 26:57

          2. He was led to Pilate Matthew 27:2

          3. He was led away to be crucified Luke 23:26

     B. The Events Of The Last Twelve Hours Before The Crucifixion

NOTE: Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God John 13:3

NOTE: After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled … John 19:28

          1. The triumphal entry into Jerusalem

          2. The Last Supper

          3. The Garden of Gethsemane

          4. The arrest

          5. The hypocritical trial before the Sanhedrin

          6. The mockery in the house of Caiaphas

          7. The denial of Simeon Peter

          8. Before Pilate

          9. Before Herod

       10. The ordeal of being scourged

       11. The abuse by the Roman soldiers

       12. The choosing of Barabbas

       13. The pronouncement of crucifixion

NOTE: No wonder He fell under the cross!

     C. They Laid Hold Upon Simon

          1. They seized him

          2. Romans would not carry a cross because of the shame associated with the act

          3. The soldiers thought it a good joke on this unsuspecting Jew that had to carry another Jew’s cross

     D. Simon A Cyrenian

          1. All the Gospels mention him

          2. Cyrenian

               a. Cyrene, Libya

               b. Area of Tripoli

          3. There was a synagogue in Jerusalem for the Cyrenians Acts 6:9

NOTE: At least the leaders participated in the stoning of Stephen

          4. And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross Mark 15:21

NOTE: Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine. Romans 16:13

     E. He Followed After Jesus

          1. Probably to bear one end of the cross

          2. Some say he bore the entire cross

          3. The bearing of the cross was a part of the punishment of the condemned

NOTE: No disciple was there to do what a stranger was compelled to do

T. S. BEFORE CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS:

          I. WE HAD A PART IN HIS DEATH

II. WE HAD A WRONG PERSPECTIVE OF HIS DEATH vs. 27-31

     A. They Cried For The Wrong Reasons vs. 27

          1. Bewailed

               a. Lament

               b. Mourn

               c. Beat the breast in grief, ordinarily for the dead

NOTE: To them Jesus was as good as dead

     B. Lament

          1. To give formal expression to grief

          2. To sing a dirge

     C. The Response Of Jesus To The Daughters Of Jerusalem vs. 28

          1. Daughters of Jerusalem

               a. Women of Jerusalem

               b. Female citizens of Jerusalem

               c. This was a common mode of speaking among the Hebrews

          2. Weep not for Me

               a. Such tears for Jesus are utterly wasted

               b. Such action is fruitless

               c. There is irony here

                    1) The death of Jesus does not mean His destruction

NOTE: No cross, no crown

                    2) The death of Jesus means doom for the nation

          3. Do not weep

               a. They did not weep for the sins of their rulers in sending Jesus to the cross

               b. They did not weep for the sins of the crowd that cried, “Crucify Him”

               c. They did not weep for their own sins

               d. Let their tears lead them to repentance, something worthwhile

          4. Weep for yourselves

               a. This refers to the calamities that were about to come upon them in the desolation of their city by the Romans

               b. If they understood the meaning of this event they would be crying out to God for mercy

                   1) For themselves

                   2) For their children

               c. The men had put a curse on themselves

NOTE: Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. Matthew 26:25

          5. The attitude of Jesus

               a. Not of revenge

               b. Care

              c. Concern

              d. Honesty

     D. Jesus Gives A Better Reason For Mourning Than His Death vs. 29

          1. The days are coming

               a. Not day, referring to the final judgment

               b. A key period of God’s activity is coming

          2. In this time

               a. Normal categories of blessing and cursing will be reversed

               b. The pain of these days will be so great

          3. The horrible contrast

               a. The past

                    1) Women with children are blessed

                     2) Barren women are sad

               b. The future

                    1) Women with children are sad watching their children suffer

                    2) Barren women are blessed

               c. Sterility will be a greater blessing that fruitfulness

              d. Motherhood will be a curse

          4. The suffering of Jerusalem’s fall will be so great

               a. It will better to have no family

               b. The blessed are described three ways

                    1) No children

                    2) Wombs that never bore

                    3) Breasts that never fed an infant

          5. On this day there are only three crosses

               a. At the fall of Jerusalem the Romans ran out of trees crucifying Jews

               b. Over one million Jews died in the war

               c. Jews were sold as slaves until the slave markets of the day were gutted with too many slaves

NOTE: The ancients dreaded death because of the unknown on the other side. The Christian need not even fear the act of dying because of the known on the other side.

     E. The Pain Of Jerusalem’s Fall Will Be So Great That People Will Desire Their Life To End vs. 30

          1. They will want a quick death

               a. Death, they think, will be better than the misery they face

               b. They will desire that creation collapse on them

          2. Fall

               a. This is an image of great

                    1) Distress

                    2) Hardship

                    3) Judgments

               b. So great will be the calamities that they will seek for shelter from the storm, and will call on the hills to protect them

              c. The same figure is used respecting the wicked in the day of judgment

          3. Three times in the Bible people beg the mountains to fall on them

               a. Israel – When Assyria conquers them for their idolatry Hosea 10:8

               b. For rejecting Jesus Luke 23:30

               c. For persecuting God’s people Revelation 6:9-10,16-17

     F. The Proverb Of The Green And Dry Tree vs. 31

          1. The contrasts

               a. A green tree is not easily set on fire; a dry one is easily kindled and burns rapidly

               b. Jesus is the green, wet wood; Israel is the dead, dry wood

               c. If green wood is made to burn, what will happen to the dry wood?

          2. What this can mean

               a. If the Romans do this to an innocent Jesus, what will they do to a rebellious nation?

               b. If the Jews treat Jesus this way for coming to deliver them, how will they be treated for destroying Him?

               c. If mankind behaves this way before wickedness is full, how much more will it do so when wickedness overflows?

               d. If God has not spared Jesus, how much more will this sinful nation not be spared when judgment falls?

          3. If God has not spared Jesus

               a. How can He be expected to spare sinning Christians

               b. How can He be expected to spare the unsaved

          4. The future of Jesus is secure

               a. Unless the people of Jerusalem repent their future and their eternity is not secure

               b. God does no permit impenitence to go unpunished

               c. This applies now and hereafter

T.S. BEFORE CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS:

          I. WE HAD A PART IN HIS DEATH

        II. WE HAD A WRONG PERSPECTIVE OF HIS DEATH

III. WE SHOULD HAVE DIED ALSO vs. 32

NOTE: Song, I Should Have Been Crucified

     A. Two Other

          1. Greek word with special meaning

          2. Difference of kind, quality

          3. He was not a law-breaker like them

          4. He was different than them

     B. Malefactors

          1. Found four times in the New Testament

          2. Evil doer

          3. Has an evil business

          4. A general term for any law-breaker

          5. The only time it is not used in the crucifixion is: Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound. II Timothy 2:9

NOTE: When we are faithful in our service to the Lord Jesus Christ we may be accused of being a law-breaker

NOTE: … he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53:12

     C. Jesus Did Not Go To His Death Alone

          1. He was slain as a law-breaker

          2. He died with criminals at His side

     D. Yet In The Process Of His Death He Is Thinking Of Others, Not Himself

          1. He asks for the citizens of Jerusalem to repent

          2. He will ask the Father to forgive those who crucified Him

          3. He will save the repenting thief

          4. And He still saves today

CONCLUSION

BEFORE CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS:

I. WE HAD A PART IN HIS DEATH

II. WE HAD A WRONG PERSPECTIVE OF HIS DEATH

III. WE SHOULD HAVE DIED ALSO

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