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Wednesday Evening July 26, 2017

Wayne Keely

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Jeremiah 41:1-42:22  Now it came to pass in the seventh month, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah the son of Elishama, of the seed royal, and the princes of the king, even ten men with him, came unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam to Mizpah; and there they did eat bread together in Mizpah.  (2)  Then arose Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and the ten men that were with him, and smote Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan with the sword, and slew him, whom the king of Babylon had made governor over the land.  (3)  Ishmael also slew all the Jews that were with him, even with Gedaliah, at Mizpah, and the Chaldeans that were found there, and the men of war.  (4)  And it came to pass the second day after he had slain Gedaliah, and no man knew it,  (5)  That there came certain from Shechem, from Shiloh, and from Samaria, even fourscore men, having their beards shaven, and their clothes rent, and having cut themselves, with offerings and incense in their hand, to bring them to the house of the LORD.  (6)  And Ishmael the son of Nethaniah went forth from Mizpah to meet them, weeping all along as he went: and it came to pass, as he met them, he said unto them, Come to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam.  (7)  And it was so, when they came into the midst of the city, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah slew them, and cast them into the midst of the pit, he, and the men that were with him.  (8)  But ten men were found among them that said unto Ishmael, Slay us not: for we have treasures in the field, of wheat, and of barley, and of oil, and of honey. So he forbare, and slew them not among their brethren.  (9)  Now the pit wherein Ishmael had cast all the dead bodies of the men, whom he had slain because of Gedaliah, was it which Asa the king had made for fear of Baasha king of Israel: and Ishmael the son of Nethaniah filled it with them that were slain.  (10)  Then Ishmael carried away captive all the residue of the people that were in Mizpah, even the king’s daughters, and all the people that remained in Mizpah, whom Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had committed to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam: and Ishmael the son of Nethaniah carried them away captive, and departed to go over to the Ammonites.  (11)  But when Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that were with him, heard of all the evil that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had done,  (12)  Then they took all the men, and went to fight with Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and found him by the great waters that are in Gibeon.  (13)  Now it came to pass, that when all the people which were with Ishmael saw Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that were with him, then they were glad.  (14)  So all the people that Ishmael had carried away captive from Mizpah cast about and returned, and went unto Johanan the son of Kareah.  (15)  But Ishmael the son of Nethaniah escaped from Johanan with eight men, and went to the Ammonites.  (16)  Then took Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that were with him, all the remnant of the people whom he had recovered from Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, from Mizpah, after that he had slain Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, even mighty men of war, and the women, and the children, and the eunuchs, whom he had brought again from Gibeon:  (17)  And they departed, and dwelt in the habitation of Chimham, which is by Bethlehem, to go to enter into Egypt,  (18)  Because of the Chaldeans: for they were afraid of them, because Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had slain Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, whom the king of Babylon made governor in the land.  (42:1)  Then all the captains of the forces, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least even unto the greatest, came near,  (2)  And said unto Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech thee, our supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for us unto the LORD thy God, even for all this remnant; (for we are left but a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us:)  (3)  That the LORD thy God may shew us the way wherein we may walk, and the thing that we may do.  (4)  Then Jeremiah the prophet said unto them, I have heard you; behold, I will pray unto the LORD your God according to your words; and it shall come to pass, that whatsoever thing the LORD shall answer you, I will declare it unto you; I will keep nothing back from you.  (5)  Then they said to Jeremiah, The LORD be a true and faithful witness between us, if we do not even according to all things for the which the LORD thy God shall send thee to us.  (6)  Whether it be good, or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice of the LORD our God, to whom we send thee; that it may be well with us, when we obey the voice of the LORD our God.  (7)  And it came to pass after ten days, that the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah.  (8)  Then called he Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces which were with him, and all the people from the least even to the greatest,  (9)  And said unto them, Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, unto whom ye sent me to present your supplication before him;  (10)  If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and not pull you down, and I will plant you, and not pluck you up: for I repent me of the evil that I have done unto you.  (11)  Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom ye are afraid; be not afraid of him, saith the LORD: for I am with you to save you, and to deliver you from his hand.  (12)  And I will shew mercies unto you, that he may have mercy upon you, and cause you to return to your own land.  (13)  But if ye say, We will not dwell in this land, neither obey the voice of the LORD your God,  (14)  Saying, No; but we will go into the land of Egypt, where we shall see no war, nor hear the sound of the trumpet, nor have hunger of bread; and there will we dwell:  (15)  And now therefore hear the word of the LORD, ye remnant of Judah; Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; If ye wholly set your faces to enter into Egypt, and go to sojourn there;  (16)  Then it shall come to pass, that the sword, which ye feared, shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine, whereof ye were afraid, shall follow close after you there in Egypt; and there ye shall die.  (17)  So shall it be with all the men that set their faces to go into Egypt to sojourn there; they shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence: and none of them shall remain or escape from the evil that I will bring upon them.  (18)  For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; As mine anger and my fury hath been poured forth upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem; so shall my fury be poured forth upon you, when ye shall enter into Egypt: and ye shall be an execration, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach; and ye shall see this place no more.  (19)  The LORD hath said concerning you, O ye remnant of Judah; Go ye not into Egypt: know certainly that I have admonished you this day.  (20)  For ye dissembled in your hearts, when ye sent me unto the LORD your God, saying, Pray for us unto the LORD our God; and according unto all that the LORD our God shall say, so declare unto us, and we will do it.  (21)  And now I have this day declared it to you; but ye have not obeyed the voice of the LORD your God, nor any thing for the which he hath sent me unto you.  (22)  Now therefore know certainly that ye shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, in the place whither ye desire to go and to sojourn.

We’ll Work Till Jesus Comes…We’ll Work Till Jesus Comes

Luke 17:22 “And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.

This commentary on Luke 17 is written by Matthew Henry who lived in the 1700’s: “the disciples expected a constant series of success in their work; but Christ tells them it would be otherwise.  {See v.22 above} one such day as we now have…

People will grow cool to the preaching of the gospel so you will not see such harvests of souls gathered to Christ …. The time may come when we may in vain wish for such days.  God teaches us to know the worth of such mercies by the want of them….the Spirit is withdrawn from them; they see not their signs; the angel comes not down to stir the waters; there is a great stupidity among the children of men, and a great lukewarmness among the children of God; then shall they wish to see such victorious triumphant days of the Son of man as they have sometimes seen, when he has ridden forth with his bow and his crown, conquering and to conquer, but they will not see them.  NOTE: We must not think that Christ’s church and cause are lost because not always alike visible and prevailing.”

These words penned over three hundred years ago are as up to date as this morning’s news report.  I find it absolutely fascinating that he grieved over the lack of response to the Gospel message as I.  There are times when I sit grieving that there is so little response to the message preached and so little notice of our community, yet I know that seasons of harvest have always been:

When Paul spoke to King Agrippa he was shocked that the King seemed to know so little.  Paul said: ‘For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.’ Act 26:26 Yet, it seems that either Agrippa didn’t hear or more likely didn’t care.  Either way he was accountable to God for a decision that he put off making.  When confronted with this truth, King Agrippa became accountable to God and his eternity depended upon his response.

Today many people are either not hearing or not caring.  Either way they will one day give an account for ‘We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.’  II Corinthians 5:10

I am glad that the Gospel is entrusted to us today.  Be a faithful witness for Him!

Bro. Wayne

 

Palm Sunday 2016 Message

This is a copy of my notes for Sunday March 20, 2016:

John 12:1-33  THE WEEK OF THE CRUCIFIXION   Sunday Morning 3/20/16

THE MARKING OF THE TIME OF JESUS’ DEATH AND BURIAL

Today I plan to take us quickly through the last days of the life of Christ.  His Crucifixion and Resurrection is the turning point of all of History. B.C. {Before Christ} and A.D. {After Death or anno domini in the year of our Lord}

REMEMBER THE JEWISH DAY:

  1. BEGINS AT SUNSET: Rather than sunrise, as ours, and ends at sunrise. Reckoned from 6:00 P.M. The beginning of the Jewish Day;

[1] The first week declared: Genesis 1:5 “And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.” Genesis 1:8 “And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.”

[2] The practice of David: Psalm 55:17 “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.

The account starts each day with prayer “in the evening”.

  1. THE EVENTS OF THE CRUCIFIXION: Begin with Saturday evening

[1] Are marked by beginning in the evening: John 12:1 “Then Jesus six days

before the Passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. 2There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.”    This was the close of the Sabbath or Saturday evening after six p.m.

[2] Jesus begins His passion: With a supper in His honor John 12:1-8

Note v.7 This occurs on Saturday eveningsix days before PassoverPassover being on 14 Nissan which is Thursday, keeping with the understanding that the Jewish day began in the evening.

Exodus 12 declares that the Passover lamb was to slain on this day.

  1. THE EVENING MARKS THE BEGINNING OF EACH DAY:

[1] Saturday: John 12:2 “they made him a supper

[2] Sunday: Matthew 21:12-17 “he lodged there

[3] Monday: Mark 11:11, {which is Sunday evening} v.12, but is after 6:00 p.m.

making it Monday; v.19 closes the day of Monday.

[4] Tuesday: Mark 11:20 begins the day; 13:37 closes the day at sunset.

[5] Wednesday: Mark 14:1-3 this is our Tuesday evening {the Jews Wednesday}.  Mark 14:10&11 marks the close of Tuesday; which begins the Jews Wednesday.

[6] Thursday: Mark 14:12-17 Identifies this day as “the first day of unleavened bread when they killed the Passover…” This is our Wednesday after sunset, {which marks the Jews Thursday}. Much happens this 24-hour period.  It continues through v.52, which is in the middle of our Wednesday night.

BEFORE WE BEGIN: IT IS CRITICAL TO UNDERSTAND THIS SPECIAL DAY:

Thursday: Between 5:00 p.m. and Sunset; this could be as late as 7:00 p.m. Some critical events occurred that help us understand this special day: NOTE Mark 15:42-46 “And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, 43Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus. 44And Pilate marveled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead. 45And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph. 46And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre.”  AND John 19:31 “for that Sabbath day was an high day…”

{i} There were two Sabbaths this week: Numbers 28:16-25

v.16-18                  A. The day that started the Feast of Unleavened bread: “And in the fourteenth day of the first month is the Passover of the LORD. 17And in the fifteenth day of this month is the feast: seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten. 18In the first day shall be an holy convocation; ye shall do no manner of servile work therein:” This Sabbath was on:

Thursday of our Lord’s passion week {14 Nisan}.  It changes from year to year because the Jew calculates their Feast days by the moon.

  1. The weekly Sabbath: That always began on Friday 6:00 p.m .and ended on Saturday 6:00 p.m.

{ii} This Sabbath {Feast of Unleavened bread} was the supper our Lord had with His disciples before His arrest.

This was on Wednesday evening after sunset: {The Jews Thursday}

THE JEWS WANTED JESUS’ BODY REMOVED FROM THE CROSS BEFORE THE SABBATH {Passover} BEGAN.  Mark 15:42-47 v.42 note the words “because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath.”

 

Saturday evening and SUNDAY             John 12:1-8; 12-36

  1. EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCES: John 12:12-36

v.16             1. MISUNDERSTANDINGS OF WHO JESUS IS: And why He came:

[1] These that precede Him: came with Him from Jericho: No one but Jesus

knew what was going on. “These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him. …

  1. THE BROKEN HEART OF JESUS:

                    [1] The sign that He was King:  

[2] The sign of victory: The Palm Branches: Revelation 7:9 “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.”

                      [3] Ignorance by the religious elite: Jesus was the King. But they rejected

                                    Him

v.41             [4] Jesus wept over the City: Luke 19:41: ‘And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,’ whereas John 11:35 WEPT {dakruo} shed tears but here v.41

WEPT {klaio} weeping for the dead.  He saw 37 years into the future: 70 a.d.

SEEING TITUS DESTROY JERUSALEM. Jesus saw the end of their unbelief: total destruction.

12:12-36  3. REALIZING WHO JESUS IS:

v.13             [1] The King

v.19-21        [2] The threat to religion:

v.23-36        [3] The Christ of God:

  1. SIN IN GOD’S HOUSE: Matthew 21:12-14
  2. GOD CLEANSES HIS HOUSE:

[1] The first cleansing: John 2

[2] The second cleansing: Matthew 21 & Luke 19

[3] The third cleansing: Mark 11:11;15& 17 On Monday evening

NOTICE:

  1. THE PROBLEM: Buying and selling: people were paying big money for concession rights to buy and sell sacrifices in the temple and to exchange foreign money for temple money to give to the treasury.
  2. THE CORRECTION: The removal of sin
  3. THE RESULT: God’s Word is effective

III. HYPOCRITES WERE THERE:   

  1. HYPOCRITES DON’T LIKE TO SEE THE POWER OF GOD:

The wonderful things He did: The children making noise:

  1. HYPOCRITES SEEK TO DESTROY HIM: but don’t know how.
  2. JESUS LEAVES THEM:

THE DAY IS OVER:  HE RETURNS TO BETHANY AND LODGES THERE:

NIGHT HAS COME:  NO ONE CAN WORK:

Matthew 21:18&19 Mark 11:12-19

 

Sunday evening and MONDAY John 12:37-50 The Examination of the Lamb begins

The Passover lamb had been selected and shut up.  Jesus presented himself as the Lamb of God, but was rejected by the very people to whom He was sent.  The night in Bethany was long.  Prayer and fasting was the order of the night.

                              THE NEXT MORNING

  1. HE WAS HUNGRY: Mark 11:12&13; Matthew 21:18
  2. THE CAUSE OF HIS HUNGER:

[1] Fasting and prayer: Luke 4:2and after that he hungered:’

  1. SEE THE PARABLE OF THE VINEDRESSER:  Luke 13:6-9

v.6     [1] He sought fruit thereon:

v.7    [2] Cut it down:  Three years I have sought for fruit.

{This was the fourth time Jesus had come to Jerusalem since His Ministry began…}

v.8    [3] One more year:

v.9    [4] No fruit: ‘Cut it down

  1. THE HUNGER FOR FRUIT: Jesus was not just physically hungry:

Mark 11:13   [1] The fruit was not there because:

The time was not yet.

NOW IS THE TIME SPOKEN OF BY DANIEL THE PROPHET: Daniel 9:25-26.

MESSIAH IS TO BE CUT OFF:

THIS IS A PURPOSEFUL PLAN TO MAKE A LIVING PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE:

ISRAEL IS THAT FIG TREE:

  1. THE FIG TREE IS BARREN: Matthew 21:19; Mark 11:13&14
  2. IT IS TIME TO CUT IT DOWN:

Luke 13:9 “And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.”

  1. The curse is made: “No man eat fruit of thee hereafter, FOREVER  {eis ton aiona} unto the age, not for eternity, but for the age – Luke 1:55As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed FOREVER

GOD QUIT SPEAKING TO ABRAHAM’S SEED AT THE CLOSE OF THAT  DISPENSATION: NOW HE SPEAKS TO US BY HIS SON: Hebrews 1:1&2God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;”

THE REJECTION OF JESUS BY ISRAEL ENDED THAT DISPENSATION.  BUT NOW

III. THE ENTRY OF JUDGMENT:  Mark 11:15-18, John 12:37-50

v.15-17        1. THE THIRD CLEANSING:

[1] This time Jesus is in absolute authority: v.16 he stops the parade of

unclean vessels through the temple – very much like Nehemiah 13:17-31

v.18             2. They reject His doctrine: They sought how they might destroy him.  

  1. The Scripture is now fulfilled: John says that these Prophecies in Isaiah that are fulfilled here.

John 12:42-43 4. THE CAUSE OF REJECTION:

[1] Chief Rulers:  

v.44-50        5. THE PROOF OF DISCIPLESHIP: Belief in Jesus.

  1. THE EVEN WAS COME: Mark 11:19

It was over – the Jews had rejected Messiah – it was fast coming to a close.  Only two more days of freedom before the trial

Monday evening and TUESDAY

Matthew 21:20; 26:16 Mark 11:20; 14:11 Luke 20:1; 21:4

Early Tuesday morning our Lord once again comes from Bethany (only about 2 miles east of Jerusalem) and this morning walks the same way.  Then we see:

  1. THE FIG TREE: Mark 11:20-26
  2. THE WARNING TO THE DISCIPLES: He is to be rejected by the fig tree

(Israel) Jesus warns his disciples concerning them.

v.22      [1] Have the Faith of God: To see through wickedness to life.

v.25      [2] Forgive:

  1. THE INCLUSION OF THE GENTILES: Israel rejected, but it has meant the full inclusion of the Gentiles: Romans 11:11 “I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.”

THE FIG TREE SHOWS US THAT ISRAEL FAILED TO RECEIVE THE SALVATION OFFERED TO THEM AND GOD TURNED TO THE GENTILES.

  1. THE CHALLENGE PROVED THE REALITY: Matthew 21:23-22:39
JESUS WAS THE LAMB

v.23      1. TWO QUESTIONS ARE ASKED:

[1] By what authority do you do these things:

[2] Who gave you this authority:

v.24&25 2. JESUS RETURNED THEIR QUESTION: With a Question:

[1] What about the Baptism of John: See v. 27

v.28-22:33 3. THE LORD’S RESPONSE: “But what think ye?” PARABLES OF REJECTION: GIVEN TO SHOW ISRAEL REJECTED, BUT THE GENTILES WOULD RECEIVE

v.28-32   [1] The two sons: One said yes but did not.

v.33-46   [2] The householders vineyard: NOTE v.45 He spake of them.

22:1-14   [3] The King’s Son’s wedding: NOTE: v.12 No wedding garment

v.15-22   [4] The tribute to Caesar: NOTE v.15 To entangle Him

  1. 23-33 [5] The wife of seven Brothers: “Ye do err, Ye know not the scriptures nor the power of God For in the resurrection they neither marry

III. THE ENEMY JOINS FORCES: Matthew 22:34-46

22:34     1. BITTER ENEMIES UNITE:

[1] The Pharisees: Who believe in resurrection of the dead and angels and spirits.

[2] The Sadducees: Which believe in neither resurrection or spirits or angels)    Now lay aside their petty differences and unite.

[3] Pilate and Herod: Luke 23:6-12 became friends that day.

                                    THE GOSPEL HAS A WAY OF UNITING AND DIVIDING

v.35-46   2. THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE:

v.37        [1] The greatest command: “To love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, soul & mind.”

v.42-45        [2] The greatest challenge: Whose son is Christ (Messiah) God’s only

          begotten son. Not just another teacher or prophet but God’s only Son.

v.46            [3] The end of challenges: No more questions

THIS DISCOURSE ENDED THE CHALLENGE OF THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS

  1. THE PRONOUNCEMENT OF JUDGMENT:

[1] On the Scribes and Pharisees: Luke 11:45 THE LAWYERS also.  Matthew 23:2 & 3; 13 & 14; 23, 27-36

Mat.23:37-39          [2] On the City of Jerusalem:

NOW HE TURNS TO THE FUTURE ESTATE OF THE JEWISH NATION

  1. THE OLIVET DISCOURSE: Matthew 24; Luke 22; Mark 13 IS TIED TO THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE: Note Matthew 24:32
  2. THREE QUESTIONS ARE ASKED: AND THREE ARE ANSWERED:

Matthew 24:3  [1] When shall these things be: Answer: v.4-8, 36

[2] What shall be the sign of thy coming: Answer: v. 37-42, v. 32-35 Israel

GOD’S TIME PIECE IS ISRAEL

[3] What shall be the sign of the end of the world: Answer: v.29-30 Jesus’ coming

  1. THE PARABLES OF THE KINGDOM: Matthew 25

v.1-13     [1] The coming of the Lord: 10 virgins. This is

symbolic of the rapture

v.14-30  [2] The millennial reign: Parable of Talents v.31-46

[3] The end of the world: This is the judgment see v.34, 46

WEDNESDAY

Matthew 26:17-75 Mark 14:1-72 Luke 21:37-71 John 13:1-18:27

It is now Wednesday.  Our Lord knows the hour is near; the Passover Lamb is to be killed soon.

The day was spent in final preparations for the Passover: Exodus 12.

  1. THE BETRAYAL: Matthew 26:1-16; Mark 14:1-11; Luke 21: 37 & 38
  2. SUPPER AT SIMONS: Matthew 26:1-13 Began at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday evening {their Wednesday}

[1] The anointing is too much: v. 14-16 Judas sells Jesus and seeks opportunity to

betray him.

  1. WHERE JESUS WAS: Luke 21:37-38

[1] At night: At the Mount of Olives

[2] During the day:  He taught at the Temple.

THE BETRAYAL IS SET; JUDAS KNOWS THE METHOD JESUS HAS TAKEN; HE KNOWS WHERE JESUS IS AT ALL TIMES…NOW HE WAITS FOR THE MOMENT SATAN WILL PROVIDE.

  1. THE LAST SUPPER: Began at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday {their Thursday}.
  2. THE PREPARATION OF THE ROOM: Mark 14:12-17

v.13-16    [1] See the supernatural provision: Few rooms were available during this time. Many believe the disciples were the only ones there, but I believe Mary and Martha and Joanna & Susanna & others prepared the meal.

  1. THE MEAL AND FOOT WASHING: John 13:1-20

v.3-5        [1] The serving: Jesus came not to be ministered unto.

v.6-10      [2] The cleansing: Only of the feet.

     v.11-17    [3] The example of servitude:

v.18-21    [4] The betrayal announced:

  1. THE LORD’S SUPPER INSTITUTED: Mark 14:22-25

v.22         [1] The Bread:

v.23-25    [2] The Cup:

  1. THE BETRAYER IDENTIFIED:

Luke 21:21-30   [1] The dissension:

John 13:23-30 [2]Judas identified: do quickly. Luke22:3 “Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.  Satan entered into Judas and he went to betray…

Matthew 26:30, Mark 14:26

  1. THE HYMN: Psalm 118

III. THE SMALL BAND LEAVES THE UPPER ROOM:

  1. THE NEW COMMAND: John 13:31-35

[1] The confession of Peter:

Matthew26:31-35 “I will never be offended” Luke 22:31-34 “Satan has desired to sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you…even as Satan wanted Moses’ body.”

  1. THE PREPARATION FOR THE ARREST:

Luke 22:35-39 [1] The equipment: “Lord here are two swords, it is enough

  1. THE ASSURANCE: John 14:1-17:26

John 14:1-11 [1] I am coming back:

John 14:12-31[2] The Holy Spirit will be here to help us to pray

John 15:1-17  [3] The true vine and its branches: v.7 “If ye abide in me and my words abide in you; ask what ye will and it will be done unto you.”

John 15:18-27 [4] The Persecution to come.

John 16:1-16   [5] The Promise of the Spirit.

John 16:18-33 [6] The Disciples Perception, Notice v.29-33

John 17           [7] The Priests Prayer

  1. GETHSEMANE:

John 18:1       [1] Over the brook Cedron: Into a garden.

Matthew 26:36-46[2] Gethsemane:  The Prayer

Luke 22:40-46      [3] Gethsemane: The Agony

 

THURSDAY

  1. THE ARREST: Came during the late hours of our Wednesday night {their Thursday}
  2. THE JUDAS KISS: Mark 14:42-45 Proverbs 27:6 “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”
  3. THE I AM: John 18:2-8 Jesus identifies himself. And they fall backwards
  4. THE BATTLE: Matthew 26:52-56 Spiritual.  He heals the servant Luke 22:51

-THEY FLEE–

  1. THE TRIAL BEFORE CAIAPHAS:
  2. TAKEN FIRST TO ANNAS: John 18:12-14, 2 4

[1] But was sent to Caiaphas who was the High Priest:

  1. THE TRIAL: Mark 14:54-65 A mockery of justice

[1] The judges perpetrated The arrest

[2] The trial was at night:

[3] No two witnesses agreed:

[4] He was forced under oath to convict himself:

[5] His true admission was regarded as false:

[6] The younger judges were to vote first: So as NOT TO BE INTIMIDATED BY THE ELDER JUDGES, BUT CAIAPHAS VOTED FIRST:

[7] A unanimous verdict of guilt was always acquitted:

[8] The prisoner was not to be abused:

[9] When convicted of a capital crime the sentence was not to be carried out the same day as the verdict:

  1. PETER’S DENIAL: Mark 14:66-72 v.69 declares it was cold!

[1] The Cock crowed, thus ended Wednesday night.  Luke records that Jesus turned and looked upon Peter…

Morning has come, Jesus is standing by himself:  Won’t someone stand with Him?

THURSDAY

John 18:35-19:42       THE WORK OF THE CROSS

The evening of Prayer at Gethsemane ended with the arrest of our Savior.  The Arrest of Jesus during Wednesday evening began the long arduous day of Thursday that concluded with the death of our Savior.  Let us begin with the trial before Pilate:

  1. THE PRONOUNCEMENT OF INNOCENCE: 18:35-19:6

18:35-38       1. JESUS ANSWERS THE CHARGE:

v.35&36       [1] My Kingdom is not of this world: He is no threat to governments.  But

the governments of this world that do not recognize Him are threatened by

Him.

v.37&38       [2] My purpose is TRUTH: And those who hear, know.

HERE PILATE GOES OUT TO DECLARE OUR LORD’S INNOCENCE, BUT IS REBUFFED.  NOW:

18:39-40       2. JESUS DISPLAYS THE PURPOSE OF HIS DEATH:

[1] A vicarious one: A substitutionary death whereby he gives His life for

others:  Remember that God is in control of every detail, even the name of

the substitute>

[2] For whosoever: Barabbas {bar, son of; abba Father} Son of his father.

19:1-4         3. JESUS BECOMES THE SCAPEGOAT:

[1] They lay hands upon him: Declaring the sin of mankind: He would

become the Scapegoat:

[2] Pilate realizes His innocence, but declares him guilty: Take ye Him and

                                    crucify Him” SEE Leviticus 16:8-10 “And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the LORD, and the other lot for the scapegoat.  And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the LORD’S lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering.  But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness.”  Here Jesus is innocent, but found guilty.

IN DEATH HE IS THE SCAPEGOAT KILLED:

IN THE RESURRECTION HE IS THE SCAPEGOAT SET FREE:

19:5&6;14    4. JESUS IS PRESENTED AS THE KING OF THE JEWS:

v.5               [1] Clothed in royal robes: The king that was a carpenter.

v.6               [2] Declared faultless: The Passover lamb.

v.14             [3] The Passover is prepared.

NOTE THE TIME: John 19:14 John considers the crucifixion beginning with the actual Cross: “sixth hour” 12:00 noon.  Whereas:  Mark 15:25 Mark considers the crucifixion beginning with the abuse of the soldiers and it was the third hour”: 9:00 a.m.  Mark 15:33 “And when the sixth hour was come there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour

12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Matthew 27:45-50 “Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.  And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?………Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.”

JESUS DIED: At the very time the first of the Passover Lambs was killed

  1. THE PROCESSION TO THE CROSS: John 19:15-27

v.15-18        1. MOCKED BY THE WORLD: A crown of thorns and a Reed for a scepter: To wound his Glory: Matthew 27:28&29 “And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.  And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!”

  1. A BAND OF GODLESS SOLDIERS: To wound his body:

Isaiah 53:5 “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.”

  1. A GROUP OF RELIGIOUS ZEALOTS: To wound His heart: Matthew 27:41-43 “Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.”
  2. A DIVIDED BAND OF DISCIPLES: To witness his death:

Zechariah 13:7 “Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.”

  1. A BROKEN HEARTED MOTHER: To watch Him die.

Luke 2:34&35 “And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;  (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

III. THE WORK OF THE CROSS: John 19:28-37

  1. THE FIRST ACT: Was to forgive. “Father forgive them
  • As they nailed Him to the cross.
  1. THE FAITH ACT: To the thief He declared:

Verily I say unto thee, Today thou shalt be with me in Paradise.”

  1. THE FORSAKEN SON: He must die alone:

My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken Me?”

  1. THE FINAL ACT: “They pierced His side” Not to kill Him: But to declare forever that He was dead for certain!  John 10:17&18 “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.  No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”
  2. THE DIFFERENCE THE CROSS MADE: John 19:38-42
  3. FOR BARABBAS: A new life:
  • A new opportunity to do right what he had done wrong.
  1. FOR SIMON OF CYRENE: Who carried his cross:

Family salvation, the father of Rufus and Alexander who became great leaders in the Church.

  1. FOR THE TWO THEIVES: One who went to Heaven,

the other who went to Hell.

  1. FOR THOSE WHO PASSED BY: They rejected the God of Glory.
  2. FOR THE CHIEF PRIESTS: Sealed their damnation, as they mocked.
  3. FOR JOSEPH AND NICODEMUS: No longer secret believers,

but publicly followers of Jesus.

  1. FOR YOU AND ME: Colossians 2:13-15 “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” Low in the Grave He lay…Jesus my Savior…waiting the coming Day…Jesus my Lord… It’s Friday!!!! But Sunday’s a comin!

 

A Christmas Message

Luke 2:1-11 “And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
This most familiar story gives the account of the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. We have heard it proclaimed from the pulpit to the funny papers via Peanuts where Linus quotes these verses. Yet these familiar words mean nothing to this world unto whom it was sent, unless they identify themselves with Jesus Christ through His death, burial and resurrection, for the birth of Christ has meaning of “peace on earth” only to those who have experienced the “peace that passeth understanding” that comes through a personal relationship that is established by believing on Him. Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18 Now, if you just look around you at this season of the year, you will plainly see that with all of the decorations of homes and businesses many people proclaim to know Him, and most of these would heartily say that they believe in Jesus. The problem with that is that most of these people believe in Jesus like I believe in George Washington. George Washington was a good man, but my belief in him, as an historical person has made no difference in my life or living. On the other hand, when I “trusted” Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, He came into my life and I became His dwelling place {I Corinthians 3:16}.
Most people believe in Jesus Christ without ever trusting Him for their eternal salvation. That is a tragedy. They believe in Him but fail to trust Him to keep them. As a consequence, they spend most of their lives hoping that they will one day live in Heaven, doing good deeds as a hedge against their sins. The truth is, when Jesus moves in, He seals you unto the day of redemption: Ephesians 1:13 “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.” It is at this point your salvation is decided for eternity.
You see, because Jesus came into the world, through faith in His name, I will enter into His world when He calls for me, be it through death or when He gloriously returns.
This Christmas Season, consider for yourself: God became a man that He might redeem us to Himself. That is the reason for the season! “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” II Corinthians 5:19&21
What you do concerning Jesus will affect you for eternity…Give your life to Him!
Merry Christmas to you! Bro. Wayne