Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Every moment the Lord Jesus lived, He lived in the moment-by-moment Sabbath, the faith-rest-life.
Friday, March 5, 2004
Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
March 5, 2004
PHI 4:8 From now on, members of the Royal family of God, whatever is true [doctrinal], whatever is honorable [noble or worthy of respect], whatever is just [fair or right],….let your mind dwell on these things.
There are a lot of injustices in life and unfairness, and if you let your mind dwell on those things, they will drive you mad.
As you go forward in the spiritual life, from supergrace to ultra-supergrace, or from S.M. to the qualification to be a witness in the historical phase of the angelic conflict, you need to let your mind dwell on those things which are just and fair.
If you endure by letting your mind dwell on those things which are just, and concentrate on TLJC, you will gain the objective of ultra-supergrace and not lose your supergrace status.
The first trial was before Annas, the father-in-law to Caiaphas, who was the high priest, JOH 18:12-14.
PHI 4:8 whatever is just…, let your mind dwell on these things.
We are not to let our minds dwell on these things because it would cause us to become angry.
In the first trial, Annas, the most religious, approved this case, and following the counsel of Caiaphas, he said, “Take Him in and kill Him!” JOH 18:14.
Caiaphas had said, “It is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation do not perish,” JOH 11:50.
The chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death,
At least two eyewitnesses of the same act or event or sin –
DEU 19:15 “A single witness shall not rise up against a man on account of any iniquity or any sin which he has committed; on the evidence of two or three witnesses a matter shall be confirmed.”
NUM 35:30 “If anyone kills a person, the murderer shall be put to death at the evidence of witnesses, but no person shall be put to death on the testimony of one witness.”
1. It was held at night, which was contrary to Jewish jurisprudence, MAT 26:31,34.
The fact that the Passover spoke of Jesus Christ dying for their sins was a point which, even if they had understood, would have mattered little in their evil calculations.
2. There was no defense attorney, which was illegal.
3. The court also sought false witnesses, obviously illegal.
4. The court was prejudiced, and there was violence in the court.
He had not been talking about the actual Temple building; He was referring literally to His death and resurrection.
ISA 53:7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.
There was a time to speak, and there was a time to be quiet, ECC 3:7.
The Lord Jesus Christ put the whole matter in the Father’s hands, revealing His perfect orientation to grace and to the plan of God.
“Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord,” ROM 12:19.
Gossiping and maligning, returning evil for evil, whether it is the truth or not, are among the worst sins a believer can commit.
Every moment the Lord Jesus lived, He lived in the moment-by-moment Sabbath, the faith-rest life.
While these religious people could not see the uniqueness and power of His life, a brilliant Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, would soon perceive the truth concerning Jesus.
Religion is blind, and these people were blind to the Person of Christ.
Why must we wait for Pontius Pilate to say, “He is a just man”?
Why must we wait until a Roman centurion looks up at the Cross and says, “Truly, this is the Son of God,”MAT 27:54?
Here in his court is the eternal High Priest, after the order of Melchizedek, HEB 5:5-10!
He is so loaded with religion and self-righteousness and legalism that he could not see the grace of God.
Su eipas – the strongest of all affirmatives = “Emphatically yes!”
He added –
resurrection, ascension, session, and the Second Advent.
In Jewish jurisprudence – no one can condemn himself by his own statements, apart from a confession of guilt.
Caiaphas took a clear statement of fact, which in reality did not condemn our Lord, and said it was a confession of guilt, which it was not.
This was a courtroom under one of the best systems of court procedures that has ever been set up – procedures which God Himself set up in the Mosaic Law.
ISA 52:14 His appearance was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men.