Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Thursday January 21, 2020
Pastor Rick Kabrick
Luke 23. A detailed study of the Gospel. The 7 sayings on the Cross. Pastor Kabrick
So, when their evil planned failed, they simply lied. Evil people will still behave that way.
The irony of this is that the Jews had no problem breaking their own laws regarding trials and turning Jesus of Nazareth, an innocent Jew, over to the Romans to be crucified.
Truth is truth, truth has always been truth, truth will always be truth and truth is truth whether one believes it or not.
Herod had surely heard much about Jesus, but his only interest was a desire to be entertained not saved. This son of Herod the Great never took Jesus seriously.
MAR 6:20, for yet intending to continue in his sin and hardened against God and His Word, Herod became dead to conscience.
Jesus knew the truth about Herod: Herod was not a sincere seeker. Jesus understood that Herod was a wretched, shallow man and hadtherefore nothing to say to Him.
Keep a close circle of friends. Be kind and humble to all, but a close circle of friends.
Fear and envy the religious leaders hated Jesus. Many people agreed with them and they hated Jesus.
Pilate was unwilling to make an unpopular stand for Him.
Herod didn’t even take Jesus seriously.
The choice Pilate set could not have been more clear: On one hand the high-profile killer who was unquestionably guilty.
On the other, there was Jesus, a teacher and miracle-worker who was pronounced innocent.
The crowd chose Barabbas to be released.
ROM 8:1, Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
1PE 3:18, For Christ also died for sins once for all, just for unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;
Surrender to GOD in grateful acknowledgment of what Christ has done for us.
Ignore or even reject the gift and continue living apart from the LORD.
The madness of a crowd. We see it all that time. Protests turn violent at the urging of just a few, people love to follow the crowd. And most of the time, crowds are wrong.
If anyone should be able to say, “Jesus died for me,” it was Barabbas. He knew what it was to have Jesus die on his behalf, the innocent for the guilty.
It seems the HS wanted to add the names of the sons of Simon so that the eyewitness account of their father would be told and thus authenticate the event. Some early Church refer to Rufus as a early Church leader in Rome later.
But the days of the fall of Jerusalem would be so severe that women would far prefer not to have children, rather than have them go through the ordeal that awaited the city.”
ISA 53:12, Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, And was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors.
Yet it was precisely because HE did not save Himself that HE can save others. It could be rightly said that is was not nails that kept HIM on the Cross, but it was LOVE.
This is one of the most intriguing stories…no names…yet a very important principle and a very powerful tool in evangelism.
LUK 23:34, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
LUK 23:43, “Today shalt thou be with Me in paradise.”
JOH 19:26, “Woman, behold thy Son.”
MAR 15:34, “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”
JOH 19:28, “I thirst.”
JOH 19:30, “It is finished.”
LUK 23:46, “Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit.”
It was not possible for Peter, James, John, or even the many women who served Jesus to provide a tomb, but Joseph could and did. It reminds us that we too must serve the LORD in whatever way we can.