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July 10, 2020 12:00 am
“Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people” (John 18:14).
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Today we bring you the second part of the message. The rejection of Jesus from John chapter 18 verses 12 through 14. The wonder that God was displeased with this disobedient nation.
The book of Isaiah chapter 5 verse four. What could have been done more to my vineyard that I have not done in it.
Wherefore, when I looked at it should bring forth grapes brought forth wild grapes. What more could I have done.
Here's an interesting decoration involving man's accountability. Obviously, God is not limited God can bring about any desired and concerning the most rebellious individual as he fumbles them break their heart and subdues, but this is talking about the responsibility of the people who were so favored some blasts in all the ways in which we have just been described is what more could I have done. I've given you my testimonies I give you my profits. I display my power. I have provided for you. I have delivered you time and time again that I have done that question could well be asked of us today as God has been gracious to us supplied her knee delivered us time and time again sent his word to us sent his servants to proclaim it might be asked what more could he. What more would you expect to have done for you than what is already plotting, would we not more readily commit ourselves to serve him and honor him and put him first in every detail of our life. Amos chapter 3 in the second verse he says you only have I known of all the families of the earth, so that didn't mean that God was, not aware that there were Hittite knights, and Jebusites. But he says you my people I have known you intimately. I have known you in a special way. You only have I know now what's the result will be because I have known you because I have loved you, because I have favored you. Therefore, I will punish you for all your iniquity because you better rebellious people because you rejected the words that I sent to my profits because you haven't walked in the life that I've given you.
I will therefore punish you for your iniquity. Now all these Old Testament prophecies are being fulfilled. The light is shining, John said in him was life and the life was the light of men. So these people are not in some terrible state of darkness. Jesus Christ is the light of the world. He has arrived and yet they rejected the benefits that by the arrival of Jesus. The message that he brought was an impressive message at the conclusion of the sermon on the Mount.
It says in Matthew chapter 7 verse 28 and 29 and it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as described. The people were amazed and impressed by his message. He spoke like know the man spoke he spoke as one having the sermons I delivered the message that he brought the words that he spoke publication in John chapter 7 verses 45 and 46 when they had determined to take him and they sent these officers to arrest him on this occasion, and they came back empty-handed and we couldn't take it. What's the problem never demand speak like this man spank it was something that overwhelm them when they heard Jesus speak all of the many evidences that Jesus was no ordinary man with the many indications that he was what he claimed to be the son of God and yet in the presence of great light, displaying his power bringing his messages they reject.
But John chapter 11 verse 47, then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees accounts and said what do we for this man with many miracles in the fact that he was doing miracles. But they said it's a problem it's created a problem for us if we let him bless alone all men will believe on him and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and see their concern was very self-centered.
These religious leaders are not concerned about what would God have us do. How can we honor him. Could it be that we're in the dark and confused. We need to pray for enlightenment know that thinking about one thing, what's going to happen in our place, our position this position that we occupy as leaders and the Romans may come and remove us and suppress our nation. We won't even have the degree of liberty that we currently enjoy and one of them named Caiaphas being the high priest. That same year Sen. them. You know nothing at all, nor consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people of the whole nation parish not Satan one band to be sacrifice. This plan can be put to death.
He is a problem that he didn't realize how much truth he was uttering because what he was concerned about was his own position on the position of his associates and the status of their nation and this spake he not of himself, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus should die for the nation. And so when Jesus has performed miracles warrant their disturbed they don't rejoice in it. They don't save is another wonderful thing that these people been healed is a wonderful thing that somebody's been raised from the dead. As a matter of fact when Lazarus was raised from the dead and they began to plot about what they can do to kill is a real problem. We want to deny that this man's not power, but this man, the been dead for four days and up walking around the problem as a living testimony of what Jesus was able to do so rather than to rejoice important happen rather than the be impressed that this is no ordinary rabbi. This is not just another teacher. This is not just a good man. This must be the son of God.
They not only to kill Jesus but to kill Lazarus then in the immediate things we read about here in John chapter 18 they had witnessed the man falling to the ground. This crowd of people come there to arrest him.
And when Jesus speaks those, at least in the front last fall flat to the ground. Not enough to get your attention to think what what calls that.
What is it about this man that that these who come to arrest him fall flat to the ground and then when Peter cuts off the ear of the high priest servant Jesus put the pack on the heels it is impressive to think, but didn't impress them.
They are still rejecting with all their history of the display that they had instead of receiving them. Instead of bowing down humbly and acknowledging that this must be the son of God and worshiping him the high priest is working to condemning to death. It was power of darkness the darkness of the human heart is seen that these who have been exposed to so much light yet hate the son of God's seed man in his natural state is blind man had to be in absolute darkness still been so bold as to slap the son of God in his face shows you how confused, how wicked men can be when they're in the dark side of righteousness had arisen with healing in his wings as the prophet declared that he would, but they could not see him. The wonder then Jesus would say all Jerusalem Jerusalem how all for that. I have gathered thy children, I offer that you but ye would not therefore your house is left to you desolate.
So we see a long history of rejection and it says that they found Jesus. Not Jesus allowed himself to be bound. He could've walked away from the was it done on previous occasions we could've struck them down just like you did the group that was there that first approached him on this occasion he could've called for legions of angels, thousands and thousands of angels could've appeared, coming down from heaven, the defendant him in this little group standing in opposition with understood law but he allowed himself to be bound because that's what he came to accomplish to go to the cross to redeem sinners. He was bound that we might be set free. Calvin said the body of the son of God was bound that our souls might be loosed from the corners of sin and of in Jesus we have the Savior that sinners need, and in contrast we see Peter who denied him as representing the very weakness with which we are all possessed, his failure, both at the time of cutting off the ear of the high priest servant trying to stand in the way of what Jesus intended to accomplish and going to the cross and then later to deny who he was, is just a representation of where we all are by nature prone to do the wrong thing. Take the wrong stand boldly week when we should be strong prone to give up when we should be confessing our Lord and Savior said that he was led away to Annas. Annas had been the high priest but he was removed from office by the Romans and the Jews greatly resented that feeling that the Romans had no right to interfere with their religious makeup.
Following his removal thing was three of his sons that reigned as high priests at various times, and now refers to Caiaphas, says Caiaphas was he which is given counsel to the Jews that it was expedient that one man should die for all the people and he was the father-in-law. Annas was a father-in-law to Caiaphas, but in the minds of the Jews. He was still really considered the high priest because, according to Jewish law, the high priest would reign for his lifetime. There is not a time that he would go to be set aside and somebody else put in the position but became the high priest.
He reigned in that position for his entire life. So although Caiaphas is now officially the high priest because he's the one that was given to replace Annas. The people go first to Annas and he begins to question Jesus that was contrary to Jewish law man was not asked to testify in his own case if there any charges to be made had to be made by witnesses.
The witnesses had to be eyewitnesses and they had a perfectly agree if there was any discrepancy in the testimony that was thrown out every precaution was taken to be sure that no innocent man was ever convicted and yet all the rules all the garden of input into the wall to prevent that was all it was an illegal trial. Everything they did improper so not only did his enemies treating him cruelly, but his trial was not even according to their own laws, pellets, think about some lessons to be learned. First of all, Jesus displayed his divine character throughout all these proceeding's. He demonstrated that he was in control the way he responded to the questions the words that he spoke the way that he challenge the man who inspected all these things with fluency in more detail as we go on with the chapter and yet he was always displaying complete submission to the father's will. It said that he came down from heaven not to do his own will he came in the father's will and whatever it was he was going to carried out explicitly which in fact he did is an interesting to observe that he gave himself to die for his enemy by nature. We were at enmity against God, and he willingly subject himself to this inhumane treatment which came in to the suffering of the cross on the fact that the sins of all these people related part of the father had to turn his back. All of this he endured the sake of those who by nature were his enemies and he showed compassion to this man whose ear had been severed and put it back on. He was a part of those of a coming to arrest and he was an enemy, but he showed compassion to him and he showed compassion on Peter when Peter had failed and tried to obstruct what was occurring here for Jesus to go to the cross and later when Peter had denied him. It didn't Steve off. He wasn't done with the restoring and later used in his service that I think that as we review this experience, we can see reason to examine ourselves. Considering that Israel had a long history of refusing to hear God's message. What kind of a here are you want to go over that we see the time after time, God sent the profits and sent the message. The people needed to hear and they were things that rejected that they wanted no part with it. What kind of a here are you Jesus said, take heed how you hear and we have to be careful not to be a hearer only, but also a doer of the word.
When you listen to the preaching of God's word. Do you receive it as the apostle Paul said to those in Thessalonica, he rejoiced because they received what he preached as being what it wants the word of God. You don't listen with preconceived ideas you don't listen thinking not sure that I'm comfortable with that. Even though the text is plain and explicit to try to find some other way to make it mean something that will suit your own thinking what kind of a here are you considering the many mercies enjoyed by God's people for the and yet they murmured they complained they were not thankful how is it with you.
Are you thankful do you acknowledge the daily benefits that God is gracious to give you the sometimes close to being angry because you feel like life's just not fair. You haven't gotten your fair shake things just have gone to suit you. Seeing how gracious and merciful God was to kiss people in spite of their wanderings in spite of their failures, in spite of the fact that they how we ought to be thankful for his graciousness to us, but we at times, no doubt, are not as thankful as we have to be considering the light that God sent to his people through the years and during the ministry of Jesus, do you walk in the light that God has given you. Surely nobody today would be so bold as to say yes, I absolutely want explicitly in every aspect in detail in my life in all the light that God is given first John chapter 1 verse six if we say that we have fellowship with him and walk in darkness, we lie and do not the truth. But if we walk in the light as he is the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus Christ his son cleanses us from all sin.
You walk in the light, considering the evidence that these men saw who opposed Jesus. How do you respond to the evidence that God has given you in your life. If you haven't believed on him are you ignoring some of the evidence that God has provided.
He said if you fail to receive the testimony concerning his son Jesus is your calling him a liar is God revealed to you, your sinful state your need of a Savior, and yet you make excuses as to why you have not yet embraced by faith, or if you're one of his children. He's dealing with you. He is calling you to a closer walk with him but you're ignoring the moving of his spirit here, ignoring the providences that God is bringing to bear your life to wake you up to make you realize that you have been negligent. You haven't been committed and dedicated to him like you should have been. Are you blind to these things. Are you hardening your heart. We warned in the book of Hebrews, harden not your heart is in the day of publication of the let us remember it's the love of Christ which constrains second Corinthians 5, the love of Christ constrains us seeing his remarkable love that he willingly gave himself to these who came to arrest, gave himself to go to the cross tie give his life said his blood suffer all the indignities and the fact that even the father had forsaken for a time he did last for the salvation of sinners. Should we not be stirred in our soul to say I will honoring along the following I will serve the love of Christ constrains today we brought to the second portion of the message entitled, the rejection of Jesus.
We've observed how Jesus allowed them to bind you. He could walk away, but he submitted to the death of the cross because that's why he came to this earth to do the father's will. He allowed them to bind him that we might be set free.
If you would like more information about this series on the Gospel of John. You can like this at the Baptist Bible. Our box 17 own 37, Cincinnati, OH 45217 weekly to next time, this is Sarah Bradley Junior bidding you goodbye and may God bless you as is all is is and all and all will be in all and all