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July 16, 2020 12:00 am
“Pilate then went out unto them, and said, What accusation bring ye against this man?” (John 18:29).
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First, 33 pilot enter the judgment hall and called Jesus to him about King of the Jews begins now to try to examine the case understand is this man guilty of something that does this man need to be put to death as the Jews of suggested the king of the Jews, Jesus answered him say is wow this thing about self-supporting others to only ugly pilot for supposedly putting Jesus on trial. Jesus is putting pilot is alive question for you. Did you think this up on your own. Are you asking this question because somebody suggested that that's what you want to ask, and answered and sent them out to not involved in this thing. I don't know all of the interaction of your people. I don't know their convictions and their laws own nation of the chief priests have delivered the under me to hear so it's passing Jesus. Have you done something or are you guilty what what is it that you've done. Then Jesus replies my kingdom is not of this world, this morning, my servants would find I wouldn't have yielded myself and they came to arrest, I wouldn't have told Peter, put up your sword, my servants would fight in my kingdom was on this world that Jesus had already declared he has authority he has power over all back in the 17th chapter of the Gospel of John. The second verse he says, as thou hast given him power over all flesh that he should give eternal life, as many as thou hast so many says, my kingdom is not of this world is not suggesting that his power is control is limited to suggesting that there is a difference between his kingdom and the kingdoms that are of the world's kingdom is not like the worldly kingdoms because they said it was, my servants would fight, but his kingdom is not advanced by force, not to gain territory like the typical kingdom where kingdom begins to look around him and seized territory among those who are adjacent to him. I would like that territory. I think I would like to take this country just as part of the second world war began to look around at the various countries of Europe and survivor clips from the back corner and was successful to some degree, until finally he was conquered.
But see, that's the plan as to how worldly kingdoms are advance Jesus says that's not so with my kingdom kingdom is totally different, separate and apart completely unlike the kingdoms of this world course pilot was concerned since I have referred to him as king. Some secret mission. Was he going to try to establish a kingdom that would overthrow the Roman government that the insurrection of the lien uprising here that expects a significant problem in that's what he's trying to bring to light is that what the problem is is that why the Jews are concerned. But Jesus is saying, in essence, you have nothing to fear.
I'm not here to overthrow the Roman government. I'm not here to establish a visible earthly kingdom on this earth. My kingdom is not of this is kingdom is spiritual. He was king, then he's paying now. He rules and reigns. He has absolute authority and control.
And aren't you glad that's the case, in spite of all of the things in life that appeared to be chaotic and troublesome things that appear times to be totally out of control and makes you wonder what's the future hold the fact remains that Jesus Christ being King of Kings and Lord of lords, rules and reigns.
According to his sovereign pleasure and we can find great comfort and satisfaction to know that that is the case, the words the weapons of our warfare. As Paul tells us, are not carnal but spiritual to the pulling down of strongholds.
Sometimes well-meaning Christians get their thinking a little started in that area.
Get the idea that Christianity is going to be advanced by some political effort if we can just gain ground politically going to be able to be successful going to advance our calls Christianity has never been advanced in this form, you don't find the apostle Paul going into the city of Ephesus and saying on sentencing today where I have a protest march down here and parade in front of the Temple of the goddess Diana to say that this is idolatry needs to bring to an end in March of the streets. They didn't go into the courts. They didn't go to the civil leaders and say that we want to see a change here to preach the gospel and there was a change that happened only inside and that made the difference.
First Thessalonians chapter 1 tells us.
When Paul was preaching at Thessalonica and that the gospel came to them in power and in the Holy Ghost in a much assurance, he turned from idols to serve the true and living God. They turned not because of some influence my prominent leader because of some wall that was enacted they turn because the gospel had come to them in the Holy Ghost in the power of the spirit and that we need always to keep in our minds that we are not going to advance the cause of Christ by worldly schemes and methods depending on the things that advance worldly kingdoms. That's not the way this kingdom operates back kingdom is not of this world, but Jesus did acknowledge that he is King, verse 37 Pilate therefore said in the him art thou a king then Jesus answered, thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born and for this cause came I into the world that I should bear witness under the truth. Everyone that is of the truth here in my voice. Jesus says yes I am a king. I'm not a king that is about to cause uprising and overthrow the Roman government. But I am a king. I came to this earth to bear witness of the truth and notice which is one that is of the truth here with my voice. What's that say that when the words of Jesus are proclaimed on the gospel is preached and someone rejects it so much I want no part of that. I don't believe that does not confirm that they're not one of his everyone, that is of the truth hears my voice and then Pilate asked the question what is truth, obviously he wasn't making sincere inquiry as though he assumed now Jesus could teaching the lesson and let them know what truth is. Because he backs away before he could even hear the answer, but he speaks from a skeptical cynical standpoint teacher said I've come as a witness for the truth about what is truth what is truth is one of those it says the truth is whatever you wanted to be. If it's truth to you that it's truth but something else may be truth to me and asked for. I find more more people who think that way. We understand many of the philosophers and writers of our day. Think in those categories, but I find it more more just average everyday people that you encounter in conversation I was talking no man just this week, and when he asked what kind of work I said I'm a pastor, but it's interesting the way people respond when they find that your pastor, there's a variety of ways that respond but this man, like so many want me to make it clear that I am a broad-minded individual. I don't blame anybody you know I'm I'm a nice guy so they said so, back primitive Baptist is well by others TO practice it.
He said well there's a lot of all kinds of religion that nursing well I tell you I just believe that whatever is true for you. That's right and whatever is true for me. That's right, whatever is true for the next well that's right about how much nonsense there is in the statement by check.
How can things that contradict each other, all at the same time that I wanted to tell him a little more, but he was telling me this is the way and speak learned that I was a pastor he didn't stay around here the message he just wanted to assure me that he was broad-minded them at the everybody had their right to believe what they want to believe in the all of that should be considered a tour bus. The males may have started the philosophers he may have pondered these issues, but like what he is truth. Anybody ever established that there is an absolute truth. Well, Jesus said I am the way, the truth of the life Jesus came to bear witness of the truth, he is truth and there is absolute truth that is revealed to us in the word of God and then Pilate says in verse 38 I find in him no fault at all and that interesting that here, as these Jewish leaders are seeking to bring about the death of Jesus Christ trying to condemn him and find some fault with him. Even this simple leader gives the testimony I find no fault in him. I see no no reason for him to be condemned by the third thing we see here is God's purpose unfolding. God had revealed through his prophets long before how these events would unfold in Isaiah chapter 53 verse five 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. Verse seven he was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth. He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter.
This is exactly what is about to transpire now as Jesus is going to go to the cross as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment and who shall declare his generation, for he was cut off of the land of the living for the transgression of my people was he stricken sort of been made known from olden times that when the Messiah came, he was going to go to give himself as a sacrifice to redeem the people and then Jesus had spoken plainly about his death, disciples had been informed that many times did not brass the fullness of what Jesus was telling the but in the Gospel of Mark chapter 10 we read of the 33rd verse the whole we go up to Jerusalem and the Son of Man shall be delivered under the chief priests and of the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles. Jesus was very explicit that this is what's going to happen and we're reading about it happening here in John chapter 18 that they delivered it to the chief priests and scribes that condemning to death. They delivered to the Gentiles. The pilot, and they shall mock him, and shall scourge him and shall speak upon him, and shall kill him, and the third day he shall rise again.
So Jesus had spoken plainly about his death and the fact is that the very manner of his death is unfolding.
According to the purpose of God, he would not be stoned to death. It was going to crucify him go to be nailed to the cross and it's by divine providence and it unfolds in\Peter dealt with this in the message was preached on the day of Pentecost. How men were fully accountable for their wicked acts they hated Jesus unjustly. Of course they nailed him to the cross. He said you by wicked hands have crucified and slain the Lord of glory.
But it was according to the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God.
God did not put wicked desires in their hearts. Those desires were already there but God in his providence directed things until these events came to pass, according to his termination.
In John chapter 10, Jesus had also spoken of his death.
In this fashion. Verse 17 therefore thus my father love me because I lay down my life that I might take it again no man taketh it friendly, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down and I have power to take it again. This commandment, I received my father seek God's purpose was unfolding. Things were not out of control. Jesus was not helpless. He had given himself when they came to taken captive. He's entering into this conversation with his opponents and with Pilate in this case all of the leading up to When Jesus would lay down his life said no man taken from it. I lay it down.
He's not helpless. He's going to the cross by the termination because of his willingness to be submissive to the father, Jesus, and spoken of the form of his death on several occasions when he was in conversation with Nicodemus in the third chapter the gospel of John.
He says in the 14th verse and as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man what the lifted up not stoned to death like Stephen was stoned with the Jews, but lifted up crucified. It was determined ahead of time. He was going to die on the cross.
John chapter 8 verse 28 then said Jesus of them when you have lifted up the Son of Man, then shall you know that I am key and that I do nothing of myself, but as my father had taught me. So speak these things when I am lifted up and then chapter 12 verse 32 and if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
This he said, signifying what death he should not. That verse. If I be lifted up from the earth. I will draw all men has often been distorted as people interpreted according to their own pleasure.
But when you take it in its context and see what Jesus was talking about. He was talking about the manner of his death he was talking about the fact he was going to be crucified. Jesus said everyone that is of truth here with my voice truth is of God doesn't come from Greek philosophers. It doesn't come from the professional wise men of our day who discount what the Bible has to say. Absolute truth is from God for The gospel. John says grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
And Jesus said in John 14 six I am the way, the truth and the life have you been blessed to embrace the truth Jesus Christ truth personified the words of Jesus which are absolute truth came as a witness bearing witness of the truth and he that is of the truth hears my word to you.
Do you receive your belief is a sense of sadness that touches us when we see how Jesus was maligned accused mistreated, but there's a inner peace satisfaction and joy to know that all the file God's eternal purpose of redemption was about to take place.
God was in control.
Jesus was not helpless.
He was willing and ready to go to the cross to save sinners if you're one of the discomfort of faith in Christ. It was for you that he endured all and died to save from your sins, today would go to the concluding part of the message entitled Jesus before Pilate, and while we grieve to see the mistreatment of Jesus, we rejoice to see the ultimate victory that was in view. And God's purpose unfolding in the center of hope that you will write us for the snow. The coalition and if you can help with the support of the program the circle. The fact our address is the Baptist Bible. Auerbach 17 oh 37, Cincinnati, OH 45217 two. We greet you next time. This it was Sarah Bradley Junior bidding Euclid by and see you in all