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January 13, 2022 6:00 am
Welcome to the Kerwin Baptist Church broadcast our desire is for the word of God spread throughout all may know Christ.
Join us now for a portion of one of our services here at Kerwin Baptist Church located in Kernersville, North Carolina what you look at John chapter 18 if will this owning and before really the gist of what I want to share with you today will take about five minutes not know that really excite you with the main gist of what I want to share really is about five minutes in and you will fully understand. But in order to really understand the passage you have to understand everything about the passage and I was blessed.
I hope you are, but only say something just some things I had never seen and I love digging in the Bible you know that I'm learning and I'm trying to to rightly divide God's word I'm sure I don't even want to listen to some things I'm sure I said in the 20s in my 20s or whatever.
I did live in the 20s you and me in my 20s summer visitors like me he looks good for 80 anyway and I look good anyway.
Anyway, you know I'm big if you're 80 I might look good to the eyesight's gone anyway but there's some things that I I learned in this passage that I would say blessed me, but it was even more emotional than that I think because seeing a lot of our families are going through and knowing what my me and my family will be going through here soon and different things. I think that you just look at things different in life. I've had the privilege of sitting down and talking with brother Joe so many times over the years, and as the Lord has led me here to be the pastor.
Our conversations changed a little and now it's kind of a pastor talking to a pastor.
Here's a professional pastor I would call him. He's the best the best in the world and here's a novice pastor and and you talk about things, and brother Joe is often said, you know, I wish I knew some of the things that I know now have seen some of things you watch people suffer through it is that I probably would preach different in my 20s or my 30s. Whatever the case might be, maybe a little more compassion may be little more this and we talked about these things and I thought man I don't know how to buy More compassion.
The Joe Myers but even a man like that looks back and he sees things differently and you know trials will make you view life different. Everything about life. It'll make you view your children different. You have a car wreck. One time, and it's a bad wreck and you have children in that car and they're not hurt you view your children differently.
You're more thankful you have a bad report from the doctor, and you view those last 40 years were you cannot complain about things and you thought me and how good I had it to have health you just look at things different. What you look at John chapter 18 and here's what's interesting is the end of John, chapter 17, Jesus is preaching a message and Jesus is getting ready to start what we call the passion of Christ. There's been a movie made about that. Obviously in different things and what we call the passion of Christ is basically the process of Jesus being delivered to be crucified and to pay for our sins to be the sacrifice for our sins. And this is getting ready to start. In John chapter 18 verse one and the Bible tells us a room to read this in just a second, that Jesus kinda knew what was coming and this is getting ready to be listen to me folks the greatest trial that any human being has ever faced. You say will. Jesus was yes he was, but he was a man he is our example, if he was just God and not me and he couldn't be our example.
So to be our example we had to prove that he was man and still live the life that he lived and he is getting ready to suffer like nobody in the past, the present or even in the future would ever suffer. You talk about a trial coming and he knew what was coming. Now many of you in this building have faced trials, but oftentimes you did know was, some of you have been some bad car wreck. You've had some tragedies happening. It just it just happen all of a sudden we just had a marriage retreat, you know, kind of a night with the bulky family and talk about the one night lost two children one night in a car wreck in different things little kid and you think my goodness what they did know that was coming. Could you imagine if we knew what was coming. We would want to get out of bed, but he knew what was coming. So how did he prepare for this trial in order to understand the fullness of the trial. He got a look at John chapter 18 the you would verse one when Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Kedron or seizure in their prowess different ways. Where was a garden into the which he entered in his disciples and Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples, Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, thither with lanterns and torches and weapons men they could've saved a whole bunch of time they did need weapons to get Jesus in our Savior willingly gave himself. Notice he would verse four. Jesus therefore knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, whom seek ye they answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith none of them I am he.
And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with him to listen to this and I never understood this passage on explain to you today. If you have as soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward and fell to the ground then asked see them again, whom seek he and they said, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he. If therefore ye seek me, let these meaning. His disciples go their way that the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, of them which thou gavest me have I lost none you think your secure if you're saved today is never lost one yet. Let's pray Lord we love you. We ask you to help us in Jesus name, amen. Don't you hate those short prayers, your plan, on the go to the bathroom wrong and to get out hero quick while he prays that's why pray short catches leave and you know first thing I want you to notice. I gotta give you the whole setting and I want to do it quickly. First thing I want you to notice is his bed is a preacher. I don't see anything about that. In this passage we gonna have to come to know the history of the chapters before this and you know it was it was Jesus's custom when he was at Jerusalem, and there was something interesting about the Mount of olives. Now this brook Kedron is right at the base of the Mount of olives and I want you to understand this when he was at Jerusalem, always when Jesus spent the day in public ministry. He would always in the evening retire for that night near the Mount of olives. He just always did that.
Now that was where his quarters were where he would stay or where he was sleepy state where exactly was that we don't know all we know is this that he didn't own it. It wouldn't his. It was borrowed because the Bible tells us that he owned nothing. He didn't even sometimes have a place to lay his head. And so we know that he would always after.
Listen to me after spending a whole day in the city. Working with the masses at the end of the night he would come out to the outskirts of the city near the Mount of olives to spend time in a little garden right there on the brook of Kedron and he would always go spend time there and that is exactly where he would stay basic preacher. Why is that important will. Here's what is interesting to me.
They could not make room for Jesus in the palaces or in the fancy homes downtown, where Jesus had to lay his head was in the outskirts of the city.
He wasn't the mainstream accepted preacher. He would go and minister in helping to heal and he'll listen to me, he would literally do all the things that all the other preachers couldn't. Within he wasn't welcome in the palaces and the nice homes he would have to go to a borrowed bed on the outskirts of the city at the base of the Mount involves what a reminder that our Savior did not come to get he came to give one a reminder that our Savior thinks so little of earthly possessions because he was so heavenly minded, may I ask you today how important our heavenly things to us as compared to our earthly possessions. It was me I would think men I've done all this for these people.
I'm doing all this healing these people. Everybody comes to me for their miracles and all that stuff may not always have a nice place to stay was a Jesus was another thing I notice about this that Jesus, the Bible says, knew what was coming and so we ended up out here by this brook of Kedron near the Mount of olives right there at the base of that. Why did Jesus go all the way out there if he knew what was coming to listen to me. Jesus had many followers, and he had many people that believed in him whether a whole lot of people to just follow to watch the show but there were people that really loved and followed Jesus to listen to me if those soldiers had tried to take Jesus in the city. There would've been an uproar. People would've said something and and and some of his followers would've tried to fight against some of those soldiers in, there would've been bloodshed and there would've been fighting and there would've been an uproar, and there would've been a twofold there would've been people arguing and going back and forth.
But Jesus, knowing what was going to happen. He removed himself from where. Where would cause all the ruckus and where would cause all the things Eddie went to a quiet garden away so that he could be taken without what save your there was us would be like will bless God listen fair comment to make sure everybody knows that I want to buy, to stand up for me. Let them know you're not doing right Jesus removed himself to somewhere quiet so that they could take him what they thought would be without incident. Unfortunately had a guy named Peter with him, like him though to be honest with you we put in the modern day terms. No Peter. Obviously, when they tried to take Jesus pull that sort out cut off that guys here. I would like to think that if somebody try to come take me. I hope there's a few of you lovingly turned rednecks around here that would shoot a few people first listen to me. What we learn from this preacher. Here Jesus knew what was coming and he removed himself so there wouldn't be a big fuss about it so there wouldn't be all these people trying to stand up for what was right because Jesus knew this had to be done in order for you and I to be able to be here today saved and on our way to heaven where we learn from this will we learn from this that when you and I find ourselves in trouble. We should be afraid and and really very against trying to involve others with us. Now I know your mind can't fathom quite yet, but you gotta get this this morning when there is a dis-justice done to you Christ example was for us that we should be quiet about it and take it in the name of Christ healed our tendency if somebody does something unfair to us. We gather all our friends and tell him we want everybody to feel sorry for us if we wanted everybody to cry for us on everybody. Well, that's not fair for you and what we do is we involve everybody in the injustice that was done to us what we learn from Jesus is when you're done wrong by folks and especially when you're done wrong in the name of Jesus just quietly take it all the selflessness of that there's this thing inside of us that we want everybody on our side and we want everybody to see that we're the ones that were the victim.
Jesus didn't want anybody to see it that way. This was something that was his call. It was his burden to carry and he talked you now many problems are caused in church and in life and in families because we try to gather everybody into our problems. Jesus didn't do that. Wow, what a lesson.
Let me also tell you this that Jesus gives us another example by the fact where he ended up out the outskirts of the city that you and I have got to lay aside and leave behind the crowds the carers the comforts and even the cities would gotta take up our cross and follow Jesus, we gotta leave the comforts of the palace. Sometimes go to the outskirts where it's not popular where it's not mainstream by the way, the closer we get to Jesus coming the truth is not mainstream, I'm just warning you about that just because it's bigger. It's popular doesn't mean it's right. According to the Bible's bed what you know to secondly the brook now. I did notice, I honestly did not know this but this was extremely interesting.
The brook Kedron it runs between Jerusalem and the Mount of olives and this brook right along this brook.
Apparently there was a little garden and we know that this garden was not owned by Jesus, but apparently maybe a friend had it and acquaintance somebody and they had let Jesus use it many times. It literally became. I guess what you would call Jesus's prayer closet. It became the place where Jesus went to what is interesting is that word Hadrian Kedron that word that brook Kedron means black brook. Why is it called that preacher. Because this brook was known to be dirty because it flowed out of the city of Jerusalem and all the mess and all the dirt of the city was in that brook and that is where Jesus drank from and what a reminder that Jesus doesn't mind getting around us who are dirty and are sinful and all the things that we bring into a relationship with Christ. What a sign that you know what he doesn't have to have the cleaning up your he died for the journey he found himself by this brook Kedron and it was called that because of the color the water. What a reminder how Jesus took us who are dirty and made us clean me also say this that we also know in the Old Testament that David is always a type of Christ.
What is interesting and I got to redo these verses not you want to look at and you're welcome to bit second single chapter 15 beginning in verse 23. Listen to this. This is how many years before. Here's David, a type of Christ, a man after God's own heart. This is years and years and years before Jesus was ever born in verse 23 of of second single chapter 50 listen to this and all the country, wept with a loud voice and all the people passed over the King David also himself passed over the brook Kedron and all the people passed over towards the way of the wilderness. Now a couple verses later. Verse 30.
Listen to this and David went up by the ascent of Mount Olivet or Mount the Mount of olives same exact area where Jesus was, is exactly where David had been all those years before and wept as he went up and had his head covered any went barefoot and all the people that was with him covered every man his head and they went up weeping as they went up and one told David saying I hit the fell is among the conspirators with Absalom and David also Lord I pray the turn the counsel of a hit the fell in the foolishness. Listen to this. All those years before David was going right by the brook of Kedron and he was weeping and crying because his own son and one of his closest confidant site at the fell had turned against David and they were trying to kill him all these years later.
Here's Jesus by the brook of Kedron at the Mount of olives and one of his own. His closest one of the 12 Judas was getting ready to betray what picture Christ. You see, dear friends, this is a reminder how Christ was betrayed before you and I want to harp and harp and harp on Judas, could I ask you this morning and they ask us not just you and ask us. We ask him how often have you betrayed Christ, let me say this that mount all of his work.
Christ began his sufferings. This is what I thought was wonderful. The Mount of olives is on the east side of Jerusalem.
This is where he began what we call the passion of Christ is journey to the cross and and Mount always was out on the far east side of Jerusalem. And when he finished and was buried.
He was on the far west side of the city. That means the entire path went from the east to the west of that sound anything familiar to you.
The Bible says that after Jesus died for our sins. When you and I put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, that he removes our sins as far as the east is from the last. It started in the East and finished in the last tar sands started any. But when we give our hearts to Christ.
He forgives us and we end up at the last PRS can be why the sun rises in the east sets in the West, may I say also thoroughly and want you to see the betrayal place sick and you get to this five-minute part on Gartner I do say the sermon was five minutes is that the gist was five minutes sermons in our but the gist will only take five minutes.
I hope I'm not boring you with this interest me.
This is what Jesus did for us what you notice the betrayal place. It was in a garden.
Send this little garden right there on the brook Kedron and by the way, what a wonderful place to have a garden because you have the nourishment of the water reminds me all the way to Psalm one we shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water and you know what for us to grow like a garden. We have got to get the nourishment from the water and for us to grow as a Christian we gotta get the nourishment from God's word the water of his work, but I want you to notice this, that it was in the garden of Eden. That sin started all these years later, it was in a garden where the redemption was started limit say something even better than that, I think.
And as you look at that that that obviously sin started in the garden that from the curse was pronounced in the garden. The Redeemer was promised in the garden and then also after Jesus died where he was buried, the tomb where he was buried was known as a garden, it means is that sin started but a promise was promised and here's a Redeemer is on land that was promised and it all started in a garden and then all these years later writing a garden is where he was taken to start the redemption that he was going to provide. Can you see the pics biography in God's word people to think God's words out of date. I think they're out of their mind, let me say this, also about the interesting thing about being a garden.
It reminds us that whenever you and I believe walk in a garden see a garden. By the way, I believe, just stuff like flowers. I'm not trying to not a tree hub or by any means on the life of my wife hug her. I to think about that presented sound good, my wife over. That's what I meant when you and I see a garden, you and I need to be reminded that there was a curse that was put on the ground that was lifted and now have things like beautiful flowers that you and I can see and that I do remind us that that's where sin started, and that's where sin was covered want you to notice. Not just the betrayal place, but I want you to see the betrayer that was Judas slot. I can say about him and I can spend a lot of time on him because on the be honest with you I don't think the gist of this story is what Judas did. I think the gist of this story is what Jesus did. Jesus how to get the preeminence over a man, don't you think.
But I will say this. Geez, the Bible says that Jesus was betrayed by Judas, and he knew what was coming and that Judas, the Bible says if you notice in these verses Outlook if you will verse 3/verse two and Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place Judas took intimate knowledge of Jesus schedule of his private places of those special places to Jesus and Judas used that privy information to betray him to deliver him to be crucified, and we know that, but why what is the point of of putting all that in there.
What is it that Jesus wants us to learn what the first thing I want. I believe that Jesus put in there was to show the betrayal of the master anything about this.
All this damage was done by one who seemed to be close to him. Now that brings us to 2015 and I want you to understand why you and I we believe we try to preach the truth here at this church and we always try to preach the truth and if I don't preach the truth. I want to know it so that I can fix it because I'm doing everything I can do to try to preach the truth but I want you to understand why it is so dangerous today because God's Word and God's will and God's way can be absolutely massacred in the name of preacher sometimes and you can see a bunch of junk in here a bunch of junk and it looks as if they know what they're talking about and it appears as if they're the ones close to him and yet they are the ones that can do the most damage. You know why it is so hard to get people saying nowadays is because they've heard so much untruth that it is hard to get in the believe the truth and where were that where they hear that from people that look like they were close to you know if somebody hears something about salvation from somebody that doesn't even claim the name of Christ that he will look like and I can believe them. You let somebody look the part. Act the part got all the degrees behind her name and they look like they're wise and all the stuff and people will listen to that and damages done by those who appear that the list listen to me. Judas knew more about Jesus than you and I do.
He lived with him watched him. He had knowledge about Jesus that you and I will never happen. Sometimes we think people that have studied more, they've got more knowledge I need to listen. Listen to me. It's not about studying it's about faith. It's about God's word and taking it by its truth.
I was a freebie. By the way there. Why did what is our lesson 011 was to show the betrayal of the master but number two. I believe this was shown to show us and magnify the love of Christ listen to me. Jesus knew what was coming and yet he showed himself willing to die for us. Jesus could've been upset and angry and and and think how could you do this your disciple. I trusted you.
Could you depicted on all this, look at me, but because of the betrayal was so bad it makes his love that much greater that nobody could've been Trey Larson.
Jesus was and yet it never even phase him. His love for us in our redemption was so great that even the greatest betrayal did bring that out of want you to notice more. I would say that my time is gone. Know what you notice.
Next, the band of men health. This is excited if you'll notice, the Bible says that Judas brought a band of men and we've often had discussions about this and and I've heard different people say different things in it. I don't know all the different things I do know that it could have been a number of different amounts of men.
We do know this word Spira or cohorts that is used here. This band of men.
It means a regiment. It means a Roman band. It means that it could have been as few as 100, and it could have been as many as a thousand that showed up to take Jesus for some reason I think you and I think that here's Judas and here's a couple soldiers and they came listen if they brought weapons and swords and torches if they were that concerned and that into getting Jesus.
Why would they just sent a couple got so from the terminology that is used.
We know it was a band of Roman soldiers and so it literally could've been 502,000 and out could've been more but we believe probably because of the area where they went. There was 500 to a thousand men that showed up, and Judas shows up.
Obviously, in the garden and he comes and kisses Jesus to let them know. And Jesus comes over and says CP. By the way he's asked that question before. He says CP and they said, Jesus of Nazareth. Now what is very interesting about this is that out as I look at this.
Here's Jesus, here's 11 of his disciples. A few of his disciples, and some of them made their way out from that point anyway. But the 12th one was not there Judas because he was missing because he was up to this and no good. Obviously, so here's Jesus, and 11 men at the most and then here comes Judas with 500 to a thousand soldiers. This is a reminder that Christ friends were few, but his enemies were many and if you name the name of Christ. Your friends might be few and your enemies might be many listen to this. I Matthew Henry's commentary.
I wanted to be deceived about this great.
He said this. Let us therefore not follow a multitude to do evil, nor fear a multitude desiring to do evil. That means this wish and follow the crowd, but we also should be afraid of the crowd when they are against us in the name of Christ because although the enemies might be many in the friends might be few. If Christ be for us shall be against what you to see what I think the neatest thing we were six. As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he now here comes the 502,000 men. Whatever the case might be, and Jesus sees what's going on and he comes over to them and he says whom CP and they said, Jesus of Nazareth L Academy is this you can you make a movie like this. Jesus had so much power that when all those men and equipment 500 to a thousand in the Bible says when when they said we see Jesus of Nazareth, the Bible said as soon as Jesus said, I am he that the soldiers fell backwards, thank you for listening to me whom you received a blessing from our broadcast. The current Baptist Church is located at 4520 Old Hollow Rd. in Kernersville, NC. You may also contact us by phone at 33699351924 Kerwin Baptist Church.com enjoy our services live molar medium on our website and church. Thank you for listening to Kerwin broadcast God bless you