Scripture Reading: Psalm 81
Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
Approved—the miracles showed or pointed out Jesus as Messiah, whom Peter denied at the time! Why did God allow His approved Son to die? It was part of His plan for redemption.
This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool.36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
Just as His death was prophesied, so too was His resurrection. They killed the One who sits at the right hand of God! Two opposite conclusions on Jesus!
1 Corinthians 2:4-8
And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
Enticing—persuasive, rather than using man’s techniques of communication, rely upon the power of the Holy Spirit. Man’s wisdom doesn’t always get God’s wisdom—mystery, but revealed to those with the Spirit. Lord of glory—peculiar title for Jehovah, clearly claiming Christ is God, and they killed Him!
Why did they crucify the Lord of glory?
John 15:18-20—Because they hate Him
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
World loves its own—if you are like them, they love you. Selfish love.
Hate—detest, to pursue with hatred. Persecute—put to flight, drive away, chase, hunt. How you treat Christians is how you treat Christ—as you have done to the least of these.
John 15:23-25—they hate Christ because they hate God
He that hateth me hateth my Father also.24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
Hated me without cause—freely, as a gift, for nothing, undeservedly. Doesn’t mean without reason, He just said His works stirred them up.
Satan’s temptation in Genesis 3:5—“ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”
We don’t like God—Savior, master, Lord, Judge.
We want to be the Judge, the Master, the Lord, the captain of our own soul. We have a distrust of authority. Being under authority is weakness in our minds.
Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways!
14 I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries.15 The haters of the Lord should have submitted themselves unto him: but their time should have endured for ever.16 He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee.
Submitted—reveal selves as liars, to grow lean, be insufficient.
Contrast of God’s love with man’s hatred