October 25, 2020 SermonRBC
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Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 2

John 18:28

Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover.

 

Had to avoid contact with ceremonially unclean Gentiles, or by going into a house not purged from leaven. Jesus already did Passover supper, which the rule applied to, so this is no doubt some invented thing.

John 18:29-31

Pilate then went out unto them, and said, What accusation bring ye against this man?30 They answered and said unto him, If he were not a malefactor, we would not have delivered him up unto thee.31 Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death:

 

Malefactor—according to their law he deserves to be punished.

It is not lawful—Rome had taken the power away shortly before this.

Therefore, they act as the judicial and the Romans as the executive.

John 19:4-7

Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him.5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!6 When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.7 The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.

 

Their criminal charges didn’t work, therefore they rely upon their religious law, He blasphemes, which Rome doesn’t care about! They have to appeal to the civil governor to carry out the punishment though.

John 19:19-21

And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was Jesus Of Nazareth The King Of The Jews.20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.21 Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.

 

Wanting to get the charge right, yet making sure it doesn’t seem like what he claimed was true to casual observers.

John 19:31-33

The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.32 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:

 

The Jews, who just said they had no king but Caesar, are back to hammering fine points of their religious law. Deuteronomy 21:22-23. Especially profaned this special Sabbath.

Meanwhile, Scripture was fulfilled:
John 18:9—never lost one of his sheep: 18:32—what manner of death he would die

19:24—parted his raiment: 19:28—said he was thirsty: 19:36—didn’t break his bones

--All during these events the Jews thought they were keeping the commandments while killing their Messiah who was the one actually keeping the word.

--How much of God’s word are you keeping? Are you keeping better your rules you invented loosely on Scripture while murdering the Word of God?

1 Timothy 6:3-5

If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

 

--You either listen to the words of Christ or to the words of proud, ignorant people. Christ is your judge; not proud, ignorant people. Keep His word.

Matthew 23:23

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

Matthew 7:17-23

Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit.18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.19Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

 

If you think you’re listening to God, but your fruit is murdering His Son, doing all those things He clearly stands against, you’re not listening to God.

--Is the fruit in your life like the fruit of someone who listens to God or like someone who is listening to someone else? The fruit is there for a reason. Judgment day is coming.

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