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Temple Baptist Church - 4-7-2021Hebrews 13:13-16Introduction: A. Tonight, my verse will be verse 16. This verse begins with the word “but.” 1. “But” is a primary particle in English. It is a word that has no definition unless tied to another word to give meaning. Let me explain. I walk up to you in Walmart and just say, “But.” I then walk off having not said another word to associate it with. “But” in that instance would have absolutely no meaning. 2. Now, did you enjoy a little English class tonight? 😊 Primary (main, key, core, basic) particles (element, fragment, part of a whole), though in themselves have no meaning, greatly change, or add to what is being said. 3. The word “but” can be either adversative (contrast or the opposite of) or continuative (to amplify the meaning of). In the adversative sense, “but” normally is used for contrast. As continuative, “but” is used to continue and add to a thought. B. Tonight, I believe that “but” needs to be used in both ways to convey a right spiritual application. In order to do so, I will need to break this verse down into its principal parts. Therefore, we will be here for a couple of weeks or more to do so. It is the ONLY way to “rightly divide the word of truth. 1. In the adversative sense, verse 16 means that it is possible to go without the camp (a repentance that works salvation) to Christ in salvation but then going back into the camp (the world) to live. Eph 2:10 2. In the continuative sense, verse 16 means that once we go without the camp, we are to accompany our salvation with a continuation in good works. C. Having established these principles, let us look at verse 16. 1. But To Do Good … forget not! a. The Adversative But. There is a possibility of a person who is truly saved not to live a life that is obedient to the Word of Christ and, therefore not obedient to Christ. 1) There are biblical examples of people who were saved and, for a while, were obedient to God's Word and their Lord. (I am still not sure what it is about Lord that people do not understand.) Demas would be an example of this backslidden believer. 2 Timothy 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica … 2) There are those who were truly saved who had no desire to grow in the Lord. The “Dull of Hearing” crowd in Hebrews would be an example. Hebrews 5:11-13 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. (12) For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. (13) For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. b. The Continuative But. Then there are those who love the Word of God and their Lord who choose to do right and live lives consistent with biblical Christianity. 1) Saul of Tarsus, the Apostle Paul was our shining example. Acts 9:6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 2) We are to do good! Colossians 3:1-2 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. (2) Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Titus 3:8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men. 2. But … To Communicate Forget Not! a. The Adversative But. 1) Those who choose not to pray at all. James 4:2b … ye have not, because ye ask not. 2) Those who pray selfishly. James 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. 3) Those who pray in doubt. James 1:6-7 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. (7) For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. b. The Continuative But. 1) There are those believers who are constantly praying. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing. 2) Those who pray in the realm of God's revealed will. 1 John 5:14-15 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: (15) And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. 3) Those who pray in faith believing. Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
Temple Baptist Church - 4-4-2021John 19:38-20:18; 1 Corinthians 15:14-19 Introduction: A. Today, we celebrate Resurrection Sunday. The resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is often called the “Capstone of Christianity,” because the eternal hope of the believer rests entirely on life with Christ after death. B. The Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is the “bridge” between the of Christ's Propitiation and Expiation. 1. Propitiation – The Cross – 1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. Propitiation – the appeasement of the wrath of God against sinners. 1 John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 2. Expiation – The Resurrection – Hebrews 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Expiation – the act of extinguishing the guilt incurred by something. a) The Ascension of our High Priest. Ephesians 4:10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things. (Christ ascended to heaven twice, once to present His precious blood and place it on the mercy seat in heaven and then His visible ascension from the Mount of Olives in Acts, chapter one. b. The Act of our High Priest. Hebrews 9:11-12 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; (12) Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. (The shed blood had to be applied by the purified High Priest, Jesus Christ.) C. Therefore, the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ became the “bridge” that connected these two things. Without the resurrection, the blood would have been shed in vain and, without the resurrection, there would be no High Priest to offer that shed blood. 1. The Importance of the Resurrection: 1 Corinthians 15:14-19 a. The Resurrection validates our preaching. If Christ be not risen, then our preaching is all in vain. Vs. 14 – “if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain.” What I am doing this morning is not a waste of time. b. The Resurrection seals our salvation. If Christ be not risen, then our faith is in vain. Vs. 14 – “and your faith is also vain.” I know whom I have believed this morning. c. The Resurrection is the foundation of truth. If Christ be not risen, then we are liars! Vs. 15 – “Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.” Faith in Christ would be the greatest deception that the world has ever known had it not been for His resurrection. d. The Resurrection guarantees our forgiveness of sins. If Christ be not risen, then we are still in our sins. Vs. 17 – “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.” There could be no peace because of the sins that we have committed if they remained. You ask me why I'm happy: because my sins are gone! e. The Resurrection gives us hope for those whom we love that are gone on. If Christ be not risen, then our loved ones who have died have perished with no hope. Vs. 18 – “Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.” We would have no hope of ever seeing those whom we love again. f. The Resurrection is our peace and happiness. If Christ be not risen, then we are one miserable bunch this morning! Vs. 19 – “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” We have given up the things of the world when we should have eaten, drank, and spent our life in merriment. Living for Christ is the greatest life of all! 2. The Declaration of the Resurrection: Romans 1:1-4 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, (2) (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) (3) Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; (4) And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: a. Jesus Christ declared to be God! Ephesians 1:17-20 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: (18) The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, (19) And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, (20) Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, (Only God would have the power to both will His own death (Christ dismissed His spirit on the Cross) and gloriously raise the body from the tomb. There has never been a man of “god of this world” with that kind of power!) b. Jesus Christ declared to be Holy. 1 Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; (19) But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: (The only acceptable sacrifice for the complete remission of the sins of the world would be on of impeccable holiness!) c. Jesus Christ declared to be Alive. Revelation 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. (Our Lord Jesus Christ sits on the right hand of God and “ever liveth” to make intercession of the saints of God. Thank God for a resurrected, living Saviour!) 3. The Promise of the Resurrection: a. An Eternal Hope. John 14:19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. (God has promised eternal life to those who come to Him by faith. God breath into the nostrils of Adam the “breath of life” and Adam became a “living soul.” All men will live forever in one place or the other: heaven or hell. Someone once said that life is full of choices, but eternity only has two! I am glad that my Saviour lives and, because He lives, I will live with Him forever!) b. An Eternal Body. Philippians 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. (This corruption must put on incorruption and this mortal must put on immortality. A body fashioned like unto His glorious body that will be perfectly fit for eternity.) c. An Eternal Joy. Jude 1:24-25 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, (25) To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. (There are 7 “no mores” mentioned in Revelation 21. Heaven will be heaven for all of eternity and our joy surpassing our comprehension! Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, I live also!)
Temple Baptist Church - 4-4-2021Revelation 12:1-5 A. As we begin the second half, 3 ½ years, of the Jacob's Trouble or The Tribulation Period, we find three main “players:” a lady, a child, and a dragon. It is essential that we understand who these three are and what role's that they play in this prophetic story of rejection, reconciliation, and judgment. B. We have established that the “lady” is Israel, the “wife of Jehovah.” She began in heaven in the mind of God and, as a nation, will be God's Elect People throughout eternity. The “apple” of God's eye. I cannot over emphasize Israel's importance to both God and the world. Genesis 12:2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: Genesis 17:6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. Genesis 18:17-18 And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; (18) Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? C. Israel plays an important part in this time because Jacob's Trouble is about the birth, rejection, judgment, and reconciliation of Israel. From Israel's inception in the foreknowledge of God until the beginning of eternity future, we find God's mind about Israel; God's love of Israel; and God's eternal purpose for Israel. Romans 11:11-12 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. (12) Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? D. The second and most important Person mentioned as we open the Second Half is Jesus Christ. The Bible is all about Christ Jesus. It is a “Him Book!” Tonight, I want to show some things found in these verses about our Lord Jesus Christ. E. Verse 2 – “And she being with child” while still being in heaven. Israel is found, in the foreknowledge of God, in heaven from the foundation of the world. Israel physically was founded on the earth as God's covenant nation but never physically in heaven. Here we find Jesus Christ seen as being in Israel before Israel became a nation on earth. The promised Messiah was predetermined to be born of the right people, in the right place, at the right time. F. Verse 2 – “travailing in birth and pained to be delivered” speaks of the trials and tribulations of Israel from Abraham's blessing of the promised seed throughout the Old Testament. The trials and tribulations of God's elect nation prior to the birth of Christ. What this does in verse 2 shows that Jacob's Trouble or the Tribulation Period is not reactionary. God foresaw from Genesis 1:1 through Revelation 22:21. G. Verse 5 – “And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron” shows the birth and life of the Messiah along with the prophecy of the Millennial Reign of Christ at the end of the Tribulation Period at His Second Coming. H. Verse 5 – “and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne” shows our Lord's ascension back to heaven after His death, burial, and bodily resurrection. J. Who is this Child? Almighty Jehovah God who became flesh and dwelt among us. He was born, lived, died, buried, resurrected, ascended, and is coming again one day. 1. His Preeminence – Jesus Christ is Almighty God; He is Lord. Though beyond our comprehension, God always was and always will be. He is an eternal Being. I believe that He is and is a Rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Acts 10:36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) The greatest theological statement in the Bible lies in the first four words of Genesis 1:1. This is not a statement of argument. It is a statement of fact that can either be accepted or rejected. Either reaction to these words does not either change God in His essence or thwart His eternal plan for the earth and those whom He has made that live there! The word “God” is a plural word in the Hebrew: Elohim - in the beginning – creator of all 2. His Prophecy – Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He is the Seed of the Woman – Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. He is the Virgin Born Son of God – Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.He is the Saviour of the World – Luke 2:10-11 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. (11) For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. John 10:6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 3. His Person – Jesus Christ, all that we need. Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 4. His Propitiation – Jesus Christ died in our place. 1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 5. His Pleasing – Jesus Christ, God's obedient Son. John 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. 6. His Position – Jesus Christ, our High Priest, Mediator, and Advocate. Hebrews 9:11-12 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; (12) Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 7. His Palace – New Jerusalem, our eternal home. John 14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. Psalms 45:8 All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad. Revelation 21:2-3 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (3) And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. Conclusion: As we begin the Second Half or last 3 ½ year period, we now have seen the “lady,” the Nation of Israel, and the “child,” Jehovah God—Israel's Messiah, the Saviour of the World. Next week, we will look at the third character: the great red dragon.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-28-2021Revelation 12:1-6 Introduction: Here, in chapter 12, we find another parenthetical or digression from the sequential events or chronological order in the Book of Revelation. Parentheticals in prophecy give an overview of what is to take place before returning to the actual time of the events. A. Chapter 11 signaled the mid-period of the Tribulation Period, or the end of the first 3 ½ years of this 7-year period. B. We get the title “The Tribulation Period” from 2 New Testament verses: Matthew 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. Revelation 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Revelation 7:14 dispels the theory that the first 3 ½ years of this period will be light tribulation while the second 3 ½ years will be severe tribulation. These saints found in this verse were martyred and the Bible says (not a man says) that they came out of “great tribulation.” C. The Tribulation Period is also called: Jacob's Trouble - Jeremiah 30:4-7 And these are the words that the LORD spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah. (5) For thus saith the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. (6) Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? (7) Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it. Daniel's Seventh Week - Daniel 9:24-27 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. (25) Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. (26) And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. (27) And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.D. Heretofore, nothing has been said about Israel, though they have suffered through the first 3 ½ years just as the rest of the world has. In the process of both the present and also the first half of Jacob's Trouble, Israel has been re-gathered to their homeland, the land of Promise. During this time, they have also re-built the “third temple” and re-established worship through sacrifice which was stopped in 70 A.D. with the destruction of the “second temple.” The Abomination of Desolate has occurred, the daily sacrifice stopped, and the outer court overrun by the Gentiles. E. The “great wonder in heaven” is that of a “woman.” This “woman” is not to be confused with the women mentioned in Revelation, chapters 2 and 17. I believe that these two “women” are the same: The Roman Catholic Church. Jezebel, in Revelation, chapter 2, who seduced the church at Thyatira (Historically 606-1320 A.D. – The Papal Age) – Revelation 2:20-22 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. (21) And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. (22) Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. The Great Whore, the end time religion of the spirit of antichrist, in Revelation, chapter 17 - Revelation 17:1-6 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: (2) With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. (3) So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. (4) And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: (5) And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. (6) And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. F. This “woman” is Israel, also referred to as the wife of Jehovah in the Old Testament. As Jesus will be wedded to the Church of the New Testament, Jehovah was wedded to Israel in the Old Testament. Israel rejected Christ and is now blinded but will accept Christ and be eternally glorified. Jeremiah 3:12-14 Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever. (13) Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD. (14) Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: Isaiah 54:1, 5-6 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD ... For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. (6) For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God. G. “clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet.” Israel's Preeminence with God. Clothed with the light of the Son of God. Israel, not as we see them now but as God sees them in eternity when they are restored; the natural branch once again grafted in to the Olive Tree. God's Election Of Israel – Israel's Election – Romans 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.God's Blessing Upon Israel – Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.God's Protection Of Israel – I saiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.God's Perception Of Israel – Zechariah 2:8 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.God's Restoration Of Israel - Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. Romans 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: H. “the moon under her feet.” The moon shines only when it reflects the light of the Sun. Israel, God's Peculiar People. His Chosen People. In heaven because in God's predetermination, Israel as a nation, was always on His mind. Isaiah 45:17 But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end. J. “and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.” Representing the 12 tribes of Israel found in the Old Testament and also referenced in heaven along with the 12 apostles as the 24 elders around the throne. Genesis 37:9b … behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. Revelation 4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. (The 12 Tribes of Israel of the Old Testament and the 12 Apostles of the New Testament.)
Temple Baptist Church - 3-28-2021Matthew 27:1-2; 11-26 Introduction: A. As we approach Resurrection Sunday, our thoughts need to go to the place called Calvary. Almighty Jehovah God became flesh and dwelt among us. There at Calvary, the Son of God suffered and died for the sins of the world. 1. The Purpose of the Cross – “When He was on the cross, I was on His mind! Romans 5:6-8 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. (7) For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. (8) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Christ chose to die for the sins of the world: every man or woman who ever lived. The Scripture is plain at this point. Calvinism or Reformed Theology is a damnable heresy and needs to be rejected entirely. 2. The Price of the Cross – Explained in one verse, Mark 15:34: “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Though Jesus suffered as no man has ever suffered, the greatest suffering was that, for the first time in eternity past, we see the Godhead divided because He became sin for us. 3. The Pleasing of the Cross – The satisfaction of God the Father in sin's ultimate payment! Isaiah 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. Hebrews 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 4. The Pardon of the Cross – Though we who have come to Christ through the Gospel, we are still just sinners saved by grace! Through the Cross of Christ, we are washed whiter than snow! When God the Father sees us, He sees us through the blood that was shed and applied! 5. The Praise of the Cross – The Apostle Paul said it all in Galatians 6:14: “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.” Hallelujah, What a Saviour! B. This morning, our text asks the question. Mankind's personal answer to this question settles his/her individual eternity! I would venture to say that this is the most important question ever asked. Matthew 27:22a: “Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?” 1. More Important Than “What will I do for a living?” 2. More Important Than “Who will I marry?” 3. More Important Than “Where will I live?” 4. This is the only question that deals with “HOW WILL I DIE?” C. It is a question that DEMANDS a response from all! Everyone who hears the gospel makes one of the three following responses. 1. The Damnable Response of Rejection. For the most part, the world wants nothing to do with Christ! I would like us to notice 3 groups of people who responded to this question by rejecting Christ. a. The Religious Crowd Rejected Christ – Mark 15:10 For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy. (The priests were the instigators. They were the religious people of that day. They studied the Scriptures and yet rejected the One who died for them. Christ disrupted their religious system!) b. The Macho Crowd (Soldiers) Rejected Christ – Matthew 27:27-31 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. They simply did what the world told them to do! The Chief Priests were the instigators. The soldiers carried out their duties. John 19:2-3 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands. c. The Wicked Crowd Rejected Christ – Matthew 27:22-25 Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified. When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. If our response to Christ this morning is that of rejecting Christ, we are no better than the soldiers who drove the nails into His hands, or the crowd who cried out, "Crucify Him, Crucify Him!" 2. The Unacceptable Response of Neutrality Found In Pilate. Most people in the Bible Belt have heard the gospel and know who Christ is but make no decision at all concerning Christ! (Pilate illustrates this response.) We will discover that a response of neutrality is in essence a response of rejection. a. Pilate was a Coward – Mark 15:15 And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified. (What will the people think of me?) b. Pilate was a Compromiser – John 19:12-13 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar. When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. c. Pilate was Condemned – Matthew 27:24 Matthew 27:24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. I have often said that there is no benign state of neutrality with God! 3. The Wonderful Response of Acceptance. I am thankful that Scripture shows us some people who were courageous and accepted Christ. I thank God every day for my salvation! I not only have heard about Christ, know who Christ is, but have placed my faith in Christ! a. The Thief on the Cross – Luke 23:42-43 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. (43) And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. b. Joseph of Arimathea – Matthew 27:57-60 When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. Though he was saved earlier, he made public his profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. c. The Roman Centurion – Mark 15:39 And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God. He was the highest-ranking soldier at the crucifixion. It was a rejection of Caesar's divinity and could have cost him both his job and his life. Conclusion: Albert B. Simpson wrote a poem, which has been put to music about this question. Listen to the words:Jesus is standing in Pilate's hall,friendless, forsaken, betrayed by all;hearken! what meaneth the sudden call?What will you do with Jesus?Refrain:What will you do with Jesus?neutral you cannot be;some day your heart will be asking,"What will he do with me?"Jesus is standing on trial still,you can be false to him if you will,you can be faithful through good or ill:what will you do with Jesus? RefrainWill you evade him as Pilate tried?Or will you choose him, whate'er betide?Vainly you struggle from him to hide:what will you do with Jesus? RefrainWill you, like Peter, your Lord deny?Or will you scorn from His foes to fly,daring for Jesus to live or die?What will you do with Jesus? Refrain"Jesus, I give thee my heart today!Jesus, I'll follow thee all the way,gladly obeying thee!" will you say:"this I will do with Jesus!" Refrain a. What will you do with Jesus this morning? You must either crucify Him or crown Him. Ask Him to come into your life as Savior, your Lord and King. b. How do you respond to His call?
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