Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Good Friday--Reflect, Repent, Renew, Re-Engage

Scripture: John 19
Translation: John 19.1Then at that point Pilate took Jesus and flogged Him. 2And the soldiers wove a crown out of thrones and put it forcefully on His head and dressed Him in a purple robe. 3And they were coming to Him and saying, “Hail! The King of the Jews!” and they were punching Him. 4And Pilate came back outside and was saying to them, “Look, I’m bringing Him outside to you, so that you know that I’m not finding any reason for charges with Him. 5So, Jesus came outside, wearing the thorny crown and purple robe. And he was saying to them, “Look, it’s the man!” 6So, when the high priests and the guards saw Him, they shouted saying, “Crucify! Crucify!” Pilate was saying to them, “You take Him and crucify Him, because I don’t find a basis for charges concerning Him.” 7The Jews responded to him, “We have a law and according to that law, He ought to die, because He made Himself God’s Son!”
8Then, when Pilate heard this statement, He was absolutely terrified. 9And he went back into the Praetorium and was saying to Jeuss, “Where are You from?!” But Jesus didn’t give Him an answer. 10So Pilate was saying to Him, “You’re not going to speak to me? Don’t You know that I have the authority to release You and I have the authority to crucify You?” 11Jesus responded, “You don’t have any authority concerning Me, unless it was given to you from above. Because of this, the person who handed Me over to you has greater sin.” 12From this point on, Pilate was trying to release Him, but the Jews shouted saying, “If you release This Man, you’re not Caesar’s friend! Everyone who makes himself king is against the Caesar!”
13So Pilate after he listened to their words brought Jesus outside and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called Stone Mosaic, and in Hebrew “Gabbatha.” 14And it was the Preparation Day for Passover. The time was around noon. And he was saying to the Jews, “Look, it’s Your King!” 15So those people shouted, “Kill! Kill! Crucify Him!” Pilate was saying to them, “Should I crucify your King?” The high priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar!” 16So, at that point, he gave Him to them, so that He would be crucified. So, they took Jesus away.
17And carrying the cross on Himself, He went out to the so-called Skull Place, which in Hebrew is called “Golgotha,” 18where they crucified Him, and with Him two others, one on one side and one on the other side, and Jesus in the middle. 19But Pilate also wrote a notice and put it on the cross. And it was actually written: Jesus the Nazarene, the King of the Jews. 20So, many of the Jews read this notice, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near to the city, and because it was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. 21So the high priests of the Jews were saying to Pilate, ‘Don’t write “the King of the Jews’ instead that That Man said ‘I am King of the Jews.’ 22Pilate responded, “What I’ve actually written I’ve actually written.
23Then, the soldiers, when they crucified Jesus, took His cloths and made them four shares, a share for each soldier, plus the shirt. Moreover, the shirt was seamless, woven throughout from the top down. 24So they said to one another, “Let’s not tear it apart, instead let’s gamble for it. Someone will get it.” [This happened], so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, the one that says, “They distributed My clothes to themselves and they threw dices for my clothing.” As such, the soldiers did these things.
25And His mother and His sister, Mary the wife of Clopas and Mary from Magdala were standing right there in front on Jesus’ cross! 26So seeing His mother and the disciple that He loved standing near, He was saying to His mother, “Woman, look, it’s your son.” 27Then He was saying to the disciple, “Look, it’s your mother.” And from that time on the disciple took her into his own home.
28After this, because Jesus knew that everything was already being totally completed, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, He was saying, “I’m thirsty.” 29There was a jar full of vinegar there. So, putting a sponge full of vinegar on a hyssop branch, they brought it close to His mouth. 30So, when He got the vinegar, Jesus said, “It is totally completed!” And His head slumped over, and He gave up His spirit.
31So, since it was Preparation Day, so that the bodies wouldn’t stay on the cross on the Sabbath, because the day of that Sabbath was important, the Jews asked Pilate whether they could break their legs and they be taken down. 32So, the soldiers came and they broke the legs of the first one, and of the other one crucified with Him. 33But when they came to Jesus, since they saw He had already died, they didn’t break His legs. 34Instead, one of the soldiers stabbed His side with a spear. And immediately blood and water came out. 35And the person who really did see it is actually testifying. And his testimony is true, and that person knows that he’s speaking truthfully, so that you would believe. 36You see, these things happened so that the Scripture would be fulfilled: “his bone will not be shattered.” 37And again another Scripture says, “They will look at the One Who they pierced though.”
38And after these things, Joseph from Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus and had been hiding out of fear of the Jews, asked Pilate whether he could take down Jesus’ body. “And Pilate let him. So he went and took down His body. 39And Nicodemus, the one who came to Him at first at night, also came, carrying a mixture of myrrh and aloe, about a hundred Roman pounds. 40So they took Jesus’ body and wrapped it up tight with linen cloths with aromatics, just as it was the custom for Jews to bury. 41And there was a garden, in the place where He was crucified, and in that garden a new tomb that no one had actually been buried in yet. 42So due to the Preparation Day of the Jews, because the tomb was close by, they put Jesus there.

1.      Structure
a.       Jesus’ Trial before Pilate (19.1 (18.28) to 19.16)
                                                              i.      Verbal and Physical Abuse of Jesus (19.1-3)
                                                            ii.      Pilate finds Jesus innocent, but the Jews accuse Jesus of blaspheme (19.4-7)
                                                          iii.      Pilate questions Jesus about His divinity (19.8-11)
                                                          iv.      Pilate tries to release Jesus, but eventually gives Him to the Jews to be crucified (19.12-16)
b.      Jesus’ Crucifixion on Golgotha (19.17-37)
                                                              i.      Jesus is crucified on Golgotha, between two criminals (19.17-18)
                                                            ii.      Jesus is Entitled “King of the Jews” to the chagrin of the Jews (19.19-22)
                                                          iii.      The Soldiers gamble for Jesus’ clothes fulfilling prophecy (19.23-24)
                                                          iv.      Jesus provides for the care of His mother (19.25-27)
                                                            v.      Jesus fulfills prophecy and dies (19.28-30)
                                                          vi.      Jesus’ bones are not smashed, fulfilling prophecy (19.31-37)
c.       Jesus’ Burial (19.38-42)
                                                              i.      Joseph of Arimathea gets permission to bury Jesus (19.38)
                                                            ii.      Nicodemus provides the burial cloths and spices (19.39)
                                                          iii.      Jesus is buried and put in a nearby unused tomb (19.40-42)
2.      Themes
a.       Trial
b.      Innocence, blemishlessness, no grounds for charges
c.       Jesus is God
d.      Jesus is the Passover Lamb
e.       High-priests, Jews, Leaders
f.       Betrayal
g.      Sin
h.      Fulfillment of prophecy
i.        Death/crucifixion
j.        Suffering
k.      Jesus is the King of the Jews
l.        Rejection
m.    Completion of Jesus’ mission
n.      Burial
3.      Doctrines
a.       Jesus is God
b.      Jesus is the King of the Jews/Messiah
c.       Jesus actually died and was buried
d.      Jesus is our Passover Lamb

1.      Outline
a.       Reflect on the death of Christ
                                                              i.      Jesus died an innocent death
                                                            ii.      Jesus died a brutal death
                                                          iii.      Jesus died a lonely death
                                                          iv.      Jesus died a prophesied death
                                                            v.      Jesus died an eternal death
b.      Repent of your sins to Christ
                                                              i.      Repent of your sins against others
1.      Family
2.      Friends
3.      Co-workers
4.      Church
5.      Enemies
6.      Self  
                                                            ii.      Repent of your sins against Christ
1.      Sins of commission (things you did, but shouldn’t have)
2.      Sins of omission (things you didn’t do, but should have)
3.      Sins of rebellion (when you knew what you should do, but chose sin instead)
4.      Sins of addiction (sins you keep fighting, but fail to stay clean from)
c.       Renew your affections for Christ
                                                              i.      Your desires for Christ and His Father and His Spirit
                                                            ii.      Your desires for the Will of Christ
                                                          iii.      Your love for Christ
                                                          iv.      Your hope in Christ
                                                            v.      Your peace in Christ
                                                          vi.      Your Faith in Christ
                                                        vii.      Your humility before Christ
                                                      viii.      Your dependence on Christ
                                                          ix.      Your worship of Christ

d.      Re-engage in the mission of Christ 

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