VBC – Sunday Morning 8-19-18
Take your bibles if you would in turn with me to the Book of Mark chapter 14 and 15, if you would Mark chapter 14 and 15,
you know that way back 6,000 more years human beings were created by the great God of heaven and they offended him. They chose to do what they wanted and not what he wanted. They chose to rebel against him the god of Heaven that could have destroyed his own creation instead of destroying it decided to rescue it to save it.
And so the human race all of us in this room. We were part of a fallen race of people that chose to rebel against God and do. What we shouldn't and we have sinned because that's who we are we have seen because that's what we like we've chosen to go away from God, but God loved us so much that God took on human flesh.
He came to Earth was born of a virgin and he lived among us as a human being one of us and we have been through his story in The Book of Mark and we come to I think. One of the most uh, precious passages of scripture in the Bible. I am honestly, uh nervous about talkin to you about it because it's too precious.
It's too special and something I know I will fail at getting you to understand. I want you to take your Bible to walk through it with me. But as you do the Bible says in Romans 5:8, but God commended his love toward us and that while we were yet sinners. Here's the key words cross for us God in human.
Flesh. Christ died for us father. I love you. And I thank you so much. I think you for the three men and the wonderful testimonies this morning. I thank you for everybody else's testimony in this room that it's also come to know you in some similar way now pray to your God that they is I. Try to take your precious word and to talk a little bit about it that I would not stumble or mess it up or cause your people not to see the magnitude of your love and mercy and how much how wonderful you are in Jesus.
We thank you for dying. We thank you for all you bore on the cross God. We thank you that you loved us enough that you gave your only begotten son. We thank you. Holy spirit that you have loved us and pursue. And found us and convicted us and saved us and we give you great honor and Glory today help me Lord as we do this help your people to listen help them to let their hearts and Minds go back and see what you did and let it be real test today and I'll give you praise in Jesus name.
Amen. Well starting back over in Mark chapter 14 and verse 27. Jesus is doing the Lord's Supper. We do the Lord's Supper today to remember what happened on Calvary and what happened when Jesus died for us, but Jesus is doing it prior to the supper and he's telling them this is about to happen and he's about to die in his embodies about to be broken and his blood is about to be shed and he is going to die so that all humans can be saved and when he was doing that he told the guys the following him his disciples his main.
His preachers that he was working with he said in verse 27, you're all going to get offended. You're all going to be a scandalized. You're all going to run from me. You're all going to disassociate yourselves with me because I'm fixing to take a blow. I will be smitten. I will be hurt and the Sheep will all run in all be scattered.
And then after he got through talking to them about that he went to the garden and he said guys I'd like to have you pray with me and let's ask God. To help me and so the guys go off to pray and Mark chapter 14 and verse 36. He uses the term Abba which is the term for Daddy. It's a sweet tender personal intimate term and he says Abba Father all things are possible unto thee take this cup away from me,
but not what I want but what you want. His disciples don't pray with him. He asked him three times and they don't pray they sleep and he says finally just go ahead and keep on sleeping guys. It's about over and about that time Judas comes with a big army and Mark chapter 14 and verse 43 and he comes up to uh, judah's comes up to him and they're carrying swords and sticks and uh, they come to grab Jesus and take him and Judas kisses him.
Beside of ultimate betrayal I love you as I can Dem you today? It is a scary time. It's so scary Mark chapter 14 and verse 51. There's a young man there who had heard all the Ruckus outside evidently and jumped up and just wrapped a linen cloth around his neck and body and he had rushed out and uh, when all this happened to every he got scared in the discovering the melee that follows and Mark chapter.
14 and verse 51 he runs off naked leaving the Garment most people believe that was Mark the guy writing this story. And so they take and Peter denies Jesus three times by the end of the time that he's denying him. He is cursing and saying I do not know him. I have nothing to do with him. It's all come true the Mark chapter 14 and verse 55.
He is taken by the religious crowd. It's the religious crowd. It's not even the real government that's grabbed him. It's a basically a shadow government. It's a it's a it's a allowed and permitted government. It's the religious government. They don't have the power to put anybody to death, but they grabbed Jesus and take him and they go looking for Witnesses after they grab him after they grabbed him in the garden after they dragged him off.
They start saying now we need to do something to this guy. So, let's see if we can find some witnesses and they found none. They could find no one who had anything negative to say about Jesus except this ugly crowd and Mark chapter 14 and verse 27 verse 62. They finally asked him. Well, are you are you God in human flesh.
Are you the Messiah? Are you the one and he answered and said I am. Those two words. I am where very powerful words that you would never say that it was like saying I am God because he is God and he was God and son of man coming in the pot right hand of the power coming in the clouds. And so they grabbed him Mark chapter 14 and verse 65 and they took him off and they began to spit on him.
There's not a society in the world that I knew of that find spitting. And your face or spitting on your person to be acceptable or permissible or enjoyable and they spit on him. These are religious people. These are those Pharisees and Sadducees and those scribes that have been around him. They covered up his face and they began to hit him and that they would punch him or slap him and uh, they would make him say who is it?
That's hidden yet. You're supposed to be so Almighty. You're supposed to know so much. Why don't you do that? The religious crowd hates Jesus because he is truth. They have found no real reason to crucify him. They just need to get rid of him because his light shows their sin and their Darkness.
This is religion at its best or worst using people and twisting truth. Well, they can't go any further. They're not they're allowed to beat him up. They're allowed to whip him. They're allowed to mistreat him, but they have no power to kill him for that there need the government. So they basically called for another trial and then Mark chapter 15 and verse 1 as the morning.
They've had him up all night slapping him spitting on him beating him and mocking him and in the morning chapter of Mark chapter 15 and verse 1. Uh, the chief priests they got together of all their big shots and they turned him over to a guy named pilot when he got before Pilate and Mark chapter 15 and verse two pilot said will argue the king of the Jews and he answered and said unto them.
Well, you're the one saying that not me and say that you said it and Jesus wouldn't defend himself. Jesus wasn't calling for a lawyer. Jesus trying to get out of it. Jesus wasn't trying to see what he could do. He didn't defend himself and Mark 1533 the priest the chief priest accused him, but he didn't say anything Mark 15 for pilot said well, are you going to answer them or not?
Jesus didn't say anything in the market 15 pilot was shocked marveled. Here's a man knows I can take his life. Knows his life hangs in the balance. He's being accused and it's obviously a very false accuser and Jesus says nothing so pilot began to think about any thought, you know, I need to get this guy off.
He's obviously innocent. He hasn't done anything wrong. They're obviously being ugly to him. They're just being mean they're using me and I'd like to get him off and so they had a custom in the country where they would allow. One prisoner to be released in Mark chapter 15 and verse 6. They were allowed he gave them a choice.
He had two guys there on child in Mark chapter 15 verse 7, there's Jesus and there's a guy named Barabbas Barabbas is a murderer in the last Riot against the government the last time he tried to cause a an Insurrection or Rebellion against the government. He killed a man. And pilate says this will be good.
No one would choose Barabbas. No one would choose a murderer. No one would choose a terrorist that raised itself up against the government. So I'll offer them the really rotten bad guy in this Jesus and they'll have to choose Jesus and let him go. So Mark chapter 15 and verse 9 pilate answered and said, Well you that I release to you the king of the Jews obviously, you know, you guys can't even find anything wrong with him surely you would let him go because the Mark chapter 15 and verse 10 pilot knew that it was jealousy was the reason that they delivered him Mark chapter 15 and verse 10, they delivered him for Envy but in Mark chapter 15 and verse 11.
The religious crowd starts getting everybody motivated to scream crucified Jesus and give us Barabbas and they called for Barabbas when they call for Barabbas and Mark 1512 pilot says, well, what do y'all want me to do with the king of the Jews? You want me to release the murderer and you want me what do you want me to do with the king of the Jews?
Mark 15:13, they began to cry out crucify him crucify him. It's a pilot says well, what did you do wrong? What evil has he done? And that just made them matter and they cried out more exceedingly in verse 14 crucify him crucify him Pilots of politician that much of a spine and verse 15. He just wants to get it by the calm down and be happy and so he let Barabbas go
and he took Jesus and he gave them to him to be crucified. But before he did he scourged him. He could Mark that down in verse 15. He scourged him. You read that word and you slide on by and you don't pay attention to it, but basically. That was to give him the beating of a lifetime that was almost capital punishment.
It was the beat him so much that his skin would be left in ribbons and his guts would nearly be hanging out oftentimes people's eyes were not little longer inside their body because they didn't care whether whip failed fellow in his body. So to appease his confidence conscience in to please the people he meets Jesus and lets him go.
But pilot knows Jesus did nothing wrong. And Jesus is not worthy of death. Now. He's been beaten discouraging often killed people, but he lived through it by now. His body is probably beyond recognition. He has been punched in the face. He has been spit on he has been mocked. He has now been beaten.
So in chapter 15 and verse 16, he got all the soldiers together the whole group of them and said you guys take him now y'all go play with him
in verse 17. They put a purple robe on him and they made him a crown of thorns. They shove that down on his head. They began to make fun of him and they would holler hell. King of the Jews hail King of the Jews you're the king, huh? They pretend to Worship in the market 1519. They hit him on the head where there's a crown of thorns.
They spit on him and they bow their knees and pretend to worship Him mocking the very creator of the universe. God in human flesh, they mocked him and the torture games are coming to an end verse 20, they walk him. They take the robe off of him after they've he's been up all night with the Jewish people picking on him and making fun of him and beating on him.
Now. He's been taken by a bunch of he's been beaten till he's probably mostly dead and now the soldiers have had fun mocking him and playing with him. They take his clothes off in the lead him out to be crucified.
I really can't go on without thinking do you mock him by pretending? He's your king
when you know, you're not really going to honor him.
But Mark chapter 15 is are coming out. They compel one simoneaux Sarina. And he has two boys named Alexander and Rufus and they tell him you're going to carry his cross. Now. That's an insult a Jew would have never wanted to carry a cross because it's an instrument of death. It would have gone very much against their religion but no one wants to be associated with a Criminal no one wants to be a part of the death, but they walked Jesus away to a place called Golgotha and verse 22 and that's the place of the skull.
And they arrived at the scene. They're now ready to crucify Jesus. They offer him some wine mingled with murder. It's a painkiller. Most people say that they didn't give it to them to help them with the pain as much as it was too dumb them down enough to make it easy to nail him to a cross because you can imagine as he would struggle and fight not to be there.
But Jesus said I don't need your wine. I'll need your painkiller. I'll take all the pain. I'll take all the pain I'll take all the suffering
dying for us is suffering or your suffering is suffering or eternity in Hell forever in hell for you in a place of Torment. They killed. As he's dying, they're gambling over his clothes and his personal effects at the foot of the cross. He's hanging there and he's naked now. He's been mistreated all night long and then he's been beaten to within an inch of his life.
Literally, uh, many people came out of that meeting crippled or dead. He still living and then they have mocked him and spit on him and punched him and bowed down to him and said, oh, You're the king, huh. Now they've walked him out and they've nailed him to a cross and he's still alive and they're down at the bottom casting lots rolling dice drawing straws to see what part of his personal effects they get to take home.
They get him on the cross at about 9 a.m. Mark chapter 15 and verse 25. It's about 9:00 a.m. In the morning. So third hour of the day, they starts at six o'clock and they have nothing they can right above his head because he's done nothing wrong and when they kill a man what they always do is they put above his head the list of his crimes.
This man will be dying for murder this found to be dying for lying and cheating and stealing Insurrection and rape or whatever. It's above his head. But Jesus has been through trial after trial and no one knows anything they can put up. So they put up their the king of the Jews. He's dying with criminals.
He is the God of all eternity. He is Holiness and Purity. He is everything cleaned while he is dying with everything dirty in verse 27, they crucify him with two thieves one on the right hand and one on the left. Because all the way back from in the Old Testament in the Bible and in verse 28, it tells us that God had already said his son would die with criminals with thieves because he loved you enough that he took the holiest of the holiest the cleanest of the cleanest and put him with the dirtiest of the dirty.
He took cleanliness and Purity and put it with filth so you could be rescued so I could be rescued. And Jesus was numbered with the transgressors, you need to understand he was so powerful that within six days. He had been able to create the entire world. All he needed was a word and now he's hanging on a cross and in verse 29 The Spectators just walking down the street those that just came out to look at the crucifixion.
They began making fun of him in verse 29 is a oh. So you're the one that can destroy the temple and build it back in three days. Obviously not you're the one that's dying. Why don't you save yourself? You're so big. And so powerful the father could have let him off. Jesus could have gotten off the cross.
He could have called Ten Thousand Angels, but he had to pay our sin debt and he was a man on a mission. He was there on purpose. Verse 31 the religious people now come out the religious people come out the chief priests and mocking him and think he can't save he said he saved others, but he can't save himself, huh?
He's the king of the Christ the King of Israel. Well, if you are won't you get down off the cross if you do, maybe we'll see and believe.
Then the very criminals by side in verse 32 begin to mock him people that are dying filthy criminals that have been found guilty of a crime worthy of death now Mark Jesus passerby religious people and criminals are all having fun laughing at. Mark 1532 at the six hour, which is noon darkness comes over the whole land for the next three hours.
Jesus will hang there and complete darkness.
He's hanging there alive. You've got to imagine people are nervous and scared. Why is it dark like that and while he's hanging there in verse 34, he feels the loneliness and the weight of sin falling on him and he cries out my God my God. Why have you forsaken me because while he's there by sin and your sin?
And the sin of all the human race from the very beginning from Adam and to the last human being was placed on Jesus
and he cries out my God my God, why hast Thou forsaken me some of the people think he's calling for help in verse 35. They think he wants Elijah to come help him, but that's not what's going on at all. They try to give him some painkiller and as Jesus dies in verse 37 most precious thing. Happens the veil in the temple is torn from the top to the bottom Jesus Christ in a loud voice and verse 37 and he gives up the ghost.
Now. You have to understand that this Temple is a very magnificent specially built building and between where where the most holy Jews could go and the holy of holies. There. Was this Veil there that no one could go through only one man one time of. And when Jesus died access to the father was granted as God ripped that Veil into and separated it and said through Jesus dying on the cross you can be saved and we have access to the father now.
He's that he is dead. He is literally. And in chapter 15 and verse 39 this interior and the guy in charge of at least 100 soldiers a like a commander he saw him and as he cried out he gave up The Ghost and the the Roman soldier who would have witnessed death after death who was a man of blood said truly really this man was the son of.
He really is who he said he was there's some women standing there watching. They've been faithful to Jesus in verse 40 the women looking on from a distance. There was Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James the Lassen of Joseph and Solomon, uh, and and they they've been with him when he was in Galilee and a lot of other women were there.
Jesus says now, Probably like the darkest moment. You can imagine Jesus has died in Mark chapter 15 and verse 42. It's time to take Jesus off the cross because there's a special religious. Holy day among the Jews and they definitely don't want Jesus hanging on a cross even though they put him there.
They don't want to make their holiday look bad with a dead person. Did you hang in there and a man named Joseph of Arma 3 and verse 43? He's an honorable man. And he comes in and goes boldly into pilot and said I want his body and he took the body of Jesus and pilate was shocked. He couldn't believe that Jesus was already dead.
And so he actually said wait a minute. I've got to find out if that's true and he sends people to find out could he have already died? Because after all that death their bodies hanging their Raw After beatings or whatever, sometimes people took a week to die.
I found out he was dead and he gave the body to Joseph and Joseph took that body and verse 45 he wrapped it and fine linen need a lady in his own tomb and the ladies were there and saw what had happened and Jesus had died. For the sins of others. I think the most beautiful part of all this is that back up in that very first verse when he started talkin.
He said y'all are gonna be embarrassed of me tonight you're going to run. He said the shepherd will be submitting the Sheep will scatter and then he said that I'll see you in Galilee and God the God man Jesus. Died a horrible death rejected by all the crowd walking by the religious people the criminals Judas said the night him or had betrayed him.
Peter had denied him his men had run and he felt forsaken even by the father as he carried our scene. He was severely tortured for our sin. Jesus was dying in our place Apostle Paul sums up in Romans chapter 5 and verse 8 when he said God showed you his love but God commended his love toward us and that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.
Jesus didn't die for a person obeyed. The rules got perfect lived up to it. He didn't die for a person that eight right walked right talk right dressed right and lived right? He didn't die for a guy who said I'm not a sinner anymore. He died forgot who was still a sinner Romans 5:8 says in that while we were yet sinners.
Romans chapter 5 and verse 6 it said when we were unable to fix ourselves, he didn't die for good people. He died for bad people ungodly. The Bible says and Jesus died. So you could be saved every service every church service. We have at this church. We are talkin about him. It was Jesus who died for us.
It was God loving you. You didn't deserve it. You didn't earn it. And there's no reason he should have died for you. Accept this he's a good god
Peter just a minute ago says going to talk to us about how he'd found the Lord then he said how he saved me because the truth is nobody in this room went looking for him. Nobody in this room. You didn't you say the Bible says None seek after him for all of sending come short of the glory of God.
There is none righteous not a warrant. So Peter said no he came and got me. We love him because he first loved us and you're here this morning. I want you to know he loves you and everything that Mark 15 said he said that because he you he died for you religion won't fix your problem religion killed him.
You can say well I've done everything I've ever been told to do. That won't get you to heaven your church didn't down a cross for you. Your religion didn't down a cross for you. Your morality didn't down across for you. But Jesus died on the cross for you, Jesus died so you could be saved so you could be rescued so you can have your sins forgive.
So you could know you were going to heaven some of you may want to continue in your pride thinking you're good enough without all that some of you might want to continue saying but I'm not a sinner. I haven't done anything that wrong. I'm not that bad a person but believe me God would have never paid such a price if it wasn't necessary and I ask you to receive the gift.
Here's what the Bible says in Romans 6:23 for the wages of sin. The payment for sin is death, but then it says but the gift of God is eternal life the gift. You don't earn it. You don't pay for it. You don't deserve it. It's given to you and when you don't deserve it the gift of God not a bonus.
It's not something you are not something you may the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus. Crossed our Lord I ask you to trust him today.