Summary: A sermon on the trials, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Outline and material adapted from Rick Warren at: http://www.jmm.org.au/articles/12184.htm)
Paul Stuckey is a preacher in Dayton, Ohio. He tells the story of an eye catching ad in a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, newspaper’s classified section. Big, bold letters advertised “Used Tombstone.” The ad’s text read as follows: “Used tombstone for sale. Real bargain to someone named ‘Dingo’. For more information call...?” I have many questions about this. What happened to Dingo? Who has a name like Dingo in Milwaukee? Why is his tombstone no longer needed? The image of a used tombstone may at first seem grim and depressing. But thing again: a “used” tombstone means that its previous owner no longer has any need for it. It is an unnecessary item. Christ’s resurrection gives the same message: the tomb is empty! The stone that closed the grave is no longer needed! Jesus Christ is risen!
The was all by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge- Acts 2:23
Thesis: Today we are going to talk about the trial of Jesus, the death of Jesus, and the resurrection of Jesus
The Trial of Jesus shows His Purpose
Jesus actually went through 6 trials. They arrested Him at night and they arrested Him secretly. They did this because he was so popular and they didn’t want an uprising in the city of Jerusalem. Then he went through 3 religious trials and then He went through 3 civil trials.
First He went to Annas, the last high priest. Then there was a trial before Caiaphas the current high priest. Then a trial before the Sanhedrin, the Jewish Supreme Court.
Then He went before Pilate, the civil ruler of Jerusalem. Then Herod, the ruler of Galilee. Then He was back to Pilate again.
Out of all of these trials, for the most part Jesus remained silent except for the charge of blaspheme. “But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?” “He is worthy of death,” they answered.” Matthew 26:63-66, NIV.
“When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!” As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!” But Pilate answered, “You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.” The Jews insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.” When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid,” John 19:5-8, NIV.
See, Jesus never claimed to be a good man. He never claimed to be a moral leader. He never claimed to be a great teacher. He said, “I’m God. I’m the only way to heaven. No one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6).”