Summary: In Mark 15:1, we read of how the enemies of Jesus bound Him in preparation for the sending of Him to Pilate, When you read those words it is easy for your heart to be filled with sadness, and even with a touch of “righteous indignation” for that crowd tha
“Binding the Hands of Jesus”
Text: Mark 15:1 (KJV) 1And straightway in the morning the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council, bound Jesus, carried him away, and delivered him to Pilate.
Mark 15:1 (AMP) 1AND IMMEDIATELY when it was morning, the chief priests, with the elders and scribes and the whole council, held a consultation; and when they had bound Jesus, they took Him away [violently] and handed Him over to Pilate.
Mark 15:1 (NLT) 1Very early in the morning the leading priests, other leaders, and teachers of religious law--the entire high council--met to discuss their next step. They bound Jesus and took him to Pilate, the Roman governor.
Introduction: In Mark 15:1, we read of how the enemies of Jesus bound Him in preparation for the sending of Him to Pilate, When you read those words it is easy for your heart to be filled with sadness, and even with a touch of “righteous indignation” for that crowd that bound Jesus in such a way. Jesus was bound as a common criminal. Jesus was bound and unable to move His hands. It was a tragedy how this innocent man was treated. It was a travesty of Justice. Yet, nonetheless, it was necessary to procure the redemption of our souls. Isaiah 53:5-7 reads, (KJV) “5But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.”
Yet, there are very few people today who are not guilty of binding the hands of Jesus in a figurative way. Because of sin and self, God’s power, presence, and purposes are limited in our lives. In essence, when we do this we are “Binding the Hands of Jesus.” To see what I mean, let us today consider five ways we can be guilty of “Binding the Hands of Jesus”…
I. BY REFUSING TO OBEY THE GOSPEL
Hebrews 10:29 reads, (KJV) “29Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?” (AMP) “29How much worse (sterner and heavier) punishment do you suppose he will be judged to deserve who has spurned and [thus] trampled underfoot the Son of God, and who has considered the covenant blood by which he was consecrated common and unhallowed, thus profaning it and insulting and outraging the [Holy] Spirit [Who imparts] grace (the unmerited favor and blessing of God)?” (NLT) “29Think how much more terrible the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God and have treated the blood of the covenant as if it were common and unholy. Such people have insulted and enraged the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to his people.”
When people deliberately reject Christ’s offer of Salvation, they reject God’s most precious gift. They push away the work of the Holy Spirit; the one who communicates to us God’s saving love. There is no other acceptable sacrifice for sin than the death of Christ on the Cross.
A. In His Great love for us, Jesus stretched out His hands and died for our sins…
Illustration: As a jewel’s brilliance is displayed on a black cloth, Jesus’ love is displayed against the blackness of sin, and the filth of the flesh.
1. Today, through His Gospel, He pleads with all of us to take advantage of His vicarious suffering.
2. He does not want us to suffer for the guilt of our own sins. That is why He willing took our place.
a. Hebrews 2:9, 10 declares, (KJV) “9But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. 10For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.” (AMP) “9But we are able to see Jesus, Who was ranked lower than the angels for a little while, crowned with glory and honor because of His having suffered death, in order that by the grace (unmerited favor) of God [to us sinners] He might experience death for every individual person.10For it was an act worthy [of God] and fitting [to the divine nature] that He, for Whose sake and by Whom all things have their existence, in bringing many sons into glory, should make the Pioneer of their salvation perfect [should bring to maturity the human experience necessary to be perfectly equipped for His office as High Priest] through suffering. (NLT) “9What we do see is Jesus, who "for a little while was made lower than the angels" and now is "crowned with glory and honor" because he suffered death for us. Yes, by God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone in all the world. 10And it was only right that God--who made everything and for whom everything was made--should bring his many children into glory. Through the suffering of Jesus, God made him a perfect leader, one fit to bring them into their salvation.”