Summary: Trials & Crucifixion - Luke chapter 22 vs 63 – chapter 23 vs 43 - – sermon by Gordon Curley (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: email@example.com)
(1). Jesus & his trials (a quick overview)
(2). Jesus & Joseph of Cyrene (Luke chapter 23 verses 26-32)
(3). Jesus & the Criminals (Luke chapter 23 verses 32-43)
• I remember a saying that I use to use as a teenager, it was.
• "Ask a stupid question and you'll get a stupid answer"
• The phrase is often used when the answer is obvious, but unhelpful,
• Or when the question is clearly impossible to answer.
• Here are some gems, true remarks spoken in a court of law.
• They were taken from the book, "Disorder in the Court."
• Q: What is your date of birth?
• A: July fifteenth.
• Q: What year?
• A: Every year
• Q: What gear were you in at moment of the impact?
• A: A Gucci sweater and Reebok trainers.
• Q: How old is your son, the one living with you?
• A: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which!
• Q: How long has he lived with you?
• A: Forty-five years.
• Q: All your responses must be oral, OK?
• A: OK.
• Q: What school did you go to?
• A: Oral.
(5). Or these one liners – stupid questions:
• Q: The youngest son, the 20-year old, how old is he?
• Q: Were you present when your picture was taken?
• TRANSITION: From the lawcourts of the UK, to the law courts of Jerusalem,
• From 2020 let’s go back to the year 0.
• From dumb questions and humorous answers,
• To wicked men, with hatred not laughter in their hearts.
• We are looking this morning at the trial & crucifixion of Jesus.
• We noted in our last study,
• That Jesus was arrested about midnight in the Garden of Gethsemane,
• In the next twelve hours he will be tried six times – you heard right – six times,
• Before being found guilty and crucified.
• This is a long passage that I have been given to speak on,
• There is so much content that I have struggled to know what to emphasise,
• And what to skip over.
• In the end I have decided to spit it into three sections.
• First: Jesus and his trials (a quick overview, no detail).
• Second: Jesus and Simon of Cyrene.
• Third: Jesus and the two criminals.
(1). Jesus and his trials (a quick overview).
• It’s worth noting that,
• None of the four gospel writers (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John),
• Give to us all six trials of Jesus.
• You will need to do a bit of detective work to get this information.
Jesus would have six trials:
• Three religious (Jewish), and three civil (Roman).
• All these six trials were carried out on Good Friday,
• These would take place from 2AM to 10AM,
• Eight intense, tiring and emotionally draining hours.
(A). At the three Jewish religious trials – Jesus was condemned as a sinner:
• The question that they should have been asking at these three religious’ trials,
• Was, ‘Who is Jesus?’
• That question was and still is today so important,
• The answer will not only affect this life, but it will affect the whole of eternity!
• I came across this monologue, entitled, ‘Who is Jesus?’
• In chemistry, he turned water to wine.
• In biology, he was born without the normal conception.
• In physics, he disproved the law of gravity when he ascended into heaven.
• In economics, he disproved the law of diminishing return,
• by feeding 5000 men with two fish & five loaves of bread.
• In medicine, he cured the sick and blind without administering a single dose of drugs.
• In history, he is the Beginning and the End.
• In government, he said that he shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Prince of Peace.
• In religion, he said no one comes to the Father except through him.
• Jesus had no servants, yet they called him Master.
• Had no degree, yet they called him Teacher.
• Had no medicines, yet they called him Healer.
• He had no army, yet kings feared him.
• He won no military battles, yet he conquered the world.
• He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him.
• As we will soon see in our studies,
• He was buried in a tomb, yet Christians believe he lives today!
• So, the question we all must ask is, ‘Who is Jesus?’
• These religious leaders were not interested in the truth,
• They had already decided Jesus was guilty because he did not play by their rules.
The three Jewish religious trials