Summary: Inductive sermon focusing on what went through Jesus' mind at each stage of His crucifixion... YOU!
WHAT WENT THROUGH HIS MIND?
MATTHEW 27:27-50 [EASTER SUNDAY 2016]
THREAD: WHAT WENT THROUGH JESUS’ MIND THE WHOLE DAY HE WAS CRUCIFIED?
Then the governor's soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him. "Hail, king of the Jews!" they said. 30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. 31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.
THREAD: WHAT WENT THROUGH JESUS’ MIND AS THEY BEAT HIM?
Tina sat in the chair and had no idea what she was going to do. Tina did the best she could. Her husband of 10 years had recently died and left her as a young widow with three children to raise by herself. She couldn’t be mad at him. It is not like he went and died on purpose. It was an accident and he died. Now she was alone. She spent her days at work trying just to get through the day and then went home to kids who needed more from her than she could give. She picked smoking cigarettes back up which she hadn’t done since high school. Then her co-worker, seeing her in emotional pain, introduced her to synthetic marijuana to help dull the ache of her loss. After the marijuana came beer. Then came hard liquor. Now she was addicted to her grief and to about four other substances that were not helping. Tina sat in the chair and had no idea what she was going to do. The chair Tina was sitting in was in the police station. She had been pulled over for drinking while driving and was now under arrest. How did she get here? Was there any hope? How could she turn her life around now that she had wrecked it so badly? How could she ever forgive herself?
Freddy felt very uncomfortable in the church pew. The pew was made of hard wood and it hurt him to sit on it. The church was an older one and smelled a little bit like old ratty socks. It was the only place open at the moment as it poured down rain. He walked in and sat down. Last night at the track had been a hard one. He had bet the last of his money on what he knew was a winner and it didn’t pan out. He lost all his money. He had already lost his job and his apartment and his car and now the last of his money. He was sure that he would hit the big score at the dog tracks and he could pay back everything and live the good life. It didn’t work out that way. He looked up front of the sanctuary and there were two silver candlesticks. Silver. Silver was money. He could take those candle sticks and sell them and get some money to go back to the dog track and win big. It was his time to win. He could feel it. He walked up slowly to the front of the church. He grabbed both of the silver candlesticks and rushed out of the church. It was his time to score big!