Sermons

Summary: Each of us plays a part in the crucifixion of Jesus. Many of the characters are discussed in this sermon.

  Study Tools
  Study Tools

MUB

GOOD FRIDAY 2005

INTRO; I WAS TALKING TO SOMEONE THE OTHER DAY, AND THE TRIALS OF ROBERT BLAKE, AND SCOTT PETERSON CAME UP. ONE IS FOUND NOT GUILTY, THE OTHER IS CONVICTED, AND THE PENALTY IS DEATH. IN THE COURSE OF THE CONVERSATION, THEY SAID, IT IS RUMORED THAT THE EXECUTION OF PETERSON WOULD BE TELEVISED AS A PAY PER VIEW, THE MONEY GOING TO THE FAMILY. PUBLIC EXECUTION. ITS NOT SOMETHING THAT I WANT TO WATCH. BACK IN THE 1800’S PUBLIC EXECUTION WAS COMMON PLACE..

ON AUGUST 14, 1936 RAINEY BETHEA WAS HANGED IN OWENSBORO, KY. 20,000 PEOPLE WATCHED. THE OUT CRY WAS SO GREAT THAT IT PUT AN END TO PUBLIC EXECUTIONS IN AMERICA.

TODAY, I WANT US TO TURN OUR ATTENTION TO ANOTHER PUBLIC EXECUTION, THIS ONE TOOK PLACE OVER 2000 YEARS AGO. IN TRUTH, THE PLAN FOR THIS EXECUTION TOOK PLACE MUCH EARLIER THAN THAT. IN FACT, FROM THE BEGINNING OF TIME, THIS WAS EXPECTED.

WHEN ANYONE IS PUT TO DEATH TODAY, THEY GO THRU A LONG SERIES OF APPEALS, THE PROCESS CAN LAST YEARS. WHEN THIS EXECUTION TOOK PLACE, THERE WERE NO APPEALS, THERE WAS NO DEFENSE ATTORNEY. THE PROCESS TOOK A FEW SHORT HOURS. THE VERDICT- DEATH ON A CROSS.

THERE ARE MANY CHARACTERS INVOLVED IN THIS EXECUTION. EACH HAD A PART TO PLAY. AS WE LOOK AT SOME OF THEM, WE ARE REMINDED, THAT WE TOO PLAYED A PART IN THIS.

THE CHIEF PRIEST AND THE SANHEDRIN. THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS OF THE DAY. IT WAS AT THEIR HANDS THAT THIS WHOLE PROCESS BEGAN. THEY HAD PAID JUDAS THE 30 PIECES OF SILVER TO BETRAY CHRIST. THEY WERE THE ONES WHO HAD JESUS ARRESTED IN THE GARDEN. THEY WERE THE ONES WHO FIRST PUT JESUS ON TRIAL. AS YOU WATCH THEIR ACTIONS, THEY ARE FILLED WITH HATE FOR JESUS. WHY? BECAUSE HE WAS A THREAT TO THEM, AND TO THEIR BELIEFS. THEY CONTROLLED PEOPLE WITH THE LAW, THEY KEPT PEOPLE UNDER BONDAGE, JESUS GAVE PEOPLE FREEDOM. THEY HAD IT THEIR WAY FOR YEARS, AND NOW JESUS WAS GOING TO CHANGE IT ALL. THEY PRACTICED RELIGION, JESUS WAS ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS.

PETER. AT THE SAME TIME THE SANHEDRIN WAS PASSING JUDGEMENT ON JESUS, PETER WAS IN THE COURTYARD, WAITING AND WATCHING. HE WAS THE ONE WHO HAD JUST A FEW HOURS EARLIER SAID, I WILL GO TO PRISON OR EVEN DEATH FOR YOU LORD. AS HE WAITS, A SERVANT GIRL ACCUSES HIM.

HE DENIES THAT HE EVEN KNOWS JESUS, AGAIN, HE IS ACCUSED, AGAIN HE DENIES, THIS TIME WITH A CURSE. ONE OF THE CLOSEST OF THE DISCIPLES, NOW HE HAS TURNED HIS BACK ON JESUS.

JUDAS. ANOTHER OF THE DISCIPLES, THE TREASURER OF THE GROUP. JESUS DIDN’T DO WHAT JUDAS EXPECTED. HE WANTED JESUS TO BE AN EARTHLY KING. HE SAW HIMSELF IN A POSITION OF POWER IF THAT HAPPENS, NOW HE KNOWS IT WONT HAPPEN. SO, FOR 30 PIECES OF SILVER, HE HAS BETRAYED JESUS. HE REALIZES, TOO LATE, THAT HE WAS WRONG, HE IS GUILTY, AND HE KNOWS IT. HE TRIES TO GIVE THE MONEY BACK. THEY LAUGH IN HIS FACE. IN HIS GUILT, HE TOOK HIS OWN LIFE.

HEROD. A PUPPET RULER OF THE ROMANS OVER THE JEWS. HE WAS THE ONE WHO HAD JOHN BEHEADED. HE HAD WANTED TO SEE JESUS FOR A LONG TIME. BUT HE TREATED JESUS LIKE A CARNIVAL SIDE SHOW. PERFORM A MIRACLE, DO ME A TRICK. JESUS WOULD HAVE NONE OF IT. HE STOOD SILENT BEFORE THIS ACCUSER. FINALLY, HEROD, DRESSED JESUS IN A ROYAL ROBE, AND SENDS HIM BACK TO PILATE.

PILATE. THE HIGHEST ROMAN OFFICIAL IN JERUSALEM. HE IS CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE, HE ANSWERS FIRST TO ROME, BUT HE RULES OVER THE JEWS. HE WANTS NO PART OF THIS, IT CAN ONLY BRING HIM TROUBLE. AS HE QUESTIONS JESUS, HE SOON REALIZES THAT JESUS IS NOT A COMMON CRIMINAL, IN FACT, HE CAN FIND NOTHING WRONG WITH JESUS. HIS WIFE TELLS HIM TO HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS INNOCENT MAN. HE WANTS TO DO THE RIGHT THING FOR JESUS, BUT BECAUSE OF HIS POSITION, HE CANNOT. PERHAPS IF HE JUST HAS JESUS BEATEN, MAYBE THAT WILL APPEASE THE ACCUSERS.

THE SOLDIERS. THEY STRIP THE CLOTHES OFF OF JESUS. THEY BEAT HIM WITH A CAT OF NINE TAILS. IT WAS DESIGNED TO RIP THE FLESH FROM HIS BODY. THEY BEAT HIM ALMOST TO DEATH. THEN THEY PLACE THE ROBE ON HIM, AND MAKE A CROWN OF THORNS AND PUT IT ON HIS HEAD. THEY BOW BEFORE HIM, KNEELING, MOCKING HIM. HAIL KING OF THE JEWS. LITTLE DO THEY REALIZE, THAT ONE DAY, EVERY KNEE WOULD BOW, AND EVERY TONGUE CONFESS, THAT JESUS IS LORD.

PILATE. BACK BEFORE PILATE, JESUS NOW STANDS, BEATEN, BLOODY, NEARLY DEAD. PILATE DOES NOT WANT TO HAVE JESUS PUT TO DEATH. HE TRIES EVERYTHING HE CAN THINK OF, TO STOP IT. THE ONLY THING HE DOESN’T DO IS MAKE A FIRM DECISION. PILATE DOES WITH JESUS WHAT A LOT OF PEOPLE TODAY DO. HE KNOWS THE RIGHT THING, HE HAS EXAMINED, STUDIED, BUT THE RIGHT THING IS NOT THE EXPEDIENT THING TO DO, SO HE WASHES HIS HANDS. I CHOOSE NOT TO DECIDE, BUT THAT IN ITSELF IS IN FACT A DECISION.

Download Sermon With PRO View On One Page With PRO
Browse All Media

Related Media


Good Friday 1
SermonCentral
PowerPoint Template
Good Friday 2
SermonCentral
PowerPoint Template
Last Words Of Jesus
SermonCentral
PowerPoint Template
Talk about it...

Nobody has commented yet. Be the first!

Join the discussion