The Grace and Power of Jesus in the Face of the Most Rigged Trial in History, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 299)
TEXT: John 18:19-23:
19 The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine.
20 Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.
21 Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said.
22 And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest so?
23 Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smitest thou me?
Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.
This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 299.
Don Whitney said, “The sinless Jesus — not for His own sake, but for others — came from Heaven to deliver His people. Jesus allowed godless men to nail Him to a Roman cross, and three days later rose from the dead so that ‘we should no longer be slaves of sin.’ And all those who trust in His work (and not their own) as the way to freedom will find emancipation from sin.”
Jesus’ series of trials began with an appearance before Annas, the high priest. “The high priest asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine.” He wanted to know who Jesus had taught and what He had taught them. They wanted to know if there were any others who followed Jesus who would cause trouble in the future. Again, here, we see the grace of our Lord who did not make mention of the twelve. He made sure that the blows to come would fall on His head alone.
Jesus shames the religious leaders for their secrecy and hypocrisy with His response to the high priest’s question: “Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.” Jesus had come to reveal God to the world and specifically to the Jewish nation. He was not like the leaders of other Jewish sects who led their followers into the wilderness and taught them apart from society. Jesus was always in the cities, mingling with the people. He was not just a light to the world, but a light in the world and the light of the world.
Jesus continues, telling Annas, “Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said.” There were many people besides His disciples who could testify to Jesus’ character and teaching. Many thousands had heard Him preach and had seen the miracles He had performed. There was no shortage of witnesses to call from. But the high priest and his cohorts knew that they would only have good things to say about Jesus.
So far, the Jews had only asked two questions of Jesus. They brought no charges or accusations because they didn’t have any. Jesus’ answers placed in glaring light the fact that He was innocent and that they, in fact, were guilty. The whole trial was a crime as Jewish law stipulated that no trial could be held at night and that no trial could commence without at least two witnesses. Jesus made sure the Jews knew exactly what they were doing. As Dr. Walvoord and Dr. Zuck state in their commentary, “He pressed this point and exposed their hypocrisy. They knew the truth but loved error. They saw the light but loved darkness.”
Jesus ensured that those who opposed Him could not claim ignorance for this atrocity. They knowingly and willfully arrested an innocent man, put Him on trial, and treated Him like a criminal when they had no evidence to suggest that He was. In fact, all the evidence they had pointed to the fact that He was the sinless Son of God. But Jesus stood trial as an innocent man so that you and I would not have to stand trial as the guilty sinners that we are.
The French monk Bernard of Clairvaux wrote:
O sacred Head, now wounded,
with grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded
with thorns, Thine only crown;
O sacred Head, what glory,
what bliss till now was Thine!
Yet, though despised and gory,
I joy to call Thee mine.
What Thou, my Lord, hast suffered,
was all for sinners’ gain;
Mine, mine was the transgression,
but Thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior!
‘Tis I deserve Thy place;
Look on me with Thy favor,
vouchsafe to me Thy grace.
Dear friend, Jesus was declared guilty that you and I might be declared innocent`. But you have to make the decision to give your life to Him by placing your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation from sin and the punishment of sin. Here is how:
1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.