The Grace and Power of Jesus in the Face of the Most Rigged Trial in History, Part 8 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 305)

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TEXT: John 19:1-4:

1 Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him.

2 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe,

3 And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.

4 Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him.

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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 305.

J.B. Phillips said, “God may thunder His commands from Mount Sinai and men may fear, yet remain at heart exactly as they were before. But let a man once see his God down in the arena as a Man — suffering, tempted, sweating, and agonized, finally dying a criminal’s death — and he is a hard man indeed who is untouched.”

After the Jews had rejected Jesus and demanded the release of Barabbas, Pilate still sought to have Jesus freed. As a politician, he was seeking to do what he knew was right — releasing Jesus — while at the same time appeasing the Jewish religious leaders. So, his next move is to have Jesus scourged.

The Roman method of scourging took place with a leather whip that had pieces of bone or metal attached to the end. Scourging was most often a punishment in and of itself. Sometimes, it was used in an attempt to extract a confession from a criminal or to weaken the criminal before he went to the cross so he would die more quickly. The flesh of the person subjected to scourging would become shredded by the sharp, hard objects at the end of the whip. Many individuals died from the scourging alone. Pilate thought that scourging Jesus would satisfy the bloodlust of the Jews, but he was woefully mistaken.

After the scourging is over, the Roman soldiers overseeing the punishment make a crown of thorns and put it on Jesus’ head. They put a purple robe around His shoulders. They bow to Him, declaring, “Hail, King of the Jews!” This was both a derision of Jesus and a mocking of the Jewish leaders. They were saying, ‘Is this the best they can do for a king?’ As they jeered and mocked Jesus, the Bible says “they smote him with their hands.”

Of course, we wonder why God would allow His only begotton Son, His very expressed image, to be humiliated in such a fashion. Surely, a dignified death for the Son of God would be in order. As the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche exclaimed, “God on a cross — preposterous!” So, why did God allow Jesus to suffer so much? The suffering of Jesus really speaks to the sinfulness and cruelty of man and his Satan-inspired hatred of God and that which is good. While God allowed Jesus’ suffering, it was human hands that heaped torture, abuse, and humiliation upon the Savior of the human race.

In the end, what we see is that God’s love flies in the face of human defiance. Man shakes his fist at God, and God says, “I love you anyway.” Man mocks and ridicules Jesus, and Jesus says, “I’ll die for you anyway.” Man whips and abuses the Savior, and He says, “I’ll forgive you anyway.” Jesus’ love extends even to the bloodthirsty Jews who still demanded His crucifixion after He had been scourged. Jesus’ love extends even to the cruel Romans who needlessly beat Him, mocked Him, and drove nails into His hands and feet. And Jesus’ love extends to you and I who have brazenly disobeyed God’s laws and tried to live the life He gave us our way. The extravagant humiliation of Jesus is matched, blood drop for blood drop, by the extravagant, inexorable love of God.

William Ovens and Gladys Roberts wrote:

Wounded for me, wounded for me,
There on the cross He was wounded for me;
Gone my transgressions, and now I am free,
All because Jesus was wounded for me.

Dying for me, dying for me,
There on the cross He was dying for me;
Now in His death my redemption I see,
All because Jesus was dying for me.

Risen for me, risen for me,
Up from the grave He has risen for me;
Now evermore from death’s sting I am free,
All because Jesus has risen for me.

On the cross, dear friend, Jesus was punished for you. He took God’s wrath upon Himself so that you could go free from sin and the punishment of sin. But you must place your faith and trust in Him in order to take advantage of this free gift.

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 dw3@gospellightsociety.com 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.

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