From Hero to Zero: The Denial of Peter (Part 1) (The Most Exciting and Eventful Week in History)

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The events of the passage we just read take place on Thursday — the fifth day of Passion Week. Jesus Christ and his disciples are eating the Passover meal — what we call the Last Supper — and Jesus is explaining to his disciples what is about to take place. Earlier on this day, Jesus Christ had told his disciples to prepare an upper room for their Passover meal. They did so, and Jesus and his twelve disciples share the Passover meal together. At this point, Judas has already left to betray Jesus Christ, and Jesus is talking with the remaining eleven disciples about what is going to happen very soon. During the course of this discussion, Jesus predicts Peter’s betrayal.

Of all the disciples, Peter was the most zealous. Peter should have been the one who was the most loyal to Jesus Christ. He made that great statement in Matthew 16:16: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Peter walked on water with Jesus. Peter was the one who said to Jesus, ‘Lord, we have left all for you, where else can we go?’ Peter even had the nerve to challenge Jesus when Jesus told him that He would have to die to fulfill God’s plan.

But despite all this, when the chips were down, when Jesus really needed his friends to back him up, Peter and most of the other disciples turned and ran away.

+ Plus, listen to Ricky Dillard and New G singing “Jesus Paid It All” and Bebe Winans singing “Nothing But the Blood of Jesus”

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GLMX #87: Who Killed Jesus?

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Throughout history people have accused this group or that group or this person or that person for killing Jesus, but the truth of the matter is, there are many involved in the killing of Jesus.

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Jesus, Judas and You, Part 2 (The Most Exciting and Eventful Week in History)

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #51 | Passion Week 2012 (#4)

Today is the fourth day of Passion Week. This day is called “Dark Wednesday” because it is the day when Judas Iscariot went to the High Priests and agreed to betray Jesus Christ to them for 30 pieces of silver. Now, the story involving the betrayal of Jesus Christ actually spans three days — Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday — so we will be dealing with the whole Judas scenario in this one message as we have four more days to go and four more messages to cover in our series titled “The Most Exciting and Eventful Week in History”. Our message for today is titled “Jesus, Judas, and You.”

By way of introduction, the name Judas is the Greek form of the Hebrew word “Judah” meaning praise. Most scholars agree that Judas’ surname, Iscariot, means “a man of Kerioth.” Kerioth was a town in Southern Judea. Thus, Judas would have been the only non-Galilean among Jesus’ disciples — he was the outsider of the group. However, we must still remember that Jesus chose Judas to be his disciple.

Most Bible scholars agree that the reason why Judas decided to betray Jesus was for money. But whatever the case, the Bible says in Matthew 26:14-16: “Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.”

That opportunity to betray Jesus Christ came on either the next night, Thursday night, or early Friday morning before dawn. Judas led the priests and Temple guards to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus was praying and had Jesus arrested.

Sometime on Friday, either during Jesus’ trial or while he was hanging on the cross, Judas began to feel guilty about what he had done. The Bible says in Matthew 27:3-5: “Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.”

Judas goes back to the chief priests, throws the money down in the Temple, admits his sin, declares that Jesus Christ is innocent. Then he leaves and hangs himself.

+ Plus, listen to the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir singing “Resurrection Power” and Chris Tomlin singing “Amazing Grace”

Jesus, Judas and You, Part 1 (The Most Exciting and Eventful Week in History)

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #51 | Passion Week 2012 (#4)

Today is the fourth day of Passion Week. This day is called “Dark Wednesday” because it is the day when Judas Iscariot went to the High Priests and agreed to betray Jesus Christ to them for 30 pieces of silver. Now, the story involving the betrayal of Jesus Christ actually spans three days — Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday — so we will be dealing with the whole Judas scenario in this one message as we have four more days to go and four more messages to cover in our series titled “The Most Exciting and Eventful Week in History”. Our message for today is titled “Jesus, Judas, and You.”

By way of introduction, the name Judas is the Greek form of the Hebrew word “Judah” meaning praise. Most scholars agree that Judas’ surname, Iscariot, means “a man of Kerioth.” Kerioth was a town in Southern Judea. Thus, Judas would have been the only non-Galilean among Jesus’ disciples — he was the outsider of the group. However, we must still remember that Jesus chose Judas to be his disciple.

Most Bible scholars agree that the reason why Judas decided to betray Jesus was for money. But whatever the case, the Bible says in Matthew 26:14-16: “Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.”

That opportunity to betray Jesus Christ came on either the next night, Thursday night, or early Friday morning before dawn. Judas led the priests and Temple guards to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus was praying and had Jesus arrested.

Sometime on Friday, either during Jesus’ trial or while he was hanging on the cross, Judas began to feel guilty about what he had done. The Bible says in Matthew 27:3-5: “Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.”

Judas goes back to the chief priests, throws the money down in the Temple, admits his sin, declares that Jesus Christ is innocent. Then he leaves and hangs himself.

+ Plus, listen to the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir singing “Resurrection Power” and Chris Tomlin singing “Amazing Grace”

GLMX #86: Jesus Went Through Hell So We Would Not Go to Hell

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We switch on the television and see good sports spoiled by bad behaviour. We hear at work about the manager who has been cheating the company, and the husband who has been deceiving his wife. We open the newspaper and read about the person knocked down by the drunk driver and the sadistic attacks on the aged and the young. We travel on trains and see what the vandals have left behind. These events come close to our own door and sadness enters even into our own homes. Our lives are spoiled by wrong actions. A short, simple word for all this is sin. Sin constantly spoils our lives.

One famous writer has described our spoiled lives as reeds on the river bank that have been bruised by the current of sin that swirls around us. Isaiah was a man who believed in God. He lived before Jesus but wrote of Him, “a bruised reed He will not break.” A bruised reed is a plant that has been hurt or crushed. How bruises bring hurt into our lives; lives that are for many at times a journey through a dark tunnel of depression. Some find themselves trapped in a cage of anxiety, and many families are severed through marital and financial problems. We have all been hurt by others who are selfish. We have all faced bitter disappointments at some time or other. We have all been through shattering experiences when it felt as if nobody cared. Yet we can remember – when we are honest with ourselves – our own unkind remarks. We cannot always blame the other person. We cannot always rest on our own convenient excuses. We need to face up to those wrong actions, those sins.

When we do this and look in the mirror of our own life, God assures us that there is no life that is so bruised and injured that it cannot be healed.

Matthew 11:28 states, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

+ Plus, listen to Adam Young singing “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us”

The Setting, Severity, and Suddenness of Christ’s Return, Part 3 (The Most Exciting and Eventful Week in History)

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #50 | Passion Week 2012 (#3)

On yesterday we talked about what Jesus Christ did on the Monday immediately following Palm Sunday. Today, as we continue this week-long series titled “The Most Exciting and Eventful Week in History”, we will talk about what Jesus Christ did on Tuesday of what many call Passion Week.

The Bible says in Matthew 24:1-3, “And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?”

On Tuesday of Passion Week, Jesus Christ goes with his disciples to the Mount of Olives and answers their questions: “When shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” This is a long discussion which is called the Olivet Discourse. It takes up two entire chapters in the book of Matthew — chapters 24 and 25 — so we will not be able to cover all of it today. In these chapters, Jesus Christ covers a range of topics which include: the destruction of the Temple and the judgment of Israel, the coming persecution of Jesus’ followers, the events leading up to the last days, the Antichrist’s desecration of a new Temple, the second coming of Jesus Christ, and the judgment of the Gentile nations. In the second half of the Olivet Discourse, Jesus also relates three parables which demonstrate what he had just been talking about — the parable of the unfaithful servant, the parable of the ten virgins, and the parable of the talents.

Today, however, we are going to focus on verses 36-44 of chapter 24.

+ Plus, listen to CeCe Winans singing “It Wasn’t Easy” and Jeremy Camp singing “This Man”

The Setting, Severity, and Suddenness of Christ’s Return, Part 2 (The Most Exciting and Eventful Week in History)

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #50 | Passion Week 2012 (#3)

On yesterday we talked about what Jesus Christ did on the Monday immediately following Palm Sunday. Today, as we continue this week-long series titled “The Most Exciting and Eventful Week in History”, we will talk about what Jesus Christ did on Tuesday of what many call Passion Week.

The Bible says in Matthew 24:1-3, “And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?”

On Tuesday of Passion Week, Jesus Christ goes with his disciples to the Mount of Olives and answers their questions: “When shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” This is a long discussion which is called the Olivet Discourse. It takes up two entire chapters in the book of Matthew — chapters 24 and 25 — so we will not be able to cover all of it today. In these chapters, Jesus Christ covers a range of topics which include: the destruction of the Temple and the judgment of Israel, the coming persecution of Jesus’ followers, the events leading up to the last days, the Antichrist’s desecration of a new Temple, the second coming of Jesus Christ, and the judgment of the Gentile nations. In the second half of the Olivet Discourse, Jesus also relates three parables which demonstrate what he had just been talking about — the parable of the unfaithful servant, the parable of the ten virgins, and the parable of the talents.

Today, however, we are going to focus on verses 36-44 of chapter 24.

+ Plus, listen to CeCe Winans singing “It Wasn’t Easy” and Jeremy Camp singing “This Man”

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