June 22, 2014
John 11: 45-57
Intro: Medical professionals have learned to explain what they are
About to do in order to prepare the patient…
- This will sting a little; might be uncomfortable
- I am going to push this through your nose down your throat and its going to be awful!
t/s – John has finished telling us about the life and ministry of Jesus. He is moving to his rejection and crucifixion.
He takes some time to explain what is about to happen;
John 11: 45-54
Note: Acts 6:7 – Many priests believed; also Nicodemus; Eye- Witnesses…. Inside information…
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Vs. 46 John 1: 11-12… some still loyal to establishment…
Vs. 47 Council – Sanhedrin… no article, informal gathering
No Debate about the miracles…accepted as Real!
Vs. 49 Caiaphas was high priest from 18 to 36
Sadducees were described as arrogant and Rude
Vs. 53 Jesus knew this… He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey!
Vs. 54 His hour had not yet come… waiting for Passover…
- The Crowds to Witness and the Fulfillment of the Feast… Our Passover Lamb. (John 1:29)
Vs. 55a His Hour has come…
Before I describe how Jesus died, I want you to understand Why.
Acts 3: 22-23
Base Political Expediency Put Jesus on the Cross.
Exp – “Expedient” = conducive to advantage or interest; as opposed to right.
Expedient used to translate… best for you, in your interest
Our Place == Temple and/or position and status…job
Our nation = Political status quo…
Jesus died on the Cross as the result of the worst sort of
Political compromise; self-serving calculation…
No question about guilt/innocence; right/wrong; True/False
What is best for us? Machievellian politics in the extreme
A.T. Robertson, “Politicians are often willing to make a sacrifice of the other fellow.”
Ill – Peter stood before the very same Sanhedrin…Caiaphas…
By what authority, in whose name are you working?
By the Name of Jesus the Nazarene, whom YOU crucified!...
App – MacLaren sermon, “Caiphas” declares this as a warning to
“…all persons who have a professional connection to religion”
n Stop asking what is true, what is right, what is best; and start pursuing what is best FOR ME… Confuse the cause of Christ with my Career!
T/S – But John will not stop there… He moves to deeper water…
John 11: 51-52
The Providence, the Deep Purpose of God, Put Jesus on the Cross
Exp – In Reality… The Irony… Caiaphas knew nothing at all… But
God spoke His Truth through the High Priest.
Why must Jesus Die?
a) For the People… For the Nation
Language of Sacrifice; Language of Substitute.
He is Our Passover Lamb (John 1:29)
b) To Gather together into one the children of God
Children of God; People of God; Nation of God
All language use in NT to describe the Church!
Jesus died on the Cross in order to Gather His Church!
1 Peter 2: 4-10
The worst corruption of man cannot overturn the good purpose of God.