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Behold Our King

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Let us never be ashamed of Jesus, the one true King of Kings.

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Intro

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=WaxeyHAOTWA
Founded in 753 BC
The Roman army could march up to 40km a day.
Practiced daily with weapons and shields twice as heavy as the normal.
Stoned to death by their peers for being cowards.
Weapons and armor, chain mail, plate armor, helmets, shields.
Battle tactics and formations [Legions = 4,800 / 10 / 480 - 6 centuries = 1 centurion]
long range, spears, shoulder to shoulder / shield to shield / chest to ankle
Mercenary employment.
Crucifixion - did not invent but did excel at it.
Praetorian Guard - elite soldiers
Legion, Centurion, Praetorian Guard

Context

The Triumphal Entry
Last Supper
Judas Betrays Christ
Peter cuts off the ear
Jesus, The High Priest and Peter
Annas / Caiaphas
Peter Denies Jesus 3X
Pilate

Prayer

Message

1 Timothy 6:12–13 ESV
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession,
What was “the good confession” Jesus testified to before Pontius Pilate?
He admitted kingship
His acknowledged spiritual kingdom
He declared His purpose
He proclaimed absolute truth
He demands a separation
What “truth” did our LORD witness to?
His Origins
His Humanity
His Divinity
God’s Love
Mercy
Justice
Spirituality & Religion
Enmity with God
Necessity of redemption
Salvation through Himself
Why this “Good Confession” matters to Pilate and the Jews?
It gave opportunity
Why this “good confession” matters to you?
it gives us opportunity
it gives us example
it gives us hope
John 18:36–37 ESV
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”
The Triumphal Entry
Last Supper
Judas Betrays Christ
Peter cuts off the ear
Jesus, The High Priest and Peter
Peter
Annas / Caiaphas
Peter Denies Jesus 3X
Pilate
Governor’s Headquarters = praitorion
they did not go in - clean for feast
take him away yourselves
we can’t
death fulfilled
John 18:28 ESV
Then they led Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the governor’s headquarters. It was early morning. They themselves did not enter the governor’s headquarters, so that they would not be defiled, but could eat the Passover.
John 6:15 ESV
Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
Jn
Early
Defilement?
John 18:29 ESV
So Pilate went outside to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?”
Jn 18:
John 18:30 ESV
They answered him, “If this man were not doing evil, we would not have delivered him over to you.”
We have tried him, we need only an executioner!
John 18:31 ESV
Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.” The Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death.”
:29
John 18:32 ESV
This was to fulfill the word that Jesus had spoken to show by what kind of death he was going to die.
Crucifixion / Hanging on a Tree!
John 18:33 ESV
33 So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”
Loaded Question
John 12:13–15 ESV
13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” 14 And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written, 15 “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!”
Jn 12:
John 6:15 ESV
Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
John 18:34 ESV
34 Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?”
Not An Answer
Secondhand Beliefs
John 19:11 ESV
Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.”
John 18:35 ESV
35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?”
Jhn 18.35
No Time For Games
John 18:36 ESV
36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”
Jhn 18
My Kingdom

But quantity of a lower kind can do nothing against quality of a higher kind.

John 18:11 ESV
So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?”
J
Matthew 26:53 ESV
Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?
Mt
John 18:37 ESV
37 Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”
John 12:27 ESV
“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour.
Romans 14:9 ESV
For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
John 7:17 ESV
If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.
My Message / Mission
John 18:38 ESV
38 Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, “I find no guilt in him.
Jhn 18.38
The Truth Is Guiltless
John 18:33–38 ESV
33 So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” 35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” 37 Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” 38 Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, “I find no guilt in him.

UNBELIEF ASKS, “WHAT IS TRUTH?” WITH A CYNICAL CONTEMPT TOWARDS THOSE WHO BELIEVE THAT THEY HAVE FOUND IT

SCEPTICISM ASKS, “WHAT IS TRUTH?” WITH THE SADDEST DOUBT AS TO THE POSSIBILITY OF ATTAINING IT.

INQUIRY PUTS THE QUESTION, “WHAT IS TRUTH?” WITH SINCERE AND PRAYERFUL INTEREST.

John 18:33-

FAITH ASKS, “WHAT IS TRUTH?” AND RECEIVES TO THE QUESTION AN ANSWER DEFINITE, ASSURED, AND SATISFYING.

John 19:12 ESV
From then on Pilate sought to release him, but the Jews cried out, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar’s friend. Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar.”
Jn 19:12
John 18:39 ESV
But you have a custom that I should release one man for you at the Passover. So do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?”
:
John 18:40 ESV
They cried out again, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber.
:40
John 19:15 ESV
They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.”
Matthew 21:43 ESV
Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits.
Matt

He qualifies His language, guarding it, by the “but now,” i.e. at the present time, my Kingdom is not of this world and my servants do not fight, leaving the plain inference that at some future time, just as prophesied, His servants would fight

Close

• Jesus was in control of all events related to his death and resurrection.
• Jesus does not need us to defend him in any way.
• Christians should never expect a completely fair trial in the courts of this world.Close
John 12:13 ESV
13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”
1 Timothy 6:12–13 ESV
12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession,
1 Timothy 6:12–13 ESV
12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession,
John 18:36–37 ESV
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”

1 Timothy 6:12–13 ESV
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession,
1 Timothy 6:12–13 ESV
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession,
What was “the good confession” Jesus testified to before Pontius Pilate?
He admitted kingship
His acknowledged spiritual kingdom
He declared His purpose
He proclaimed absolute truth
He demands a separation
What “truth” did our LORD witness to?
His Origins
His Humanity
His Divinity
God’s Love
Mercy
Justice
Spirituality & Religion
Enmity with God
Necessity of redemption
Salvation through Himself
Why this “Good Confession” matters to Pilate and the Jews?
It gave opportunity
Why this “good confession” matters to you?
it gives us opportunity
it gives us example
it gives us hope
1 Timothy 6:12–13 ESV
12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession,
BEHOLD OUR KING!!
This sermon was influenced by:
“The King In Pilate’s Hall”, C.H. Spurgeon
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