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VICTORY OVER SIN

It is not enough to succeed; others must fail. (Gore Vidal)
It is not enough to succeed; others must fail. (Gore Vidal)
The CHURCH has been called by God! We are the Bride of Christ.
If there is a ever a time for us to live in worship and praise, now is the time!
If there is a ever a time for godly character, holiness, living separated from the ungodly, now is the time!
Isaiah 62:5 KJV 1900
5 For as a young man marrieth a virgin, So shall thy sons marry thee: And as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, So shall thy God rejoice over thee.
Isaiah 62:6 NLT
6 O Jerusalem, I have posted watchmen on your walls; they will pray day and night, continually. Take no rest, all you who pray to the Lord.
Isaiah
Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life—Let us live in Victory over sin!!

Schadenfreude

—The emotion of pleasure-in-others'-misfortune is generally regarded as morally evil.

It is often considered to be less acceptable than envy, which is regarded as a deadly sin.
Is schadenfreude even a thing?
Schadenfreude is the exact opposite of empathy. The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer denounced it as the worst possible emotion a human can demonstrate.
It would appear to be morally more perverse to be pleased with another person's misfortune than to be displeased with another person's good fortune.
Indeed Arthur Schopenhauer argues that

to feel envy is human, but to enjoy other people's misfortune is diabolical, devilish.

For Schopenhauer,

pleasure-in-others'-misfortune is the worst trait in human nature since it is closely related to cruelty.

In describing pleasure-in-others'-misfortune, two features are not disputable: our pleasure and the other's misfortune.
These features describe a significant conflict between our positive evaluation of the situation and the negative evaluation of the other person. This conflict indicates the presence of a comparative, and sometimes even, a competitive, concern.
A major reason for being pleased with the misfortune of another person is that this person's misfortune may somehow benefit us; it may, for example, emphasize our superiority.
During the last week of the life of Jesus, we see the grandeur of His character, His composure and dignity as He stood face to face with death. He came to Jerusalem well aware that He was about to die. He knew it was His Father’s will.
During the last week of the life of Jesus, we see the grandeur of His character, His composure and dignity as He stood face to face with death. He came to Jerusalem well aware that He was about to die. He knew it was His Father’s will.
It was the week of Passover—the oldest of the six observed annually by the Jews and it was the one most largely attended. Some say that more than 2 million would attend.

Jesus

His fame had gone far. He name was on every lip. His miracles had stirred the entire nation.
People were aware of his frequent clashes with Scribe and Pharisees—they knew that the controversy was so bad that something unusual may occur.

Sunday

—first of His visits to the Holy city—the Triumphal Entry. The city was busy and occupied.

He openly declared that He was Messiah.

He rode on a colt (an ass), a goodly creature, highly esteemed and ridden by princes on peaceful missions. Jesus went into the temple—healed the blind and lame—children sang, “hosanna to the Son of David”.

Monday

- after a nights rest in Bethany, He and his disciples set out for Jerusalem. Once at the Temple, He saw what had angered Him some 3 years earlier—selling of animals and changing money in forbidden area, desecrating the House of God.
READ .
John 12:24–27 KJV 1900
24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. 25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. 26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour. 27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.

Jesus affirmed His mission

Jesus affirmed His mission

Tuesday

The longest, hardest and most decisive day.

the great day of controversy, or the day of rejection. After teaching in the Temple and leaving, He didn’t enter the city again until the day before His execution.
The goal was to “ensnare Jesus”- Schadenfreudites’ were hard at work!
-Group from the Sandhedrin- by what authority has he taken possession of the Temple and taught the people?
-Pharisees and Herodians—asked Jesus about paying tribute to Ceasar—expecting Jesus to take sides.
-Sadducees-
-Lawyer- which is the greatest commandment?
Mary, sister of Lazarus, knowing something of the plans of His enemies, entered the room with a vase of white alabaster-stone containing 12 oz of very precious perfume. She broke the neck of the vase and lavishly anointed his head and his feet.

Wednesday and most of Thursday

—spent in Bethany. A busy time even in peaceful retirement among understanding friends

Thursday evening

-Passover meal, lesson on humility through the washing of feet. This was also the identifying of the traitor.
Lord’s Supper and farewell discourse.
-Garden of Gethsemane-
Mark 14:32–42 KJV 1900
32 And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. 33 And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; 34 And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch. 35 And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36 And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt. 37 And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? 38 Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. 39 And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words. 40 And when he returned, he found them asleep again, (for their eyes were heavy,) neither wist they what to answer him. 41 And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand.
Mark 14:26 KJV 1900
26 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.
; - “Father, if it be thy will, let this cup pass from me”- even as He spoke these words, He saw the torches of the company led by Judas coming toward the Garden.
- “Father, if it be thy will, let this cup pass from me”- even as He spoke these words, He saw the torches of the company led by Judas coming toward the Garden.
Mark 14:32-42- “Father, if it be thy will, let this cup pass from me”- even as He spoke these words, He saw the torches of the company led by Judas coming toward the Garden.

Arrested at the Garden—took place around midnight Thursday night.

The crowd that came was made up of Levitical police of the temple, some of the Sanhedrin, soldiers and others who joined out of curiosity.

Friday

Jesus was publicly repudiated by his own nation
deserted by everyone

Friday

The Dark Day. The last day of the earthly life of our Lord.

A day of darkness that witnessed the supreme tragedy of the ages.
Do you remember—Schadenfreude?
the other person is perceived to deserve the misfortune,
For example, when stuck in a traffic jam, should a driver pass us on our right by driving on the hard shoulder, our anger will be replaced by pleasure when we see a policeman giving the driver a ticket. The belief that the other person deserves his misfortune expresses our assumption that justice has been done and enables us to be pleased in a situation where we seem required to be sad.
The more deserved the misfortune is, the more justified is the pleasure.

Jesus is perceived to deserve what He got.

He was betrayed by Judas—who then led the crowd to where Jesus was.
The crowd that came was made up of Levitical police of the temple, some of the Sanhedrin, soldiers and others who joined out of curiosity.
Jesus was publicly repudiated by his own nation
deserted by everyone

Humanly speaking, He was utterly alone.

Legal Conspiracies-the trials that Jesus would face were “illegitimate”! They were never intended to be fair.
They were legal conspiracies engineered by His enemies to secure the “condemnation” of Jesus.

The Jews were determined to kill Jesus and these trials were intended to provide a legal justification for their designs.

Two types of trials- ecclesiastical and civil.
The Jews under Roman rule were permitted to hold only trials of religious nature.
All civil trials were handled by Roman authorities.
The Jews could not assess the death penalty. So, since Jesus was a religious leader and the charges against Him by the Jews were of this nature, he had to appear before the Sandhedrin.

#1 Ecclesiastical- before Annas, ex-high priest who had no authority.

- before Annas, ex-high priest who had no authority. The Jews expected Annas to say or do something that would help their case.
The Jews expected Annas to say or do something that would help their case.
John 18:19–24 KJV 1900
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? 24 Now Annas had sent him bound unto Caiaphas the high priest.
—He was hit by an officer—an insult and an indignity to which no defendant should have been subjected.
—He was hit by an officer—an insult and an indignity to which no defendant should have been subjected.

#2-Ecclesiastical-Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin.

They secured false witnesses to testify against Him.

- “art thou the Christ?”- Jesus answered that He was and they cried with jubilation—“What need we any further witnesses?”
They condemned Him worthy of death (vs64).
Mark 14:65 KJV 1900
65 And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him, Prophesy: and the servants did strike him with the palms of their hands.
Vs65 says they begin to spit on Him. struck Him with sticks, covered His face and mocked Him.
Vs65 says they begin to spit on Him. struck Him with sticks, covered His face and mocked Him.

#3-Ecclesiastical-Before the Sanhedrin again

Mark 15:1 KJV 1900
1 And straightway in the morning the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him to Pilate.
they had to wait till after dawn so they could meet again. Their first session was illegal since they could only meet during daylight hours.
they had to wait till after dawn so they could meet again. Their first session was illegal since they could only meet during daylight hours.
They subjected Jesus to mocking and abuse; insults and injuries to their innocent victim.
Do you see men taking “pleasure in another man’s misfortune” pleasure in another persons failures and problems.

Jesus was arrested without a formal charge

Rushed to trial without an opportunity to defend himself
They brought paid witnesses to bear false testimony
They put Him on oath to condemn himself
The time of meeting was illegal
(b) the misfortune is relatively minor, Accordingly, pleasure-in-others’--misfortune is concerned with small differences. When the misfortune is severe, pleasure-in-others'-misfortune often turns into pity.
This was probably Judas Iscariot—early Friday morning. He was seized with remorse as he saw Jesus mocked and abused.
- “I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood”. Hoping for some relief, he cast the money at their feet and went out and hanged himself.
Back to the Trials- these are the Civil trials

#4-Civil- Before Pilate

-The Jews had what they wanted from the Sanhedrin, but they had to go to Pilate, governor of Judea, to persuade him to turn their prisoner over them for death. Pilate was persuaded Jesus was innocent, so he brought Jesus back to them and pronounced him NOT guilty. READ
Luke 23:1–5 KJV 1900
1 And the whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto Pilate. 2 And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King. 3 And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answered him and said, Thou sayest it. 4 Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man. 5 And they were the more fierce, saying, He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry, beginning from Galilee to this place.
He told them to take him to Herod.
He told them to take him to Herod.

#5-Civil- Herod Antipas

Luke 23:6–12 KJV 1900
6 When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilaean. 7 And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem at that time. 8 And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him. 9 Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing. 10 And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him. 11 And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate. 12 And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.
Herod had already beheaded John the Baptist and had often desired to see Jesus. He regarded Him as a miracle worker. He wanted Jesus to perform a miracle for his amusement—Jesus maintained silence. Herod took him to be stupid, ignored Jews accusations and sent Him back to Pilate. Another disgraceful treatment of an innocent man
Herod had already beheaded John the Baptist and had often desired to see Jesus. He regarded Him as a miracle worker. He wanted Jesus to perform a miracle for his amusement—Jesus maintained silence. Herod took him to be stupid, ignored Jews accusations and sent Him back to Pilate. Another disgraceful treatment of an innocent man

#6-Civil-Before Pilate Again

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John 18:39–19:16 KJV 1900
39 But ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the passover: will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews? 40 Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a robber. 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. 5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man! 6 When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him. 7 The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God. 8 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid; 9 And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? 11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. 12 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar’s friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar. 13 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. 14 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! 15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar. 16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.
They returned and Pilate knew he had to deal with the issue. The crowd demanded the release of Barabbas, but the death of Jesus.
John 19:8–12 KJV 1900
8 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid; 9 And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? 11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. 12 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar’s friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.
—Pilate sought to release Him, but the crowd said, if you do, you are not Caesar’s friend. Caesar could remove him—the Jews knew this so they clinched their demand for his death.
—Pilate sought to release Him, but the crowd said, if you do, you are not Caesar’s friend. Caesar could remove him—the Jews knew this so they clinched their demand for his death.
Matthew 27:24–25 KJV 1900
24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. 25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
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Mark 15:16–19 KJV 1900
16 And the soldiers led him away into the hall, called Praetorium; and they call together the whole band. 17 And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head, 18 And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews! 19 And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him.
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John 19:16–19 KJV 1900
16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away. 17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: 18 Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst. 19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.
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The scourge, a whip loaded with acorn shaped balls of lead, sharp pieces of stone, stripped of his clothes, hands tied to a stake, tortured! Over His lacerated body, they cast a purple robe, pressed down a plaited crown of thorns on his head, nailed Him to a cross, mocked him with a sign “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews”. The leading priests said to change it to “He said I am King of the Jews” ()
They divided his clothes and threw dice to decide who would get each piece.
We see sign after sign, time after time—
in the defeat, misfortune, torture, mocking, disgraceful treatment of Jesus!

From the Cross—Jesus said—Father, forgive them, they know not what they do!

From the Cross—Jesus said—Father, forgive them, they know not what they do!
We know that Jesus defeated death-the tomb is empty and Jesus lives!!
Isaiah 53:3–12 KJV 1900
3 He is despised and rejected of men; A man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: And we hid as it were our faces from him; He was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, And carried our sorrows: Yet we did esteem him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: The chastisement of our peace was upon him; And with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned every one to his own way; And the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, Yet he opened not his mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, So he openeth not his mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: And who shall declare his generation? For he was cut off out of the land of the living: For the transgression of my people was he stricken. 9 And he made his grave with the wicked, And with the rich in his death; Because he had done no violence, Neither was any deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: When thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, He shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. 11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: By his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; For he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, And he shall divide the spoil with the strong; Because he hath poured out his soul unto death: And he was numbered with the transgressors; And he bare the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.
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This Easter—focus on the joy, love, the victory that we have in Christ.

This Easter—may we focus on the joy, love, the victory that we have in Christ.
This Easter—may we focus on the joy, love, the victory that we have in Christ.
Jesus came that we may “have life”- ABUNDANT life!
Whosoever will deny himself and take up his cross and follow Jesus will have the victory!!
Because He lives—may we live out
Hebrews 3:13 KJV 1900
13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
PAY MORE ATTENTION TO YOUR CREATOR AND SAVIOR than to your CRITICS.
PAY MORE ATTENTION TO YOUR CREATOR AND SAVIOR than to your CRITICS.

The Tomb is Empty—Today, we have victory over sin through Jesus Christ.

Revelation 22:16-
Revelation 22:16–17 KJV 1900
16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
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