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Lesson # Matt. 20:17-19
Study Material - Matt. 20:17-19
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17 And [kai] Jesus [Iesous] going up [anabaino] to [eis] Jerusalem [Hierosoluma] took [paralambano] the twelve [dodeka] disciples [mathetes] apart [kata] [idios] in [en] the way [hodos] , and [kai] said [epo] unto them [autos] ,
18 Behold [idou] , we go up [anabaino] to [eis] Jerusalem [Hierosoluma] ; and [kai] the Son [huios] of man [anthropos] shall be betrayed [paradidomi] unto the chief priests [archiereus] and [kai] unto the scribes [grammateus] , and [kai] they shall condemn [katakrino] him [autos] to death [thanatos] ,
19 And [kai] shall deliver [paradidomi] him [autos] to the Gentiles [ethnos] to [eis] mock [empaizo] , and [kai] to scourge [mastigoo] , and [kai] to crucify [stauroo] him: and [kai] the third [tritos] day [hemera] he shall rise again [anistemi] . KJV-Interlinear
17 And as Jesus was about to go up to Jerusalem, He took the twelve disciples aside by themselves, and on the way He said to them, 18 'Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death, 19 and will deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and scourge and crucify Him, and on the third day He will be raised up. ' NAS
For the third and final time Jesus gave instructions to the twelve as to what exactly His purpose was here on earth. He did not come as a glorious conquering Messiah, as so may had visions of in their minds. He was not raising an army. He was not raising funds for a political battle to win the government. He was not making plans for bureaucracies to confound the current establishment.
Jesus Christ came to earth for one purpose and one purpose only - to go to the Cross and pay the price for the sins of mankind so that through His work on the Cross we (each one of us) might have an opportunity to believe in Him, to believe in His work and gain freedom from sin and death through His sacrifice.
For it is only through Christ's sacrifice on the Cross that we might have life after our death and live in total happiness in heaven. Apart from His work on the Cross there is no hope for any of us. If we ignore His Plan, then we go our own way and on our own we cannot possibly hold together our own life let alone the universe which God holds together with the mere power of His Word.
We have been studying the various aspects of our daily life and the various standards we face in life with respect to how we conduct our day to day interactions with people. To some, boy friend, girl friend problems fill up their concerns. To others it is school or social activities. To still others, their concerns are focused on work or business and just paying the bills from month to month. But in all of these and everything else in life there is nothing more important than our relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Without Christ we have a terrible destiny - the Lake of Fire. So everything in life is meaningless if we ignore Gods plan and Christ our Savior. Further, if after we believe in Christ (for that is the only way we can be saved), then we have even greater blessings at stake in life and in eternity. We gain them through advancing in our spiritual life by maintaining a daily Bible study. Just as life in heaven is infinitely greater than life in the Lake of Fire, so too, life in spiritual maturity is infinitely greater than life in spiritual immaturity. There is a great deal at stake.
In all of history there have been four great and evil religions which have risen up to challenge and replace Christianity. They are Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and last Islam. We have already studied these in detail in special studies which can be found on the Index page.
In none of these is there the consistent thread of history, of Christ and the Cross, around which all things are tied together.
When Adam and Eve sinned, they became aware of their nakedness, and to provide them clothing of skins, animals had to be killed. From the beginning, guilt and shame had to be covered by sacrifice. That was the first great principle of redemption taught in Scripture. But those skins, like all the countless sacrifices thereafter, were only symbolic. They could cover man's nakedness but not his sin.
God revealed is that He Himself would provide the necessary sacrifice for man. God commanded Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, his only son, through whom the divine promise could be fulfilled. Abraham was able to raise the knife and be willing to plunge it into Isaac's heart because of his sure belief that God could raise his son from the dead, Heb. 11:19. When the Lord stayed Abraham's hand and provided a ram to take Isaac's place on the altar, Abraham named that place of sacrifice, 'The Lord Will Provide,' Gen. 22:14.
The acceptable sacrifice had to be unblemished. When the death angel was about to pass over Egypt, striking dead all the first-born, God provided for the Israelites to be protected by smearing the blood of an unblemished lamb on their door posts and lintels, Ex. 12:5-7.
During the wilderness wanderings, God revealed to Moses that sacrifice is the central act of acceptable worship. In the details of the intricate sacrificial system, God showed Israel that sacrifice would be inherent in every act of true worship, because it opened the way to God.
In the requirements and rituals of the Old Testament, those principles were only pictured. They were merely training aids to teach the principles of doctrine. No sacrifice offered by man could cover sin, provide a substitute for himself, be morally and spiritually unblemished, or become an acceptable act of worship to God. Only God Himself could present such a sacrifice, and it is that divine sacrifice to whom all the other sacrifices pointed. And when that perfect sacrifice was made (the Cross), the others (animal sacrifices) no longer had significance. When Jesus died on the cross, the veil of the Temple was torn in two and the validity of the sacrificial system ended. When man continued to refuse to turn to the one and only 'good' sacrifice of Christ, then less than forty years later, with the total destruction of the Temple in A.D. 70, even the possibility of other Old Testament sacrifices ended.
The thread of Christ and the Cross continues.
Through Moses, God had predicted that none of the Messiah's bones would be broken, Ex. 12:46. Through the psalmists, He predicted that, on the cross, the Messiah would be pierced, Psa. 22:16, that lots would be cast for His garments, Psa. 22:18, that He would be given vinegar to drink, Psa. 69:21, that He would cry out in pain, Psa. 22:1, that He would rise from the dead, Psa. 16:10, and that He would ascend into heaven, Psa. 110:1. Zechariah predicted the Messiah's entering Jerusalem on a colt, Zech. 9:9, His betrayal for 30 pieces of silver Zech. 11:12, His desertion by His friends, Zech. 13:7, and His being pierced, Zech. 12:10. One of the specially chosen Twelve, would betray Him to the chief priests. Psa. 41:9, 'Even my close friend, in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me'. The Father would never allow His 'Holy One to undergo decay,' Psa. 16:10. Therefore, on the third day Jesus would be raised up.
Isaiah describes Jesus:
'He has no stately form or majesty that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face, He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely our grief's He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed .... The Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth...He was cut off out of the land of the living, for the transgression of my people to whom the stroke was due,' Isa. 53:2-8
This is the reality of history and the purpose for which Jesus came into the world. No other religion carries so great authority. No other religion carries so great a consistency in their doctrine. No other religion or philosophy can provide that which God can provide.
Again we face the mirror of our life and let Bible doctrine reveal the truth and convict us in our flaws. Again we face the issues of our daily wants and desires and then compare them to that which God wants us to pursue in life. What is more important to us, our day to day needs and habits, or our spiritual growth?
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
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