The day our Lord and Savior died was the darkest day in the history of time, yet it was also the brightest of all days. Heb 12:2-3; Act 2:22-28; Isa 52:14; Luk 22:63-71, 23:1-16,19-28,32-34,43,46; 2Co 5:21, Act 16:31
Philippians series: 0190-1130 Taught on Mar 07, 2004
The day our Lord and Savior died was the darkest day in history of time yet it was the brightest of all days.
Sunday, March 7, 2004
PHI 4:8 From now on, members of the Royal family of God, whatever is true [doctrinal], whatever is honorable [noble or worthy of respect], whatever is just [fair or right],... let your mind dwell on these things.
Just - dikaios = righteous, equitable, fair or just.
There are a lot of injustices in life and unfairness, and if you let your mind dwell on those things, they will drive you mad.
People are going to be unfair and unjust and you must not lower yourself to their level and become unfair and unjust or filled with MAS such as bitterness, hatred, revenge, anger, etc.
No greater example exists for us of one being just and righteous while being treated unjust and unrighteous than our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the only celebrity of the Christian faith.
Six = the number of man or humanity; the entire human race was involved in these trials in some way, including you and me.
HEB 12:2-3 Be concentrating on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you may not grow weary and lose heart.
A paradox is a seemingly contradictory statement but is true nonetheless.
The day our Lord and Savior died was the darkest day in the history of time, and yet strangely the brightest of all days.
The injustices that nailed Him to the tree, satisfied, strangely enough, the justice of God.
The sinful activities that caused men to turn against Him with a murderous plot that would end His life, proved they were mere instruments in the hand of a sovereign God whose purposes were being carried out, precisely as He planned.
ISA 53:10 But Jehovah was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering,
There has never been a series of trials conducted in the history of jurisprudence more illegal, unfair, unjust, biased, or shameful.
Because He died, we can live forever.
Because of those unfair treatments leveled against Him, we have the hope and the promises of eternal life, and our sins forgiven.
Any study of our Lords death is a bittersweet study, for it represents that which is cruel and ugly and unfair and unjust, yet at the same time that which gives us forgiveness and righteousness and eternal life.
ISA 52:14 Just as there were many who were appalled at Him - His appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and His form marred beyond human likeness - - NIV
ISA 52:14 They shall see my Servant beaten and bloodied, so disfigured one would scarcely know it was a person standing there. - TLB
Caiaphas was the ruling high priest whose single agenda was to find Him guilty, not prove him guilty.
It was illegal because it was held at night and based on false witnesses, and because violence and prejudice were allowed in the court.
TLJC was now a pawn in the hands of an unjust prejudiced group of people and a religious system that was determined to take Him to the cross.
70 men who were like our Supreme Court Justices, at least in public.