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Follow Me - Jesus Took Your Place

Follow Me - Jesus Took Your Place

Nov 12, 2017

Preacher: John Welborn

Series: Follow Me

Detail:

Follow Me…
Jesus Took Your Place
Mark 15:33-38
 
The Point of Jesus’ Life on Earth:
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Mark 10:45
 
Sequence of Events:
·Jesus Arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:43-46)
·The Disciples Abandon Jesus (Mark 14:50-52)
·Preliminary Hearing before Annas (John 18:13-14)
·Trial Before Ciaphas (Mark 14:53-65)
·Trial Before Sanhedrin (Mark 15:1)
·Trial Before Pilot (Mark 15:2-5)
·Trial Before Herod (Luke 23:6-12)
·Pilot Declares Jesus Innocent (Luke 23:13-16)
·Jesus or Barabbas? The Crowd says, ‘Crucify Him!’ (Mk 15:6-14)
·Jesus is Scourged (Mark 15:16-20)
o Stripped naked, tied to a post & beaten with a flagrum until his back,
buttocks and legs were void of any skin, revealing the muscle &
bone. A crown of thorns was placed on his head as they spit on,
punched & mocked him.
·Via Dolorosa “Road of Sorrows” (Mark 15:20)
·Simon of Cyrene Carries the Cross to Golgotha (Mark 15:21)
·They Crucified Jesus (Mark 15:24)
o 5 inch nails through wrists & one through the feet.
o Because of weight/posture, both shoulders were dislocated.
o Death usually came by asphyxiation, not because the crucified could
not inhale, but due to inability to exhale.
o English word excruciating (out of the cross) comes from the word
invented to describe the unparalleled pain of the cross.
 
“It is the cruelest & most hideous punishment possible.”
Cicero (Roman Leader)
 
“No other form of capital punishment has ever been invented in history that is more cruel and torturous than crucifixion. It was terrible that only slaves, foreigners, and the vilest of criminals were crucified.”
James Merritt
 
“In all of human history, the murder of Jesus constitutes the most blasphemous act of evil ever committed, as wicked men subjected God the Son to humiliation, torture, and death.”
John MacArthur
 
“He that hung up the earth in space was himself hanged up; He that fixed the heavens was fixed with nails; He that bore up the earth was born up on a tree; the Lord of all was subjected to ignominy in a naked body – God put to death!”
Melito of Sardis (2nd Century Church Father)
 
I.Jesus Received the Wrath of the Father
“And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’”
Mark 15:33-34
 
“He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.”
1 John 2:2
 
“Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned – every one – to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
Isaiah 53:4-6
 
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
2 Corinthians 5:21
 
“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us – for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree.’”
Galatians 3:13
 
“On the cross, the Lord Jesus endured the full reality of hell’s torments, including being forsaken by His Father.”
John MacArthur
 
Why???
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God…”
1 Peter 3:18
He took your punishment for you. He stood between you & the righteous wrath of God
I.Jesus Endured Mockery from Others
“And some of the bystanders hearing it said, ‘Behold, he is calling Elijah.’ And someone ran & filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed & gave it to him to drink, saying, ‘Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come down to take him down.’”
Mark 15:35-36
 
“And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, ‘Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself, and come down from the cross!’”
Mark 15:29
 
“Ironically if Jesus had come down from the cross, he could not have saved either himself or others. He had come ‘to give his life as a ransom for many’; only by dying upon the cross could he do so.”
J.A. Brooks
 
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”
1 Peter 2:24
 
"Jesus took Responsibility for Our Relationship to God – “And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.”
Mark 15:37-38
 
“And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.” Matthew 27:51a
 
“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all…”
1 Timothy 2:5-6a
 
“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”
1 John 2:1
Jesus has taken responsibility for our relationship to God because Jesus took Our Place!
 
Does this ‘Jesus took Your Place’ happen automatically? Just because Jesus died on the cross, does that mean that everyone in the world automatically is forgiven and reconciled to God? No. The benefits of Jesus taking your place only come to those who choose to Follow Jesus by repentance and faith!
 
You should follow Jesus because Jesus will wipe the slate clean in your life! How? By taking your place as He received the wrath of God the Father, Endured Mockery from Others and Took Responsibility for your relationship to God. Jesus says to you today, Follow Me!
 
Sources and Further Reading Opportunities:
· Bible Exposition Commentary – Warren Wiersbe (1996)
· Strong’s Concordance – James Strong (1890)
· Tony Evans Book of Illustrations – Tony Evans (2009)
· Swindoll’s Ultimate Book of Illustrations & Quotes – Charles
Swindoll (1998)
· Holman New Testament Commentary – R.L. Cooper (2000)
· The New Bible Commentary – D.A. Carson (1994)
· NIV Application Commentary – Gary V. Smith (2001)
· Word Pictures in the New Testament – A.T. Robertson (1933)
· MacArthur New Testament Commentary – John MacArthur
(2015)
· New American Commentary: Mark – J.A. Brooks (1991)
· Mark: Jesus, servant and savior – R. Kent Hughes (1989)
· The Call to Carry the Cross – Will Toburen (2015)
· The Passion of the Christ – The Rest of the Story – James Merritt
(2010)
Tyndale Bible Dictionary – W.A. Elwell & P.W. Comfort (2001)