Participants: Pastor Stephen Bohr
Series Code: CGC
Program Code: CGC000033
01:11 The title of our study in this lecture is
01:16 Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?
01:20 And I would like to begin our study at the gospel of
01:24 John 1:1-3, John 1:1-3.
01:34 However, before we do get into our study together,
01:38 we want to ask the Lord's guidance.
01:40 And so I invite you to bow your heads with me as we pray.
01:44 Father in heaven, as we open Your Holy Word,
01:47 we ask for the guidance of Your Holy Spirit.
01:50 Help us to understand the purpose and the meaning of
01:56 the sufferings of Your Son, Jesus, and what it means to us.
02:00 We pray this in the precious name of Jesus our Savior, Amen.
02:07 John 1:1-3 speak about the Creator at the very beginning.
02:17 It says there:
02:39 Now there are three elements in this passage
02:43 that I want to underline: 1. the expression, in the beginning.
02:48 2. The word God.
02:52 And 3. Created heavens and earth.
02:57 Now it's interesting to notice that in Genesis 1:1 you have the
03:03 very same elements that you have in John 1:1-3,
03:07 because in Genesis 1:1 you have, In the beginning God created
03:15 heavens and earth.
03:16 In John 1 you have, In the beginning, the Word, who is God,
03:22 created all things.
03:24 And so, obviously, the Creator of the book of Genesis was
03:30 none other than Jesus Christ.
03:32 Now even though Jesus was the Creator, He placed on this earth
03:39 as His ruler, or as His king, the original man who was placed
03:47 on this planet: Adam.
03:49 Let's turn in our Bibles to Psalm 8,
03:53 where we find this clearly revealed.
03:56 Psalm 8, and we're going to read verses 3-5, Psalm 8:3-5.
04:04 Here David says:
04:14 By the way, the word man there is adam, the word Adam.
04:36 Was Adam crowned? Yes.
04:39 Who is crowned? kings.
04:42 Now what was his realm of dominion?
04:44 What was his territory?
04:46 Let's continue reading. Verse 6.
05:11 Heavens, earth, sea, was the realm of dominion
05:16 of this new king, Adam.
05:19 But then, of course, came the tragic story of the inception of
05:25 sin into the world, and another being took over the throne.
05:30 He deposed Adam, so to speak, and he sat on the throne,
05:35 and took over the territory that originally was given to Adam.
05:40 And, of course, we know who that was. It was Satan.
05:45 Turn with me in your Bibles to the gospel of Matthew,
05:49 actually the gospel of Luke.
05:51 It's also told in Matthew, but let's read Luke's story about
05:55 this: Luke 4:5-7, Luke 4:5-7. It says there:
06:13 Notice, the devil is showing Jesus all of the kingdoms
06:15 of the world. Verse 6:
06:37 Now the question is, who delivered the kingdoms
06:41 of the world to Satan?
06:43 Why could Satan offer the kingdoms of the world to Jesus?
06:48 It's because Satan had taken over dominion of this world.
06:53 In other words, Adam had become the slave; he had become the
06:58 servant, and Satan had become the master, the king.
07:03 He sat on the throne, and he took over the planet.
07:07 The sad thing is that as we examine the history of the human
07:12 race, there is not one single person in the world that has not
07:18 become a slave of Satan.
07:21 In Romans 3:10 we find these words:
07:42 In other words, not only did Adam fall, not only did Adam
07:47 become a slave, not only did Adam lose his territory,
07:52 but every descendent of Adam also is born into this world
07:58 a slave, or a servant; is born into this world
08:03 with Satan as the ruler.
08:07 So there was no one within the human race who could recover
08:12 that which was lost.
08:14 The human race needed a Redeemer; needed someone to come
08:20 and take away from Satan what Satan had taken away from Adam.
08:24 The human race needed someone to come
08:28 and to do battle with Satan; to remove him from the throne
08:32 so that Adam could be placed on it again, and so that Adam could
08:36 have this world again, along with all of his descendents.
08:42 My favorite verse in the Bible, of course you all know this,
08:48 is Genesis 3:15. God promised that He was going to send
08:54 someone to this world to do battle with Satan,
08:58 and He was going to defeat Satan, and return to Adam
09:02 and his descendents what Adam had lost.
09:06 Notice Genesis 3:15.
09:10 God is speaking here to the serpent, and He says:
09:19 That is between the serpent and the woman.
09:24 That is the serpent's seed, or followers.
09:28 But notice, that's not the real enmity.
09:31 The enmity is not primarily between the serpent
09:34 and the woman; the serpent's seed and the woman's seed.
09:37 Notice the last part of the verse:
09:39 He, that is the seed of the woman.
09:51 A better translation would be: He shall crush your head,
09:55 and you shall bruise his heel.
09:58 God is saying to Satan, I'm going to send a Seed
10:01 to planet Earth. That Seed is going to do battle with you.
10:05 In the process of the battle you're going to hurt him.
10:08 You're going to wound his heel, but in the process of wounding
10:13 his heel, he is going to crush your head.
10:18 He's going to remove the kingdom from you, and he's going to
10:22 give it back to Adam and his descendents.
10:25 Now you notice that the first result of Adam and Eve's sin was
10:30 that the Bible says they were left naked.
10:32 Before that they were covered with the glory of God;
10:35 with a glorious robe of light.
10:37 But when they sinned they were left naked,
10:40 and they tried to cover their nakedness with fig leaves.
10:43 And even though they had covered themselves with fig leaves,
10:47 they still felt naked after this, because they were hiding
10:51 in the midst of the garden.
10:52 And when God went to find Adam, Adam said, I hid in the midst
10:56 of the garden, because I was naked.
10:58 Well, he wasn't naked anymore.
10:59 He had covered himself with fig leaves.
11:01 Obviously, the fig leaves did not cover his nakedness.
11:06 It was more nakedness of soul than nakedness of body.
11:10 In other words, man in order to be restored to his position,
11:15 had to be clothed.
11:16 His nakedness, his spiritual nakedness had to be clothed,
11:21 and fig leaves would not do it.
11:24 Our own works would not do it.
11:26 Notice Genesis 3:21, how the nakedness
11:31 was going to be covered. Genesis 3:21:
11:48 Who made the coats of skins? God did.
11:52 Who clothed them? God did.
11:55 And, of course, the coats, we noticed, were made of skins.
12:00 Now what do you have to do with an animal
12:03 in order to get his skin?
12:04 You have to kill the animal.
12:07 In other words, God was saying to Adam and Eve, Because of your
12:11 sin, I'm going to send a seed to the world, and that seed
12:17 is going to be what? is going to be sacrificed.
12:22 And because of His sacrifice, your nakedness will be covered.
12:28 In other words, God was not only revealing that the seed
12:32 of the woman would crush the serpents head,
12:34 but he was revealing how this was going to happen.
12:37 It was going to happen by covering the nakedness of
12:40 man by the death of a lamb, and thus the nakedness
12:45 would be covered.
12:49 For 4,000 years in the Old Testament we find God preparing
12:54 the world for the introduction of the seed, the promised seed.
12:58 The seed that would come and crush the head of the serpent,
13:04 and restore Adam to his throne, and all of his descendents
13:07 to their original condition.
13:09 I like to imagine what it must have been like when Jesus
13:15 gathered the heavenly host together and He said, folks,
13:19 the moment has arrived.
13:22 I'm going to leave, and I'm going to be gone for 33 years.
13:27 I'm going down to the planet of the enemy,
13:31 where Satan has taken over the throne.
13:35 I'm going to his turf, to his territory, and I'm going to do
13:40 battle with him, and I'm going to fulfill Genesis 3:15.
13:44 I'm not going to allow him to beat me.
13:47 I'm going to crush his head, and I'm going to restore man
13:52 to his original position.
13:54 And then Jesus bid farewell to the heavenly beings,
14:00 and He was transplanted to this world, into the womb of Mary,
14:08 to do battle with the enemy.
14:12 Now Jesus came to this world for two purposes.
14:16 The first purpose for which Jesus came to this world
14:22 was in order to live a life without sin, because His life
14:29 had to stand in place of our sinful lives.
14:32 The Father demands perfection.
14:34 We don't have it.
14:35 And so Jesus had to develop a perfect life that He could
14:40 give me as a gift, so that I could appear before the Father
14:44 in the righteousness of Christ.
14:46 But the second reason why Jesus came to this world was so that
14:51 He could die for sin; live a life without sin,
14:55 and die for sin.
14:57 By the way, notice Exodus 12:5, Exodus 12:5.
15:07 This is speaking about the institution of the Passover.
15:11 This is very, very interesting.
15:14 Exodus 12:5. Notice the characteristic
15:18 of the sacrificial lamb. It says:
15:20 Your lamb shall be without what? without blemish;
15:27 a male of the first year.
15:30 Ye shall take it out from the sheep or from the goats.
15:34 In other words the lamb, before it was sacrificed, had to live
15:40 for a whole year, and could not have one single blemish.
15:44 It had to be a perfect lamb.
15:46 This represents the fact that Jesus had to live
15:49 a perfect life before He died.
15:51 And then, of course, we know what was done
15:54 with the sacrificial lamb.
15:55 It was actually slain, which pointed to the death of Jesus.
16:00 So Jesus came to this world for two reasons:
16:02 Reason 1. To live a life without sin, so that His life
16:09 could stand in place of my life.
16:10 And 2. So that He could die for sin,
16:14 so that I don't have to die.
16:17 That was the mission of Jesus: live a perfect life,
16:23 and then die, and, of course, the devil knew it.
16:28 Notice 1 Peter 1:18-20, on this mission of Jesus as revealed
16:37 in the sacrifice of the lamb.
16:40 1 Peter 1:18-20. It says here:
16:48 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed
16:51 with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain
16:55 conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
16:57 but with the precious blood of Christ,...
17:01 Did you see that? redeemed by the precious blood of Christ.
17:05 ...as of a lamb...
17:08 What kind of lamb?
17:10 ...without blemish and without spot:...
17:13 Remember Exodus 12:5?
17:16 And then it continues saying here in verse 20:
17:19 Who verily was foreordained before the
17:22 foundation of the world.
17:23 That's why you have the sacrifice in Genesis.
17:26 The sacrifice represented the fact that Jesus was foreordained
17:30 to come and die, and so it says, Who verily was foreordained
17:34 before the foundation of the world, but was manifest
17:38 in these last days for you.
17:41 In other words, the plan was made in eternity,
17:47 but it was manifested when Jesus actually came to this world.
17:53 Now when Jesus came the devil knew that He had come,
18:00 and the devil said, I know what His mission is.
18:04 His mission is to live a life without sin.
18:09 Do you think the devil knew about why the lamb
18:11 was supposed to be without blemish?
18:13 Of course he did.
18:15 He's going to live a life without sin,
18:16 and He's going to die for sin.
18:19 And so Satan says, I am not going to allow Him
18:24 to fulfill His mission.
18:25 I'm going to infect Him with sin, and I'm going to try
18:30 and keep Him from going to the cross.
18:32 Now I'd like to share with you, as I've examined the gospels,
18:38 that the devil used three methods to try and keep Jesus
18:45 from being successful in His mission.
18:46 1. Satan tried to kill Jesus before Jesus got to the cross.
18:55 We have many, many instances of this in scripture,
19:01 in the gospels. You have, for example, Revelation 12:4.
19:08 Let's go there for a moment: Revelation 12:4.
19:11 This is speaking about the birth of Christ.
19:15 We've read it many, many times.
19:18 Revelation 12:4 says: And his tail drew the third part of the
19:24 stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth:...
19:27 And here comes the part that I want to emphasize.
19:30 ...and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be
19:33 delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
19:40 Do you know what the devil is doing?
19:41 He's saying, I'm going to nip this in the bud.
19:43 Before He lives a perfect life, before He gets to the cross,
19:48 I'm going to kill Him.
19:50 And so from the time that Jesus was born,
19:53 the devil tried to destroy Him.
19:56 But do you know that there are other instances in the gospels
20:00 where Satan tried to kill Jesus before He offered His life?
20:02 You say, well, if the devil killed Jesus, then that would be
20:05 a sacrifice for sin.
20:07 Jesus died for sin.
20:08 Not so, because the death for sin needed to be an offering
20:14 on the part of Jesus.
20:15 The devil could not take His life.
20:17 That wouldn't count.
20:18 Jesus had to offer His life as a sacrifice for sin.
20:22 And the devil knew that, so he says, if I can kill Him before
20:26 He offers His life, then my head is not going to be crushed.
20:31 Now let me mention two or three other instances in the gospels.
20:35 We have once a terrible storm in the Sea of Galilee.
20:42 Actually, there was more than one occasion when there was
20:46 a storm, but this one was particularly bad.
20:48 The disciples were bailing water out of the boat.
20:51 They were afraid that they were going to perish.
20:54 And Jesus was sleeping in the boat.
20:56 Do you know that this was a storm out of season?
20:59 Because there were other boats out on the lake,
21:03 and boats don't go out on the lake in the rainy season.
21:08 They just don't.
21:09 And yet all of the boats were out there.
21:12 This storm was a supernatural storm.
21:15 Who do you suppose knew that Jesus was sleeping in the boat?
21:18 Satan knew it. He says, I'll drown Him.
21:22 On another occasion Jesus said some very unpopular things
21:27 in the synagogue at Nazareth.
21:29 He said, you know, who did God benefit in the days of Naaman?
21:34 It says He benefited a Syrian general, and He ignored Israel.
21:38 Who did He benefit in the days of Elijah?
21:41 Oh, it was a widow woman, a Gentile,
21:43 while He bypassed Israel.
21:45 Of course they were very nationalistic, and they got
21:48 furious at Jesus, and it says there in Luke 4:28-30
21:54 that they started pushing Jesus outside the city.
21:58 And they took Him to a cliff, to a precipice, and they were
22:01 going to push Him over.
22:03 But the Bible tells us that Jesus walked through
22:07 the midst of them.
22:08 They couldn't see Him.
22:10 Who do you suppose had that idea of throwing Jesus over a cliff?
22:15 Satan. And then we have several instances in the gospels
22:20 where people wanted to stone Jesus.
22:22 They would pick up stones, and they would be ready to kill Him.
22:26 And the Bible says, you can read this in the last few verses of
22:30 John 8, that Jesus would walk in the midst of them,
22:33 and they wouldn't be able to see Him.
22:36 In other words, the devil's first strategy is:
22:39 if I can kill Him before He fulfills His mission,
22:42 my head is not going to get crushed,
22:44 Genesis 3:15 is not going to be fulfilled.
22:47 And so the devil, all throughout the ministry of Jesus,
22:50 tries to kill Jesus before Jesus can offer His life,
22:55 a perfect life, a sacrifice for sin.
22:58 But the devil had a second strategy.
23:02 He said, I need to keep Him from going to the cross,
23:05 but he said, I also need to infect Him
23:10 with the virus of sin.
23:12 Because if I can infect Him with sin, His death won't count
23:16 anyway, because it will be an imperfect sacrifice.
23:20 And so the devil said, if I can infect Him with sin,
23:23 He's not going to crush my head.
23:25 And so the devil all throughout the ministry of Jesus,
23:28 was after Christ to get Him to sin, at least even once.
23:34 You know, we usually think of the temptations of Christ
23:37 as being the three temptations in the wilderness.
23:40 That was only the tip of the iceberg.
23:42 The devil knew who Jesus was, and he was going to try
23:47 and defeat Jesus at all costs.
23:50 Can you imagine what the life of Jesus must have been like?
23:54 The devil after Him 24-hours a day, 7 days a week,
24:00 365 days a year, for 33 years?
24:06 It's unimaginable.
24:09 And we can't really fully comprehend how Jesus
24:13 was able to live a life for 33 years with the devil's onslaught
24:20 against Him, and all of the evil angels, and He never sinned
24:25 even once! Let's notice what the Bible has to say about this.
24:30 Matthew 4:10, Matthew 4:10.
24:35 Of course, this is what happens on the mount of temptation.
24:40 Matthew 4:10, Then Jesus said unto him, Get thee hence, Satan:
24:50 In other words, get behind Me, Satan.
24:52 ...for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God,
24:56 and him only shalt thou serve.
25:00 Every time the devil came after Jesus, Jesus answered,
25:05 It is written. By the way, there are several texts in the
25:11 New Testament that speak about the perfect
25:13 sinlessness of Christ.
25:16 Notice, for example, Hebrews 4: 15, Hebrews 4:15.
25:22 Here we find a text that describes the perfect
25:25 sinlessness of Christ, in spite of the onslaughts of Satan
25:29 against Him. It says there, in Hebrews 4:15 the following:
25:37 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the
25:42 feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like
25:50 as Adam was. What does it say?
25:56 ...tempted as we are, yet without sin.
26:03 How was Jesus tempted?
26:05 He was tempted as we are, and yet He never what?
26:09 He never sinned. Incredible!
26:14 And the devil did not leave Him alone.
26:16 By the way, the demons knew who Jesus was.
26:19 You can read it in Mark 1:23, 24.
26:22 You know, Jesus was walking along with the disciples,
26:25 and suddenly there was this demon possessed man that came up
26:29 to where Jesus was.
26:30 I'll bet those demons were just anxious to tear Jesus apart.
26:33 But they could come no closer than a short distance
26:36 from Christ, and the voice was heard, Don't torment us,
26:41 You Son of God. We know who you are; You're the Holy One of God.
26:45 And then they expressed their deepest fear.
26:47 They said, Have you come to destroy us?
26:51 They knew what Jesus had come for.
26:54 They knew that Jesus had come to undo, and to destroy
26:58 the works of the devil, according to 1 John 3:8.
27:04 Notice also 1 John 3:5 on the victory of Jesus over sin.
27:09 1 John 3:5, we find the same idea once again.
27:15 It says: And ye know that he was manifested to take away
27:21 our sins; and in him is no sin.
27:27 The New Testament cannot be any clearer to express the fact
27:34 that Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life,
27:39 and He was a lamb without blemish.
27:42 The devil was not able to infect Him with sin.
27:45 The devil was not able to kill Him before He got to the cross.
27:50 But the devil had a third strategy to lead Jesus
27:55 to fail in His mission.
27:56 Because let's face it, the devil knew that if Jesus beat him,
28:01 he would lose his throne, he would lose his kingdom,
28:06 and he would ultimately lose his very existence.
28:09 His head would be crushed.
28:11 So this is a struggle for his life; for his very existence.
28:17 So when he goes after Jesus, he says, if I don't defeat Him,
28:21 I am lost! I'm finished!
28:25 So he's not able to infect Him.
28:27 He's not able to kill Him.
28:30 So the devil says, perhaps I might be able to detract Him
28:37 from going to the cross.
28:39 This was the biggest temptation of Satan against Christ.
28:43 He says, if I can't infect Him, if I can't kill Him
28:47 before He gets to the cross, maybe I can convince Him
28:51 to take a detour from going to the cross.
28:55 And we have several examples of this in the gospels.
28:59 You have, for example, in the mount of temptation,
29:01 you find it in Matthew 4:8, 9.
29:05 The devil takes Jesus to a very high mountain and he says
29:08 to Jesus, You see all these kingdoms of the world?
29:11 All of these kingdoms of the world I will give you
29:14 if You just bow and worship me for an instant.
29:19 Do you know what the devil's real temptation is there?
29:22 Jesus knew He was going to have to go to the cross.
29:26 Jesus knew He was going to have to suffer.
29:28 Jesus knew about the nails.
29:31 Jesus knew about the crown of thorns.
29:33 He could read Bible prophecy.
29:35 He knew that He would have to suffer to get the kingdom back.
29:38 So the devil is really telling Jesus, hey, You think You have
29:43 to go and suffer on the cross to get the throne back,
29:46 and get the kingdom back?
29:47 No, I'll give you an easier way.
29:49 All You have to do is just bow for an instant, worship me,
29:53 and I'll give it to You free of charge.
29:55 The idea was to keep Jesus from going to the cross.
30:00 To take an easier road.
30:02 In John 6:15 we find the multitudes trying to force Jesus
30:09 to become king; the kind of king that they wanted,
30:12 the king of the Jews, so to speak.
30:14 Do you know who was the ring leader that led the multitudes
30:20 to want to place Jesus as king?
30:21 It was Judas' Iscariot, who wanted an earthly kingdom.
30:26 But Jesus knew that there could be no earthly kingdom without
30:31 living a perfect life, and dying for man.
30:35 And so He says, I will not take the position as king.
30:38 And it says there in John 6, that when they wanted to force
30:41 Him to become king, He went to the other side of the lake
30:45 to a secret place where they couldn't find Him.
30:48 It was the devil's idea that Jesus should occupy the throne
30:52 before He suffered.
30:54 We all know the experience of Peter, as it's mentioned
30:57 in Matthew 16:23. Jesus says, I need to go to Jerusalem,
31:01 and I must die. I'm going to be mistreated,
31:05 and I'll resurrect the third day.
31:06 And Peter takes Jesus by the arm, and aside, and he says,
31:10 what's this about dying?
31:13 Messiah doesn't die.
31:15 Messiah sits on the throne in Jerusalem, and rules the world.
31:21 What did Jesus say?
31:23 He said, Get thou behind me Satan.
31:27 Was He speaking to Peter primarily?
31:30 No, He was speaking to Satan.
31:32 What was Satan trying to do?
31:34 He was trying to tell Jesus, You don't have to go where?
31:38 You don't have to go to the cross.
31:41 You don't have to die.
31:43 Messiah doesn't die, Messiah sits on the throne.
31:46 You know, Peter didn't learn his lesson, because just a few
31:50 verses later, in Matthew 17:4, after Jesus is transfigured
31:55 on that mountain, Peter says to Jesus, You know, by the way,
32:01 this time Jesus, with His disciples, were already making
32:05 their last journey to Jerusalem, where Jesus had said
32:08 He was going to die.
32:09 And so, you know, Peter says, Lord, it is good for us
32:14 to stay here. In other words, let's not go to Jerusalem.
32:19 Let's build three tabernacles here at the top of this mount,
32:22 and stay here. Once again the temptation:
32:26 don't go to the cross.
32:28 Take a detour, take an easier road, because the devil knew
32:33 that if Jesus died, his kingdom was finished.
32:36 And then, of course, towards the end of the life of Christ,
32:40 you have some Greeks that come to Jesus.
32:44 And those Greeks want Jesus to go and preach the gospel
32:47 in Greece. They say there's a lot of believers over there
32:50 that are hungry and thirsting for Your message.
32:52 Why don't you come over to Greece and preach the gospel?
32:55 And Jesus appears to ignore them.
32:58 In fact, in John 12:20-24, He says, The time has come for the
33:05 Son of man to be glorified.
33:08 In other words, the time is not now for me to go over and preach
33:11 the gospel in Greece.
33:12 He says the time has come for Me to be glorified;
33:16 that is to go to the cross and die.
33:18 He says, If a seed falls into the ground and dies,
33:24 it will sprout and produce much fruit.
33:26 But if it doesn't fall into the ground and die,
33:29 there will be no fruit.
33:30 And so Jesus is saying, I must die in order
33:35 to recover the kingdom.
33:38 Now we need to take a look at the closing scenes
33:42 of the life of Christ, because this is where the devil's
33:48 strategy of trying to detract Jesus from the cross,
33:53 to keep Him from going to the cross, is the clearest,
33:57 his strategy is the clearest.
33:59 Go with me to the gospel of John 13, the gospel of John 13.
34:06 Did the devil want Jesus to die on the cross?
34:09 You know, some people say, of course he did.
34:13 Look what he did to Him, you know.
34:15 He brutalized Him.
34:17 So the devil, he actually wanted to kill Jesus.
34:20 Not so! Notice what we find in John 13, John 13:1-3.
34:29 Speaking about Judas, it says here: Now before the feast
34:35 of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he
34:39 should depart out of this world unto the Father,
34:41 having loved his own which were in the world,
34:43 he loved them unto the end.
34:45 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into
34:50 the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;...
34:55 Why did Judas betray Jesus?
34:57 Satan was the one who led him to betray Jesus.
35:03 Do you know why Judas betrayed Christ?
35:05 It was not his purpose for Jesus to be delivered unto death.
35:11 What Judas wanted to do was force the hand of Jesus,
35:16 force Jesus into fighting against those who arrested him,
35:20 and taking over the throne.
35:23 You say, How do you know that?
35:25 For the simple reason that Judas, when he saw that his plan
35:31 backfired, and Jesus did not deliver Himself, and He did not
35:36 take the throne like Judas expected, the Bible says,
35:41 that Judas went out.
35:43 First of all he threw the money.
35:46 He said, I've delivered to you innocent blood.
35:49 And then, of course, he went out and he committed suicide.
35:54 The devil wanted to force the hand of Jesus into claiming
36:00 the throne, the kingdom, and that's why he used Judas
36:05 to accomplish this purpose.
36:08 And then, of course, you have the sufferings of Christ.
36:11 You know, you notice, for example, in Matthew 26;
36:15 Go with me to Matthew 26.
36:17 We're going to be in there for a few minutes now.
36:20 Matthew 26, and I'd like to read verse 38.
36:24 Here we find a description of the agony of Jesus
36:26 in the garden of Gethsemane.
36:28 It says there, Matthew 26:38: Then sayeth he unto them,
36:38 My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here,
36:45 and watch with me.
36:48 Can you hear the agony of Jesus?
36:50 My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even unto death.
36:57 And then, of course, verse 42, actually verse 39, 42, and 44.
37:04 We find Jesus speaking about a mysterious cup
37:08 that He has in His hand.
37:09 Notice Matthew 26:39.
37:14 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face,
37:23 and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup
37:29 pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.
37:36 Jesus has a cup in His hand.
37:38 He says Father, may this cup pass from me: nevertheless,
37:44 not my will be done, but yours.
37:46 And this happened three times.
37:48 Notice what we find in verse 42.
37:51 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying,
37:53 O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me,
37:57 except I drink it, thy will be done.
38:00 And verse 44 says: And he left them, and went away again,
38:04 and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
38:07 And, by the way, every time that He comes back,
38:09 He finds the disciples what? sleeping.
38:13 Who do you suppose put them to sleep?
38:15 Why would the devil put them to sleep?
38:17 Because he knew that Jesus loved His disciples.
38:21 He wanted them to sympathize with Him.
38:24 He wanted them to pray.
38:25 He wanted them to be with Him.
38:28 But a supernatural slumber fell upon them to discourage Christ.
38:33 The devil is saying, look, not even your own disciples
38:37 are with You, or even care what You're doing.
38:40 What's the use of going through with this?
38:43 It's no use; give it up.
38:47 By the way, who gave that cup to Jesus to drink?
38:55 In John 18:11 we are told the Father gave that cup to Christ.
39:07 What did the cup contain?
39:09 What do the cups contain in Revelation 16?
39:14 The very same Greek word, cups.
39:18 The cups contain the wrath of God.
39:22 So what was Jesus going to drink?
39:26 He was going to drink the wrath of God.
39:30 In fact, do you know that His agony was so great
39:33 that we're told in Luke 22:44 that He sweated
39:40 great drops of blood?
39:43 How much anxiety must you have in order to sweat blood
39:50 instead of sweating sweat?
39:52 I mean His agony was excruciating.
39:56 And, by the way, many of you probably have seen Mel Gibson's
40:00 movie, The Passion of the Christ, you know, where Jesus
40:05 is brutalized? But do you know the greatest agony of Jesus
40:09 did not start when they started whipping Him.
40:13 His agony started in the garden of Gethsemane before anyone
40:16 layed one finger on Him.
40:17 He sweated drops of blood before anyone even touched Him.
40:21 He agonized before His Father, because He had in His hand
40:28 the cup that belongs to you, and belongs to me;
40:31 the cup that we should drink, because we're sinners.
40:34 Jesus took that cup in His hand and He says, I am willing
40:39 to drink it in place of sinful man.
40:43 You know in the book of Hebrews we find a description
40:46 of the feelings of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane.
40:48 Hebrews 5:7, Hebrews 5:7.
40:52 Listen to this. It says, Who in the days of his flesh,
40:59 when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong
41:05 crying, listen to this, with strong crying and tears unto him
41:10 that was able to save him from death, and was heard
41:15 in that he feared;...
41:16 Notice the terminology: prayers, supplications, strong crying,
41:21 and tears. This describes what He went through in the garden
41:25 of Gethsemane. Do you know what the devil was
41:29 whispering in His ear?
41:30 The devil was saying, listen, what You're doing is useless.
41:35 One of Your disciples has betrayed You.
41:40 The other disciples, You've asked then to pray,
41:43 and to watch with You, and they're sleeping.
41:46 I mean, if even Your very own don't care about what You're
41:53 doing, what makes You think that the rest of the human race
41:56 is going to be interested?
41:57 What You're doing is in vain.
42:02 Go back to heaven where You're appreciated.
42:04 In fact, in that classic book, The Desire of Ages, Ellen White
42:11 says that the devil whispered in the ear of Jesus, Listen, if You
42:16 go through with this You will never see Your Father again.
42:20 Because sin is so offensive; it creates such a barrier between
42:28 You, between God and man, that if You go through with
42:31 this, if you bear the sin of man, if You drink the cup,
42:35 the separation between you and Your Father will be forever.
42:38 And she even goes so far as to say that the salvation
42:43 of the human race hung as if by a thread.
42:49 Because Jesus could pick up and leave, if He had wanted to,
42:54 and the devil knew it.
42:55 But the agony of Jesus did not end there.
42:58 You see, the devil, this is the final onslaught
43:01 of the devil against Christ.
43:02 The devil and all of his angels are involved here
43:05 in this last stage.
43:07 Notice Luke 22:53, Luke 22:53.
43:13 We find here a very interesting remark of Christ as
43:20 the multitude came to arrest Him.
43:22 Once again, the gospel of Luke 22:53.
43:28 Notice this remark of Christ.
43:31 It says there, Jesus speaking, When I was daily with you
43:36 in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me:
43:41 but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.
43:48 What did Jesus say when they came to arrest Him?
43:51 This is your hour, and the hour of darkness;
43:55 the power of darkness.
43:57 Who is the prince of darkness? Satan.
44:00 This was the hour of Satan.
44:02 And what did the disciples do when Jesus was arrested?
44:10 They all hung in there with Him, right? No.
44:14 You read Matthew 26:56, it says in harmony with the
44:19 prophecy in Zechariah, that all of His disciples forsook Him.
44:23 Who do you suppose led the disciples to do that? Satan.
44:29 Why? He's trying to discourage Christ.
44:32 Say, look at Your disciples: they sleep!
44:34 One of Your disciples betrays You.
44:38 Now they all forsake You.
44:41 If even Your disciples aren't going to benefit
44:43 from what You're doing, what's the use?
44:44 And then, of course, we all know what Peter did:
44:48 Matthew 26:73, 74.
44:52 You know you can look it up.
44:55 It says there that Peter denied Jesus three times,
44:58 and the last time that Peter denied Christ,
45:00 it was in fisherman's language.
45:05 It says that he used profanity to deny Christ.
45:10 Who do you suppose led Peter to do that?
45:14 This is the hour of the power of darkness.
45:18 It's the devil who is trying to discourage Christ.
45:21 And then, of course, comes the brutalizing of Jesus.
45:26 Notice Mark 14:65, Mark 14:65.
45:33 I mean the physical sufferings of Jesus were savage,
45:38 and yet that was not the greatest agony of Christ.
45:42 The greatest agony of Christ was spiritual agony.
45:44 Notice Mark 14:65.
45:49 It's speaking about when Jesus is before Pilate, And some began
45:55 to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him,
46:01 and to say unto him, Prophesy: and the servants did strike him
46:06 with the palms of their hands.
46:07 What is the devil trying to do here with Christ?
46:10 He's trying to get Jesus to retaliate, to manifest anger.
46:16 In this way he'll infect Him with sin.
46:18 That's at best, or at worst his plan is for Jesus to get so
46:24 discouraged by the fact that those He came to save are
46:28 doing this to Him; that He came to His own,
46:31 and His own received Him not, that He would pick up the
46:34 pieces, and He would leave the human race to perish.
46:37 Notice chapter 15, and verse 16, speaking about the soldiers.
46:47 The soldiers led him away into the hall, called Praetorium;
46:51 and they called together the whole band.
46:53 And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown
46:57 of thorns, and put it about his head, and began to salute him,
47:01 Hail, King of the Jews!
47:04 And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon
47:08 him, and bowing their knees worshiped him.
47:11 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from
47:15 him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him
47:19 away to be crucified.
47:20 Is the devil doing everything possible to discourage Jesus,
47:26 and to keep Him from giving His life on the cross?
47:30 As a matter of fact he is.
47:33 Even while Jesus was on the cross, and you know this.
47:39 It's found in Matthew 27:41-43.
47:45 Actually, let's read that, because it's very,
47:47 very important. Matthew 27: 41-43.
47:52 As Jesus is hanging on the cross those that are at the foot of
47:56 the cross are pronouncing some very interesting words.
48:00 Matthew 27:41-43: Likewise also the chief priests mocking him,
48:11 with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others;
48:15 himself he cannot save.
48:18 If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down
48:23 from the cross, and we will believe him.
48:25 Whose voice is that? come down from the cross?
48:28 Who wanted Him to come down from the cross before He died?
48:34 It was not the intention of the devil to kill Jesus.
48:37 His intention was to push Jesus just far enough so that He would
48:44 retaliate, or He would leave.
48:47 But Jesus drank the cup fully, to the very bottom of the cup,
48:58 scraped the bottom of it.
49:01 He drank the fullness of the wrath of God.
49:05 The devil was not able to kill Him.
49:08 The devil was not able to infect Him.
49:11 The devil was not able to discourage Him.
49:13 The devil was not able to detract Him from the cross.
49:17 The devil was not able to get Him to leave.
49:20 He went all the way.
49:22 And then, of course, we reach the final moments.
49:27 Notice John 8:29, John 8:29.
49:34 This is during the ministry of Christ, and I find it very
49:38 interesting that Jesus would say this.
49:41 John 8:29, and then He would say something so radically
49:45 opposite as He's on the cross.
49:47 Notice John 8:29. Here Jesus says: And he that sent me
49:53 is with me: the Father hath not left me alone;
49:58 for I do always those things that please him.
50:04 Did you notice that, the father has not left me alone?
50:08 And yet when Jesus hung on the cross, drinking the cup of the
50:14 wrath of God, that famous verse in Matthew 27:46,
50:19 which we don't even have to look up, because you know it.
50:22 Jesus says, by the way, it caused such a great impact
50:28 on Matthew, that he actually wrote it in the language
50:36 in which Jesus spoke it.
50:37 And, of course, the words were Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?
50:45 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
50:49 Hadn't He already said, in John chapter 8, The Father
50:52 doesn't leave me alone?
50:53 He's always with me.
50:55 Now suddenly He says, My God, my God,
50:56 why hast thou forsaken me?
50:58 Why did He feel like His Father was forsaking Him?
51:02 Because Jesus felt the way that you and I should feel.
51:06 He was separated from His Father by our sins, not by His.
51:13 Then, of course, Jesus, the next to the last words that He
51:20 pronounces as He's on the cross.
51:22 They're found in John 19:30.
51:26 He says, It is finished!
51:31 Do you know who He was speaking to?
51:34 He was speaking to His Father.
51:38 We'll notice that in our next lecture.
51:41 It is finished, Father.
51:44 I have lived a sinless life, and I will now die for sinners,
51:51 so that all of My people can recover the position
51:56 which was originally lost by Adam.
51:59 And then, of course, the very last words that Jesus
52:03 pronounces on the cross.
52:04 You know, He says, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?
52:08 He feels forsaken.
52:11 How could He hang in there?
52:12 How could He put up with the depression of being separated
52:17 from the Father that He loved?
52:19 His feelings told Him that His Father was not with Him.
52:25 And yet Jesus, the last words that He pronounces on the cross
52:29 is, Father into Your hands I commend My Spirit.
52:39 Do you know what Jesus is saying there?
52:41 We've studied about the Spirit in other lectures
52:45 that we've done here on the state of the dead.
52:49 We had a whole study on what the spirit is.
52:52 It's really the self identity.
52:54 It's the individuality of the person that God preserves
52:59 in His heavenly records.
53:00 So Jesus is saying to His Father, Father into Your hands
53:05 I commend My Spirit.
53:06 In other words, Keep My Spirit in safe keeping up there,
53:11 because You have promised that if I live a life without sin,
53:16 and I die for sin, that You will raise Me from the dead
53:19 on the third day. Jesus did not go by His feelings.
53:24 He lived by the Word of God.
53:27 If He had gone by feelings, He would have failed,
53:32 because He would have said, even My Father has forsaken Me.
53:36 What's the use? I might as well give up.
53:38 But He did not go by feelings, He went and trusted
53:41 in the promises of His Father.
53:43 His Father said, I will resurrect You.
53:46 And so when Jesus dies, He says, Into Your hands
53:49 I commend My Spirit.
53:51 Father, You're going to have to give it back to Me.
53:57 And that's exactly what happened,
53:58 early the first day of the week.
54:02 Of course, the devil, he had done everything he could
54:07 to keep Jesus in the tomb.
54:09 A great big stone rolled in front of the tomb,
54:12 a Roman guard, plus the devil had his choicest fallen angels,
54:21 demons there outside, because he knew, the devil knew,
54:26 that scripture prophesied the resurrection of Christ.
54:30 And so the devil thinks that he can keep the Prince of Life
54:33 in the tomb with a little pebble, with a few soldiers.
54:40 All of the demons on planet Earth could not have kept Jesus
54:45 in the tomb. In fact, a powerful angel comes down from heaven.
54:50 You can read this in Matthew 28: 1-6.
54:53 A powerful angel comes down from heaven, removes the stone,
54:58 and then pronounces those words, O thou Son of God,
55:05 thy Father calleth thee.
55:08 Suddenly from the entrance of the tomb comes forth this man,
55:19 who drank the cup of the wrath of God.
55:22 He pronounces the words, I am the resurrection and the life.
55:33 And what He is saying is, because I live,
55:35 you shall live also.
55:39 I've won! I've gotten the throne back.
55:43 I've gotten the world back.
55:46 Satan's head has been crushed.
55:49 And someday I'm going to bring my people home.
55:54 One final verse. Jesus did not resurrect alone.
56:01 Notice Matthew 27:51-53, Matthew 27:51-53.
56:14 Here we find the description of the moment of the death
56:18 of Christ. It says there: And, behold, the veil of the temple
56:23 was rent in twain from the top to the bottom;
56:25 and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; and the graves
56:30 were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
56:34 and came out of the graves after his resurrection,
56:38 and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
56:41 Have you ever wondered what happened to all of those saints
56:45 who resurrected? Don't miss the next exciting episode.
56:51 Let us pray, Father in heaven, we thank You for being willing
56:55 to send Jesus. We thank You because through Your power,
56:59 power that we can have as well, He lived a life without sin,
57:04 and died for sin. Father help us to appreciate Jesus
57:09 more every day. Help our hearts to be filled with love for Him.
57:13 Father we want to be saved in Your kingdom, so we can live
57:17 with You, and with Your Son Jesus forever, and ever.
57:20 We thank You for hearing our prayer,
57:23 for we ask it in Jesus' name, Amen.