Suffering and Deliverance (Part 38) - Jesus (Part B)


I. Jesus said that He was before Abraham and referred to Himself as "I am," clearly claiming to be God (Joh 8:58). i. The Jews responded by trying to kill him again by casting stones at him (Joh 8:59a). ii. Jesus escaped their attempted murder by first hiding Himself and then going out of the temple through the midst of them (Joh 8:59b). iii. There is a time to hide. iv. Sometimes the best place to hide is in plain sight. J. Jesus again claimed to be God when He said, "I and my Father are one" (Joh 10:30). i. The Jews responded by again trying to kill Him by stoning (Joh 10:31). ii. They claimed that He was a man who tried to make Himself God (Joh 10:32-33). K. Jesus exhorted them to believe on Him because of His works which proved that He was in the Father and the Father was in Him (Joh 10:38). i. They yet again tried to take Him and kill Him (Joh 10:39a). ii. He again escaped out of their hand because His time was not yet come (Joh 10:39b). iii. He left that area and went away beyond Jordan to get away from them and be around those who believed on Him (Joh 10:40-42). L. After Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead many of the Jews believed on Him (Joh 11:41-45). i. Some of the Jews went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus has done (Joh 11:46). ii. The chief priests and the Pharisees therefore gathered another council to decide what to do about Jesus (Joh 11:47-48). iii. Caiaphas the high priest said that it was expedient for the preservation of the nation that they kill Jesus (Joh 11:49-50). iv. He didn't realize that he was prophesying that Jesus would die for the elect within the nation of Israel and for the children of God scattered abroad (Joh 11:51-52). v. From that day forth they took counsel to put Him to death (Joh 11:53). vi. In response to this conspiracy Jesus walked no more openly among the Jews (Joh 11:54). vii. There is a time to hide, and this was one of those times. viii. As the Passover drew close, many went to Jerusalem and were looking for Jesus because the chief priests and Pharisees had given commandment that anyone who knew Jesus' whereabouts was to tell them that they might apprehend Him (Joh 11:55-57). ix. They were not able to take Him at that time because His time was not yet come. M. Jesus spoke a parable against the chief priests and elders and set them up to condemn themselves (Mat 21:33-41). i. Jesus identified them as the builders who rejected Him, the chief cornerstone, and prophesied of their demise (Mat 21:42-44). ii. When the chief priests and Pharisees perceived that He spoke of them they sought to lay hands on Him and kill Him (Mat 21:45-46). iii. They were not able to do so because they feared the people who took Him for a prophet (Mat 21:46; Luk 20:19). iv. "When the people fear the government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty." - Unknown N. When they couldn't kill Jesus, they sent forth spies who feigned themselves just men in order to catch Him saying something for which they could deliver Him to the governor to be put to death (Luk 20:20). i. They tried to get Him to say that people shouldn't pay their taxes which would have gotten Him in trouble with the law (Luk 20:21-22). ii. Jesus perceived their deceitfulness and outsmarted them (Luk 20:23-25). iii. They had nothing to accuse him of and held their piece (Luk 20:26). iv. Jesus was delivered out of their hands by His wisdom and discernment. O. When Jesus cast the moneychangers out of the temple for the second time near the end of His earthly ministry, the scribes and chief priests sought how they might destroy Him (Mar 11:15-18; Luk 19:47). i. They feared Him because of how the people were astonished by His doctrine (Mar 11:18) and very attentive to hear Him (Luk 19:48). ii. They envied Him because of His fame and sound preaching (Mar 15:10). iii. Jesus left the city that evening (Mar 11:19). iv. There is a time of war (Ecc 3:8), but not every time.
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