Stand Up for Jesus
Ref: John 19:38–42
Open in prayer
a. Jesus was executed as a criminal
b. By hanging “on a tree”
c. Joseph could be removed from many posts
d. Never had made his following public
e. Neither do Nicodemus
2. Proper burial
a. Romans left dead criminals to rot or be eaten by animals
b. Jews were appalled by this but consented for really bad guys
c. Joseph and Nicodemus want this done right
d. This exposed them
3. The Sabbath
a. Not Saturday but Passover
b. Days begin and end at sundown
c. Had to be done and home before then
d. Normally wrapped in strips but no time
e. Placed in new tomb in private garden
a. Not symbolic but for real
b. The same as those who follow him
c. Indicates death
d. Allows a spectacular resurrection
5. Great risk
a. The 2 could be thrown out of the synagogue
b. They could lose position and status
c. They come to notice of Romans
6. For us
a. We need to be ready to stand up for Jesus
b. We need to defend our doctrine and customs
c. Remember Jesus really died and really rose
d. We can trust Him to take care of us
John 19:38–42 (HCSB)
38 After this, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus—but secretly because of his fear of the Jews—asked Pilate that he might remove Jesus’ body. Pilate gave him permission, so he came and took His body away. 39 Nicodemus (who had previously come to Him at night) also came, bringing a mixture of about 75 pounds of myrrh and aloes. 40 Then they took Jesus’ body and wrapped it in linen cloths with the aromatic spices, according to the burial custom of the Jews. 41 There was a garden in the place where He was crucified. A new tomb was in the garden; no one had yet been placed in it. 42 They placed Jesus there because of the Jewish preparation and since the tomb was nearby.
The Blood of Jesus
Ref: Hebrews 9:1–14
Open in prayer
a. Some people believe that God keeps score
b. If you have more “attaboys” than “awshuckses” you are OK
c. It does not work that way!
2. Alleged fruit
a. religious activity
b. good works
e. Isaiah said it is “filthy rags” to God
3. What CAN justify us to God?
a. HCSB uses the term First Covenant but not Old or New
b. When God made the first covenant, He made rules for justification
c. Most sins required a sacrifice
d. Redemption required blood sacrifice
e. Hebrews 9:22 says: According to the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
f. The blood of various animals was offered
g. Only the High Priest could offer it and only once a year
h. Each year it wore off
i. Gifts and sacrifices at that time did not clear the conscience
j. Jesus offered His own blood and was resurrected
k. By this He obtained eternal redemption for all
l. Vs 14 is the key!
m. His blood cleanses our consciences
4. For us
a. Any single “awshucks” wipes out all “attaboys”!
b. Our best works are no good to God
c. He told us how this was done but it did not last
d. Jesus made it last!
e. Our only way into the presence of God is the blood of Jesus
Hebrews 9:1–14 (HCSB)
1 Now the first covenant also had regulations for ministry and an earthly sanctuary. 2 For a tabernacle was set up, and in the first room, which is called the holy place, were the lampstand, the table, and the presentation loaves. 3 Behind the second curtain, the tabernacle was called the most holy place. 4 It contained the gold altar of incense and the ark of the covenant, covered with gold on all sides, in which there was a gold jar containing the manna, Aaron’s staff that budded, and the tablets of the covenant. 5 The cherubim of glory were above it overshadowing the mercy seat. It is not possible to speak about these things in detail right now. 6 With these things set up this way, the priests enter the first room repeatedly, performing their ministry. 7 But the high priest alone enters the second room, and he does that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offers for himself and for the sins of the people committed in ignorance. 8 The Holy Spirit was making it clear that the way into the most holy place had not yet been disclosed while the first tabernacle was still standing. 9 This is a symbol for the present time, during which gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the worshiper’s conscience. 10 They are physical regulations and only deal with food, drink, and various washings imposed until the time of restoration. 11 But the Messiah has appeared, high priest of the good things that have come. In the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands (that is, not of this creation ), 12 He entered the most holy place once for all, not by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow, sprinkling those who are defiled, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of the Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works to serve the living God?