“Words are what men live by…words they say and mean.” – John Wayne ~ John 18:12-27

Posted by Calvary Baptist Church on Nov 10, 2013 in Sermons |

Sermon on Sunday, November 10, 2013 by Pastor Thomas Tate

 

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WORDS ARE WHAT MEN LIVE BY, WORDS THEY SAY AND MEAN – John Wayne

John 18:12-27

—  So the Roman cohort and the commander and the officers of the Jews, arrested Jesus and bound Him, and led Him to Annas first; for he was father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year.  Now Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was expedient for one man to die on behalf of the people. Simon Peter was following Jesus, and so was another disciple. Now that disciple was known to the high priest, and entered with Jesus into the court of the high priest,

—  but Peter was standing at the door outside. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the doorkeeper, and brought Peter in. Then the slave-girl who kept the door said to Peter, “You are not also one of this man’s disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.”  Now the slaves and the officers were standing there, having made a charcoal fire, for it was cold and they were warming themselves; and Peter was also with them, standing and warming himself.

—  The high priest then questioned Jesus about His disciples, and about His teaching.  Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world; I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews come together; and I spoke nothing in secret. “Why do you question Me? Question those who have heard what I spoke to them; they know what I said.” When He had said this, one of the officers standing nearby struck Jesus, saying, “Is that the way You answer the high priest?”

—  Jesus answered him, “If I have spoken wrongly, testify of the wrong; but if rightly, why do you strike Me?”  Annas sent Him bound to Caiaphas the high priest. Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, “You are not also one of His disciples, are you?” He denied it, and said, “I am not.” One of the slaves of the high priest, being a relative of the one whose ear Peter cut off, said, “Did I not see you in the garden with Him?”  Peter then denied it again, and immediately a rooster crowed.
John 18:12-27

THE ARREST

  • —  At that time Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest Me as you would against a robber? Every day I used to sit in the temple teaching and you did not seize Me.  “But all this has taken place to fulfill the Scriptures of the prophets.” Then all the disciples left Him and fled.

—  Matthew 26:55-56

THE BEGINNING OF THE TRIAL

  • —  So the Roman cohort and the commander and the officers of the Jews, arrested Jesus and bound Him, and led Him to Annas first; for he was father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year.  Now Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was expedient for one man to die on behalf of the people.

—  John 18:12-14

PETER’S WORDS OF DENIAL

  • —  Simon Peter was following Jesus, and so was another disciple. Now that disciple was known to the high priest, and entered with Jesus into the court of the high priest, but Peter was standing at the door outside. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the doorkeeper, and brought Peter in. Then the slave-girl who kept the door said to Peter, “You are not also one of this man’s disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.” Now the slaves and the officers were standing there, having made a charcoal fire, for it was cold and they were warming themselves; and Peter was also with them, standing and warming himself.

—  Matthew 18:15-18

BACK TO THE MOCK TRIAL

  • —  The high priest then questioned Jesus about His disciples, and about His teaching.  Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world; I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews come together; and I spoke nothing in secret. “Why do you question Me? Question those who have heard what I spoke to them; they know what I said.” When He had said this, one of the officers standing nearby struck Jesus, saying, “Is that the way You answer the high priest?” Jesus answered him, “If I have spoken wrongly, testify of the wrong; but if rightly, why do you strike Me?”                 John 18:19-23

 

THE LIES OF MEN

  • —  Now the chief priests and the whole Council kept trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus, so that they might put Him to death. They did not find any, even though many false witnesses came forward. But later on two came forward, and said, “This man stated, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and to rebuild it in three days.’ ”   The high priest stood up and said to Him, “Do You not answer? What is it that these men are testifying against You?”

—  Matthew 26:59-62

JESUS’ TRUTHFULL WORDS CONDEM HIM

  • —  But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest said to Him, “I adjure You by the living God, that You tell us whether You are the Christ, the Son of God.” Jesus said to him, “You have said it yourself; nevertheless I tell you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.”  Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He has blasphemed!

—  Matthew 26:63-65

JESUS IS SENTENCED TO DEATH

  • —  What further need do we have of witnesses? Behold, you have now heard the blasphemy; what do you think?” They answered, “He deserves death!”  Then they spat in His face and beat Him with their fists; and others slapped Him, and said, “Prophesy to us, You Christ; who is the one who hit You?

—  Matthew 26:66-68

AT THE SAME TIME PETER CONDEMS HIMSELF WITH DENYING WORDS

  • —  Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, “You are not also one of His disciples, are you?” He denied it, and said, “I am not.  One of the slaves of the high priest, being a relative of the one whose ear Peter cut off, said, “Did I not see you in the garden with Him?”  Peter then denied it again, and immediately a rooster crowed.

—  John 18:25-27

AT THE SAME TIME PETER CONDEMS HIMSELF WITH DENYING WORDS

  • —  A little later the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Surely you too are one of them; for even the way you talk 1gives you away.”  Then he began to curse and swear, “I do not know the man!” And immediately a rooster crowed.  And Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said, “Before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.

—  Matthew 26:73-75

JESUS DRAWS A LINE IN THE SAND.
LET YOUR WORDS HAVING MEANING

  • —  “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.  “But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.  “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.

—  Matthew 10:32-34

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

1. Do you remember a time when people’s words meant something?  Do you remember you or your parents making an agreement based on a word and a handshake?   Why do you think our nation is no longer like this?

 

2. Read Matthew 26:55-56; John 18:12-14.  In Matthew what is the contrast of Jesus response compared to the disciples?  What kind of man was Jesus, weak or strong (how so)?  What would have happened if a godly, righteous, priest would have been in power at that time?  Why does God allow bad leaders to be in power and make decisions against His teachings?  How should knowing this affect our attitudes?

 

3. Read John 18:19-23.  How does Jesus respond to being questioned, cowering or strong? How does He respond after being punched, back down or strong?  What areas of your life do you want to be stronger in?

 

4. Read Matthew 26:63-65. What was the crime Jesus was convicted of that lead to His death? (He’s only guilty if He isn’t God)

 

5. Read Matthew 26:66-68.  What did they do to Jesus after His confession of being God?  Why is it so hard for us to handle insults, even when innocent?

 

6. Read Matthew 26:73-75.  While Jesus is being sentenced to death for telling the truth how does Peter handle being accused?  How do our words reflect our relationship to Jesus?

 

7. Read Matthew 10:32-34. According to Jesus do our words have meaning?  What do you think of what Jesus is saying here? How can we confess Christ more?  How do we deny Him at times?  What can you do this week to confess Christ and stand strong?

 

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