Sermon on Sunday, February 9, 2014 by Pastor Thomas Tate
(No recoreded Sermon this week, click read more to view the Sermon outline and Bible Study Questions)
Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. So the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first man and of the other who was crucified with Him; but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.
And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe. For these things came to pass to fulfill the Scripture, “Not a bone of Him shall be broken.” And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.” After these things Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but a secret one for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate granted permission. So he came and took away His body.
Nicodemus, who had first come to Him by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds weight. So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen wrappings with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. Therefore because of the Jewish day of preparation, since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.
Jesus Is Free
- And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed His last. The veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. When the centurion, who was standing right in front of Him, saw the way He breathed His last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”
- Now when the centurion saw what had happened, he began praising God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent.”
- BROKEN BONES – Broke legs of thieves but not Jesus.
- v36 For these things came to pass to fulfill the Scripture, “Not a bone of Him shall broken.”
- PIERCED – Spear stuck through side of Jesus.
- v37 And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.”
- “I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.
- Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.
Eye Witness Evidence
- And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe.
No Longer Secret Agent Believers
- After these things Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but a secret one for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate granted permission. So he came and took away His body. Nicodemus, who had first come to Him by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds weight.
- And a man named Joseph, who was a member of the Council, a good and righteous man (he had not consented to their plan and action), a man from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who was waiting for the kingdom of God;
- Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
– Other Priest Believed
- The word of God kept on spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith.
– Acts 6:7
– Christians Should Be Courageous
- When evening had already come, because it was the preparation day, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea came, a prominent member of the Council, who himself was waiting for the kingdom of God; and he gathered up courage and went in before Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate wondered if He was dead by this time, and summoning the centurion, he questioned him as to whether He was already dead.
Jesus Is Locked Into Tomb
- And ascertaining this from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph. Joseph bought a linen cloth, took Him down, wrapped Him in the linen cloth and laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.
Jesus Is Buried In Rich Mans Tomb
- So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen wrappings with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. Therefore because of the Jewish day of preparation, since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.
Soldiers Guard A Dead Man’s Grave
- Now on the next day, the day after the preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together with Pilate, and said, “Sir, we remember that when He was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I am to rise again.’ “Therefore, give orders for the grave to be made secure until the third day, otherwise His disciples may come and steal Him away and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last deception will be worse than the first.”
Seal Set On Grave
- Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go, make it as secure as you know how.” And they went and made the grave secure, and along with the guard they set a seal on the stone.
The Death, Burial And Resurrection Gospel
- Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures
Sermon-based Bible Study Questions
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THE BURIAL EVIDENCE – John 19:31-42
1. Have you ever sat on a jury? If so, what was it like? Was it hard to come to a verdict or decision? Why or why not?
2. Why do you think God included little details like: Jesus clothes being divided, given sour wine, mocked (exact words), legs not being broken, struck with a sword, blood and water separation…?
3. If faith is believing without seeing why so much evidence?
5. What kind of evidence did or do you need to truly believe Jesus is The Christ, the Son of God, and your personal Savior? Why do some people need more convincing than others? What does Jesus say about this in Matthew 18:1-4?
6. Read John 19:35. What was the purpose of John’s testimony? Read John 19:38-39. Why were the pharisaic leaders, Joseph and Nicodemus, secret about their belief in Jesus? Should fear of jobs, position or peers keep us “secret agent” Christians? What do you think of the contrast between Russell Wilson #3 who speaks in action and word about his faith and Peyton Manning #18 who speaks in action but fears criticism if he spoke of his faith? Which one are you more like? What caused Joseph and Nicodemus to go public with their faith? What will you do to be more bold?
7. What is the most important thing we should know about our faith and share with others? Church attendance, giving? Morality? “Proper” (music) worship? Church governance? Bible studies? Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. What does the Bible say is first importance? What happens when we let these other things become so important that we let them divide the church and scare off seekers?