[As Jesus makes His way toward
Jerusalem, teaching as He travels, He now gathers His
Apostles (the twelve), and reveals God’s plan for our Lord Jesus Christ.
In providing this revelation Christ is giving His called men a
forewarning of what they are getting ready to experience.
Jesus wants them to be assured that those events that are coming were not
just chance circumstances, but was Almighty God’s plan from the very beginning.
God knew what would occur, and had revealed in advance, not just by mere
days and weeks, but by hundreds of years in recorded, written, prophetic
revelation throughout the Old Testament.]
[It is interesting to note that the Apostles refused to hear
what Jesus told them about the terror that was coming upon them.
It seems that our human intellects are excellent filters that set us up
for discouragement and despair. We
have the tendency to only hear what we are willing to hear.
We just do not want to acknowledge those things that do not heighten our
expectations for the future. The
apostles were anticipating that Jesus would at a kingly throne and deliver the
Jews out of their long enduring oppression, and they determined not the hear
anything else. The problem was that
their expectation and demand was not God’s purpose and plan for their near
[Christians today have the same tendency, even with the
written Word of God in hand.
Contemporary Christians have developed an optimistic opinion concerning the
Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. In
their optimism they refuse to acknowledge the many Scriptures that reveal the
deception and apostasy the will permeate the professing Church.
This failure to hear the revealed Word of God has likewise set up the
Church for discouragement and despair, and will result in many
misunderstandings, eternally lost souls, and much disillusionment within the
[Christians must learn to hear the Word of God as it is
presented. We must listen
carefully, especially for those messages that seem contrary to our philosophies
of the Christian life. Much has
been revealed by God. The question
is, are you listening to Him?]
Consider what Jesus
taught in this passage:
Prophets Have Spoken (vs 31)
Rejection of Foolish Mankind (Psalm 14.1-3; Luke 11.28; 2 Pet 1.20-21;
) [– Many in our day have began to scoff at God, His Church, and His
written Word (The Bible). They
laugh and mock and say things like, “Only the weak and foolish will believe the
Bible! That book is nothing more
than any other book, it proves nothing when it come to life!”
God’s response is simple, He states:]
The fool hath said in his
heart, There is no God.
They are corrupt, they have done abominable works,
there is none that doeth good.
2 The LORD looked down from heaven
upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand,
and seek God.
3 They are all gone aside, they are
all together become filthy:
there is none that doeth good,
no, not one.]
[The folly of
the ignorant – Over the years it has become increasingly apparent that those
who mock at God’s Word the loudest are those who know nothing at all about the
Bible. They have not read it, they
have not studied its content, and they have not investigated its claims.
These people are, without exception ignorant of the text of the Bible. ]
[They will, usually through a misguided suggestion, discover a
little piece of Scripture, remove it form its context, claim a misguided
interpretation, and declare it in error.]
[These people are still ignorant of the Word of God.
They have not read it, and they have not actually studied the texts they
are attacking. The truth is, these
people do not want to hear God or His Word.]
[Their so called errors are always easily answer through a bit
of diligent Bible study, and reasonable explanation.]
resolve to ignore God – The majority of people do not really want to hear
God. They may acknowledge that
there is a God, but they do not desire to really hear God.
Why? If they really hear God
then they will have to change their lives to conform to God’s purpose and plan.
Even self proclaimed religious people do not wish to hear the full
counsel of God.]
[The truth is,
the prophets have spoken – Jesus says:]
Then he took unto him
the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem,
and all things that are
written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished.
[Jesus is directing His apostles, and all who will
read this text, to the written Word of God, and He is saying, ]
. . . blessed
are they that hear the word of
God, and keep it.]
[In other words, everything that is written in the
Word of God is going to happen. Not
a single word is going to dropped.
All of the forces of hell cannot stop what God had already declared.
[How could these prophecies have such final authority?
Because these men were used by God to write His hallowed Word, these
prophets were used by God to pen the revealed Word of God (inspiration).
The Bible declares:]
[2 Peter 1:20-21
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any
private interpretation. 21 For the
prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake
as they were moved by the Holy
[There have been many self proclaimed soothsayers or
fortune tellers in the history of mankind.
Many have managed to get some things right, but all, apart from God used
men, have erred in their prophetic utterances sooner or later.]
[Yet, the Word of God has never erred.
All that has been revealed in God’s Holy Word has or will be fulfilled to
the very letter. This is the Word
that Jesus is conferring upon His apostles.
Revelation of God’s Eternal Plan ( Matt 5.17-20) [– There are two ways
to approach the Word of God. I call
these Two Schools of Thought:]
School – This school of thought or way of approaching God’s Word teaches
[The Bible was authored by men who wrote what they thought
about God, and what makes one mans opinion about God any better than any other
mans opinion. ]
[This school stresses the Allegorical Method of Interpretation
which teaches that everything in the Bible is spiritually symbolic and can mean
virtually anything you can imagine.]
[The Antiochian School
– This school of thought or way of approaching God’s Word teaches that:]
[The Bible was authored by God who used men (penman) to write
what He wanted them to write, so that every word, letter, and stroke of the pen
was guided by Almighty-God.]
[This school stresses the Literal Interpretation of the Bible
which teaches that God’s Word says what it says whether to like it or not.
It doesn’t matter what I think or what you think, all that matters is
what God says.]
to the Bible – Which school of thought was Jesus’?]
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I
am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one
tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one
of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the
least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach
them, the same shall be called
great in the kingdom of heaven. 20
For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed
the righteousness of the
scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. ]
[The jot is the smallest Hebrew character.
The tittle is the Greek description of the smallest accent point written
on a page of text. Hence, Jesus
declared that ever stroke of the pen on the written page was protected by God.]
[In taking the
Apostles to the prophets Jesus is doing two things:]
[Jesus is substantiating the written Word of God and its
supernatural authority. He is
saying with a certainty, Heed God’s Word.]
[Jesus is substantiating what is about to happen to Him in His
physical suffering by revealing that it was all revealed hundreds of years
before Jesus was even born.]
Realization of God’s Sovereign Purpose [– Those reading these words in
this text need to understand that in God’s Word they have a sure revelation that
has been established through the ages.
It is not mere chance that Jesus suffered, died and resurrected from the
grave. It is, without any doubt,
the fulfillment of God’s divinely revealed will.
[Through the prophets God revealed what would happen to
His Son and our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ.
Hence, we know that Jesus is the Messiah or the Christ.
We can trust Him with our eternal soul and yield to Him our complete
surrender because He is the only Savior of our soul, Creator, Sustainer, Lord of
lords, and King of kings.]
[Through the prophets we can be assured about those
things that are yet to come. ]
[We know of the apostasy of the Church in the Church age.]
[We know of the coming Rapture of the Church.]
[We know of the seven year Tribulation Period.]
[We know of the Anti-Christ who will deceive all the world.]
[We know of the Second Coming of Christ and His millennial
[We know of the Great White Throne judgment to come]
[We know of the New Heaven and the New Earth.]
Promise Is Given (vs 32-33) [There
are 77 major prophecies and 270 ramifications concerning our Lord’s first advent
[Josh McDowell, More Than A Carpenter].
The Old Testament was completed 400 years before Christ.
The prophecies we are about to look at from Psalms date to 1000 years
before Christ. Yet all of these
prophecies were literally fulfilled
by our Lord Jesus Christ.]
These Prophecies declare that Jesus must
(vs 32-33; Isa 53.1-7; Psalm 41.9; Zech 11.12; Psalm 22.7-8) [–
“For he shall be delivered unto the
Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on:
33 And they shall scourge
him, . . .” ]
Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD
revealed? 2 For he shall grow up
before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form
nor comeliness; and when we shall see him,
there is no beauty that we
should desire him. 3 He is despised
and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as
it were our faces from him; he
was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did
esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he
was wounded for our
transgressions, he was bruised
for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace
was upon him; and with his
stripes we are healed. 6 All we
like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the
LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his
mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her
shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. ]
[Betrayed by a
Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of
my bread, hath lifted up his
heel against me. ]
[Sold for thirty
pieces of silver]
Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are
spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the
forest of the vintage is come down. ]
All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip,
they shake the head, saying,
8 He trusted on the LORD
that he would deliver him: let
him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him. ]
(vs 33; Zech 12.10; Isa 49.16; Psalm 34.20; 22.17-18, 14) [–
“. . . and put him to death: . . .”
- While the Old Testament does not use
the word crucifixion, because the Roman Cross had not yet been invented.
It is clearly described. The
[The piercing of
His hands and feet]
10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the
inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they
shall look upon me whom they have
pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for
son, and shall be in bitterness
for him, as one that is in bitterness for
his firstborn. ]
Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of
my hands; thy walls
are continually before me. ]
He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken. ]
Gambling for His garment]
17 I may tell all my bones: they look
and stare upon
18 They part my garments among
them, and cast lots upon my vesture. ]
[His bones out
of joint and His melted heart]
I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my
heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. ]
(vs 33; Psalm 16.10; 49.15; 68.18) [–
“. . . and the third day he shall rise again.”
- The resurrection of our Lord was also
prophesied in the Old Testament.]
For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer
thine Holy One to see corruption. ]
[Psalms 49:15 15 But God
will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.
[Psalms 68:18 18 Thou hast
ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for
men; yea, for the rebellious
also, that the LORD God might dwell
among them. ]
Purchase Must Be Reckoned (vs 34) [– At the time when Jesus
taught his disciples, our text indicates that they didn’t understand what
Jesus was saying to them. But after
His actual resurrection the recalled all that our Lord had said.
Some might try to argue that this is evidence that it was all written
after the fact. However, they can
never argue away the fact that each of the prophecies Jesus fulfilled were
actually pen and preserved no less than 400 years before Jesus was even born.]
Now you have a choice to make.
the Lord Jesus Christ [– But know this, while you may refuse to accept the
Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you will never be able to
deny that God has clearly revealed who He is, by the prophecies He has clearly
fulfilled. No matter what people
may say about Jesus, the revelation of God can never be denied.
You will stand in front of Him one day in final judgment and will fully
acknowledge God’s full and purposeful discloser.
Your eternal damnation will be your singular responsibility.
You choose to refuse the Lord Jesus Christ.]
the Lord Jesus Christ
CrossRoads Baptist Church,
September 2, 2007