SEEING JESUS, OUR SUFFERING SAVIOUR!  / WHAT IS TRUTH!
Delivered By
Dr. Tom Hover
Delivered On
February 20, 2022
Subject
SEEING JESUS, OUR SUFFERING SAVIOUR!  / WHAT IS TRUTH!
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SEEING JESUS, OUR SUFFERING SAVIOUR! 
    John 18:1-40
I. WE SEE HIM IN HIS DEITY  
 John 18:1–11, John 10:30,John 8:58
  A. His Claim  John 18:4-7, 1:1,14, Luke 22:70 , John 18:37    
  B. His Concern  John 18:8-9                                             
  C. His Compassion John 18:10-11, Rom. 8:7, Eph. 2:8-9     
  D. His Commission   John 18:11                                                                                                                                                                                                 
II.  II. WE SEE HIM IN HIS DIGNITY.                                                       
   John 18:12–36.      
  A.  In His Arrest    John 18:12-13
  B. His Arraignment   John 18:19–24, 28–36
The Illegal Aspects of Christ’s Trial
A. Arrests could not be made at night.
B. The time and date of the trial were illegal because it took place at night and on the eve of the Sabbath. 
C. A guilty sentence could only be handed down on the day following the trial.
D. The Sanhedrin was without authority to instigate charges. 
E. The charges against Jesus were changed during the trial. 
F. The requirement of two witnesses in agreement to merit the death penalty was not met. Deuteronomy 17:6, 19:15, Mark 14:65
G. The court did not meet in the regular meeting place of the Sanhedrin, as required by Jewish law.
H. Christ was not permitted a defense. Under Jewish law, an exhaustive search into the facts presented by the witnesses should have occurred.
I. The Sanhedrin pronounced the death sentence. John 18:31
C. His Alienation  John 18:2–3, 15–18, 25–27, 38–40
1. He Was Betrayed by Judas  John 18:2-3
2. He Was Denied by Peter John 18: 25–27, Matt. 26:35, Mark 14:31 
3. He Was Rejected by Israel  John 18:38-40,1:11,19:6,19:15, Luke 19:14 
III. WE SEE HIM IN HIS DESTINY
       John 18:37
A.   There Had to Be a Cross
Hebrews 9:22, Romans 6:23 
B.   There Had to Be a Crown
     In John 18:37 Jesus states in this verse that He is to “bear witness to the truth.”  He bore witness to the truths of His claims when three days after His death, He arose from the dead. 
       Now, thank God, He forever lives to make intercession for you and me: Hebrews 7:25 
 C. There Had To be A Call
       John 18:37  “....Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.”
     
 
 Notice that Jesus said that those who were of the truth would hear His voice! Titus 2:11, John 10:27, Revelation 22:17 

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WHAT IS TRUTH!
John 18:28- 40
  Introduction:  Of the 222 verses in the Bible that contain the word “truth”, 22 or 10% are found in the Gospel according to John.  What is truth? Let look at the book and find out!
    I. THE PERCEPTION OF TRUTH  John 18:37
    A. Pilate’s question leads me to believe that he had no grasp of the truth.  
    B. We are in the same shape in America today.  
     In this nation, 67 percent of the adults agree that there is no such thing as absolute truth. Much worse is the fact that 52 percent of born-again Christians think truth is relative.  That is, they believe that what is true for one person may not be true for another. According to another survey, over 75% of professing Christians cannot accept the idea of absolute truth.  
    C. They can believe what they will, but there is such a thing as absolute truth!  Jesus Himself, in this passage, stated that He came “to bear witness to the truth.” So, what is truth? The word from which it is translated means, “That which is accurate or true in any matter under consideration. It is the opposite of that which is feigned, fictitious or false.”  I believe that black is black; white is white; up is up; down is down; left is left; right is right; in is in and out is out. I believe absolute truth can be known, learned, and taught to others. Jesus tells us three times in John’s Gospel that the Spirit of God is the “Spirit of Truth,” John 14:17,John 15:26, John 16:13 The world, on the other hand, has a spirit within them which blinds them to the truth:   II Corinthians 4:4, I Corinthians 2:14, 
   D. Jesus believed in absolute truth. He believed in absolute truth so strongly that He came to this world, lived, and died to bear witness to that truth. 
I      II. THE POWER OF TRUTH John 18:37, 3:21   Notice the power contained in absolute truth.
   A. Truth Has the Power to Liberate      John 8:32             
        B. Truth Has the Power to Separate    John 17:17                       
        C. Truth Has the Power to Invigorate   John 4:24  
    III. THE PERSONALITY OF TRUTH   John 18:38 
       A. The Scripture Is Truth   John 17:17, II Timothy 3:16-17, Psalm 11:3, Isaiah 40:8, Psalm 119:89     
      B. The Savior Is Truth   John 14:6,1:14,1:17, Acts 4:12, John 5:12
    Conclusion:  What is truth? It is the difference between night and day. It is the difference between in and out. It is the difference between black and white. It is the difference between saved and lost! What is truth? The Bible is truth! Jesus Christs truth! And, if you accept those as truth in your life, you have a standard for living and a reason to life. But, if you reject them as your standard, then you have no absolutes and can do as you please. However, it does not change the fact that the Bible is still true, and Jesus is still the only way to God. So, the things of God are true whether we accept them or not! Thank God for the truth!
 

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