Beauty & the Betrayer

Today’s message from John 13:21-30 is now on the web. You can listen to the audio here.

Here’s how I summarized the flow of the message:

As we come to the Table of the Lord this morning, feast your eyes on and give your tastes to the beautiful Savior. Having heard the preached Gospel, we now have it made visible in the elements of the bread and the cup. What amazing, devoted love would for the joy set before Him, despise the shame, endure the cross, and lay down a life so sweet, so pure, so divine? The love of Jesus. Do you see this beauty in all its distress, in all its devotion, in all its determination? Will you not go the way of Peter and John and move toward Jesus to rest your all on Him or will you go the other direction into the night, not just the dark night over the Mt. of Olives that fateful evening in John 13, but the pitch black night of sin’s evil that refuses His friendship and loves something, someone more than Him.

A Triumphal Entry of a Different Kind (Part 1)

This morning’s message from John 12:12-19 is now on the website. You can listen to the audio here.

The theme and outline for this two-part series on the triumphal entry are as follows:

The distinctly unique aspects of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem call for our belief in Him as the Messiah, God’s Son.

  • He embraced Messianic acclaim
  • He realized Messianic expectations
  • He performed Messianic works
  • He fulfilled Messianic purpose.

We considered only the first in part one.

John MacArthur made this insight about the significance of Jesus’ hour coming to pass at the same time as Passover:

Jesus did it in His own time and forced the whole issue, brought about the whole thing in order that it might happen exactly on the Passover day, fitting that when all the other lambs were being sacrificed, the One true Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world would be sacrificed on the very same day that all the rest of the sacrifices were going on. So Jesus was not at the mercy of the plots of men, but rather was bringing about the forcing of the issue of His own death so that it would happen on a day when He planned it and God planned it before the world began, not when the Jewish leaders decided it would happen.

His coming into Jerusalem precipitated the crisis of His death in God’s appointed time. That’s why He so openly and freely embraced the Messianic acclaim offered Him along the road toward Jerusalem when every time before He had refused the same.

Hail to the Lamb who was slain from before the foundation of the world!