The Look Like Their Savior
Everybody loves a good illustration... UNTIL they become the illustration.
Living illustrations... orchestrated and ordered by God, can often be unprecedented, unpredictable and unprotected from the scrutiny of men.
Summary bullet points from the transcription of the message.
• Jesus' identity and purpose.
◦ Pastor Nick emphasizes the importance of praising God in both good and bad times, citing John 19:18 and Isaiah 53 as sources of encouragement.
◦ Holden explains how Jesus' sacrifice and peace are not temporary, but everlasting, and can be found through trusting Him, as seen in John 20 and 21.
◦ John emphasizes Jesus' identity as the Son of God and Messiah, citing His miracles and claims to be the Anointed One.
• Jesus' purpose and Pilate's recognition of his divinity.
◦ Pastor Nick emphasizes the importance of purpose in life, citing John's purpose in writing his gospel as an example.
◦ John's gospel highlights Jesus' life and death, with Pastor Nick noting that Jesus' qualifications for death came from the life he lived (Chapter 19).
◦ Pilate questions Jesus' identity, finds no fault, and releases Barabbas to the crowd.
• Jesus' trial and crucifixion.
◦ Barabbas was a known robber and possibly a murderer, with a history of rebellion against the governing authorities.
◦ Jesus was preferred over Barabbas by the crowd, despite his criminal past, because he came to die and bear witness to the truth of our salvation through his sacrifice.
◦ Pastor Nick describes the mistreatment of Jesus by the Roman soldiers, including the placement of a crown of thorns on his head and a purple robe.
◦ The chief priests and officers cry out
2 Timothy 3
Timothy's Training:: Example, Expectation, & Exhortation.
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The Lord calls us to be patient during trials and affliction, not just to simply endure them begrudgingly until they're over; but to actively anticipate the glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ. For He WILL come again!
Peter knows there will be times when Christians will suffer gross injustice, and, in such situations, we will be tempted to take exception to Peter's call to love and honor all persons. So this text calls Christians to patiently endure injustice for Christ's sake.
"But he refused and said to his master's wife, 'Behold, because of me my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my charge. He is not greater in this house than I am, nor has he kept back anything from me except you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?'" (Genesis 39:8–9)
A Christian is to be joyful because our identity and hope is in Christ. There may be things that make us unhappy and challenge us, but we can have joy. The Apostle Paul had joy, even while he was in prison. We can do all things (endure all things) by faith in Jesus Christ.
The great "faith" chapter (Hebrews 11) is but part of a larger argument that all the OT righteous remnant (true believers, many of whom are referenced in Heb. 11) endured all kinds of situations because they were promised a better and heavenly country. Thus, NT saints must also endure hardship because when Jesus returns, both OT and NT saints will be made perfect together (Heb. 11:39, 40).
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