Temple Baptist Church - 3-21-2010
A. Calvary! Calvary! I am so glad that Calvary covers it all! As Easter Sunday approaches, our hearts and minds should go back to Calvary. Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin.
B. As I begin this evening, I want us to glory in this thought: our Lord Jesus Christ is not still on the cross! Many denominations show a crucifix with Jesus still nailed to it. Most of these religions crucify Him again and again. We serve a risen Saviour who sits at the right hand of the throne of God. He ever liveth to make intercession for the saints of God.
C. As we go back to Calvary for a few minutes, I want to look at a phrase spoken by a lost man concerning our Lord. In verse 5, Pilate—speaking to the unruly crowd of Jews—said, “Behold the man!” I want to answer the question: “What did the crowd see in ‘the man?’”
1. They saw a man rejected by the multitudes – John 18:39-40
John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
Isaiah 53:3 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.
2. They saw a man battered and torn – John 19:1
Isaiah 52:14 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:
3. They saw a man mocked and derided – John 19:2-3
Psalms 35:15-16 But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not: With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth.
4. They saw a man condemned to death – John 19:6-7
Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
D. We that are saved understand that this man was God in the flesh. I want to look at this “God-man” who went to Calvary to die for the sins of the world; this God-man who so loved that His life mattered not; this God-man who left it all that we may have it all one day.
1. “Behold the man!” Who lived in Heaven and chose to be born in poverty. Luke 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
a. No robes of royalty but only swaddling clothes.
b. No soft bed of down but a manger of hay.
c. No palace of great beauty but a stable.
d. No joyous reception in an inn but a birth of obscurity.
2. “Behold the man!” Who owned the world and chose to have nothing. Luke 9:58 And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
a. He had no home and yet Heaven was His home. Isaiah 66:1 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?
b. He hungered and yet He made it all. Luke 4:2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.
Psalms 24:1 The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
Psalms 50:12 If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.
c. He thirsted and yet He made the waters of the seas and rivers.
Isaiah 40:12 Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?
3. “Behold the man!” Who made the storm and chose to rock in a boat. Nahum 1:3-4a The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.
He was in the midst of the storm and yet He made the storms - Mark 4:37-38 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
4. “Behold the man!” He lived in physical weakness and yet had power over all nature. Mark 4:39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
5. “Behold the man!” Who was despised and rejected and yet was a friend of sinners. Isaiah 53:3 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.
Matthew 11:19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.
6. “Behold the man!” Who was unrighteously judged by man while He was the righteous Judge. Isaiah 53:7 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.
Hebrews 12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
7. “Behold the man!” Who hated sin and yet became sin for us. Habakkuk 1:13 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?
2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
8. “Behold the man!” Who chose to die and yet was the Giver of life. Philippians 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.