Behold the Man!
Summary: The most important aspects of Jesus' mission are seen even from the beginning of His passion narrative.
Key Scripture (John 19:1-7): 1 Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him. 2 And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe. 3 They came up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and struck him with their hands. 4 Pilate went out again and said to them, “See, I am bringing him out to you that you may know that I find no guilt in him.” 5 So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Behold the man!” 6 When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no guilt in him.” 7 The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has made himself the Son of God.”
They beheld the One...:
- Who Suffered (John 19:1-2)
- Who was mocked (John 19:3)
- Who was the Truth (John 19:4-5)
- Who lived out His purpose (John 19:6)
- Who proclaimed His identity (John 19:7)
Important Takeaway: Jesus wasn't a condemned martyr Who died for a cause. He was the Savior Who died for sins.
What The Gospel Is NOT:
- It is NOT going to church
- It is NOT reading the Bible
- It is NOT doing good things
- It is NOT believing in God
What The Gospel IS:
- Recognize we are sinners (Ro. 3:23)
- Know that our sin separates us from God (Is. 59:2)
- Realize we owe a debt for that sin (Ro. 6:23)
- Accept that this makes us an enemy of God (James 4:4; Ro. 5:10)
- Understand that Jesus paid that debt on the Cross (Colossians 2:14)
- Confess and believe (Ro. 10:9-10)