In John's Gospel, we met Jesus the Son of God. In Luke's Gospel, we meet Jesus the Son of Man. In Mark's Gospel, we meet Jesus the suffering Servant. And with Matthew we embark on our Gospel-journey to meet Jesus: the Sovereign King.
Matthew begins by leading us down royal lines of our King's lineage.
From His birth He began threatening other earthly kings.
Futile efforts to find & kill Him were thwarted by wise men & magi. Upon finding their infant King, they fell and worshipped with royal gifts from the east.
In time, John the Baptist would join the herald of heavenly hosts, proclaiming the King & His Kingdom at hand!
Satan affirmed Jesus' reign by his efforts to tempt Him to a Kingdom exchange.
The sermons of the Sovereign One would also convince on-listeners of His heavenly descent: "He speaks as one with authority, not like our scribes & Pharisees."
During His crucifixion trial He made His own declaration: "My Kingdom is not of this world." Heaven's King came to reign upon the earth. The Cross would be the means by which He would conquer, a stumbling block for the proud, but grace to the humble.
Shaking off death like dust, Jesus proved His dominion over hell when He arose from the grave.
And ultimately, Matthew's final words record his Messiah's pronouncement: "All authority in heaven & earth has been given to Me."
Despite great lengths that Matthew went to in order to convince us of Christ the King, he faithfully & painfully focuses also upon the Messiah's rejection by His own people. Like no other Gospel, Matthew depicts the hostility of the religious leaders who refused their King. Of Himself He said, 'Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.'
But Matthew also includes chapter 24 wherein we learn of the Son of Man's second coming at an unexpected hour, full of glory, judgement & power. Will the bride be ready?
No other Gospel provides more instruction, direction and power for faithful followers commissioned to represent Christ the King throughout the earth.
Seeking False Testimony
In our last passage, Jesus was arrested in the garden. Today we find Him on trial before the Sanhedrin: 70 plus one Jewish governing authorities. They're seeking false testimony against Jesus among false witnesses against Him. But here's the thing: the only "false testimony" they're able to find, actually turns out to be true. But when you're desperate for a verdict, even the truth will do, apparently.
If that sounds a bit odd, it should. We've got some work to do, don't we?
If you're able, please turn with us in a copy of God's Word to Matthew chapter 26. We will begin today's sermon--entitled "Seeking False Testimony"--in verse 57.
living on mission: The Sanhedrin were looking for a political savior someone to fix their problems with Rome. What kind of savior do people want today? The same now as then. “Hosanna” ( save us ) from our problems.
Do you know someone that follows Jesus only in church or maybe outside of church but only at a distance because they are not sure of their faith?
How can we as a family help them with their questions about Jesus. scripture, fellowship, personal example, loving works in His name.
If Jesus, suddenly came on a cloud dispensing miracles. Who do you know that still wont believe?
Do you need help talking with them?
sharing life together: Are you growing in faith? What is helping you grow? If you are not growing then why not? What can we as church do to help you grow?
Have you suffered explaining to the lost the glory that the cross is to you? Example?
growing in truth:
What was the Sanhedrin's job? To govern the Israelites by administering and enforcing the laws of their faith. For example, someone caught stealing would be judged and punished by them. (Thou shalt not steal).
Why did the Sanhedrin seize Jesus? The Sanhedrin wanted to discredit and get rid of Jesus, because he was challenging their power in his teaching. Once they captured him they hoped to drum up false evidence to support a charge of blasphemy. Then they could destroy him.
Jesus, is God why are the Sanhedrin able to seize him and judge him? Jesus, let them because he willingly came in obedience to his father to serve on the cross. His arrest was part of that plan. (John 19:10, ESV)
What should the Sanhedrin have done instead and why? They should have declared Jesus the Messiah. Because, he fulled prophecy written in scripture that they were guardians of. Because he taught with authority amplifying the scripture they didnt understand. Because he performed miracles authenticating him self as having power over man and nature. A power they didnt have.
Can you think of religious leaders that are very popular and yet have it wrong and so are ruining souls today? The Pope, Benny Hine, Joel Olestine. Jehovah witness, Mormon, any Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist leader?
How did Pastor Paige, suggest we combat popular teachers that have it wrong. Know scripture, God.
What’s the main point of the passage? The Sanhedrin charged with shepherding the Jews perverted justice and rejected Jesus, as the Messiah. God used their evil plan for His good purpose ultimately to redeem sinners. Jesus gave himself what are you willing in love to give?