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?