For the sake of the gospel we must be prepared to repent of our sins, deny ourselves, and lose our lives.
Scripture: Mark 14:53-15:15
- A trial tests, proves, and reveals the truth; in this text we see on trial Christ, the Sanhedrin, Peter, Pilate, and you and me.
- Jesus is charged by the Jews with blasphemy for claiming to represent God. But Pilate knows it is out of envy the rulers have charged Jesus.
- The Romans executed would-be rivals to Caesar's power and authority, so Pilate condemns Jesus as “king of the Jews.”
- The trial reveals something of the truth of who Jesus is.
- In answer to the high priest's question “Are you the Christ?” Jesus’s own testimony is "I AM." Jesus is making a claim to be the God of Israel visiting His people (cf. Exodus 3:14).
- Jesus then says he is the Son of Man coming on the clouds, the truly human and eternal king and judge over beastly kingdoms (cf. Dan 7:13-14)
- To Pilate Jesus says, though you think you stand in judgment on me, I am the true judge.
- Jesus is the true human One in contrast to the beastliness of the Jewish and Roman rulers (cf. Rev. 13).
- When we start contradicting God’s Word we become followers of a beastly man-centered religion.
- Barabbas and the Sanhedrin were opposing beastly (Roman) religion in a man-centered way.
- Pilate is a populist, both unprincipled and pragmatic in his goal of securing political peace and personal power.
- If we are faithful in bearing witness to the gospel we will face persecution.
- For the sake of the gospel we must be prepared to repent of our sins, deny ourselves, and lose our lives.
- We live in a world that totally gives in to its lusts and appetites.
- Our society indulges every sexual passion; but true freedom and liberty is found in sexual chastity.
- The gospel opposes greed and envy. Materialism, pride and arrogance are all beastly.
- Jesus stands as the light exposing the beastliness of the darkness; the beasts will persecute the light.
- Peter doesn’t stand on trial before the high priest. He stands before a slave girl.
- Peter the “ROCK” denies Jesus over the questions of a slave girl, showing that he has a shallow root (cf. Mark 4:16-17).
- We face similar pressure from the world; we also face the tribulation of distraction through the digital world of the Internet.
- Our time spent in the real world will be way more valuable in face-to-face fellowship and witness in the world.
- A simple commitment to a life of prayer and weekly fellowship will sustain us in the midst of the pressure from the world (cf. Acts 2:42-47; Acts 4:24-34).
- In Church history we most often see groups of Christians remaining strong for the Lord in the face of persecution.
- If you really love the Lord you will talk about the Lord Jesus every day.
- In the Lord’s Table there is a trial and examination of our commitment to the Lord whose body and blood were given for us.
- What does the trial of Jesus and Peter teach us about how to stand fast in the face of pressure and persecution from the world?
- How much time do we spend online weekly? Is it a distraction?
- How much time do we spend in prayer and contemplation versus time on Youtube?
- Is our online participation edifying, truthful, God-glorifying?
- Do you spend time in prayer to cultivate the love of Jesus?
- Is there one other person in the room today because you shared the gospel with them?
- Is your conversation filled with all kinds of other things, or does the Lord Jesus fill your thoughts?
- Are you telling people about Jesus, about the One you love?