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The Crucifixion - Part 1 - Pastor Boyd Brooks
In Gethsemane, Christ contemplated what he was to undergo, he repeatedly threw himself to the ground in heartbreaking prayer and suffered so much emotional strain. Christ’s crucifixion was real and the agony was horrendous. The problem for us is that we are removed by 2000 years and we have become detached and desensitized from death by the common violence that occurs all around us every day. For this reason we need to see Christ's agony on the Cross and the connection to our sin.
Scripture Text: John 19:17-22
Pilate Before Jesus Part 2 - Pastor Boyd Brooks
The religious leaders were so obsessed with getting rid of Jesus that they were blinded by their hatred for him and did not see the apparent inconsistency in their own lives. These religious men were so corrupt that they preferred the release of an infamous murderer while demanding that Christ be crucified.
Scripture Text: John 19:1-16
Pilate Before Jesus Part 1 - Pastor Boyd Brooks
Appearances can be very deceiving. It was that way for the Jews and even for Pilate. Jesus didn't look like a king, not any king they had seen or even imagined, so they dismissed any possibility of Jesus being anything other than an impostor. Regardless of how things looked in the garden of Gethsemane, as Judas betrayed Jesus by a cohort of soldiers to arrest him, Jesus was in control. The same is true of the trials that Jesus faced. Christ exhibited enormous self-control before an exasperated Sanhedrin. As dawn broke and Christ was led before Pilate, and again we see his control in his fourth of six trials.
Scripture Text: John 18:24-40
Jesus' Arrest - Pastor Boyd Brooks
John recorded the details of Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion in John 18 -19. The imminent events are of ultimate importance because none of the wonderful things promised during Christ's ministry would be possible without them. The promise of eternal life, the sending of the Holy Spirit as Comforter, Jesus' return for his beloved, the preparation of a place for them, treasures of grace and salvation - all were dependent upon the manner of Christ's death and resurrection.
Scripture Text: John 18:1-11
Christ's Prayer for Us - Pastor Boyd Brooks
Christ's prayer here in John 17 contains his final words to his disciples in the upper room. We should keep in mind that Gethsemane, the cross and the resurrection lay ahead. Understanding the time-line of events helps us grasp the full impact of what Christ said in this prayer. This is the kind of prayer that Jesus prays now in heaven for us. Christ made it clear that he was praying for his followers but also for his future followers.
Scripture Text: John 17:20-26
Christ's Prayer for His Disciples
God wants his children to be in the world but not part of it. He doesn’t want them isolating from the world or assimilating to the world. He wants them to represent his son, Jesus Christ to the world.
Scripture Text: John 17:11-19