GOLGOTHA

Golgotha

READ JOHN 19:17-18

 

3 REALMS MET THAT DAY ON GOLGOTHA: HEAVEN, HELL, & EARTH.

1 – THE SON’S WORK ON EARTH – SEEK & SAVE THAT WHICH WAS LOST

2 – THE SON’S WARFARE ON HELL – DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE dEVIL

3 – THE SON’S WORSHIP TOWARD HEAVEN 

LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT EACH OF THESE.

1. THE SON’S WORK ON EARTH

“TO SEEK & TO SAVE THAT WHICH WAS LOST” – LK 19:10

VARIOUS RESPONSES OF THOSE CRUCIFIED

(1) 1 THIEF REJECTED CHRIST

(2) 1 THIEF REPENTED

(3) 1 REJOICED IN HIS SUFFERING

VARIOUS POSITIONS OF THE SON

(1) CRUCIFIED AS A THIEF

(2) CONQUERED AS A THIEF

a. “TOOK THE KEYS” (REV. 1:18)

(3) COMING AS A THIEF (1 THESS. 5:2 / 2 PETER 3:10)

2. THE SON’S WARFARE ON HELL

“HE MIGHT DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE dEVIL”-1 JOHN 3:8

DEMONSTRATED BY THE THOSE WHO REJECTED

(1) “IF THOU BE THE SON OF GOD…”

(2) SAME AS WILDERNESS ENCOUNTER W/ sATAN

(3) ALSO READ COL. 2:15

3. THE SON’S WORSHIP TOWARD HEAVEN

THREE REALMS MET THAT DAY ON GOLGOTHA. HELL WAS REPRESENTED BY THE THIEF THAT MOCKED AND REJECTED CHRIST. EARTH WAS REPRESENTED BY THE REPENTANT MAN CRYING, “REMEMBER ME.” AND HEAVEN WAS REPRESENTED IN THAT CHRIST SUBMITTED TO THE PERFECT WILL OF THE FATHER IN HEAVEN. (ISAIAH 53:10)

IN WORSHIP TOWARD HEAVEN JESUS COMMENDED HIS SPIRIT TO THE FATHER. NOTHING SHORT OF ABSOLUTE SURRENDER COULD ACCOMPLISH FULL SALVATION FOR MANKIND.

SO HOW DOES GOLGOTHA IMPACT YOU?

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READY TO BE OFFERED

Ready To Be Offered

2 TIM 4:6-8

6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith:
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

I want to examine three phrases from the text. Two are exact, and one is implied. I have, I am. and I will.

I. “I HAVE” – LOOKING BACK

​1. Fought a Good Fight

​2. Finished My Course

3. Faithfully Stood

What do you “have”? Does your life consist of things or accomplishments for God? Have you fought a good fight? Have you finished everything the Lord would have you to do? Have you stood faithfully for Him?

II. “I AM” – LOOKING FORWARD

1. “READY”

Speaks of an active preparation. Paul had spent his life for Christ in preparation for this moment.

2. “READY TO BE OFFERED”

Paul states that he is ready to be offered.  He is presenting a picture of a common practice of the day where a drink offering would be poured out. After a battle, Roman soldiers would celebrate with a victory meal. When the meal was complete, one of the final things to do was to pour out wine as an offering to their deities. Paul simply employs this imagery to make his point that his victory is won and he is ready to be poured out for Jesus.

III. “I WILL” – LOOKING UP

Paul’s faith causes him to look beyond this temporary life and situation. He looks up to the crown he’s to receive and the Righteous Judge that will grant it.

I have, I am, I will. Looking back, Looking forward, Looking Up.

Are you READY TO BE OFFERED? What if the call came today?

Mt 24:44
Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

Re 19:7​
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

PRAYER UNDER PRESSURE

Where do you run when the pressure is on? Do you panic or do you run to Jesus?

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 Read Mark 1:14–39

“And all the city was gathered together at the door.” – Mark 1:33

There is always something at the door! Devils, diseases, and disciples, just to name a few. The pressures of life are always present. How we deal with those pressures will determine their impact upon us.

Jesus had had a very busy day. He had been preaching, teaching, healing, gathering disciples, and casting out devils. When He does decide to retire to Peter & Andrew’s house He is presented with Peter’s sick mother-in-law. After healing her perhaps He was looking forward to taking a break for the evening, but instead He was just getting started! The Bible tells us that “all the city was gathered together at the door.” Seriously? Could we enjoy a moment of rest? Not tonight.

If you’ve ever been to an underdeveloped country you can partly understand. When the community hears of a feeding program, or especially a doctor in their midst they will wait for hours or even days for help. Can you imagine finding out that Jesus was in town?

What did the Great Physician do? Did He schedule something with them? No, He ministered to them! But then Jesus does something quite unusual:

“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, He went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” -Mark 1:35

It’s still dark and there’s still people there yet he goes to pray! He’s been ministering all night and it’s not over yet. How do I know there were still people there? Read verses 36 & 37. Peter and the disciples came looking for him and told him that everyone was looking for him. There’s still a crowd at the house!

Jesus understood one of the most important principles for a believer. Never neglect prayer! The only relief from the pressures of life is to cast it upon the Lord. Where else is this accomplished if not in prayer?

Where do you run when the pressure is on? Hopefully to Jesus!

Consider these other examples from the life of Jesus.

Luke 5:12–16

12 And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. 13 And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him. 14 And he charged him to tell no man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. 15 But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities. 16 And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.

Luke 6:12–13

 12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. 13 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;

Luke 22:39–46

39 And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. 40 And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. 41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, 42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. 43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 45 And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, 46 And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.

Luke 23:33–34

33 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. 34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

Find a solitary place with Jesus today. The crowd, the responsibilities, the pressures can wait!