Responding to the “Insults” of Jesus
1. Even When Things Go “Wrong,” God is Still God.
a. The Disciples Will Defect and Deny. (Matthew 26:31, 34, Leviticus 5:17, Ezekiel 18:20)
Leviticus 5:17, If someone sins and without knowing it violates any of the LORD’s commands concerning anything prohibited, he is guilty, and he will bear his iniquity.
Ezekiel 18:20, The person who sins is the one who will die. A son won’t suffer punishment for the father’s iniquity, and a father won’t suffer punishment for the son’s iniquity. The righteousness of the righteous person will be on him, and the wickedness of the wicked person will be on him.
b. Jesus Fulfills Scripture. (Matthew 26:31)
c. Jesus Will Rise! (Matthew 26:32)
2. The Message of God is:
a. “Insulting.” (Matthew 26:31, 1 Corinthians 1:21-23)
1 Corinthians 1:21-23, For since, in God’s wisdom, the world did not know God through wisdom, God was pleased to save those who believe through the foolishness of what is preached. For the Jews ask for signs and the Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles.
b. Truthful. (Matthew 26:31, 2 Timothy 2:15)
2 Timothy 2:15, Be diligent to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth.
c. Pointed. (Matthew 26:34, Hebrews 4:12-13)
Hebrews 4:12-13, For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. No creature is hidden from him, but all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give an account.
d. Unstoppable. (Matthew 26:35, John 12:30-33)
John 12:30-33, Jesus responded, “This voice came, not for me, but for you. Now is the judgment of this world. Now the ruler of this world will be cast out. As for me, if I am lifted up from the earth I will draw all people to myself.” He said this to indicate what kind of death he was about to die.