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March 14 – Sermon Notes and Questions

The Final Day

Wk 2, “Condemned, Denied, and Alone”

Matthew 26:57-68

Matthew 26:57-68
Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome. The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward.
Finally two came forward and declared, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’” Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” “You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?” “He is worthy of death,” they answered. Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him and said, “Prophesy to us, Messiah. Who hit you?”

  1. The Hypocrisy of Caiaphas

Leviticus 16:34
“This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: Atonement is to be made once a year for all the sins of the Israelites.” And it was done, as the LORD commanded Moses.

Matthew 23:27-28
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

John 11:53
So from that day on they plotted to take his life.

1.The Arrest –

2.The Meeting-

3.False Testimony-

Matthew 26:59
The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death.

  1. Caiaphas Manipulated the Verdict-

 

Matthew 26:65-66
Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?” “He is worthy of death,” they answered.

Matthew 26:67-68
Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him and said, “Prophesy to us, Messiah. Who hit you?”

      2.The Hypocrisy of Peter-

Matthew 26:69-70
Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said. But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said.

Matthew 26:71-75
Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.” He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!”
After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.” Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.

John 12:42-43
Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved human praise more than praise from God.

  1. It completely invalidates our witness.
  1. You become the person you pretend to be.
  2. The Genuineness of Jesus-

Matthew 26:64
“You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

  1. Have a Genuine Faith-

Romans 10:17
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

  1. Tell the Truth-
  2. Let kindness, grace, and mercy be your guide. Not condemnation, judgment, or self-preservation.

 

1 Corinthians 13:13
But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Notes:

 

Small Group Questions:

  1. Read Matthew 26:57-68, what are the dangers of following Jesus at a distance? What do you think compelled Caiphas to pursue false charges against Jesus?  Is there stuff that we want to hold onto that might interfere with our relationship with Jesus?
  2. Read Leviticus 16:34, what is atonement? Do we have atonement in New Testament times?
  3. In today’s society, do we typically wait for all facts to come through or do we tend to make a decision first? When we make judgments prior to reviewing all available evidence is it similar to what the court did to Jesus?
  4. Do we get ourselves into trouble for telling the truth? Is there a such thing as being too truthful?