FBCWest 425 | Preparation for Passover, Betrayal, and Killing
Recorded On: 11/15/2020
“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and truth.”
Praise and Worship
SCRIPTURE READING – Psalm 24:7 - 10
“I Raise a Hallelujah”
Giving of Selves and Our Offerings
SPECIAL MUSIC – By Pru Hungate/Donna Bennett
Proclamation of the Word
Message by Pastor Joe
“The Life and Ministry of Jesus The Messiah”
“Preparation for Passover, Betrayal and Killing”
PRAYER TIME / Time of Reflection
Acknowledgements and Announcements
Benediction “Won’t Stop Now”
Matthew 26:3 – 5 & Luke 11:1 & 2
Plot to kill Jesus
Matthew 26:14 – 16 & Luke 22:3 – 6
Contract to betray Jesus
Matthew 26:17 – 19 & Luke 22:7 – 13
Preparation for Last Passover with Jesus
Transcript of Service
Quite a bit of the time recently has been devoted to a few days.
Towards the end of that earthly ministry.
He entered Jerusalem.
For the holiday holiday.
Of unleavened bread and Passover.
And something significant is happening and I'm going to.
To bring back to Membrance. Not that you don't know the story of Passover.
But it's one of those things that, as we recall, what the great and awesome things, and wonders that our Lord is done, that it causes us to rejoice and be strengthened in our faith.
And so there was a family.
Of 12 brothers
who went to Egypt.
Because there was a famine.
And they stayed there because Joseph, one of the brothers, had significant authority in Egypt.
And they were welcomed with open arms, and as they were in Egypt, this family grew and grew so much so that they became a small nation.
And they became large enough that the pharaoh, the leader, was concerned. So he ordered that the male babies would be murdered.
On their birth.
But the midwives feared God, and not pharaoh, and gave excuses, saying that the the Hebrew women were so strong that they would give birth even before they got there.
But there came a time when.
The Pharaohs no longer remembered Joseph, and made.
The Hebrews slaves.
And they worked them and made their lives miserable.
And then God called a man in the wilderness of Midian, who had been there tending sheep for 40 years, who was raised in the household of Pharaoh.
Who he himself tried to deliver?
His people on their own and then ran in fear.
And God called him and sent him to Pharaoh.
To let us people go. And this was some 400 years after the family arrived.
Just as God had told Abraham.
The progenitor of that family.
And he sent Moses, and God performed 10 wonders and signs everything from turning water into blood to plagues of locusts and darkness, and gnats and cattle diseases. And all these various things. But there was one final leg.
That God was going to deliver and he told his people.
To taken a lamb and sacrificed it.
And place the blood on the doorposts.
The lentil and on the sides.
And he says, if.
The Death Angels saw the blood, it would Passover.
It would not inspect the quality of the lives of the people in inside the house.
Seeing the blood, it would Passover.
And those who did not do such.
The first born.
In that household.
And prior to that, what they were to do is after they sacrificed the lamb in place, the blood on the doorposts that they were to take and roast the lamb and take unleavened bread. The bread of haste, and to have a meal in haste. And they were to do so. As I said, with their feet shot in their loins girded, so that they were ready for travel.
Because the next day Deliverance would come and they would no longer be slaves.
Would be free.
And that took place.
And God LED those.
Out of Egypt.
With a cloud at day in a pillar of fire at night as he would lead them and then they came to the sea or the army of Federal is behind them, and God parted the sea and they walked across the Red Sea, not the sea of reeds, the Red Sea on dry land.
And then the sea enveloped Pharaoh's army.
And they had nothing to fear.
And after they were there.
God told them.
That they were to celebrate this Passover in this unleavened bread every year.
it was something that they were to do in Remembrance of God's deliverance from their slavery.
They want to do so necessarily enjoy an if you've ever been to a Passover Seder, you know when the plagues are recounted, it is not recounted with a sense of joy at the destruction of the Egyptians. It's a sense of of despair.
But they were to celebrate this Passover, and the law said that every male.
If at all Abel was to go to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover.
An Jesus and his disciples.
We're going to celebrate Passover.
Now this Passover is going to be exceptionally special.
It's going to look back to God, freeing his people.
But at that point.
And that Passover is celebrated, the freedom.
Of the Hebrews.
The Passover that is going to come in a day.
Is going to celebrate the freedom of all mankind?
All of our sins will be passed over because of the blood of the lamb, just as John the Baptizer said, as he saw Jesus.
Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.
Abraham told Isaac.
When God told Abraham to sacrifice his son, his only son on a Mount, and that he would show him.
And I believe that that mountain would be what we would later called Calvary.
Or gal gothra.
And as they were going, an Isaac had the wood for the burnt offering on his back, hearing it symbolizing what would soon take place some many centuries later.
I should ask the very simple question.
Where's the lamb?
Abraham said to his son God himself will provide the lamb.
And when I when I zic was placed on the Ultra and Abraham was ready to sacrifice his son and Abraham was not waiting for God to stop him. The scriptures tell us that Abraham considered his son dead, but because Isaac was the son of the promised that he believed that God could even resurrect his son from the dead.
So is now worth willing to withhold anything from God, and so when God stopped.
And they took the boy off.
There was a ram caught in the thicket.
And they used the ram as affect sacrifice, but that was not what Abraham was talking about. It was what John talked about. Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. So the very thing that had been prophesied centuries before, that God himself would send his own son.
To act as our Passover lamb.
The scriptures that I believe is in Corinthians.
Tells us that Jesus is our Passover lamb and I think we need to understand that first Passover to understand the true meaning.
Of our Passover.
That it doesn't matter the quality of your life. It doesn't matter what you've done. It doesn't matter who you are.
All that matters is that God sees the blood of his lamb.
And passes over our sins.
It's something that we should be mindful of. It is something that we should celebrate. It is something that we should.
And so now we're going to come through this Passover in his.
Disciples are going to celebrate with him, and they're going to think.
There is a Passover like all other passovers, where we recall the path, but the one distinction.
In the Jewish.
Observance of Passover.
Is that they don't talk about it as if it happened many centuries ago.
They talk about it if if they were the ones who are free.
Because they were.
And the sacrifice that Jesus will sum.
It's not an event that took place some many centuries ago.
But something is applies to our lives now.
That we have been made free.
From sin and.
But his disciples didn't know that they were going to celebrate.
And Jesus is going to celebrate the past, the present and the future.
But during this time?
For all these plans for you, see the households were preparing for the Passover and part of the preparation of the Passover was to make sure that there was no.
11 in the homes and so the homes would be cleaned and they would make sure that all eleven was was gone. And even today there is a little ceremony where.
People will clean their houses and then so that the father might look like he was substantially involved in it. They gave him a little 11 and they he throws it outside the house and says something and all of a sudden he's the big guy because he cast out 11. As a matter of fact there are laws.
Then, for instance, if you own a cat.
They tend to have you know food and whatever, and so the law would require you to sell your cat. Now you try to buy it back and make these things, but they took these things seriously.
many people are trading as if.
Is the same.
As every other year.
But there are a couple of groups who don't.
And in Matthew Chapter 26, we're going to look at Matthew and we're going to look at loop back and forth.
And in verse three it says this. Then the chief reason the elders of the people were gathered together in the court of the High Priest named Caiaphas, and they plotted together to see Jesus by stealth and kill him.
Here are these religious leaders.
Who are taking a man?
Who all will say is guilty of nothing other than.
To say that he is the son of God.
Their plan is to kill him, but they were saying not during the festival. Otherwise a riot might occur among the people, so they plan to seize him into not just do away, but to kill him.
And if we jump over to Luke.
Chapter 22 it says this.
And now the Feast of Unleavened Bread would, which is called the Passover was approaching, and the Chiefs and the scribes were seeking how they might put him to death, for they were afraid of the people.
You see they had planned action and they conspired together to murder Jesus.
But because of their fear of the people, an because Jerusalem was now occupied about three times its normal size because of all the people going to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover, that they were afraid that the people would turn against him so that their plan was to wait until at Passover was over.
That was their plan.
God had a different plan.
You see, Jesus wasn't going to be sacrificed just on any old day.
The plan of God from the foundation of the world.
Was to tell us that he is the Passover lamb and so the plans of evil men are to kill him, but later.
God's plan is different.
And so looking back again at Matthew Chapter 26, it says this. So their plan was.
After the Passover.
And it says this.
Adverse 14 then one of the 12 named Judas Iscariot went to the chief priest and said, what are you willing to give me to betray him to you?
And they weighed out 30 pieces of silver to him.
From then on he began looking for a good opportunity to portray Jesus and then again looking back at.
it says this.
And Satan entered into Judas, who is called Iscariot, belonging to the number of the 12. And he went away and discuss with the chief priest and officers how he might betray him to them, and they were glad and agreed to give him money. So they consented and began seeking a good opportunity to portray him.
To them, apart from the crowd.
So there was a contract.
Between one of the 12 that Jesus had chosen.
To betray him for money.
Now the sad thing is, is that Judith was the treasure of the 12.
He could have scored with as much money as he wanted to an if you will, if you think about it. If Jesus were to live a reasonably long life he would have had a lot more opportunity to take more than 30 pieces of silver.
And let's face it, 30 pieces of silver back then may have been a substantial amount of money, but not life changing.
He was willing to portray.
The one he had spent three plus years walking with.
Or 30 pieces of silver.
Not even enough to change his life permanently.
But you see God's in control.
He even allows Satan to enter into Judith to contract to make an agreement to betray Jesus fly so that Jesus might.
You see now the the chief priests, and there were no longer afraid of the crowd, because now they were going to do away with him secretly away from the crowd, and Judas presented him that opportunity. So now they split. It, speeded up their plan.
To get rid of him.
So when you're struggling.
And you wonder, it just seems like nothings working out.
God is not only in control.
He directs it.
He takes evil men.
And speeds up their timeline.
He takes a betrayer of not only a friend and a teacher.
But the son of the living God.
So that Jesus might accomplish what Jesus was sent to accomplish.
When Jesus was sent to accomplish it.
That is the God.
Till we Sir.
And so all of this is happening.
When the Jerusalem is filled with all these people ready to celebrate Passover, ready to celebrate when they were going to acknowledge that they were free and they were done. So in such a QuickTime that they would eat unleavened bread because it was a bread of haste as they were leaving Egypt right away, and they left Egypt not with simply the clothes on their back.
And they took spoils from Egypt of silver and gold, and beautiful things in jewelry. Not that they Rob from there.
But the Masters freely gave them.
And so in Matthew.
26 verse 17 it says this.
Now, in the first day of unleavened bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover? You see, this was just like every other day. As far as every other Passover, we need to do this, we need to be prepared were here in Jerusalem were not in Capernaum, where it's our home. So we gotta figure out where it is. We can have it an we've got to prepare and going to make sure it's clean. And he said, go into the city to a certain man and.
Say to him the teacher says my time is near. I am to keep the Passover at your house with my disciples in the disciples.
Had directed them and they prepared the.
Passover, so that's interesting. Jesus is this, whatever. But I want you to see what Luke tells us, 'cause he gives us a little more information.
Luke 22 seven.
So is this.
Then came the first day of unleavened bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed, and Jesus and Peter and John, saying, go and prepare the Passover for us, so that we may eat it. And they said to him, where do you want us to prepare it? It's like we don't know. There's a big town, it's pretty crowded.
And he said to them, when you have entered the city, that's true. Some 'cause they're staying in Bethany, a man will meet you, carrying a pitcher of water, follow him into the house that he enters, and you shall say to the owner of the house. The teacher says, you, where is the great the guest room in which I may eat the Passover with my disciples, and he will show you a large furnished upper room? Prepare it there.
And when they left, they found everything just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.
This is how much in charge God is.
He knows exactly when a man carrying a picture of water is going to be outside the house, carrying a picture of water, and he knows that that man carrying a pitcher of water is going to enter a specific house at a specific time.
An then you're to meet the owner of that house, and that House has a large guest room large enough so that I can eat with my 12, so there's 13 of us who are going to eat the Passover, go there and prepare. And guess what God is in such control.
But as they go, they find a man carrying a pitcher of water. They find him entering the house. They go in and the owner says.
Here prepare it here.
So what's happened in your life that you can trust the Lord?
Yeah, he heals people.
Yeah, he raises the dead.
Here's the blind and the deaf.
And the Lane.
He even knows when people are carrying water.
So when the Word of God says that he knows you so well.
He knows every single hair on your head.
He knows when you rise up and you knows when you lay down.
Remember the guy carrying a picture of water?
Because it seems like it's an inconsequential thing to carry a picture of water.
'cause it's probably something necessary 'cause you know back then they didn't have running water.
We had to go to the well and get it.
But Jesus knows precisely.
The rising up in the setting down.
You can trust him.
So we see Jesus in control.
He's in control.
Of evil men.
He's even in control of spiritual wickedness.
He's in control of everyday events.
So that he might accomplish his purpose.
And his purpose.
Is to die for you and me.
That he is our Passover lamb.
I hear people say, well, you know it's the Old Testament. It's old.
We have the new one. It's improved, it's better, so let's just read it.
And you don't see the richness.
Of the New Testament.
You don't see the richness.
You don't see the richness of the fact of Passover being one that we just pass over, since we don't have a yeah, but how can his blood cover my sins? You don't know what I've done, he does. And that's the point.
I see his blood and Passover your sins.
He doesn't say I see the blood and I take a peek inside.
Now for those of you who are a little more aware, you know that there are seven holy days.
There's unleavened bread. There's Passover, there's Pentecost.
And then there are. There's the day of atonement in the blowing of the show. Farhan, there's the.
Shabbat or I mean.
The day of a booth.
The God not only in the Old Testament fulfilled.
Down the road we will see that he also fulfills first fruits.
if God has fulfilled those Old Testament holy days.
Then maybe we should prepare and understand the other three.
'cause I find that God never does anything half.
He does it complete.
He does it perfectly and he does it well.
So maybe we should take a look at Leviticus, not the part where or numbers where it talks about so many people here. So many people there, but there are some great stuff in Leviticus.
I let a Baba started many years ago and I changed the name from Leviticus to work that worship Atticus.
'cause it talks about worshipping God.
I want you to understand.
It's not just in control.
He's in charge.
Does all things well according to his timing according to his will.
And that he does so even in your life.
And that when we think or talk about the love of God and His grace.
There we remember.
Not about how sinful I am.
But how merciful and forgiving he is?
And that's what Passover is all about.
Now in the next several weeks, we're going to take a look at that one evening.
The Gospel of John has about, I would say about 1/3 of the Gospel of John is devoted to that evening.
There is great teaching there. There is a great teaching in action there.
And we're going to take a look at it.
All of it happened.
So when we come in the future.
And do what is part of the Passover. What we call the Lord Supper or Communion. I want you to remember the richness of not just the bread and the drink.
But the richness of what it truly means.
That we were once.
But are now free.
We are now no longer dead.
But alive in him.
Because Jesus is our Messiah.
Jesus is the Christ.
He did it die.
Because that was his.
He did so.
And also mission.
Because he loved you and me and the father that much.
And all 'cause people said.