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The Greatest Witness

David Wright


David Wright

Lead/Senior Pastor, Hendersonville SDA Church


  • April 15, 2017
    12:00 PM
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Well the title of this sermon that is the greatest witness oftentimes when we think of witnessing we think of a time when we did the right thing when everything comes together. But sometimes in fact I think often times whether we like it or not the greatest witness that you are and I will ever have is in those moments where things are not going so great when things are challenging when things are tough when things are overwhelming and those around you watch to see what you will do how you will respond how you will react where do you draw your strength from and so I think in this story that we focus on this weekend we see an element of in my opinion the greatest witness of all time even those things weren't going exactly as one would think they should have we see the trueness and the nobleness of the character of God displayed in a marked and powerful way. And the Bible pro-trade it in such a way that to me is very powerful I don't know that I can improve on this story and you just read me the lines of I'm going to read again but we're going to go through the book of Matthew and I'm not going to read everything in its entirety I'm not trying to leave anything out I'm not trying to be a heretic It's right there in your bible go read it you'll be blessed I promise but we're just going to take some snap shots to try and get a picture of this last 24 hours of Jesus' life and then the beautiful resurrection morning can we do that and so we're going to start in the garden of guess 70 and Matthew chapter $26.00 1st $38.00. Then he said to them this is Jesus speaking to His disciples my soul is exceedingly sorrowful even to death. We like to think we've been there but I would suggest we haven't. My soul is exceedingly sorrowful even to death stay here and watch with me and I will little further and fell on his face and he prayed saying oh my father my father my father if it is possible let this cup pass from me and I magine it was a long pause. In fact 3 times he prayed this prayer let this cup passed from me. Nevertheless not as I will but as you will in the midst of that struggle is interrupted and behold Judas one of the 12 with the great multitude with swords and clubs came. Now as betrayer had given them a sign saying whoever I kiss he's the one. Sees him immediately he went up to Jesus and said Greetings rabbi and kissed him but Jesus said to him Friend Friend Why have you come and they came and laid hands on Jesus and took him then all the disciples forsook him and fled and those who had laid hold of Jesus led him away to Caius a stipend where the scribes and the elders were assembled at last to faults witnesses came forward and said This fellow said I am able to destroy the temple of God and build it in 3 days. But Jesus kept silent and the high priest answered and said to him I put you under oath by the Living God tell us if you are the Christ the Son of God. And Jesus said to him it is as you said then the High Priest tore his clothes saying he has spoken blasphemy he is deserving of death and they spat in his face and they beat him and others struck him with the palms of their hands. Saying prophesied to us Christ who is the one who struck you. And when morning came all the chief priests and elders of the people plotted against Jesus to put him to death. And when they had bound him. They led him away and delivered him to punches pilot the governor now Jesus stood before the governor and the governor asked him sane are you the king of the Jews and Jesus said to him. It is as you say and while he was being accused by the chief priests and elders he answered nothing then pilot said to him Do you not hear how many times they testify against you but he answered him not one word so the governor marveled greatly now at the feast the governor was accustomed to releasing to the multitude one prisoner whom they wish and at that time they had a new Torrijos prisoner called barabus therefore when they had gathered together a pilot said to them whom do you want me to release to you Brad is or Jesus who is called price. And they said Brad. And pilot said to them what then shall I do with Jesus and they all said Let him be crucified. Then the governor said why what evil has he done but they cried out all the more saying let him be crucified let him be crucified kill him and when pilot saw that he could not prevail at all but rather that a to mold was rising he took water and washed his hands before the multitude saying I'm innocent of the blood of this just person you see to it and all the people answered and said his blood be on us and on our children then he released barabus to them and when he had scored Jesus he delivered him to be crucified the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the predatory him and they gathered the whole garrison around him and they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him and when they had twisted a crown of thorns they put it on his head and a reed in his right hand and they ballad then the before him and mocked him saying Hail King of the Jews and they spat on. And they took the reed and struck him on the head when they had mocked him they took off the robe put his own clothes on him and led him away to be crucified Him they crucified him and those who passed by blasphemed waving their heads and saying you who destroy the temple and build it in 3 days save yourself. If you are the Son of God come down from the cross Likewise the chief priests also mocked with the scribes and elders and said He saved others Himself He cannot say. If he is the king of Israel let him now come down from the cross and we will believe him he trusted in God let him deliver him now if he will have him and now from the 6th hour until the 9th hour there was darkness over all the land and about the 9th hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice my God my God why have you forsaken me and he has cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit then behold the veil of the temple was torn in 2 from top to bottom and the earthquake in the rocks were split and the graves were opened and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised and coming out of the Greys after His resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many so when this interior and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and the things that happened they feared greatly same Truly this was the Son of God Centurions are hard people they see this a lot of death as part of their job but I submit to you that this man named Jesus died in a way entirely different that he got the attention of this hardened man this into or in me and he said Truly this was the Son of God granted Jesus did some incredible things you think of all the people that he healed each one of them independently phenomenon and he touched the eyes of the Blind Man I made the lame walk again as he knelt down and wrote in the sand. And offered forgiveness and said Neither do I condemn you go and sin no more as he raised the dead I mean this is incredible this doesn't happen but Jesus did it and yes Jesus' death was a fulfillment of prophecy Perhaps you study that out it's true not just one but many many many many prophecies Yes he was the Passover the Lamb Yes he was the perfect sacrifice yes he was the ransom paid for my sins that gives me power to overcome he is my hope for eternal life and I don't want to minimize any of those things this morning all of those are true and all of those could be preached about but what the rest of the attention of the Centurion was how Jesus died and I would suggest what arrested the attention of all the universe all the angels anyone who was perhaps on the fence at that moment said wow truly truly this was the Son of God This was the greatest witness of all time and in the perception of the world it wasn't in a moment of strength he wasn't feeding the 5000 he wasn't Parting the Waters he wasn't healing or bringing back from the dead this looks like weakness but this was surrender not my will but yours be done and this relatively short period of time is 24 hour window has changed more lives in the history of this planet than anything else John 1513 Greater love has no one than this than to lay down one's life for his friends Jesus greatest trial was his greatest witness and so I ask you what trial are you facing as I look out in the faces of this congregation I have some small idea. Of the trials that you're up against some it's health issues some it's your kid some and some type of pain you're experiencing a loss but I believe Jesus understands this morning he knows what trial looks like he knows what pain looks like and I believe he wants to use your greatest trial to be perhaps your greatest witness for Him That moment when you feel like everything is against you and you have nowhere to turn God wants to use that moment for his glory but I love John 1633 but be of good courage because I have overcome the world don't you like that that's not the end of the story is it now after the Sabbath as the 1st day of the week began to dawn I think that's interesting even over the Sabbath in his death Jesus rested but after the Sabbath as the 1st day of the week began to dawn Mary Magdalene the other Mary came to see the tomb and behold there was a great earthquake for an Angel the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone from the door and sat on it but the angel answered and said to the woman Do not be afraid perhaps that's counsel for you in your trial today do not be afraid for I know that you see Jesus who was crucified but he's not here for he is risen as he says he's alive he is no longer in the tomb but he's risen and he's going back to the father to intercede for you and for me John 1125 Christ had proclaimed in triumph through this resurrection I am the resurrection and the life Jesus can say that. I like 1st Corinthians 1520 Christ is risen from the dead and has become the what 1st fruits of those who have fallen asleep you have anybody that fall asleep Jesus was the 1st fruits and his resurrection beautiful and then later on that chapter death is swallowed up in victory Oh Death where is your sting Oh Hades where is your victory Jesus conquered and overcame death praise the Lord and because of that we too can go to heaven and be with him he's coming again and I believe he's coming again very soon. First Estonians for 16 you know these words well for the Lord Himself will to see and he has a sense somebody the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout with the voice of the archangel and the trumpet of God and the dead in Christ will rise 1st and then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the late in the air and thus we shall always be with the lord you may be experiencing a trial now but you will have a time if you are faithful to him that you will be able to be always with the Lord always is a lot longer than your trials going to last let me assure you and I believe it's worth the wait Jesus is coming again to take us home one last verse I want to read to you is in Revelation 22 the last chapter in Scripture Revelation chapter 22 verse one if you're following along it's a beautiful picture and he showed me a pure river of water of life clear as crystal proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb in the middle of its street and on either side of the river. Was the tree of life which bore 12 fruits each tree yielding its fruit every month the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations the body need healing and there shall be no more curse but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it and his servants shall serve him and in verse 4 they shall see his face and his name his character if you will shall be on their forehead and there shall be no more 9 they need no lamp nor light of the sun for the Lord God gives them light and they shall reign for ever and ever and one of my favorite songs talking about no more night and the words are where there will be no more nights no more pain no more tears never crying again can you imagine that praises to the Great I AM We will live in the light of the Risen Lamb if you're going to a trial today hang on God is with you he will not abandon you and he will bring you through that trial and if you allow him will use this to be one of the greatest witnesses perhaps that you have to offer but better than that he'll come and take you home don't let his life for you be in vain. But allow his blood to wash over you to forgive you that you may spend eternity with Him Your Heavenly Father we look forward so much to that time we can leave all the pain the heartache the tragedy of this world and spend eternity with you in the land where there is no more night. Lord thank you so much for coming to this earth for being willing to surrender totally and fully to the father to die for us for me. That I might spend eternity with you. Thank you for that gift a man I accepted in Jesus' name. This media was brought to you by audio verse a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse if you would like to listen to more servant leader Visit W W W audio verse or.


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