John the Baptist told
his followers that Jesus was the Lamb of God. God
announced at His baptism that Jesus was his Son and He
was well pleased with Him. Christ began telling the
Jews about the Kingdom of God, proving His words by
very powerful miracles that no one could deny, not even
His enemies. On two occasions they were performed
before thousands of people when He fed them from only a
few pieces of fish and bread. He even stopped a funeral
procession to bring back to life an only child of a
widow. He healed people who had been blind or crippled
all their lives, which everyone in the town knew.
Lastly, he went to a cemetery, opened the grave and
brought back to life a body that was already decaying.
All these statements and miracles proved to the honest
and sincere people that Jesus was the Son of God. They
believed. But the religious leaders did not believe.
They wanted "proof".
Jesus often used parables during His short ministry.
The twelve He had selected to be His witnesses asked
many questions desiring to understand their meaning. On
many occasions, He took them aside and explained the
parables. All the while, He continued to tell everyone
His Kingdom was not of this world, but they had
difficulty understanding. He constantly mentioned
familiar prophecies and how they were being fulfilled
right before their eyes. More and more believed - but
not the religious leaders. They began looking for ways
to entrap and discredit Him even discussing ways to
Very late in His ministry Jesus began to explain to His
disciples, especially the twelve, that He was going to
be betrayed and be crucified. From the beginning of
time on earth, everything had been planned for this
upcoming event. The head of that serpent of old,
the Devil, would be crushed by the
descendant of Eve by:
•His death, the perfect
sacrifice to atone for sin
•His burial, from which
He would burst forth
•His resurrection, the
triumph over death and the grave, opening the way for
reconciliation to God.
God demands our obedience whether we understand His
entire purpose behind the command or not. For instance,
why was Abel's animal sacrifice more pleasing than
Cain's offering from the fruit of the ground? Or, how
could a large boat taking years to build be so
important? Or, how could putting blood over a door
prevent the death of a first-born son? Or, how could
looking upon a brass snake raised upon a pole cure the
bite of a poisonous snake? We may or may not fully
understand God's purpose but we understand we must obey
God's commands. We must respond with complete trust in
God and obedience to His commands regardless of how
illogical it may seem to man's finite mind.
So we see Jesus in complete obedience setting out to
Jerusalem to die, offering his life as the perfect
sacrifice for our sins.
We see the leaders of the Jews filled with envy, hate,
jealousy and pride, hiring someone to betray Jesus into
their hands so they could kill Him. We see a Roman
judge finding Him innocent and undeserving of death but
willing to kill Him to please the Jews. Jesus
willingly gave his life as the perfect sacrifice to
atone for man's sin so man could be reconciled to God
through obedient faith in Him.
This is the Message of
1. Obedience to God is doing what He desires because we
have faith in His faithfulness even when we do not
fully understand how or why.
2. Knowing He would die when He returned to Jerusalem,
Jesus still went there for that very purpose.That was
why He came to Earth.
3. What proof was given that Jesus was the Christ, Son
Acknowledgment by John
Statement by God
All the above
4. Jesus went to Jerusalem near the end of His ministry
His disciples wanted
to go there for the Passover
The Roman government
required everyone to go there to be counted and pay
He wanted to offer
proof to the Pharisees and Scribes that He was the Son
It was time to
complete His mission for coming to Earth by freely
giving His life as the atoning sacrifice of mankind's