Matt 26:64                             The Son of Man                              11/16/2008    ßà   

 

 

 

 

#1.       The Temple to Be Rebuilt (Matt 26:61, 24:2, John 2:18-22, Heb 12:22-23, Eph 2:19-22, Eph 1:4, 1Cor 3:16, John 14:23)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2.       The Son of Man in the Clouds of Heaven (Matt 26:63-64, 24:30, Rev 1:7, 1Thess 4:17)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3.       Enduring the Wrath of Man (Lev 24:16, Matt 26:67-68, Isa 50:4-6, 53:3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the Gospel According to Matthew, Matt 26:57 (2X). We are in that part of Matt 26 where the Lord Jesus was bound in the Garden of Gethsemane. He was bound in order that we might be loosed from our sins. Then He was brought bound into the palace of the high priest Caiaphas as a criminal who was charged with a crime. But He was not yet charged with anything. They first bound Him and then they were going to find a charge. That is an absolutely illegal procedure in any country. While they were interrogating Him, the Lord Jesus referred to Himself as the Son of man. Therefore the title of this sermon is The Son of Man (2X). Let us now turn to Matt 26:57-68 and read about:

Mt 26:57-68  And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest’s palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end. Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death; But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death. Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands, Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?

All the Scribes and the elders of the people, including the chief priests and the Pharisees and the Sadducees, were assembled in the palace of the high priest Caiaphas. That was a large group of people who were assembled there very early in the morning, which required a great deal of coordination among many people. It means that this was a prearranged trial of the Lord Jesus who was not charged with anything. But we have to keep in mind that beginning in the Garden of Gethsemane the Lord Jesus was already atoning for our sins. Spiritually He was before God, the Judge, who actually orchestrated this trial before Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin, so that Christ would be brought to the cross to make the final payment for our sins. Satan also was busily at work to put the Lord Jesus to death, for we know that Satan had entered into Judas Iscariot. Please put a sticker here in Matt 26 and please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel According to John, John 11:49 (2X). Caiaphas had planned this trial several weeks earlier, when after the raising of Lazarus from the dead he made a statement that came out of his own evil heart. But God wrote this statement in the Bible in such a way that it became a prophecy, for God is not the author of sin. Here is the prophecy that God put in the Bible. We read in John 11:49-53,

Joh 11:49-53  And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.

Let us carefully look at these words which God chose to put in the Bible. Caiaphas referred to saving the nation of the Jews. But from history we know that a majority of the nation of the Jews perished 37 years later, in AD 70, when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem. And thus we know that the words “the whole nation”, and twice the words “that nation” cannot refer to the nation of the Jews. The Lord Jesus Christ did not die for “that nation”. For which “nation“ did the Lord Jesus die? The answer is found in Matt 1:21, where we read, “Thou shalt call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins”. And who are His people? His people are all those for whom the Lord Jesus died; which means, first of all, that He did not die for everyone of the whole human race, like some theologians try to teach us. But Christ died for the “nation” of those who are becoming saved, or becoming “born from above”, both Jews and Gentiles, which are the remnant chosen by grace from before the foundation of the world. Secondly, verse 52 says that Christ died for all “the children of God that were scattered abroad”. And thus verse 52 defines all the elect for whom the Lord Jesus died with these words, “the children of God that were scattered abroad”. These words do not refer to the Jews who were scattered abroad, but these words refer to all the elect who were scattered into all the world after the fall of Adam and Eve into sin. This is a new concept that we must apply in many other places in the Bible. Please turn again to Matt 26:61 (2X).

#1.       The Temple to Be Rebuilt (Matt 26:61, 24:2, John 2:18-22, Heb 12:22-23, Eph 2:19-22, Eph 1:4, 1Cor 3:16, John 14:23)

Now they tried to drum up some witnesses who could bring a condemning accusation of the Lord Jesus. However, the Law stated that at least two witnesses must agree in their accusation. This was an impossible task, for the Lord Jesus never sinned. And so, even Satan found it difficult to come up with two false witnesses who agreed in all the lies that they spoke. Finally they came up with two false witnesses, who said in Matt 26:61,

Mt 26:61  And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.

Was this true? No, it was not true. These were lying witnesses. They were referring to an event that came to pass three years earlier when the Lord Jesus cast the money changers out of the temple. At that time the Lord Jesus said, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up”. He did not say, “I am able to destroy the temple”, but He said “You destroy this temple”. But out of all the different false witnesses, why did God put this particular charge in the Bible? Then we recognize that God wants us to understand the rebuilding of the temple from two different vantage points. Please turn to the Gospel According to John, John 2:18 (2X). The temple is going to be destroyed, for sure, for the Lord said so in Matt 24:2. But the physical temple of bricks and mortar was definitely a shadow of the spiritual temple which is the body of the Lord Jesus Christ. We must consider that spiritual temple in two different ways. First, the physical body of the Lord Jesus Christ is His temple, as we read in John 2:18-22,

Joh 2:18-22  Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body. When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.

What we read in these words is that the Jews were going to destroy His physical body, and within three days He rose from the tomb, thereby showing the world that He had raised up His dead body. His body is legitimately called His temple, for He dwells therein. Presently the body where He dwells in is His glorified body in heaven. Secondly, there is another body where He dwells in which also can be called His temple, and that is the body of both OT and NT believers, which is the body of all the saints worldwide, or the body that is called “Mount Sion”, or “the city of the living God”, or “the heavenly Jerusalem”, or “the church of the firstborn”, or the members of “the church which are written in heaven”, or “the spirits of just men made perfect”. We should not imagine that these names only refer to the disembodied spirits which have gone into heaven, for the context of this description in Heb 12:22-23 shows that the Lord is pointing to our present status, and not just to our future status. Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Ephesians, Eph 2:19 (2X). God shows us here another description of the body of believers, which are now called the household of God. Make sure that we understand this description to refer only to the invisible eternal church, and not to the visible external church. We read in:

Eph 2:19-22  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

This household of God is called “A holy temple in the Lord”. And notice the first two words in verse 22, “In Whom”, referring to “In Christ”. Christ dwells within us, but at the same time we are dwelling “In Him” (Eph 1:4). We are called the temple of God (1Cor 3:16), but at the same time God dwells in us (John 14:23). This is a holy mystery, but this is what the Lord Jesus came to do: He came to build the real spiritual temple of God, and it became evident that the temple made with hands was only a shadow, a temporary shadow of the temple of God. In His atonement on the cross the Lord started the rebuilding of the permanent temple of God, and this rebuilding is still going on today. Please turn again to Matt 26.

We have to realize that the Lord Jesus was bound on Thursday evening, and that he stood before the accusing priests and elders of the people until Friday morning. There were many more words said and many more actions taken than we read here in the Bible. But these words were written for us, so that we might be edified thereby. The Lord Jesus did not defend Himself of all these false accusations. In fact, if He would have remained silent they would have to let Him go. But God is on the throne, and God arranged that Jesus would be found guilty by these hypocrites. We read in Matt 26:63,

Mt 26:63  But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.

Why did Caiaphas ask this question? The Lord Jesus Himself gave them this question, to be used against Him during their interrogation of Him. He gave it to them on a silver platter. Please turn a few pages back to Matt 22:41 (2X). This was the last time that the Lord Jesus had some interaction with the Pharisees. We read in Matt 22:41-46,

Mt 22:41-46  While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David. He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.

From where did the Lord Jesus get this information? We read in Psalm 110:1, <A Psalm of David > “The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool”. This Psalm begins with the words, “Jehovah said unto my Lord”. If Jesus claimed to be the Messiah, then He would be “the Lord” whom Jehovah is addressing in this Psalm. These were the exact same words that the Lord Jesus gave to His enemies. And now Caiaphas used this information to press out of the Lord Jesus the confession that He was that Lord whom Jehovah was addressing. Please turn a few pages to your right, to the Gospel According to Mark, Mark 14:62 (2X). By saying, “I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God” the high priest was literally saying, “I put thee on oath by the living God that thou tell us if thou art the Christ, the Son of God”. This was the question the Lord Jesus was waiting for. And I wanted you to see His answer given in Mark 14:62,

Mr 14:62  And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

The Lord Jesus said, “I am”. In Matt 26 the Lord’s answer was, “Thou hast said”. Can you see that the words “Thou hast said”, or “Thou sayest”, which occur more frequently, really mean, “I am; you are right; that is so”. Please turn again to the Gospel of Matthew, Matt 26:63 (2X). There we read about:

#2.       The Son of Man in the Clouds of Heaven (Matt 26:63-64, 24:30, Rev 1:7, 1Thess 4:17)

Caiaphas put Jesus under oath. We read in Matt 26:63-64,

Mt 26:63  But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.

Mt 26:64  Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

When the Lord Jesus said, “Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power” He was actually referring to Him sitting on the right hand of God Almighty. And “His coming in the clouds of heaven” referred to His coming as the Judge on the last day. This was not the first time that the Lord Jesus called Himself “the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven”. Please turn a few pages to your left, to Matt 24:30 (2X). His coming in the clouds of heaven is an eschatological expression. We read in Matt 24:30, “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory”. Why shall all the tribes of the earth mourn? They shall weep and wail because it will be clear to all that Judgment Day has arrived, and it will be the end of this earth that they trusted in. This is also what we read in Rev 1:7, “Behold, He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen”. When the Lord tells us to examine ourselves whether we are in the faith, essentially He is telling us to make sure that we are not among those who shall weep and wail at His coming. Know where you shall stand.

The Lord called Himself “the Son of man”, in addition to agreeing with Caiaphas that He was the Son of God. Why did the Lord Jesus use both titles? It was to indicate that He was fully man as well as fully God. We find the title “Son of man” in the OT prophecies of Ezekiel and Daniel. Ezekiel used this title to indicate that he was one of the sons of mankind; a distinct member of the order of humanity. The Lord Jesus used this title often when He referred to the end of time. Like in Matt 26:64 where He said, “Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven”. Caiaphas would see this, but not in his lifetime; he would see this when he will be resurrected on the last day, when Christ shall be his Judge. But another truth is shining through when we compare Matt 24:30 with Matt 26:64. In Matt 24:30 the Lord Jesus spoke of “the sign of the Son of man in heaven”. What is that sign? We cannot conclude that from Matt 24, but in Matt 26 the Lord Jesus tells us what that sign is. He said in Matt 26:64, “ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power”. We shall see Him. He is that sign. On the last day He shall be seen all over the world at the same time. And why shall we see Him in the clouds of heaven? It is because in the rapture the Lord takes us up into the clouds to be with Him forever. This is what we read in 1Thess 4:17. But the main reason why the Lord Jesus called Himself the Son of man in Matt 26:64 was to point to the “Son of man” in Dan 7, and to indicate that He was that Son of man. If Jesus is not understood in the light of the OT Scriptures, then He is simply not understood. Therefore let us turn to the Prophecy of Daniel, Dan 7:13 (2X).

The prophecies in Dan 7 and Dan 8 have always confused people about their meaning. When we read Dan 7, we read about four beasts that come up out of the sea. These four beasts correspond to the first beast that comes up out of the sea in Rev 13. When we read Dan 8, we read about two beasts that come out of the land. However, the main part of this chapter deals with “a little horn”. This little horn corresponds to the second beast that comes up out of the land in Rev 13. Both Dan 7 and Dan 8 should be included in a study Rev 13. Today we will only look at the Son of man, who appears in Dan 7:13-14,

Da 7:13  I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.

Da 7:14  And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

The Son of man represents the Messiah, who has been promised all throughout the OT, beginning in Gen 3:15. Here, in Dan 7:13, the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, which means that He has been appointed to be the Judge of all the living and the dead. We recognize that this is the Lord Jesus Christ, who names Himself by this glorious Son of man of Dan 7:13, and who has received authority to be the Judge over all the living and the dead, not only on the last day, but already since the time of the cross in AD 33. On the cross the Lord Jesus was the Judge, and also was being judged for all those whose sins He bore. All the elect were judged at the cross. All those who are not elect will be judged for their own sins on the last day by the Lord Jesus Christ, who is also coming with the clouds. The Ancient of days refers to God Himself. And to the Son of man “was given dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him”. This is the kingdom of Christ into which we are translated when we become “born from above”. It is “an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom is that which shall not be destroyed”. It tells us that we have everlasting life now, and that it shall not be taken away if we have been “born from above”. The little horn in Dan 7 and in Dan 8 refers to Antichrist. A horn in the Bible represents power. If Christ is the Big Horn, then Antichrist is the little horn. And even though the four beasts are very mighty, we read in Dan 7:18 (2X),

Da 7:18  But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.

Was there any doubt that the saints shall possess the kingdom? Well there was, for we read in Dan 7:21

Da 7:21-22  I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.

This is a scary thought: Antichrist shall make war with the saints and shall prevail against them. And he shall prevail “until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High”. It means that Antichrist shall prevail against the saints all the way until Judgment Day. We should not be surprised when our church remains this small until the end of time, or even if we would have to move to another location. We should not be frightened when our witness is drowned out in a sea of noise. We should not be surprised if our electronic outreach into the world will remain this small for many years to come. But we should rejoice in God’s promise that judgment shall be given to the saints of the most High, and we should rejoice in the promise that we shall possess the kingdom. So, let us be warned that we will meet with opposition, for the Devil will not leave us at peace. But let us also rejoice in the future hope that Christ will not abandon us, but that He will guide us safely and securely into His kingdom in the NH&NE. We read in Dan 7:27,

Da 7:27  And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Ephesians, Eph 1:19 (2X). God has given us great and wonderful promises that we should not fear Satan or Antichrist; only that we should be aware of the workings of Antichrist, for we are living near the end of time. The two beasts of Rev 13 have been loosed, and thus we should have a keen eye for false gospels and false teaching that come our way. But God’s power to keep us safe has always been greater than Satan’s power. And so we read in Eph 1:19,

Eph 1:19-23 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us–ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

The exceeding greatness of his power to us–ward who believe”, means that God’s power is being used on behalf of us who believe; who believe the whole Bible, from cover to cover, and who have put their trust in the saving work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. This is a faith that does not come naturally, but it has been given to us by God, through the operation of God the Holy Spirit at the time we were “born from above”. And God’s mighty power we can trust, for it is the same power “which He wrought in Christ, when He raised him from the dead”. And so, these are the glorious promises which the Lord Jesus has given us in His statement that He is the Son of man of Dan 7:13. Let us now return to the Gospel of Matthew, Matt 26:67 (2X). The Lord Jesus Christ has been accused of blasphemy, and now He must endure the wrath of man. Now that He has been judged, the priests and the elders of the people could finally vent their wrath on Him.

#3.       Enduring the Wrath of Man (Lev 24:16, Matt 26:67-68, Isa 50:4-6, 53:3)

Why was Jesus condemned to die? Well, in the Law it was written that if someone blasphemed the name of the Lord, he should be stoned to death. We read in Lev 24:16,

Le 24:16  And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: the stranger, as well as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the LORD, shall be put to death.

And so, now they are convinced they have an issue. And since Jesus declared that He was a king, according to Dan 7:13-14, they could go to Pilate and request that Jesus be crucified for insurrection. Then we read in Matt 26:67-68,

Mt 26:67-68 Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands, Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?

In the Gospel of Mark we read that they covered His face, and then they slapped Him and asked Him who it was that slapped Him. They vented their hatred, but Jesus did not answer them. Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of Isaiah, Isa 50:4 (2X). Now He endured the wrath of man while He was still enduring the wrath of God on behalf of our sins. In their hypocrisy they spit in His face. From the Law they know that the disgusting practice of spitting in someone’s face is a sign of being under the curse of God. They treat Him as shamefully as possible. But they do not know that they are being used by God to symbolize that He is under the curse of God. Isaiah chapter 50 is a Messianic chapter. Here are recorded some of the secret prayers of the Lord Jesus. We read in Isa 50:4-6,

Isa 50:4-6  The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned. The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back. I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.

He hid not His face from shame and spitting. Please turn a few pages to your right to Isa 53:3 (2X).

Isa 53:3  He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Outwardly He was rejected of men, but internally He was enduring the wrath of God. All the anger that people were venting on Him was nothing compared to the pain and suffering that the Lord Jesus endured for my sins. Today there are many people who despise the Lord Jesus Christ. They do not say it in these words, but their actions speak volumes of what their opinion is of Jesus. For example, when people live in fornication because everyone else is doing it, or when they live in a homosexual lifestyle because everyone else is doing it, or when they overcharge their customers because everyone else is also doing it, are they not in actuality spitting in Jesus face? Are they not in actuality saying by their actions, “We will not have this man to reign over us”? God says, “Thou shalt not kill”. But when in these United States of America millions of babies are aborted every year, and when many states are about to consider legalizing euthanasia, are they not spitting in Jesus face? When the Bible says that the Lord Jesus died to give a perfect sacrifice only once, but many churches sacrifice Him over and over every time that they are celebrating the Lord’s Supper, are they not spitting in His face? It does not matter what the Bible says, today people are going their own way. By their actions they are saying, “We will not have this man to reign over us”, and they spit in His face to show their contempt for the Word of God. But God is not mocked. Te Lord Jesus Christ promised that He would come again as the Judge of the living and the dead, and even a sin as small as an idle word shall be held against them. Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of the Psalms, Psalm 76:8 (2X). There we read:

This is a Psalm of Asaph; a Levite who was mightily used by God in the writing of 12 Psalms. Psalm 76 shows the judgment of God and the sovereignty of God even in the wrath of man. We read in Psalm

Ps 76:6  At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep.

Ps 76:7  Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry?

Ps 76:8  Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still,

Ps 76:9  When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Selah.

Ps 76:10  Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.

Verse 6 refers to the drowning of Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea, which was a picture of the judgment on the last day when not one enemy soldier shall escape the judgment. Verses 8 and 9 refer to the cross of Christ, for there God saved all the meek of the earth. This was also a judgment, but here it refers to the judgment on Christ on our behalf. Verse 10 also refers to the cross, but here the sins of man were used by the sovereign God to bring to pass that Christ was crucified. This was God’s plan all along, “but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh”. Therefore, even though the wrath of man was instigated by Satan, through Judas Iscariot, and through the envy of the priests, the scribes and the Pharisees, and even though their wrath was instrumental in bringing the Lord Jesus to the cross, the crucified Lord is a supreme blessing to me and to all for whom the Lord Jesus suffered and died. It was in this sense that “the wrath of man shall praise thee”. We shudder when we think of God’s vengeance on those who murdered His Son, but those who murdered Him did me a great favor.

Let us then praise and fear this almighty God, who is able to make all things work together for good to them that love Him, to them who are the called according to His purpose.

AMEN.                 Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.