Be Certain about the Saviour Who Suffers
Passage: Luke 22:47–23:25
Sermon: Be Certain about the Saviour Who Suffers
- Be Certain that Jesus Is Faithful
- Be Certain that Jesus Has Authority
- Be Certain that Jesus Has Power
Peter Denies Jesus
 Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest's house, and Peter was following at a distance.  And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them.  Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the light and looking closely at him, said, â€œThis man also was with him.â€  But he denied it, saying, â€œWoman, I do not know him.â€  And a little later someone else saw him and said, â€œYou also are one of them.â€ But Peter said, â€œMan, I am not.â€  And after an interval of about an hour still another insisted, saying, â€œCertainly this man also was with him, for he too is a Galilean.â€  But Peter said, â€œMan, I do not know what you are talking about.â€ And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed.  And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, â€œBefore the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.â€  And he went out and wept bitterly.
Jesus Is Mocked
 Now the men who were holding Jesus in custody were mocking him as they beat him.  They also blindfolded him and kept asking him, â€œProphesy! Who is it that struck you?â€  And they said many other things against him, blaspheming him.
Jesus Before the Council
 When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people gathered together, both chief priests and scribes. And they led him away to their council, and they said,  â€œIf you are the Christ, tell us.â€ But he said to them, â€œIf I tell you, you will not believe,  and if I ask you, you will not answer.  But from now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God.â€  So they all said, â€œAre you the Son of God, then?â€ And he said to them, â€œYou say that I am.â€  Then they said, â€œWhat further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips.â€
Jesus Before Pilate
 Then the whole company of them arose and brought him before Pilate.  And they began to accuse him, saying, â€œWe found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.â€  And Pilate asked him, â€œAre you the King of the Jews?â€ And he answered him, â€œYou have said so.â€  Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, â€œI find no guilt in this man.â€  But they were urgent, saying, â€œHe stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee even to this place.â€
Jesus Before Herod
 When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean.  And when he learned that he belonged to Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him over to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time.  When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him, and he was hoping to see some sign done by him.  So he questioned him at some length, but he made no answer.  The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him.  And Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, arraying him in splendid clothing, he sent him back to Pilate.  And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before this they had been at enmity with each other.
 Pilate then called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people,  and said to them, â€œYou brought me this man as one who was misleading the people. And after examining him before you, behold, I did not find this man guilty of any of your charges against him.  Neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us. Look, nothing deserving death has been done by him.  I will therefore punish and release him.â€
Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified
 But they all cried out together, â€œAway with this man, and release to us Barabbasâ€â€" a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection started in the city and for murder.  Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus,  but they kept shouting, â€œCrucify, crucify him!â€  A third time he said to them, â€œWhy, what evil has he done? I have found in him no guilt deserving death. I will therefore punish and release him.â€  But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed.  So Pilate decided that their demand should be granted.  He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, for whom they asked, but he delivered Jesus over to their will.
(Luke 22:54-23:25 ESV)