Pastor Aaron E. Lavender
Sunday Morning, July 23, 2017
Sermon Series – HE’S MORE THAN WONDERFUL #17
“Jesus Christ – Drinking His Cup of Suffering”
Our study of John’s Gospel is swiftly reaching its conclusion. As we approach the end of this book, we are also approaching the end of our Lord’s life and ministry here on the earth. In this 18th chapter of John we are presented with a suffering Christ. At this point, He is being betrayed, He is being arrested and He is being tried before His enemies. Yet, through it all, He manifests a strength of character that paints a wonderful picture for you and me. In these verses, we are shown Jesus Christ – Drinking His Cup of Suffering.
My aim this morning is to show you what He suffered for you and why He did what He did. My desire is to help us to see that Jesus has made a way for us to be saved, and that He has done everything that is necessary to deliver us from Hell and from judgment. I want to show that Jesus Christ is worthy of our trust and faith.
Let’s look into these verses and discover John’s portrait of Jesus Christ – Drinking His Cup of Suffering, as we explore His Deity, His Dignity, and His Destiny:
I. The Deity of Our Sufferer: John 18:1-11
A. Christ’s deity is evidenced by His CLAIM (vv.4-7)
B. Christ’s deity is evidenced by His CONCERN (vv.8-9)
C. Christ’s deity is evidenced by His COMPASSION (vv.10-11)
D. Christ’s deity is evidenced by His COMMISSION (v.11b)
II. The Dignity of Our Sufferer: John 18:12-36
A. Christ’s dignity displayed in His ARREST (vv.12-13)
B. Christ’s dignity displayed in His ARRAGNMENT (vv.19-24; 28-36)
C. Christ’s dignity displayed in His ALIENATION (vv.2-3, 15-18, 25-27, 38-40
III. The Destiny of our Sufferer: John 18:37
Christ had to endure the CROSS before wearing the CROWN!
I wonder if you can understand this morning the truth that what Jesus did, He did for you? I wonder if it makes sense to you today? Perhaps you have heard the old, old story many times before and you have never received Jesus into your heart and life. Maybe this morning, you feel Him calling you to come to Him. Why not do that today?