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Copr. 1997, Bruce N. Cameron, J.D.

LESSON 13 - VICTORY IN DEFEAT (MATTHEW 27 & 28)

INTRODUCTION: THIS WEEK WE LOOK AT OUR LAST LESSON OF THE QTR. THE LAST
LESSON IN MATT. SORRY. REALLY ENJOYED STUDYING THIS BOOK. NEXT QTR. IS
GAL. 
      IN MATT 27 & 28 WE SEE THE TRIAL, DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS.

I. CHARACTER DEFECTS
      A. OUR LESSON STARTS OUT THIS WEEK WITH JUDAS RETURNING THE
MONEY HE HAD BEEN PAID FOR BETRAYING JESUS. LETS READ MATT.27:3-4a.
            1. WHY DO YOU THINK THAT JUDAS HAD THIS REACTION?  DIDN'T HE
KNOW ALL ALONG THAT THIS WOULD HAPPEN? (HE MUST NOT HAVE THOUGHT
THIS WOULD HAPPEN. HE MUST HAVE THOUGHT THAT JESUS WOULD FREE
HIMSELF.)
            2. IS JUDAS SIN IN MISPERCEIVING WHAT JESUS WOULD DO ANY WORSE
THAN PETER'S MISPERCEPTION OF WHAT JESUS WOULD DO WHEN HE DREW THE
SWORD IN THE GARDEN? (JUDAS KNEW IT ALL AND WOULD MANIPULATE THE REST
FOR THE BETTER.  PETER'S ATTITUDE WAS ONE OF MISGUIDED SUPPORT.)
      B. READ 27:4.
            1. IS THERE SOMETHING UNUSUAL ABOUT THE REACTION OF THE CHIEF
PRIESTS AND ELDERS? (NO CONCERN ABOUT SIN. THAT WAS THEIR JOB!)
      C. LETS READ ON. V.5-7. DO YOU THINK THAT ALL OF THESE MEN WERE
DESPERATELY EVIL?
            1. IF THEY WERE DESPERATELY EVIL, WHY DID THEY CARE ABOUT
HOW THIS MONEY WAS USED?
            2. IS IT POSSIBLE THAT THESE MEN ARE LIKE US?
(THEY HAD NO CONCERN FOR JUDAS, NO CONCERN THAT THE TRIAL OF JESUS WAS
ILLEGAL (AT NIGHT), BUT HERE THEY WERE CONCENTRATING ON THE LEGAL
REQUIREMENTS TO DISPOSE OF A SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY.) 

--NOTICE THE TWO CHARACTER DEFECTS: A) THINKING THAT YOU KNOW BETTER
THAN OTHERS OR BETTER THAN GOD. B) BEING SO WRAPPED UP IN THE LAW THAT
YOU BECOME HARD HEARTED TO THE IMPORTANT THINGS.

II. PILATE
      A. AFTER THE CHIEF PRIESTS AND ELDERS DECIDED TO HAVE JESUS KILLED,
THEY TOOK HIM TO THE ROMAN GOV' PILATE TO OBTAIN A DEATH SENTENCE.
READ 27:18-24.
            1. WAS PILATE BASICALLY AN EVIL MAN?
            2. DO YOU THINK THAT HE WANTED TO HAVE JESUS PUT TO DEATH?
            3. WHY DID HE DO IT?
            4. DO YOU SEE PILATE AS BEARING RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE DEATH
OF JESUS EVEN THOUGH HE SAID THAT HE TOOK NO RESPONSIBILITY AND THE
JEWS SAID THAT THEY WOULD TAKE RESPONSIBILITY?
            5. DO YOU THINK THAT WE WILL SEE PILATE IN HEAVEN?
(PILATE SHOWS YET ANOTHER CHARACTER DEFECT:  THOSE WHO SEE JESUS,
WOULD LIKE TO FOLLOW AND OBEY HIM, BUT ARE UNWILLING TO PAY THE PRICE.)

III.JESUS
      A. IN CONTRAST TO THE CHARACTER DEFECTS OF THESE TWO, LETS LOOK AT
THE CHARACTER OF JESUS.
      B. READ MATT. 27:13. WHY WAS PILATE AMAZED?
            1. WHAT IS THE NATURAL RESPONSE OF THE HUMAN HEART? (TO
DEFEND)
            2. ARE WE SOMETIMES TOO QUICK TO DEFEND OURSELVES?
      C. READ MATT. 27:27-31. KEEP IN MIND THAT JESUS WAS JUST FLOGGED AND
THAT SOMETIMES THESE FLOGGINGS WERE SO BRUTAL THAT THE VICTIM  DIED
BEFORE CRUCIFIXION.  
            1. LIST FOR ME THE REACTIONS THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN GOING
THROUGH YOUR HEART IF YOU WERE JESUS. AND TELL ME WHY YOU WOULD HAVE
HAD THOSE REACTIONS.
            2. IN DA 734-35 IT SAYS THAT THIS CROWD MOCKED JESUS BECAUSE OF
"HIS LOWLY BIRTH AND HUMBLE LIFE."
      D. READ MATT. 27: 41-43. WHAT CHARACTER TEST IS PRESENTED HERE?
      E. READ MATT. 27:46. WHAT TEST OF CHARACTER DOES THIS REVEAL?
[IN DA 743 IT SAYS, "THE SAVIOUR COULD NOT SEE THROUGH THE PORTALS OF THE
TOMB.  HOPE DID NOT PRESENT TO HIM HIS COMING FORTH FROM THE GRAVE A
CONQUEROR, OR TELL HIM OF THE FATHER'S ACCEPTANCE OF THE SACRIFICE.  HE
FEARED THAT SIN WAS SO OFFENSIVE TO GOD THAT THEIR SEPARATION WAS TO
BE ETERNAL."]   

IV. BIG PICTURE
      A. WHY DID JESUS GO THROUGH ALL OF THIS? (SATAN'S HATRED OF JESUS
AND JESUS LOVE FOR US)
      B. DOES SATAN HAVE THIS SAME KIND OF ATTITUDE ABOUT THE FOLLOWERS
OF JESUS?
            1. CAN THE FOLLOWERS OF SATAN EXPECT TO BECOME MORE LIKE HIM?
      C. CAN THERE EVER BE ANY DOUBT IN YOUR MIND ABOUT WHO YOU WILL
FOLLOW?
V.NEXT WEEK: INTRO TO GALATIONS.