LUKE 19:41-44

Verses 41-44 “41And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
42Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.
43For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,
44And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.”

Jesus wept over Jerusalem because so many of His people were lost in sin.  He wept because his people had let their opportunities to be right with God slip through their fingers.  And He wept because the future of Israel was one of judgment, violence, death and destruction.  His weeping was a human response and proved that he was fully human.  Jesus was filled with love and compassion for sinners.  He was not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  But the Jews were sinfully ignorant of their gospel opportunities.  Jesus predicted long ago that Israel would be surrounded, oppressed, and tormented by terrorists.  We see what is, no doubt, just the beginning of this today.

LUKE 19:10

Verse 10 “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

This is the reason Jesus went to the home of Zacchaeus.  This is the reason that He spent time with many other sinners even though He was always criticized for it by the legalists.  Too many people still do not know that Jesus came into the world to save lost sinners.  But it is true.  John, the apostle, wrote “And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world” (I John 4:14).

LUKE 17:11-19

Verses 11-19 “11And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
12And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
13And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
14And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
15And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
16And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
17And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
18There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
19And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.”

In this passage, Jesus continued to expound on the subject of thankfulness.  The one leper who returned to give thanks was a Samaritan.  Often, the person who shows appreciation is the least likely to do so.  It shows that if even a heathen can be thankful, Christians should show their thankfulness every day.  Lepers are a type.  In the Bible, they are symbolic of sinners.  Sinners who have been saved by the grace of God should live lives that show their thankfulness to God every day.  Only one out of ten returned to give thanks!  What would be the percentage today?

LUKE 15:1-5

Verses 1-5 “1Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.
2And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
3And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
4What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
5And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.”

It is not wrong to associate with sinners in order to do them good and to help those who are lost to find The Way.  Jesus is The Way, The Truth and The Life.  No man can come to God except by Him.  Sheep are prone to lose their way and go astray.  People, as strange as it may seem, are as prone to lose their way as are the sheep.  The Christian who has the mind of Christ will want to bring the wanderer home.

 

LUKE 13:31-35

Verses 31-35 “31The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee.
32And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.
33Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.
34O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!
35Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”

Apparently, Herod was tired of the attention that Jesus was getting and was ready to kill Him, as he had killed John the Baptist.  No doubt, Herod was caving in to pressure from the Pharisees on the matter.  Herod was a weak and evil man.  Jesus would not be intimidated because He knew that He had come into the world to die, and all of this was in the hands of God.  Jesus then says something about the city of Jerusalem, something that He said on more than one occasion (Matt 23:37-39).  He said, “How often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!”  “I would…but ye would not.”  These words teach us that Jesus wants to save sinners.  The problem is that sinners do not want to be saved.  God is always ready to receive sinners.  Jesus came to die on the cross to save sinners.  It is the sinners fault if he is unsaved.

 

LUKE 12:49-53

Verses 49-53 “49I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?
50But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!
51Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:
52For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.
53The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.”

There is a great emphasis on unity of religions today, but the unity often spoken of is an unwise, unscriptural, and untrue unity.  Christ causes division among those who disagree about the gospel and about the essentials of the Christian faith.  The truth about who Christ is and what He does should cause a separation of believers from unbelievers.  However, it should be a separation from false teachers and false religious organizations and not isolation from all sinners.  We must have contact with sinners, as Jesus did, if we are going to help them.

 

LUKE 11:37-44

Verses 37-44 “37And as he spake, a certain Pharisee besought him to dine with him: and he went in, and sat down to meat.
38And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner.
39And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.
40Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also?
41But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you.
42But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
43Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets.
44Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.”

Jesus ate with and spent time with sinners.  That is what we should do sometimes, as well.  We should be separated from sin, but not isolated from all sinners.  We can not do sinners any good if we are isolated from them.  And if Jesus was friendly to sinners, He certainly did not mince His words to them.  When the legalist raised the issue that Jesus did not immerse His hands in water before eating as the tradition prescribed, Jesus let Him know that the Pharisee’s rules were being intentionally ignored because they were useless and meaningless.  Jesus was the fulfillment of the Law and the Law would die when He did.  The Law is no longer the regulating principle for believers.  Love for Christ regulates us.  That which is on the inside of us is more important than what is on the outside.  If we are right on the inside we will have the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23), and we will love God and man.  We will also have longsuffering, meekness, and goodness toward others.

MARK 15:1-19

Verses 1-19 “1And straightway in the morning the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him to Pilate.
2And Pilate asked him, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answering said unto them, Thou sayest it.
3And the chief priests accused him of many things: but he answered nothing.
4And Pilate asked him again, saying, Answerest thou nothing? behold how many things they witness against thee.
5But Jesus yet answered nothing; so that Pilate marvelled.
6Now at that feast he released unto them one prisoner, whomsoever they desired.
7And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection.
8And the multitude crying aloud began to desire him to do as he had ever done unto them.
9But Pilate answered them, saying, Will ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews?
10For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy.
11But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them.
12And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews?
13And they cried out again, Crucify him.
14Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him.
15And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.
16And the soldiers led him away into the hall, called Praetorium; and they call together the whole band.
17And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head,
18And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews!
19And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him.”

The cruel treatment of Jesus, God’s innocent lamb, on the day of His crucifixion can not be expressed too graphically.  The beating with the “cat of nine tails,” a many thonged whip with sharp pieces of metal and glass attached, would often result in death.  A person receiving this treatment would usually have flesh and skin shredded, would often lose eyes and ears, and would sometimes even be disemboweled.  Additionally, His tormentors beat His face with their fists, marring His blessed face beyond recognition.  He was spit upon, and mocked.  What a ridiculous, illegal, and crooked trial was this!  Jesus submitted to all of this, because He loved us, sinners that He came to save.

 

MARK 14:22-25

Verses 22-25 “22And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.
23And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it.
24And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.
25Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

Jesus instituted His supper, intending that His local churches would always observe it until He returns to catch away His bride, the Church. In this supper much is made of the blood of Jesus. We should always make much of His blood, because without His bleeding there would be no salvation for sinners. “Without shedding of blood there is no remission” (Heb 9:22). Sinners may be saved today only because Jesus shed His blood in His death.

MATTHEW 27:11-26

Verses 11-26 “11And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.
12And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.
13Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?
14And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.
15Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would.
16And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.
17Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?
18For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.
19When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.
20But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.
21The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.
22Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.
23And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.
24When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
25Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
26Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.”

His name was Barabbas, which means Son of the Father. This no doubt, was prearranged in God’s providence since the name the better shows that Barabbas has a likeness to Jesus the true Son of the Father. There is absolutely no evidence, however, that one of Barabbas’ names was Jesus, as some have surmised.

In a real sense, Barabbas represents all sinners for whom Jesus died. WE ARE BARABBAS!! As sinners we were guilty beyond question. And we were condemned, rightfully so. Then Jesus stepped in before the bar of God’s justice and took our place. Our Lord was crucified in our place! He suffered our separation from God. He suffered our hell. Oh, how He loved us.