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begin this article, may I say that I am
NOT anti-Semitic in any way. I love the
Jews, and it burdens my heart and soul
to hear anyone speak badly about the nation
of Israel. Believers are to love the Jewish
people, and if you are a believer in Jesus
(a Jew), and hate the Jews (God's chosen
people), it is very doubtful that you
I will bless them that bless thee, and
curse him that curseth thee: and in thee
shall all families of the earth be blessed. [KJV] I
believe this verse!
Many say the Jews were responsible
for sending Jesus to His death. This is
indeed a truth. YES! They certainly were
26:59 Now the chief priests,
and elders, and all the council, sought
false witness against Jesus, to put him
to death; [KJV]
Matthew 27:25 Then
answered all the people, and said, His
blood be on us, and on our children.
the Romans? YES! They too were responsible
for Jesus’ death.
Mark 15:15-21 And
so Pilate, willing to content the people,
released Barabbas unto them, and delivered
Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be
crucified.  And the soldiers led him
away into the hall, called Praetorium;
and they call together the whole band.
 And they clothed him with purple,
and platted a crown of thorns, and put
it about his head,  And began to salute
him, Hail, King of the Jews!  And
they smote him on the head with a reed,
and did spit upon him, and bowing their
knees worshipped him.  And when they
had mocked him, they took off the purple
from him, and put his own clothes on him,
and led him out to crucify him.  And
they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who
passed by, coming out of the country,
the father of Alexander and Rufus, to
bear his cross. [KJV]
Judas Iscariot? YES! He too was responsible
for Jesus’ death.
Matthew 26:24 The
Son of man goeth as it is written of him:
but woe unto that man by whom the Son
of man is betrayed! it had been good for
that man if he had not been born. [KJV]
Mark 14:10 And Judas
Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto
the chief priests, to betray him unto
What about God the Father? Could
He too have been responsible for His only
begotten Son’s death? YES! God the
father was responsible (answerable) for
Jesus’ death too.
Isaiah 53:4 Surely
he hath borne our griefs, and carried
our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken,
smitten of God, and afflicted. [KJV]
Acts 2:23 Him, being
delivered by the determinate counsel and
foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and
by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
that happened to Jesus was completely
under God’s control. God’s
plans were never interrupted by the Roman
government or the Jewish officials. Jesus’
death was God’s act; that of wonderful
grace and wisdom, for which we should
be eternally grateful.
Romans 8:32 He that
spared not his own Son, but delivered
him up for us all, how shall he not with
him also freely give us all things? [KJV]
God gave His Son for you, He isn’t
going to hold back the gift of salvation,
or anything else.
Matthew 27:46 And
about the ninth hour Jesus cried with
a loud voice, saying, Eli,
Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast
thou forsaken me? [KJV] Jesus was
NOT questioning God; He was quoting Psalm
22:1. The anguish He felt when He took
on the sins of the world; this is what
caused Him to be separated from His Father,
for God cannot look on any sin, let alone
the sins of the entire world! This was
what Jesus dreaded as He prayed to God
in the garden to take the cup from Him
(Matthew 26:39). The physical agony He
suffered was horrible, but so much worse
was that period of spiritual separation
from God. Jesus suffered what could be
explained as a double death so that we
would never have to experience eternal
separation from God. If you have not thanked
Jesus today, do it!
That brings us to the last party
responsible. YOU! And ME!
Isaiah 53:6 All we
like sheep have gone astray; we have turned
every one to his own way; and the Lord
hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Romans 5:8 But God
commendeth his love toward us, in that,
while we were yet sinners, Christ died
for us. [KJV]
Isaiah 53:5 But he
was wounded for our transgressions, he
was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement
of our peace was upon him; and with his
stripes we are healed. [KJV]
1 Timothy 1:15 This
is a faithful saying, and worthy of all
acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into
the world to save sinners; of whom I am
God loves you, more than you can imagine,
so much that He sent His only begotten
Son to die for our sins. Jesus also loves
you more than you could know. Jesus had
NO sins of His own. Yet when He willingly
hung on that cross for us. Your sins,
my sins, the sins of all who have ever
lived or ever will live, were placed on
Him. He paid a debt He didn’t owe,
because we had a debt we couldn’t
John 3:16 For
God so loved the world, that he gave his
only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth
in him should not perish, but have everlasting
1 Peter 3:18 For
Christ also hath once suffered for sins,
the just for the unjust, that he might
bring us to God, being put to death in
the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
[KJV] Yes, Jesus died for our sins, but
He was raised! He lives!
3:36 He that believeth on
the Son hath everlasting life: and he
that believeth not the Son shall not see
life; but the wrath of God abideth on
Hebrews 2:3 How shall
we escape, if we neglect so great salvation;
which at the first began to be spoken
by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us
by them that heard him; [KJV] Have
you refused the love of God and His Son?
Don’t wait a moment longer to accept
the blessings offered to you. Now is the
day of salvation (2 Cor. 6:2).
WILL IT COST ME TO FOLLOW CHRIST?
Have you heard the saying:
“Come to Jesus, it will cost you
nothing! The price has all been paid,
it will cost you nothing!”
This is really a dangerous
half-truth. Salvation (eternal life) truly
is a Gift! It truly is free! (Rom.6:23;
Eph.2:8-9). But, there is always a price
connected with salvation and with discipleship.
YES! God’s grace is absolutely free,
there is no doubt about that. No one in
the world can make any human payment towards
eternal life or the forgiveness of sins.
Some believe that everybody
has faith. All you have to do is turn
your faith loose in the right direction
of Christ and everything is OK. The teaching
that everyone has faith and all you have
to do is use it is wrong. Human faith
is not the faith that saves.
Only Nicodemus, out of all
the religious leaders, came to Christ.
I think it was because he was sensitive
to God’s voice and God’s Spirit.
Some people have been brought up in Christian
homes, gone to Sunday school. Yet, still,
to this day, you are not right with God.
Some have made a halfway profession but
have never been able to delight themselves
in the Lord. WHY? Lack of sensitivity
to the voice of God, and you could care
less about the will of God.
If the voice of the Spirit
of God does not move something within
your spirit every day, you are not much
of a Christian, if you are a Christian
at all! I think Nicodemus had a sensitivity
within his own spirit that caused him
to move, act and inquire. I think he was
more receptive to spiritual impulses than
other leaders among the Jews in their
Nicodemus was a strict Pharisee,
a member of the Sanhedrin, and took pride
in his high position; yet he still was
receptive to his spiritual impulses. We
should strive to keep that kind of spiritual
receptivity alive within our own soul.
I would rather be a cripple, or blind
or deaf, than to lose my sensitivity to
God and to His voice and to spiritual
things. How I pray to keep that within
me, within my soul!
Nicodemus must have had
a basic humility that other religious
leaders did not have. There are many people
among us who will never get right with
God, and the simple reason is that they
will not humble themselves, ever! Some
won’t even humble themselves enough
to go to church. It does take some humility
to join with people who are serious enough
about spiritual priorities that it causes
those on the outside to feel we must be
in need of psychiatric help. Even my own
immediate family think I’m crazy!
Our Lord Jesus was considered
to be a very strange kind of Man in His
time, so those who gave up all to follow
Him were also thought to be very strange.
Nicodemus later met with the Sanhedrin
(John 7:50-52), where he protested against
the planning of Christ’s death.
And he took part in the preparation for
the burial of the body of Christ (John
19:38-42). After that we hear no more
about him. There is little doubt in my
mind that he became a true disciple.
did it cost Nicodemus to follow Christ?
The possibility of the
other Pharisees ridiculing him, and of
the Romans putting him in prison when
he went for the Body of Jesus. It cost
him to follow Jesus.
Did It Cost These People?
- Abraham was willing to sacrifice
his only son (Gen.22:1-2).
- Esther risked her own life (Esther
- Daniel was thrown into the lion’s
den for ceasing to pray to God (Daniel
- Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego
were put into a blazing furnace for
refusing to worship the idol of gold
- John the Baptist was beheaded (Matthew
- Stephen was stoned to death (Acts
- James, the brother of John, was
killed with a sword (Acts 12:2-11).
- John was exiled to the Isle of
- Paul suffered terribly for the
cause of Christ (2 Cor.11:23-27).
died on the cross.
- (1) Luke 23:34;
- (2) Luke 23:43;
- (3) John 19:26;
- (4) Matthew 27:46, Mark 15:34;
- (5) John 19:28;
- (6) John 19:30;
- (7) Luke 23:46.
can’t back the following up Biblically.
This is Bible history and tradition concerning
- Andrew was crucified on a St. Andrews
- Bartholomew was supposedly flogged
- Peter was crucified, supposedly
- Thomas suffered a martyr’s
- Matthew supposedly died a martyr
- James, the younger, was crucified
- Jude died a martyr in Persia.
- Paul was beheaded.
does it cost you? IF
you persevere in following Jesus, it WILL
cost you something.
Following Jesus is not always
easy or comfortable. It could mean great
cost and sacrifice, with no earthly rewards
or security. Jesus didn’t even have
a place to call home. You may find that
following Christ costs you popularity,
friendships, leisure time, or treasured
while the cost of following Christ is
high, the value of being Christ’s
disciple is even higher. Discipleship
is an the best investment you can ever
make, one that lasts for eternity and
yields incredible rewards. Matthew 8:19-20; Acts 5:40-42. The cost
could be great, as the apostles found
out. But if you are not willing to suffer
for Him, you are not worthy of Him. (Matthew
are some instances of what it cost some
Gen.39:20; 2 Ch.16:10;
18:26; 1 Ki.22:27; Jer.15:15; 29:26; 32:2;
33:1; 36:5; 37:15; 38:6; Ps.44:22; 69:7;
105:18; Lam.3:53; Da.3:23; Mt.4:12; 10:18;
11:2; 14:3; 20:23; Mk.1:14; 6:17; 13:9;
Lu.3:20; 6:22; 21:12; Jn.3:24; Ac.4:3;
5:18,40; 8:1,3; 9:16,28; 11:19; 12:4;
15:21,26; 16:3,23; 22:4; 22:19; 23:35;
24:27; 26:10,29; 1Co.1:28; 4:9,11,13;
15:19,31; 2Co.1:5,7; 4:8; 6:4,5; 11:23,27;
Ep.3:1; 4:1; 6:20; Rom.8:17,36; Php.1:7,13,29;
2:30; 3:6,10; Col.1:24; 4:3, 4:18; 1 Tim.1:13;
2 Tim.1:8,16; 2:9,12; 4:10; Phlm.1,9,23;
Ga.1:13; Heb.10:33; 1:25-26,36; 13:13;
1 Pet.4:14; 1 Thes.2:2,14; 2 Thes.1:5;
Ja.5:10; 1 Pet.2:20; 3:14,17; 4:13,16;
5:10; Rev.1:9; 2:10; 6:9.
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