Philippians

Responses to Jesus I: Enemies

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Jesus Before Herod Antipas, Albrecht Durer, 1509

I was preaching at a church this past weekend, Palm Sunday, and was given five texts to preach from in 10 minutes.  It was an Episcopal church, they cover a lot of text in a short amount of time.  Efficient.  Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 19:28-40; 22:14-23:56.  Only 148 verses.  About Jesus’ Passion and death.  In ten minutes.  No problem.

Now, to be fair, they told me I could just focus on one aspect, so being a good Old Testament scholar, I skipped the Old Testament (and Paul), and focused on the gospel, of Luke, in this case.  So that eliminated 21 verses; only 127 left.

I then decided to reflect on the question of how do people respond to Jesus, and I’ll divide my 10 minute sermon into 3 short blogs.  Today, we focus on how Jesus’ enemies respond to him during his final hours.

  • The biggest question we have to face in this life is…
    1. How do we respond to Jesus?
    2. Over the course of his ministry people either loved or hated Jesus, which sounds a bit like the presidential candidates.
    3. But as Jesus’ ministry winds down during Passion Week, the responses to him shift from being both positive and negative, to being exclusively negative.
  • How do Jesus’ enemies respond to him?
    1. One, they mock and beat Jesus (Luke 22:63-65; 23:11-12, 35-38).
      1. In three separate incidents, the solders, the chief priests, King Herod, and even one of the criminals hanging on a cross next to him take turns mocking and beating Jesus.
    2. Two, they interrogate and accuse Jesus (Luke 22:66-71; 23:1-10).
      1. In three separate incidents, the chief priests, Pilate, and King Herod interrogated and accused Jesus of perverting the nation and instigating a rebellion.
    3. Three, they crucify and kill Jesus (Luke 23:26-46).
      1. Three times the crowd tells Pilate to Crucify Jesus (Luke 23:21, 23), which was exactly what the chief priests were hoping for.
    4. Mocking, accusing, killing…that’s how Jesus’ enemies respond.

Jesus’ enemies are brutal, even vicious to him, before they kill him.  And we see a pattern of their brutality being repeated in threes.

Jesus wasn’t surprised by any of this.  As we read through the gospels, he predicted it all, and yet he still went ahead, enduring the cross, despising the shame, for the joy set before him (Heb. 12:1).

Next we focus on Jesus’ friends.  

Image: By Albrecht Dürer – http://www.conncoll.edu/visual/Durer-prints/smallpass2.html, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1005637
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Free Book: Philippians Commentary by Lynn Cohick

Zondervan’s new Story of God Bible Commentary has come out with its first two volumes. See these two links to Free E-Books and to the Promo Video.

I have a hardback copy of Lynn Cohick’s Philippians commentary (list price = $29,99) that I will give away to the person who gives the best 1 sentence reason in the comments below why they should receive it (deadline Friday Nov. 22, 2013). Mentioning something about promoting the book would be a good thing.

Lynn graduated with a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and now teaches New Testament at Wheaton.

Endorsers on the back cover include: Darrell Bock, Andy Stanley, Craig Keener, John Ortberg, Frank Thielman, Craig Blomberg and Judy Douglass.

I am writing the commentary on 1, 2 Kings for this series, but my deadline is 2016.

Story of God Commentary Video

What is the new Story of God Bible Commentary series?  I’m glad you asked.

To answer your questions about the SGBC, Zondervan has prepared a short video (2 minutes, 40 seconds).  Click here or below.  Contributors for the Old Testament include some big names (e.g., Tremper Longman III on Genesis, Chris Wright on Exodus) and some small names (e.g., David T. Lamb on 1, 2 Kings).

The first two volumes come out very soon:

Scot McKnight’s Sermon on the Mount commentary.
Lynn Cohick’s Philippians commentary.

For free E-Book excerpts of these two commentaries, click here.

Free E-Books and The Story of God Bible Commentary

Zondervan is about to release the first two volumes of it’s new Story of God Bible Commentary (coming Oct. 29, 2013).

1) Scot McKnight’s Sermon on the Mount commentary.

2) Lynn H. Cohick’s Philippians commentary.

As a sample, Zondervan is offering two free e-books, basically excerpts from these two books.  The “cost” is that you provide them with your email.

1) Scot McKnight’s free eBook Kingdom Vision (taken from his volume): http://bit.ly/19VxliF.

2) Lynn H. Cohick’s free eBook Eager Expectations (taken from her volume): http://bit.ly/1dUFvL8.

I’m not sure how long the free e-book offer will be available, so if you’re interested I’d grab it soon.

I’m excited about this new commentary series for a number of reasons, but the most personal reason is that I’m writing the commentary for 1, 2 Kings.  But I won’t be finished for awhile, so don’t ask me about it any time soon.

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Hope you enjoy the free e-books.