Sunday, April 24, 2022
Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX
In light of the demonic global agenda and uncertainty of how things will be in the future, it’s important for us to remember that Jesus is enough.
IS JESUS ENOUGH FOR YOU?
Matthew 27:1-26 – When morning came, all the chief priests and elders of the people plotted against Jesus to put Him to death. 2 And when they had bound Him, they led Him away and delivered Him to Pontius Pilate the governor. (Judas Hangs Himself) 3 Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4 saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.”
And they said, “What is that to us? You see to it!” 5 Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself. 6 But the chief priests took the silver pieces and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because they are the price of blood.” 7 And they consulted together and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in. 8 Therefore that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. 9 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the value of Him who was priced, whom they of the children of Israel priced, 10 and gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord directed me.” 11 Now Jesus stood before the governor. And the governor asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” Jesus said to him, “It is as you say.” 12 And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing. 13 Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?” 14 But He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly. (Taking the Place of Barabbas) 15 Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to releasing to the multitude one prisoner whom they wished. 16 And at that time they had a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. 17 Therefore, when they had gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” 18 For he knew that they had handed Him over because of envy. 19 While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, “Have nothing to do with that just Man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of Him.” 20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. 21 The governor answered and said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” They said, “Barabbas!” 22 Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!”
23 Then the governor said, “Why, what evil has He done?”
But they cried out all the more, saying, “Let Him be crucified!” 24 When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just Person. You see to it.” 25 And all the people answered and said, “His blood be on us and on our children.” 26 Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified
Blood Money & Blood Curse
(THE DREAM OF TROY’S DAD & BLOOD MONEY)
Dreams have a huge part in every Christians life and warning dreams play a key. There are 20 dreams and 20 visions in the Bible. Joseph had several warning dreams telling him what to do at the during the early child hood of Jesus. The maji were warned in a dream not to go back to Herod. Then when Jesus was grown and being judged by Pilate…
Matthew 27:19 –While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent him a message, saying, “Have nothing to do with that righteous Man; for last night I suffered greatly in a dream because of Him.”
Blood money is a big deal in heaven.
Blood Money some sort of compensation paid by an offender (usually a murderer) or their family group to the family or kin group of the victim. RESTITUTION.
As a person’s life is considered as being the property of God. Judaism forbids the taking of blood-money for the life of a murdered victim.
The story of Barabbas
Similar to the Yom Kippur tradition, one sacrifice is set free and one dies, which happens to Jesus and Jesus Barabbas in Matthew 27. Barabbas, a criminal on the brink of receiving his execution, gets set free by the Jewish people when they are given a choice between releasing either Barabbas or Jesus from their penalty, a customary pardon as part of the Passover Feast (think about the American pardoning of a turkey by the President on Thanksgiving).The Bible says Barabbas was a murderer, a robber and an insurrectionist.
“Let His blood be on our hands and on our children’s heads.”
The Jewish nation did indeed suffer for their rejection of their Messiah. On His way to the cross, Jesus hints at a coming judgment (Luke 23:31). Within one generation of the crucifixion of Christ, Jerusalem was totally destroyed by the Romans. The Jews were scattered, and for almost 1,900 years (until 1948), they had no homeland. There were spiritual ramifications, as well, as the gospel was brought to the more receptive Gentiles (see Acts 18:6). The apostle Paul likens the Gentiles’ inclusion in salvation to wild branches being grafted into a cultivated olive tree. The Jews (the natural branches) are not completely forsaken: “If they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again” (Romans 11:23).
In rejecting Christ, the Jews “stumbled over the stumbling stone” (Romans 9:32; cf. Isaiah 8:14). But they are not cursed by God. Paul asks the rhetorical question: “Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew” (Romans 11:1–2). In fact, there is coming a time when “all Israel will be saved” (Romans 11:26).
How can the Jews be “cursed” when God had made an unconditional covenant with Abraham? “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:2–3). God also promised the Jews a large extent of land in Genesis 15. Israel has never had full possession of the land God promised, so the prophecy still awaits fulfillment during the Millennial Kingdom.
Jesus: the Face of the Father
If your not sure what God is like, Jesus is enough.
If you don’t know the Bible, read the red letters
Jesus is enough.
Jesus is perfect theology.
Comparing Jesus to anything else. In Philippians chapter 3, Paul said,
Philippians 3:7-9 – “But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.”
He was describing all the things you and I may gain in this life: money, a good job, respect from the community, a great name/reputation, houses, cars and anything that the world presents does not even come close to what Jesus offers.
The Love of the Father through Jesus and the love of people ( Fame )
John 15:13 – Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
Romans 8:35 – Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?
Romans 8:37 – No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
If you don’t know if your loved or not Jesus is enough
The approval of Jesus vrs the approval of the father
Matthew 25:23 – His lord said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”
The favor of God v. the Favor of men
Intimacy with Jesus v. sexual sin
The Peace of Jesus v. getting High
For knowing Jesus, you and I gain breathtaking, amazing and miraculous things like peace. For the word of God says in the first part of
John 14:27 – “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.”
For knowing Jesus, we gain true, unconditional, mind-blowing love. Psalm 63:3 declares, “Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.”
Having money and power v. the riches of the Heaven through Jesus.
Jesus is enough