“BEHOLD THE MAN”
PLEASE READ IN THE BIBLE (JOHN 19:1-6)
It says in, (John 19:1-6) “Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged Him. And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe. And said, Hail King of the Jews! And they smote Him with their hands. Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold I bring Him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in Him. Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them “BEHOLD THE MAN”! When the chief priests therefore and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, crucify Him, crucify Him. Pilate saith unto them, take ye Him, and crucify Him, for I find no fault in Him”.
Dear reader, did YOU ever “BEHOLD THE MAN” called Jesus? Did YOU ever consider Him, think about Him, who He is and what He has done for YOU personally? Pilate may have said these words, “Behold the Man” in mockery. He may have said them in sympathy or he may have said them without any emotion at all. Regardless, he made an important statement that day, a famous statement; one concerning which every person should take heed. Every person should consider these words and obey them and “Behold the Man”.
One of the reasons that YOU should “Behold the Man” is because of another man. The Bible actually speaks about two men concerning which every person should give attention. It says in, (1 Corinthians , 47) “The FIRST MAN Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening (life giving) spirit”. The FIRST MAN is of the earth, earthy (made of dust): the SECOND MAN is the Lord from heaven”.
THE FIRST MAN was created by God from the dust of the ground. His name was Adam. The account of his fall into sin and God’s judgment upon him is recorded back in (Genesis, chapter 3). It says of him in, (Romans 5:12) “Wherefore as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”. As a consequence of Adam’s sin, ALL HUMANITY FELL; for Adam not only acted for himself, but also for the whole human race, of which he was the head. Everyone born since that time has come into the world possessed of a sinful nature that is at enmity with God. As a result the evidence is soon apparent in sinful thoughts, words, and deeds. God says in His Word, (Romans 3) “Jews and Gentiles are all under sin”. “There is none righteous, no not one”. “There is none that doeth good, no not one”. “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God”. “All the world is guilty before God”. Notice that God says in His Word there are no exceptions. He says ALL and He means ALL are sinners in need of salvation. It says furthermore regarding the first man, Adam, (Romans , 19) “By the offense of one (Adam) judgment came upon all men to condemnation”. By one man’s (Adam’s) disobedience many were made sinners.” Because of the sin of Adam, we have all been constituted or put into the category of sinners. In other word’s we are sinners by nature and we soon prove this by sinful practices. As sinners, all are under the condemnation and judgment of God. We noted in, (Romans ) “Death has passed upon all men for that all have sinned”. This sentence of death is not only physical but spiritual as well. It is not only temporal, it is eternal as well. What happens after death? It says in, (Hebrews ) “It is appointed unto men once to die, BUT AFTER THIS THE JUDGMENT”. If YOU die in your sins, with your sins not forgiven, you must face the judgment of God and banishment from His presence forever in the “lake of fire”. See (Revelation -15; 21:8). It says in, (1 Corinthians , 22) “By man (Adam) came death”. “In Adam all die”. Dear reader, have YOU ever been convicted of YOUR SIN’S and repented of YOUR SIN’S? If YOU are not “IN CHRIST” then YOU are still “IN ADAM” and “in Adam all die”. Was there ever a “time when’, a “place where” and a “manner how” you were saved from YOUR sin’s? If not, then YOU need to “Behold the Man”. This Man is called in, (1 Corinthians , 47) “the last Adam” (there will never be another head of the human race) and He is called:
THE SECOND MAN.
It says of Him in, (1 Corinthians
, 47) “The last Adam was
made a quickening (life giving) Spirit”. “The
second Man is the Lord from heaven”.
YOU should “Behold this Man” because of who He is
and because of what He did for YOU when He hung upon that cross at
“BEHOLD THE MAN”. Dear reader, this is something YOU should do. He was a real man but He was not an ordinary man. He was an extraordinary man. YOU should behold Him because He was a unique man. Lets consider a few reasons why He was unique;
· HE WAS UNIQUE IN HIS PERSON (BECAUSE OF WHO HE IS)
o He left the glory of heaven and came down in condescending grace to save YOU from your sins. Deity took on humanity. The high and lofty One of heaven became the lowly One of Calvary. The Son of God became the “Man of Sorrows”. He was without sin, the only sinless person who ever walked this earth. The three-fold testimony of the apostles was, “He did no sin”, “He knew no sin”, “in Him is no sin”. (Hebrews 2:9) “Jesus was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man”. This is the reason that Deity took on humanity that He might taste death for you and me. (Philippians 2:8) “He became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross”.
· HE WAS UNIQUE IN HIS POWER (THE THINGS THAT HE DID)
o The four gospels are filled with accounts of how He could give sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf. He could cure the sick, cleanse the lepers and raise the dead. In (Matthew -27) we read of the Lord being asleep in a ship which the disciples thought was about to be wrecked by a violent storm that had arisen. When they had awakened Him, “He arose, and rebuked the wind and the sea, and there was a great calm. But, the men marveled, saying, what manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him”.
· HE WAS UNIQUE IN HIS PRECEPTS (THE THINGS THAT HE SAID)
o We are told in, (Hebrews 1:1, 2) “God hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son (or in Son)”. The things that He said therefore, were Divine words, words from God and by God. They said of Him in, (John ) “Never man spake like this man”. When the people of His day heard Him speak it says, (Luke ) “They were astonished at His doctrine: for His word was with power”. On another occasion, it says of His audience, (Luke ) “All bare Him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth”. In (Luke -31) He told the true story of a rich man and a beggar and in doing so He “pulled aside the veil as it were” to tell man what lies beyond death. Both the rich man and the beggar died. The beggar was carried up to heaven. The rich man, when he died, was buried and it says, (Luke ) “And in hell he lifted up his eyes being in torments”. His body was in the grave but his soul or spirit was in conscience suffering in hell (Hades). There are only two destinies for mankind. It is either heaven or hell. Which will it be for YOU? You should “Behold this Man” because of what Peter said to Him in, (John 6:68) “Thou hast the words of eternal life”.
· HE WAS UNIQUE IN HIS PASSION (HIS DEATH ON THE CROSS)
o It says of the Lord Jesus Christ in, (Acts 1:3) “He showed Himself alive after His passion by many infallible proofs,
being seen of them forty days”. The
word “passion” is from a Greek word
which means to suffer. It refers to the
sufferings of Christ at
Dear reader, will YOU “Behold the Man”? He is the only One to whom you can look for salvation. (Isaiah 45:21, 22) ‘There is no God else beside Me; a just God and a Savior, there is none beside Me. Look unto Me and be ye saved”. Will YOU look and live? If YOU remain unsaved, it will not be because God does not love you or because God’s Son did not die for you, but it will be because YOU have not believed on the Lord Jesus Christ. Which will it be for YOU, RECEPTION or REJECTION of the Savior? You are traveling the “highway of life”, passing through time into eternity. Now that YOU have read this message, YOU have come to the “crossroads”. Which way will YOU go? Will YOU continue to reject the Savior and God’s gift of salvation? Or, will YOU believe in Him and receive Him as YOUR Lord and Savior? It is YOUR DECISION AND YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.
Please give this matter your most serious attention. Will YOU be a believer or a non-believer? YOUR eternal destiny depends on YOUR decision.