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“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 15:45, 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 5:18, 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 5:12) “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 9:27) “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 20:11-15; 21:8).  It says in, (1 Corinthians 15:21, 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 15:45, 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 15:45, 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 Calvary.  He is THE LORD FROM HEAVEN”.  He is the dispenser of life to all who will come to Him.  HAVE YOU COME TO HIM?  He said in, (Matthew 11:28) “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”.  Notice FOUR important things from this verse.  Notice the “WHO”, the “WHAT”, the “WHERE” and the “WHY” from this verse. 

  • NOTICE WHO SHOULD COME.  Those who are burdened with the weight of sin.  Dear reader, unless YOU have felt this heavy burden, you will have no desire to come to the Savior.  This burden will only be felt as YOU let the Spirit of God, through the Word of God, convict you of the sinfulness of your sin’s before a Holy God.  Only those who acknowledge they are lost can be saved.  It is only those who know they are sick that will come to the physician for healing.  It is only those who know they are drowning who will call out to be saved.  Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is always preceded by repentance toward God.  “Repentance” means to change your mind about sin.  It means to take sides with God against yourself.  HAVE YOU HAD THIS EXPERIENCE?
  • NOTICE WHAT YOU SHOULD DO.  The Lord Jesus said “COME”.  YOU must come in order to be saved.  To come to Him means to BELIEVE in Him.  It say’s in, (Acts 16:30, 31)”What must I do to be saved?  “BELIEVE on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved”.  It says in, (John 3:16) “God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.  To come to Him means to RECEIVE Him.  It says in, (John 1:12) “ As many as received Him, to them gave He power (the right or authority) to become the son’s of God, even to them that believe on His Name”. To come to Him means to ACCEPT GOD’S GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE.  (Romans 6:23) “The GIFT OF GOD is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”.  Have YOU COME to Jesus?
  • NOTICE WHERE YOU SHOULD COME.  The Lord Jesus Christ said, “Come UNTO ME”.  The object of your faith can not be your church, your pope, your pastor or your preacher.  You can not depend on your so called “good works” to get you into heaven.  YOU can only be saved by putting your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.  It says in, (Acts 4:12) “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”.   It says in, (1 Timothy 2:5) “There is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus It says in, (John 14:6) “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life;  no man cometh unto the Father but by Me”.  
  • NOTICE WHY YOU SHOULD COME.  The Lord says to those that come, “I will give you rest”.  Here is a wonderful gift promised to YOU.  It is the “rest of salvation”.  Notice that this is a GIFT, therefore it is unearned and unmerited.  You receive this gift when YOU believe on God’s beloved Son and receive Him as your personal Savior.  When you do this you will receive the “rest of conscience” because your sins will be forgiven and you will have the realization that the penalty of your sins has been paid when the Savior died on the cross.  Have YOU received this “gift of rest”?  In contrast, we read in, (Isaiah 57:20, 21) “The wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. “There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked”.

 

“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 8:23-27) 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 7:46) “Never man spake like this man”.  When the people of His day heard Him speak it says, (Luke 4:32) “They were astonished at His doctrine: for His word was with power”.  On another occasion, it says of His audience, (Luke 4:22) “All bare Him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth”.  In (Luke 16:19-31) 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 16:23) “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 Calvary.  The death of the Lord Jesus Christ was both voluntary and vicarious.  He said in, (John 10:17, 18) “I lay down My life that I might take it again.  No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of Myself”.  When He died on the cross, He died for us, for sinners, and for our sins.  (1 Peter 3:18) “Christ hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God”.  It says of Him in, (Hebrews 10:12) “THIS MAN after He had offered one sacrifice for sins, forever sat down on the right hand of God”.  

 

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.

 

Christian Messenger