The God Who Is In Control

James River Church – Sermon Notes – John Lindell

John 19:30-42 ESV – When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe. For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” And again another Scripture says, “They will look on him whom they have pierced.” After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there. (John 19:30-42 ESV)

John 20:1-10 ESV – Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes. (John 20:1-10 ESV)

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 ESV)

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. (Proverbs 16:9 ESV)

The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; (Psalm 37:23 ESV)

  • God is in Control – No matter what we think or see…
  • It doesn’t matter what you are going through…God is at work.
  • Our steps our ordered by God. If we get on the “same page” with God.
  • HIS power, grace, and direction extends to the smallest details

3 Areas of Control:

1. He controlled His Death

John 19:30 – When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (John 19:30 ESV)

  • No one took Jesus’ life. Jesus laid it down.

John 10:17-18 – For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.” (John 10:17, 18 ESV)

There was again a division among the Jews because of these words. Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?” (John 10:19, 20 ESV)

Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. (John 19:31 ESV)

  • Supreme Hypocrisy.
  • The OT says a body hung on a cross bears a curse if hung overnight.
  • The pharisees didn’t want Jesus on the cross overnight.

“And if a man has committed a crime punishable by death and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, his body shall not remain all night on the tree, but you shall bury him the same day, for a hanged man is cursed by God. You shall not defile your land that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance. (Deuteronomy 21:22, 23 ESV)

John 19: 32-33 – So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. (John 19:32, 33 ESV)

John 19:36 – For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” (John 19:36 ESV)

He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken. (Psalm 34:20 ESV)

  • Jesus is directing everything…even though he is dead…Still in control.

But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. (John 19:33, 34 ESV)

Psalm 69:20 – Reproaches have broken my heart, so that I am in despair. I looked for pity, but there was none, and for comforters, but I found none. (Psalm 69:20 ESV)

John 19:35-37 – He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe. For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” And again another Scripture says, “They will look on him whom they have pierced.” (John 19:35-37 ESV)

2. He Controlled His Burial

John 19:38 – After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. (John 19:38 ESV)

  • Crucifixions took place in public well-traveled areas.
  • For a public lession. – Abuse might be heaped on the one cruciied.
  • Normally the body would have been burned in the dung heap.
  • Someone taking the body of a criminal just wasn’t done.

Isaiah 53:9 – And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. (Isaiah 53:9 ESV)

  • Viewed as wicked person, buried like a rich man…Control.
  • Any part of the day in Jewish culture counts as a whole day.
  • Friday evening, Saturday, into Saturday Evening. (3 Days) Jewish days begin at sundown.
  • There is a tight timeline to get it all accomplished.
  • God gets it done…He is in control.

John 19:39 – Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. (John 19:39 ESV)

  • This is a royal burial.

So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there. (John 19:40-42 ESV)
All of this is being accomplished in 3 hours.

3. He Controlled His Resurrection

Matthew 28:1-6 – Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. (Matthew 28:1-6 ESV)
An earthquake.

  • The Stone is about 2 tons weight.
  • The guards are fearful – like dead mean – becuase of their failure in responsibility – death.

John 20:1-7 – Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. (John 20:1-7 ESV)

  • Perceptual distortion
  • She is amped up and confussed.
  • She is freaked out and trying to process what is going on.
  • Peter & John take off towards the tomb.
  • John gets there first, but doesn’t go in.
  • Peter arrives and blows by John into the tomb.
  • The clothes are all folded. – Jesus made his bed – after he “got up”
  • They didn’t have all the information, but their heart was open to God.

John 20:8-10 – Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes. (John 20:8-10 ESV)

  • What do you believe?
  • Are you stuck down a “rabbit trail?”
  • Is God in control “whether you understand your circumstances or not?”
  • Are you willing to trust in God’s control?

 

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