IT IS BETTER THAT ONE MAN DIE FOR THE PEOPLE! (John 11:45-53)

Mark Bernthal, February 18, 2018
Part of the Lent series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

IRONY OF THE PASSION
Sermon Text: John 11:45-53
IT IS BETTER THAT ONE MAN DIE FOR THE PEOPLE!
I: This shows the guilt of Jesus’ enemies.
II: This shows the love of God.
During these Sunday morning Lenten sermons we’re going to hear about irony. One dictionary defines irony as “a combination of circumstances or a result that is the opposite of what . . . might be expected.” Another states it is “a figure of speech in which the literal meaning is the opposite of the intended meaning.” Jesus’ passion is filled with irony---situations that are different from what you would expect. Today we are focusing on unintentional irony.

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John 11:45-53

45Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. 46But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done. 47Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. 48If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation. 49And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, 50Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. 51And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; 52And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. 53Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death. (KJV)

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