It Is Written

I. We now come to the Communion

Title of the Communion:           It is written

Say these three words with me:          IT       IS        WRITTEN    (2 more times)

[Q] How did Jesus respond when tempted by Jesus? IT IS WRITTEN.

II. Scripture

Turn with me to John 19:28-30

Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

III. Statement of Focus

In reading about the cross, we see that God was determined to fulfill the scriptures.

We also see that Jesus was determined to fulfill the scriptures.

In the midst of difficulty and agony, we see his heart to still put the scriptures first.

This is our example at the cross.

IV. Digging In

Much has been said about the DaVinci code.

But over two thousand years before DaVinci, we see the Code of the Cross.

The Code of the Cross could be deciphered in the Old Testament.

And Jesus challenged the Pharisees for studying the scriptures,

yet refusing to see the suffering messiah.

Over 300 passages point to the messiah and his cross.

And Jesus committed these prophecies to memory and fulfilled one after the other.

Matthew 26:31
Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: ” ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’

Matthew 26:52-54
“Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”

Matthew 26:55
At that time Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.”

  • Amazingly though, it was not just Jesus who was determined to fulfill the scriptures.
  • So many things were out of his control.

God used the entire occasion as a crescendo to show you and me exactly how important the scriptures are.

Matthew 27:5-10
So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself. The chief priests picked up the coins and said, “It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.” So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners.That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “They took the thirty silver coins, the price set on him by the people of Israel, and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.”

John 19:23-24
When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.” This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled which said, “They divided my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.” So this is what the soldiers did.

John 19:33-37
But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken,”and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the one they have pierced.”

V. Upward Call

Our Lord set us the ultimate example at the cross.

But his example was not just one of tolerating suffering.

He was not just a victim.

knew what would happen, and he was determined to focus on “what is written.”

The call for you and me is to

first, KNOW what is written,

secondly, be COMFORTED by what is written (knowing that God is in control and not surprised),

and third, be determined to also fulfill what is written in my own life.

VI. Prayer

Lord we thank you for Jesus’ example.

Even at the cross, he was concerned with honoring you and the scriptures.

We pray that we may also honor you with our attitude toward the scriptures.

We pray that we may love your Word…and find strength in Jesus example as he studied, memorized and taught your Word.

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