Condemned by the Righteous

Rev. Lon Lorton

March 19, 2016

Mark 14:53, 55, 61-68, and 70-72

“Pressure affects our spiritual climate.”

Jesus’ Trial Before Caiaphas

  • Willingness of the Sanhedrin to not obey their own laws
  • The Sanhedrin convicted God of blaspheming God

Fear Is Poisonous

  • Insecurity breeds fear
  • Fear breeds negative thoughts and actions
  • Hatred rises up out of fear
  • Fear feeds into self-preservation
  • Natural instinct of fear coupled with natural instinct of sin results in doing the wrong thing for the wrong reason

“God is love.  If we keep on loving others, we will stay one in our hearts with God, and He will stay one with us.  If we truly love others and live as Christ did in this world, we won’t be worried about the day of judgment.  A real love for others will chase those worries away.  The thought of being punished is what makes us afraid.  It shows that we have not really learned to love.  We love because God loved us first.  But if we say we love God and don’t love each other, we are liars.”  [1 John 4:16-20]

I Do Not Know This Man

  • Peter’s story is our story
  • We deny Christ by our thoughts and actions, but His response is grace, “I love you and there’s not a thing you can do about it!”