What I Have Written, I Have Written, Part 1 – Chip Ingram

What I Have Written, I Have Written, Part 1 – Chip Ingram


ANNOUNCER: Coming up next on
Living on the Edge.
CHIP INGRAM: Pilate says:
“‘Where do You come from?’ He asked, Jesus gave no answer.” Pilate, indignant: “Do You
refuse to speak to me? Don’t You realize I have
power either to free You or to crucify You?” And Jesus, far from the victim,
with calm and authority, even after being beaten,
with full confidence, “You would have no power,
if it were not given to you from above.” ♪ ♪ CHIP: Welcome
to Living on the Edge. Hi, I’m Chip Ingram. Do you ever feel like
God is far, far away? That He might really love
other people, but right now, it doesn’t feel
like He loves you? Now, I don’t know,
I’ve been there. I think we all feel
that way at times. And when I feel that way,
like, I know intellectually God loves me, but I don’t
feel it hardly at all, I go some place. I go to John 19,
and I read it again, and I’m reminded of just
how much God loves me. If you find yourself feeling
that way today, join me. I think it’ll be a word of
encouragement to your heart. CHIP: When you bring
in the mail, you tend to shuffle through it,
and as you shuffle through the mail,
every now and then, not very often,
but every now and then you get an envelope,
and the envelope on the corner says something
about the county courthouse, official document,
the city of San Jose, official document,
do not destroy. And about 99% of the population,
when you see this and then you see where it says
the next two words, you groan. Right? Jury duty. And then, you open a letter,
and you open this letter, and all of your mind goes to,
as you glance at the date, what and how
can I get out of this? And then, in the letter,
it lists, like, 15 ways that, nope, that won’t work, that
won’t work, that won’t work, that won’t work unless this,
this, this, and this, it won’t work either. And you just realize,
I’ve got jury duty. Now, I understand,
we need good juries and — but most of us don’t
want to serve on them, but I have had the unique
opportunity of serving on three, and when you get there,
first of all, you get called, and that’s like, oh, no. Then, you try and find
a place to park, and, oh, no. And then, attendance
is required, and then, especially if you get chosen
for the jury, the judge will be very clear,
this is my role. Then, he’ll explain
the attorneys and the defense attorney,
prosecuting attorney, and will say something
in my last one that said, “You know, if you’re watching
all those TV shows, you know, ‘Law & Order’,
it’s nothing like that, okay? So, listen up.” And then, he —
they talk about the role of witnesses,
the role of you as the jury, and then they
will give a charge, and they’ll bring someone
in who’s been accused of usually a very serious crime,
and it will say, “You 12 have the responsibility
to come back with a verdict. He’s been charged with this,”
and then those classic words, “Can you find him guilty
beyond a reasonable doubt?” And then, you sit in a room
with 11 other people, and you listen to witness
give testimony after testimony after testimony,
and you do two things. What are the facts? What are the implications
of the facts? And then,
what’s the verdict? What’s true,
what’s not true? Is this person
guilty or not? And in John 19,
John is going to finish up the section
of these testimonies, and he’s gonna testify
as he has after writing this about AD 100, for about
the last 2,000 years. And the testimony is going
to be exactly what you have as you open your notes. As you open your notes,
here’s the question. Is Jesus the unique Savior
of the world or not? He’s been making
the case for 18 chapters. Is He guilty of this or not? And what we’re gonna see
is that section of scripture where Jesus is going to be
sentenced to be crucified, we will actually witness
His crucifixion, and then His actual death. And what you’ll see
is in this chapter, there are four
very specific testimonies from very different sources. So if you don’t have a Bible,
there’s one in front of you, or open your phone,
your iPad, but I want you to actually follow
along, read with me, because I want you
to see what’s here. John 19, Jesus is
sentenced to death. “Then Pilate took Jesus
and had Him flogged. The soldiers twisted together
a crown of thorns and they put it on His head. And they clothed Him in a
purple robe and went up to Him again and again, saying,
‘Hail, O King of the Jews.’ As they struck
Him in the face. Once more Pilate came out
and said to the Jews, ‘Look, I am bringing Him
out to you to let you know that I find no basis
for a charge against Him.'” And then, imagine this picture,
and imagine who this really is. He’s been beaten within
an inch of His life, and Pilate says, ironically,
and in semi-jest and disgust, “Here is the man.” The response
of the Jewish leaders and officials,
“Crucify, crucify.” “But Pilate said,
‘You take Him and crucify Him. As for me,” notice again:
“I find no basis for a charge against Him.’ The Jews insisted,
‘We have a law, according to the law
He must die,” — well, why? “Because He claimed
to be the Son of God.'” Equivalent, He claims to be God. “When Pilate heard this,
he was even more afraid, and he went back inside,”
and he’s going to interrogate Jesus
one more time. Pilate says: “‘Where
do You come from?’ he asked, Jesus gave no answer.” Pilate, indignant: “Do You
refuse to speak to me? Don’t You realize I have
power either to free You or to crucify You?” And Jesus, far from the victim,
with calm and authority, even after being beaten,
with full confidence: “You would have no power
if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one
who handed you over to Me is guilty of a greater sin.” “From then on, Pilate set
and tried to free Him, but the Jews kept shouting,
‘If you let this man go, you are no
friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be
a king opposes Caesar.’ When Pilate heard this,
he brought Jesus out, he sat down at the judgment seat
known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic
is Gabbatha). It was the day of Preparation
of the Passover week, about the sixth hour. ‘Here is your King,’
Pilate said to the Jews.” And we know from
the other gospels, he washed his hands publicly,
indicating His blood is not upon me,
and the other gospel writers will remind us
that the crowd said, “Let His blood be upon us
and our children.” “‘Take Him away.
Take Him away. Crucify Him.'” Pilate, one
more attempt: “Shall I crucify your King?”
Now, think of this as a Jew. The number-one commandment,
you’ll have no idols, now have no other
gods before Me. And the Jews and
the Jewish leaders: “We have no king but Caesar,”
notice who answers: “The chief priests answered. And finally Pilate handed
Him over to be crucified.” In your notes, I just want
you to notice what happened. Number one, He was flogged,
then He was mocked by the soldiers. He was rejected
by His own people, and twice by the official
Roman government, He was declared innocent. If you have done
any research or possibly in years past seen,
“The Passion of the Christ”, a rather graphic movie,
and if you saw, it was a very accurate picture
of someone being flogged. They took a pole and they
would wrap you around a pole, and tie you to the pole. And then, they had a —
it was about a two-and-a-half foot stick,
and on that stick was raw hide that was
anywhere from 12′ to 15′. The last three or four feet
would have pieces of bone and glass tied into it. And so, you would take the pole, and you would
swish it like this, and it would wrap
around the body, and then when you’d pull it out,
it would rip the flesh. According to Jewish law,
you could only have 39 lashes because no one
lived beyond that. 40 lashes killed
most people. Many people that were
sentenced to be crucified, this was a standard
procedure prior to crucifixion, and many people
did not live through this. So by the time Jesus is
brought back, He is — He’s been within
an inch of His life. And then, think about what
happened, where, you know, they’re pretending He’s a King,
and they dress Him in a robe. The other gospel writers
say they spit on Him, and they slapped Him,
and all I want you to get is for those of you
that are Christ followers, and the verdict in this,
can you imagine the humiliation? Can you imagine the creation
and the creatures that You made are treating
You like this? Has anyone ever dissed you? I mean, really dissed you
or bullied you or done something to someone you love,
and everything inside of you just wants to step up
and bust ’em? Well, He had the power
to speak a word, and He didn’t. See, meekness
isn’t weakness. Meekness is power
under control. So we see that
He’s sentenced. The next section,
He’s crucified, picking it up at John 19:17. “So the soldiers
took charge of Jesus. Carrying His own cross,” —
the way this would happen is, actually, He’s carrying
His own cross beam. The vertical post would
already be where the crucifixion
is going to happen. The cross beam would be
placed on the shoulders, and would be tied
around His shoulders, and He would often need
to be probed or prodded to keep on His feet. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth,
the King of the Jews.” He went out, He’s by
the place of the Skull, and here they crucified Him,
with two others, one on each side
and Jesus in the middle. As He — as you would carry
this cross, or this beam, there would be someone with
a placard, a Roman official, and your crime would be
stated, and they would go all over the city, as much —
they would go through multiple streets
for two reasons. One, only criminals
or slaves were crucified. A Roman citizen was never bound,
let alone crucified. And so, they wanted
to let people know, this is what happens when you
violate the Roman government. Second, which was
very interesting, is that if anyone
could come to your defense, they would actually pause
and it could come out why the person’s being processed
and say, “This isn’t true, it’s a lie,” and they
would do a small retrial, right on-the-spot. And so, Jesus is being
traipsed through the city. No one is coming
to His defense. And then, Pilate sort
of has his moment back at the religious leaders. He knows it’s out of jealousy,
He knows it’s not true, and so, He writes on above
the cross in three languages, “Jesus of Nazareth,
King of the Jews.” “Many of the Jews read
this sign on this place,” and: “The chief priests
of the Jews protested, they said, ‘Say that
this man claimed to be the King of the Jews.'” And then Pilate has
this classic statement: “What I have written,
I have written.” “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 the bottom to the top. ‘Let’s not tear it,’
they said to one another, so they decided by lot,”
like dice: “Who would get it. And this happened that the
scripture might be fulfilled. ‘They divided my
garments among them and cast lots for my clothes.'”
That’s from Psalm 22. “So this is what
the soldiers did. Near the cross of Jesus
stood His mother, and His mother’s sister,
Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw His mother
there, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby,
He said to His mother, ‘Dear woman, here is your Son,’
and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ From that time on, the disciple
took her into his home.” Last moment was realizing
that a single woman could not make
it in this culture, and the moral responsibility
was for the son to take care of his mother, and one of His last acts
was to the apostle John, “You take care of mom
from here on out.”ANNOUNCER: You’re watching
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CHIP: What you see is He
carries the cross beam, His crime is posted above Him. His clothes are divided,
and it’s interesting, the seamless garment often,
this would be something that a mother would give
as a gift for her son. In all likelihood,
it could’ve been something that Mary gave Jesus. Some other scholars who have
done some research say that, actually, this was
a very expensive garment, the kind described here, and
could’ve been from His mother, could’ve been from some of
the wealthy benefactors. And it was probably
the most valued. And what we’ll see
in just a little bit is it’s so interesting
that 1,000 years before crucifixion was invented, prophetically,
David will write in Psalm 22 this actual passage, that: “They divided
my garments and cast lots.” It’s really interesting, John is
piecing together the evidence, and the God who came
to this planet that loves you and me is now taken
and laid down, and either through —
just above the wrist, they have put the nails. His knees will be bent
and turned sideways, overlapped with one another, and
they’ll put spikes into those. There will be a small,
little pole initially so they can — He can get up,
and He’ll be hung off, and His arms will
be tied as well. Crucifixion, what you died
was usually from suffocation, and as you would pull down,
your body weight is here, and then as you would lift up,
your legs would rip. Often, crucifixion
took two to three days, gangrene would set in. But then, as you would
pull yourself up, you would gasp for air, so the desire to survive
is so strong that you’d pull yourself up,
causing excruciating pain, and then you
would sink down. As you sink down,
then all your joints — later, the —
your joints fall out of place. They’re dislocated. It’s been said, it’s the most
excruciating torture ever invented for human
beings upon one another. And so, Jesus will
experience that, and notice, it’s willful. Notice, the text goes on,
and we find out what happens. The death of Jesus, John 19:28. “Later, knowing that all
had been completed,” — Jesus was on a mission
and an assignment: “And so that,” you might notice: “The Scriptures
would be fulfilled, Jesus said, ‘I am thirsty.’ And a jar of wine
vinegar was there, so they soaked
a sponge on it, put the sponge
on a stalk of hyssop plant, and lifted it up
to Jesus’s lips. When He had received the drink,
He said, ‘It is finished.’ And with that, He bowed
His head and gave up His Spirit. Now, it was the day
of Preparation, and the next day
was to be a special Sabbath. And because the Jews
did not want bodies left on the crosses during
the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to break
the legs of the bodies. And the soldiers therefore
came and broke the legs of the first man who had been
crucified with Jesus, and then those on
the other side. But when they came to Jesus,
they found that He already died, they did not
break His legs. Instead, one of the soldiers
pierced His side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow
of both blood and water. And the man who saw it has
given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he
tells the truth, and he testifies to you
that you may also believe. These things happened so the
scripture would be fulfilled: ‘Not one of His bones
was broken,’ and, as another scripture says,
‘They will look on the one whom
they have pierced.'” And so, you have
this moment where Jesus, first of all,
He voluntarily dies. This phrase, the —
all three other gospels say that when He ended
His life, He shouted. John tells us exactly
what He shouted. It’s just one Greek word.
Tetelestai. And it’s in a tense
of the verb — it’s in the perfect tense,
something that’s done that continues
on into the future. And He says, “It’s finished.” And it’s actually —
with tax time, you all will appreciate this.
It’s a financial term. If you had a debt
that you owed someone, and you were paying
off the debt, when you made
your final payment, we have Greek documents
from the first century that have this word across it. In our day, it would be
like, “Paid in full.” And that’s what He shouts,
because that’s what He did. Paid in full. Because in the moment that
He died, the just wrath of God, your sin, my sin,
the sins of all people, of all time, was upon Jesus,
and was put upon Him, that’s why the other gospel
writers tell us, he said, “My God, My God,
why have You forsaken Me?” Because something happened
in the tri-unity of God, for the first time
in all eternity, is that the Father
turned away from the Son, because God is holy, and allowed
the just wrath of God for your sin
and mine to be placed, and Jesus
would be an offering. And when He did that,
He paid for your sin, so that any person in all
the earth who would turn from their sin and in
the empty hands of faith ask God for forgiveness
based on the work of Christ, could have their sins forgiven,
and have eternal life. That’s what happened. Now, let’s look
at the evidence. What’s really going on here? Is Jesus the unique Savior
of the world? What is John —
he’s writing it 100 AD, a number of years later. It’s a time where a group
of heretics are floating around, called gnostics,
that say that spiritual things are good and pure and holy,
but physical things are evil, and they were even saying that
Jesus never had a physical body, and they were even saying
things like when Jesus walked on the sand,
He didn’t leave any footprints. So they had this idea of dualism
of the spirit’s good, and everything physical — part of John and
the graphic detail, he wants you to know, He was a
real man, fully man, fully God. That a real,
physical body died. And so, notice
the testimony. The testimony of Jesus
is one word, it’s love. It’s love. You know, sometimes,
we can get all carried away, or amazed by, you know,
crucifixion and what happened, and the day,
and the empty tomb, and swoons, and theories,
but Jesus, earlier in the evening,
in John 15, said to His disciples:
“Greater love has no man than this,
that one lay down his life for his friends.” It was just
earlier in the evening. He was talking about
what really matters, and then what did He do?
He modeled it. He willfully laid down
His life for them, and for us. In Mark 10, Jesus would talk
about His life purpose, and He said: “The Son of man did
not come to be ministered to, but to minister and give
His life, a ransom for many.” His purpose clause,
in other words, I came to buy you back out
of the slave market of sin. I love you so much that I died
and gave my life for you, but what it did
was it paid the price. Your debt, that you owe God,
of falling short of the absolute
perfection of God, is paid in full by Christ. And so, when you think —
this week, and as we go
through Easter week, don’t let it be like,
oh, yeah. Oh, yeah.
Oh, yeah. Let it be where
I want you to visualize what it would be like to be
sitting on the sidelines, and watching them spit on Jesus,
and take the thorns and put ’em in His head, and
then mock Him with that robe. And what it would be like
to watch Him agonize and hurt, and then what He knew
was the greatest pain wasn’t the physical,
it wasn’t even the emotional, and by the way, when they
crucified you in the pictures, you know, some scholars
think because He was Jew, maybe they made a little
exception, but I don’t think so. They stripped you naked.
It’s total humiliation. They stripped Him naked,
and put Him on a cross of a world that He made,
as a display, as a spectacle. And He endured all that,
and here’s why. It’s Him saying,
“I love you that much. You matter to Me,
and the Father, and the Holy Spirit that much.” That’s the evidence.
Talk’s cheap, right? We all have people that said,
“Hey, I’m there for you,” and, “No matter what,
I’ll be there.” You wanna know whether — God
demonstrated His love for us, and that while we were
yet sinners, Christ died in our place. The second testimony
is interesting, it’s the testimony of Pilate. And Pilate’s
testimony is truth. In John 19:4, he says:
“I find no charge against Him.” In John 19:6, he comes back
again after interviewing Jesus, he goes: “I find no
charge against Him.” If you read all
the other gospels, between Pilate and Herod, five different times,
the Roman government says, “He’s not guilty.” An innocent man was killed.
There’s truth. It’s verified. In fact, even the sign —
I mean, Pilate was kind of jabbing the religious
leaders when he put, “Jesus of Nazareth,
King of the Jews,” in Latin, in Greek,
and in Hebrew. The three great languages. And people — with thousands
of people passing by. And he was kinda
jabbing at them, saying — and yet, so, if you
would go back and say, “So what’s the most
powerful nation in all the world’s testimony
about why was Jesus killed?” Because He’s
the King of the Jews. He was, in fact,
the King, and guess what? That’s treason, because in Rome,
there’s only one king, and it’s Caesar. And so, He really did die for
what was true written above Him. And John’s testimony
is in John 19:35, and I’ve put it on your notes. John is looking at all of this,
and over and over, what he’s done, testify,
testify, testify. The book is about
testifying in miracles, testifying by
different interviews, testifying Jesus
and truth, and now, he’s summing it up and he says:
“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 may also believe.” CHIP: I don’t know about you,
but when I stop and deeply ponder
what happened that day, when I think about
the humiliation and the pain and the agony that Jesus
experienced on my behalf, as the apostle Paul says, “While I was yet a sinner,
Christ died for me.” It’s beyond my comprehension,
yet I know it’s true. I know His death has made a way
for me to spend eternity with Him in heaven forever. And it provides me
with the opportunity, where the Holy Spirit is able
to live right inside of me. And I experience His love,
I experience His grace, I experience His power.
And it’s right now, 24/7. In fact, the apostle Paul,
when he experienced this, he says, “The love of God
constrains me.” It compels me, it hems me in. And then, he says, “Therefore,
we’re ambassadors for Christ.” You know, I don’t
know about you, but when I think about death, I get real serious
about sharing my faith, and when I think
about how much God loves me and realize He
loves my neighbor, He loves my relatives,
He loves the people at work. That’s when I feel compelled
to share my faith. What I find, however,
is a lot of people don’t know exactly how to do it. We have a resource
called “Share the Love”. It’s something I created as
I was helping people learn to share their faith. And what I’ve found out over
the years is people felt like they had to be like Billy Graham
and sort of talk to people they’ve never known,
and when you study scripture, you find that there’s many
different ways through many personalities,
and God has shaped you to share His love in ways
that are very natural to you. And in it, you also just learn
how to tell your story, and how, in like
three or four minutes, without any pressure,
this is the gospel, this is the Good News. You know, when people get
equipped and can share the love, it’s amazing
how God will use you. I hope it will be
a resource to help you, reach the people in your family,
your work place, in your neighborhood, ’cause
what we know is God loves ’em.ANNOUNCER: Now, here’s Chip with
an important message.
CHIP: When I taught through the
Gospel of John at our church, what I discovered is people
wanted to testify, they didn’t know how. And so, we created a series
called, “Share the Love”. It will just help you figure
out how God has made you to share your faith,
helps you tell your story, and actually share the gospel
in a winsome way. I think it’ll
be very helpful.ANNOUNCER: Thanks, Chip.To order your copy, simply
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