“Behold the Man!”
October 2, 2016
Familiarity, it is said, breeds contempt. It may not always breed contempt, but very often, it does produce apathy. We are familiar with someone or something so we no longer find the amazement and joy that we did when we were first introduced to that item or person:
- iPhones and iPads that we considered indispensible are put in a drawer, passed down, or donated.
- Cars and trucks that we spent time vacuuming, and washing and waxing gather scratches, dents, and the paint fades away and we start contemplating the next shiny car for our driveway.
- Relationships that made the heart go “pitter-patter” now are comfortable in the best sense, and ordinary in the worst sense. We neglect spouses and friendships that we previously prioritized.
- And the Christ who captivated us when we came to salvation is an afterthought: we read our Bibles only when we “have time,” and worship isn’t anticipated and communion only makes us think, “we’ll be even later for lunch today…”
When you look at Christ, what, and who, do you see? And how does your heart respond to Him?
On the eve of His crucifixion, Christ was on display in all His glory for all to see; only He didn’t look glorious to the physical eye. Only with the spiritual eye could His majesty and wonder be seen. And the most compelling irony of the events of that evening is that one of the most influential men in the proceedings put Him on display and declared all the participants and viewers to look at and consider Christ. So it was that at a critical moment Pilate declared, “Behold the Man!” But no one, including Pilate, did.
To “behold” simply means to see. Stop. Look. Examine. Listen. See with clarity and precision. Don’t overlook. As we come to the communion table this morning, we want to do just what Pilate exhorted the crowd to do on that Thursday night. We want to consider Christ — who He is and what He has come to do.
Consider this Man — Jesus Christ. Behold the Man! The theme of the message can be summarized by what Paul said elsewhere: “Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead…” [2 Timothy 2:8a]
We will see this morning three revelations of the God-Man, Jesus Christ:
- Behold the Innocent Man! (v. 1)
- Behold the Hated Man! (vv. 2-3)
- Behold the Majestic Man! (vv. 4-5)
Download the rest of this sermon from John 19:1-5.
The audio will be posted on the GBC website later today.