Jesus, the Holy One, even though He came to His own people, they rejected Him as Messiah. He remains Messiah in spite of their rejection. It was all part of God’s eternal plan!

ROBERT >> Today we continue to look at Jesus, the holy one. If you’ve been with us the last several weeks, you know that we learned that he is the one born of God. Born of the virgin Mary, having been begotten by the power of the Holy Spirit, he became one of us, to die for us, to be raised to sit upon the throne of God in heaven, ruling and reigning in his kingdom, the church. He is the one feared by demons. Though the demons are out to destroy us, and they are very powerful, we have one who is feared by the demons: Jesus Christ. And as long as we keep him in our heart, the demons will stay out. But this week we want to see how Jesus the holy one was denied by the people. And this is so important, because he’s still denied by many today.

SINGING>> Speaking the truth, speaking the truth,
speaking the truth, speaking the truth in love.

ROBERT >> Our lesson today comes from Acts chapter 3. Peter and John heal a crippled man, and the people are amazed. They’re amazed as though the apostles had done this on their own; but Peter informs them that it was by the power of the one whom they had denied. I want you to notice in this reading a few things about this holy one, what the Bible says about this holy one, Jesus.

First of all I want you to notice his amazing power. And it’s demonstrated by the healing of the lame man.

Look at the first eleven verses of Acts chapter 3. Here the Bible says, “Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple, which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, Look at us. And so he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them – walking, leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God. Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. Now as the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch which is called Solomon’s, greatly amazed. They all came to Peter and John because they were amazed at the healing that they had done upon this man.”

But I want you to notice that Peter and John healed this man in the name, or by the power, of Jesus Christ.

In Acts 4:7, Peter explains it this way: And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power or by what name have you done this?

Here are the authorities of the Jewish religion in this day. They had arrested Peter and John because there was a stir among the people, and now they’re asking them how they did what they did. And Peter is going to explain to them the power, the name, the authority of the things that they did.

Look at verse 10. “ Let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.”

Yes, it was by the name and in the power of Jesus the Christ. I know today there are many charlatans who claim this same power. But they’re not faith healers; they’re fake healers. Peter and John were the real thing. This healing, if you remember in our reading, took place openly here at the temple in a public place. It was in the regular course of day as people were going there for prayer. It wasn’t some predetermined spot where things might be manipulated or set up and involving preselected people in some emotionally-charged atmosphere, no.

The man was healed. The man who was healed had a verifiable physical handicap. Everyone knew this man. They knew how he had been lame from birth.

In fact, look with me in chapter 4 and verse 22 and notice what it says. For the man was over forty years old on whom this miracle of healing had been performed. Everybody knew this man. He’d been there for a long time. It was clear that he truly had a physical handicap that he could not overcome. But look at the healing. The healing was immediate. At the very word of Peter. All he had to do was speak the word. In the name of Jesus, be raised up. And he’d got up not gradually over time with medicines and treatment; the healing was immediate and the healing was complete. Though he had never walked before, he was walking, he was leaping, he was praising God. Something miraculous had happened. In fact, in chapter 3 of Acts, in verse 16, look how it describes it. And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know.

Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. This man was wholly and completely healed. It was an authentic miracle that even the enemies of Jesus could not deny.

Look over in Acts 4:14, and look what it says about his enemies. And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. They couldn’t say anything. There was no way to refute what had been done here. It was an obvious miracle.

In fact, like at verse 16 of Acts 4. “They were saying, What shall we do to these men?”

For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. No one can deny the amazing power of Jesus the holy one. And yet, despite his amazing power, many have and still do deny the one who healed the lame, who healed the blind, who cleansed the leper, who healed all kinds of diseases, who cast out demons, who calmed storms and walked on the water, turned water into wine, who multiplied the loaves and the fish, who even raised the dead. Look at the amazing power of Jesus. But I also want you to consider his awful death.

Go on with me here in Acts the 3rd chapter, and let’s look at verse 12 and following. So when Peter saw it, he responded to the people: “Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Why look so intently at us, as though by our own power or godliness we made this man walk? The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go. But you denied the Holy One, and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses. And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know.”

Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. Yet now, brethren, I know that you did it in ignorance, as did also your rulers. But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophet, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. The awful death of Jesus, all of this was foretold by the prophets. All of those Old Testament prophets, they would look forward, and they would see this one who would come and suffer and die for the sins of the world. The rulers of the Jews were quite envious of Jesus’ popularity among the people at this time, and he threatened their power, he threatened their influence over the people, and so they sought to get rid of him. Knowing Pilate, the Roman governor, had the power to execute, they falsely accused Jesus. They handed him over to Pilate. And if you’re familiar with the story that’s recorded for us in Matthew and Mark and Luke and John, Pilate examined Jesus very carefully; but he concluded not once, not twice, but three times during his interview with Jesus Christ, I find no fault in him. It was Passover week. Pilate’s custom was to release one of their own to the Jews each year. And he gave them a choice, a choice between Jesus or Barabbas; Barabbas, a murdering thief. He thought surely they would choose Jesus; but the Jewish rulers went among the people, and they stirred up the people against Jesus so that the people insisted, Crucify him! Crucify him! Let His blood be upon us and upon our children, they said. And so Pilate had him scourged. But even that would not satisfy their thirst for blood, and so Jesus was led away to be crucified. Though he was without sin, though he had committed no crime, his enemies put him to death. But God raised him up.

I want you to notice something about this awful death of Jesus. And I want you to see something there that will help you to understand what it was all about. You see, the people had an opportunity to call for Barabbas to be crucified, for Barabbas to be executed, this murdering thief who had caused so much problems among the Jewish people. He deserved to die. In Barabbas, that one who deserved to die, we see the sinner. We see ourselves. We see you, we see me. But in Jesus the holy one, the one who did not deserve to die, we see the substitute. We see that perfect, just, and holy one who died for our sins upon the cross. Those who crucified Jesus, they didn’t know what they were doing. But all that happened to him had been foretold by the prophets long before. All of this had been laid out in the Old Testament.

In Psalm 16 we read about how “he was not left in the tomb. His body did not see corruption, neither was His soul left in Sheol, in Hades, in the grave.”

In Psalm the 22nd chapter, I want you to notice some of the things that the psalmist points out concerning the death of Jesus Christ. The psalmist gives us numerous details not only about his death, but also speaks of his resurrection in this chapter.

In Psalm 22, it begins with these very familiar words of Jesus from the cross: “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

And as you go on through the Psalm, you read about how they mocked him and reviled him. For example, here in verse 7, “All those who see Me ridicule Me; they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him; let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!”

They went on to describe his suffering in great detail. That is, the prophet here in Psalm 22. He says in verse 14, “I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; it has melted within Me. My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and My tongue clings to My jaws; You have brought Me to the dust of death.”

And very specifically the Psalmist writes at the end of verse 16, “They pierced My hands and My feet.”

“I can count all My bones,” verse 17.

They look and stare at Me. They divide My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots. All of those things happened that day during Jesus’ awful death. But it had been written a thousand years before in the prophets. Isaiah chapter 53 is another chapter that speaks not only of the death, but also of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But these verses help to remind us about what it was that Jesus was doing that day on the cross.

In verse 4 it says, “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, everyone, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”

You see, when we deny Jesus Christ the holy one, we deny the one who died for us, who paid the price for our sins. This is the good news. This is the gospel of Jesus Christ by which we are saved, Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:1-3, how that “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures and was buried and raised again the third day according to the scriptures. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says that, The One who knew no sin was made to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

Yes, He bore our sins in His own body upon the tree, 1 Peter 2:24.

It’s been made known what his awful death was all about. The apostles proclaimed it. You and I are aware of it. You cannot reject and betray and deliver him up or deny him and plead ignorance. He is the Christ, the one chosen by God to suffer and die for us, raised in victory over sin and death, the Lord and savior of all.

Let me conclude with this idea, and that’s his abundant blessing we read about here in Acts the 3rd chapter, going on in verse 19. Here the Bible says, “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. For Moses truly said to the fathers, The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.”

Yes, and all the prophets, from Samuel and those who follow, as many as have spoken, have also foretold these days. You are sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities.

Yes, these passages speak about times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord, the abundant blessings that come through Jesus Christ. All these things were necessary to turn man from sin. The amazing power that Jesus performed and the awful death that he endured, his resurrection from the grave, this was about providing forgiveness, to bring these times of refreshing and restoration to the world of sin, to fulfill God’s promise of the blessing of salvation and eternal life for all people. This was not the first time that this message was preached.

If you look at Acts the 2nd chapter in verses 36 through 38, you’ll see that the message of Christ’s death for the sins of the world was preached there. And in fact it says in verse 36, “Let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus whom you crucified both Lord and Christ. And when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? And then Peter said to them, Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

Notice the parallel between verse 38 here and what we read in Acts 3:19.

In Acts 3:19, Peter said they needed to repent. And that’s what Peter tells them here. Repent. Turn away from your sin. Commit your life to Jesus Christ to live for him. Repent and be converted, it says in Acts 3.

In Acts 2 it says,” Repent and be baptized.”

And it tells us to do that so that our sins might be blotted out in Acts 3; but here in Acts 2, for the remission of sins. In Acts chapter 3 it says that times of refreshing and the restoration of all things might come; but here he tells us that we’ll receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. It’s the same message and it’s the same response that God requires of us to that message. We must in our faith in Jesus Christ turn from our sins and be converted to him, giving ourself to him in baptism so that our sins can be forgiven, that we might receive his abundant blessing. This good news was spoken of since the world began, when God promised after man sinned the seed of the woman would crush the head of the serpent, that old serpent, the devil.

Moses spoke of Christ in Deuteronomy 18, that one like him would come. You remember Moses? He was the one who led Israel out of bondage, who gave them the law, who brought them through the wilderness up to the promised land. Christ Jesus our Lord, he set us free from the greater bondage of sin. He gave us the gospel, the good news that brings us through this world into the greater promised land of heaven.

All the prophets, they foretold these days of abundant blessing through Jesus Christ. Over 300 prophecies of Christ, of his kingdom in the Old Testament, each one fulfilled in Jesus and his church of the New Testament.

No wonder Paul says, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation,” 2 Corinthians 6:2.

Because Jesus had come, Jesus had fulfilled those prophets, he had made a way for us to be reconciled to God forever. And that message of good news was a message that had been preached long ago to Abraham when he told him in Genesis 12:3 that from him there would come a blessing for all the nations. And Galatians 3:8 tells us what that is.

Look with me over in Galatians chapter 3, and we’ll see that that blessing is found in Jesus Christ. Here, there were some who were wanting to go back, away from Christ, back to the old law, back to the old sacrifices. They failed to see that all of that was pointing to something greater, Jesus the holy one.

In Galatians 3:8 the Bible says, And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.”

And then he explains further in verse 16, “Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made.”

He does not say, Unto seeds, as of many, but as of one, And to your Seed, who is Christ. Yes, in Genesis 22 God promised from the seed of Abraham that one who would bless all the nations.

And Paul tells us here that seed is Christ. And then notice what he says in verse 26 of Galatians 3. “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

That’s the message, the same message we preach today. It is the good news of the abundant blessing of Jesus the holy one for all people.

I want to ask you before we leave today, have you denied Jesus the holy one? Are you denying him?

Will you go on denying him?

Jesus the holy one, born of God, feared by demons, denied by the people, he calls you to trust him for your salvation. Confess him as your savior and Lord, the Son of God. Make your decision to turn from sin, to live for him.

Submit to him in baptism so you can be forgiven. Begin your new life in him. Be faithful to him even unto death, and he promises you eternal life.

He chose to come, suffer, and die for you. Now what will you choose?

Would you deny him, or will you choose to receive him?

SINGING>> Years I spent in vanity and pride,
caring not my Lord was crucified,
knowing not it was for me he died on Calvary.
Mercy there was great and grace was free;
pardon there was multiplied to me;
there my burdened soul found liberty, at Calvary.
Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan.
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man.
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary.
Mercy there was great and grace was free;
pardon there was multiplied to me;
there my burdened soul found liberty, at Calvary.

SINGING>> I know that my redeemer lives and ever prays for me.
I know eternal life he gives from sin and sorrow free.
I know, I know that my redeemer lives.
I know, I know eternal life he gives.
I know, I know that my redeemer lives.
I know that over yonder stands a place prepared for me,
a home, a house not made with hands,
most wonderful to see.
I know, I know that my redeemer lives.
I know, I know eternal life he gives.
I know, I know that my redeemer lives.

ROBERT >> I want to thank you for watching our program today. And if you have any questions, comments, or requests, if you’d like a personal home Bible study or special prayers, if you’d like more information about the lesson today or perhaps order today’s lesson on CD or DVD or in manuscript form, let me encourage you to write The Truth In Love at P.O. Box 865, Hurst, Texas 76053.

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SINGING>> Sing to me of heaven, sing that song of peace.
From the toils that bind me it will bring release.
Burdens will be lifted that are pressing so,
showers of great blessing o’er my heart will flow.
Sing to me of heaven, let me fondly dream
of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall,
sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.
Sing to me of heaven tenderly and low
till the shadows o’er me rise and swiftly go.
When my heart is weary, when the day is long,
sing to me of heaven, sing that old, sweet song.
Sing to me of heaven, let me fondly dream
of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall,
sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.

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