Innocent Blood [Matthew 27:1-26; John 3:16]

Sermon Notes

Date: 04/09/2022, Easter Sunday

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Key Text: Matthew 27:1-26; John 3:16


How can there be some much hatred for the one Man who has never sinned?

This Easter Morning on the Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao focuses on HATE. And causes us to consider its polar opposite: LOVE.

For the trials and crucifixion of Jesus show us no greater example of the extreme chasm of these two words — these two actions — than the love of God and the hatred of men.

Jesus came to save sinners because of the great love of God.

As we look back on this day, it’s hard to imagine how one of His own disciples would betray Him. And how the crowds at His own trial would demand His crucifixion.

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On one hand, we relate. For we have all experienced hate on some level.

…But, if we’re honest, when it comes to wrongdoing, we’re guilty.

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The following are questions to help you think about the sermon, as well as offer a set of discussion questions for family worship, or gathering together in other settings. My prayer is that these questions will allow you to dwell longer, and meditate more, upon God’s holy Word and will be fodder for sanctifying conversations. — M.S.

  1. Peter denies Jesus and Judas betrays Jesus.  What do you think is the difference between Judas’ remorse and Peter’s repentance?
  2. What is the difference between believing Christ and believing in (or into) Christ?
  3. Is all that is required of saving faith the knowledge of Christ and the belief that the things revealed about Jesus are true?
  4. Why do you think Caiaphas the High Priest along with the Sanhedrin didn’t excite the crowds to stone Jesus but instead sought death by crucifixion?
  5. What is the significance of the phrase “innocent blood”?
  6. Many men have died while being innocent of what was charged against them (Stephen in Acts 7:54-60) and therefore their murder was also the spilling of “innocent blood”.   Why is Jesus’ blood effective unto salvation and all other blood unable to save?
  7. It did not seem that Pontus Pilate wanted to have Jesus executed and even washed his hands of the whole affair.  Do you think that Pilate was still guilty of the murder of Jesus?
  8. How does John 3:16 encapsulate the Gospel message?
  9. What is meant by Jesus’ humiliation?

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