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Behold the Lamb of God

4/30 – Behold, your King! (John 18:28-19:16)


Introduction — Here John—a truthful eyewitness to the events surrounding the crucifixion—invites you into a compelling look at Jesus. Why? He directs your attention to the cross so that you may also believe in Jesus. When you approach the cross what do you see?  How do you respond?  Do you behold your King? Do you believe your King? Do you bow before your King?


Now it was the day of preparation for the Passover; it was about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, "Behold, your King!" So they cried out, "Away with Him, away with Him, crucify Him!" Pilate said to them, "Shall I crucify your King?" The chief priests answered, "We have no king but Caesar."  So he then handed Him over to them to be crucified. (14-16)


When you approach the cross what do you see? 

Behold, the Man! (5) Behold, your King! (14)


Behold the glorious King:

This humiliated man is the noble king. (2)

This imprisoned man is the boundless king. (3)

This beaten man is the glorious king. (3)

This guilty man is the blameless king. (7)

This silent man is the heralded king. (10)

This powerless man is the mighty king. (11)

This rejected man is the rightful king. (15)

This crucified man is the exalted king. (18)

This hated man is the loving king. (26)

This thirsty man is the abundant king. (28)

This despised man is the sacrificing king. (30)

This defeated man is the triumphant king. (30)

This dying man is the eternal king. (30)

This impoverished man is the bountiful king. (40)

This dead man is the risen king. (20:16)


When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of glory died, my richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride. ~ Isaac Watts, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross


When you approach the cross how do you respond? 

Is Jesus your King? Do you trust Him with your life? (35)


Serve your King!

Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own household. (27)


Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. ~ Philippians 2:3-4


All the vain things that charm me most—I sacrifice them to His blood. ~ Isaac Watts


Will you serve your King today?  How?  Where?


Speak about your King!

And he who has seen has borne witness and his witness is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may also believe. (35)


But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. ~ Galatians 6:14


Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, save in the death of Christ, my God. ~ Isaac Watts


Will you boast in your King today, this week? Will you speak of your King to at least one person?


Stand up for your King!

He [Joseph of Arimathea] came therefore, and took away His body. (38)

And Nicodemus came also (39)


And He was saying to them all, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me." ~ Luke 9:23


Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all. ~ Isaac Watts


Will you stand for your King today?  What must you relinquish today?

Word Study for John 18:28-19:15

33 King (basileus—chief; royal; kingdom; reign; to be king; king)

35 delivered (paradidomi—hand over; give back; grant; commend; betray)

36 kingdom (basileia—reign; dominion; rule; reigning; kingdom)

37 testify (martyreo—be a witness; give evidence; speak well of)

37 truth aletheia—truth; speak the truth; truthful; authentic; truly)

38 guilt (aitia—accusation; charge; cause; blame; reason for accusation)

40 Barabbas—(Barabbas—son of Abba)

40 robber (lestes—plunderer; rebel; bandit; revolutionary; brigand)

1 scourged (mastigoo—flog; whip; punish; beat with a whip)

2 crown (stephanos—wreath; prize; accomplishment; sign of distinction; royal crown)

3 hail (chairo—rejoice; greetings; to be glad; long live; hello)

5 behold (idou—look; indeed; lo; then; there; see)

6 see (eidon—pay attention; understand; experience; sight)

7 ought to (opheilo—be obligated; owe; be in debt; must)

10 have (echo—hold; possess; wear; seize)

10 authority (exousia—power; jurisdiction; control over; permission)


Application for 18:28-19:15

Let’s choose Jesus over our cause.

Let’s choose Jesus over our country.

Let’s choose Jesus over our career.

Let’s choose Jesus over our culture.

Let’s listen to Him.

Let’s behold Him.

Let’s believe Him.

Let’s receive Him.

Let’s bow before Him.


Gospel Connections for John 18:28-19:15

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Jesus is God. Jesus is God with us, the Word made flesh. Jesus speaks truth. Jesus testifies to the truth. Jesus is the truth. Jesus is the true King who willingly laid down His life for the sake of His friends. Jesus was betrayed. Jesus was mocked. Jesus was scourged. Jesus was rejected. Jesus was crucified.

Jesus died according to prophecy. Jesus died in our place, for our sins. Jesus completed the work the Father entrusted to Him. Jesus was buried. Jesus rose to life. Jesus is sovereign. Jesus is King. Jesus is the King of kings.


Thoughts and Quotes for John 18:28-19:15

I will place no value on anything I have or may possess except in relation to the kingdom of Christ. ~ David Livingstone


Are we concentrating more on the kingdom of this world than on the kingdom that is not of this world?

~ Philip Yancey, What’s So Amazing About Grace?


My kingdom has fallen because I had built it with power, but the kingdom of Jesus Christ will last forever because it was built on love. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte


The gospel has done its work in us when we crave God more than we crave everything else in life and when seeing His kingdom advance in the lives of others gives us more joy than anything we could own. When we see Jesus as greater than anything the world can offer, we’ll gladly let everything else go to possess Him. ~ J.D. Greear, Gospel



They bewailed innocence maltreated, goodness persecuted, love bleeding, meekness about to die; but my heart has a deeper and more bitter cause to mourn. My sins were the scourges which lacerated those blessed shoulders, and crowned with thorn those bleeding brows: my sins cried “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” and laid the cross upon His gracious shoulders. His being led forth to die is sorrow enough for one eternity: but my having been His murderer, is more, infinitely more, grief than one poor fountain of tears can express. ~ Charles H. Spurgeon


We would either have a silent, a soft, a perfumed cross, sugared and honeyed with the consolations of Christ, or we faint; and providence must either brew a cup of gall and wormwood, mastered in the mixing with joy and songs, else we cannot be disciples. But Christ’s cross did not smile on him, his cross was a cross, and his ship sailed in blood, and his blessed soul was sea-sick, and heavy even to death. ~ Samuel Rutherford, Christ Dying and Drawing Sinners to Himself