by Jeff Strite

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The Question That Condemned Jesus (2 of 9)
Series: Whose Line Is It?
Jeff Strite
Matthew 26:57-68

OPEN: A Jewish father was concerned about his son. He had not truly raised him to be grounded in the faith of Judaism… So, hoping to remedy this he sent his son to Israel so the boy could experience his heritage. A year later the young man returned home.
He said, "Father, thank you for sending me to the land of our Fathers. It was wonderful and enlightening. However, I must confess that while in Israel I converted to Christianity."
"Oh (groan) what have I done?" the father thought. So in the tradition of the patriarchs he went to his best friend and sought his advice and solace.
"It is amazing that you should come to me," stated his friend, "I too sent my son to Israel and he returned a Christian."
So in the traditions of the Patriarchs they went to the Rabbi. "It is amazing that you should come to me," stated the Rabbi, "I too sent my son to Israel and he returned a Christian. What is happening to our sons?
“Brothers, we must take this to the Lord," said the Rabbi. They fell to their knees and began to wail and pour out their hearts to the Almighty.
As they prayed, the clouds above opened and a mighty voice stated, "Amazing that you should come to Me. I, too, sent My Son to Israel..."

APPLY: One of most dramatic events in human history took place when God sent His Son to Israel. People who had been life-long Jews, were transformed by His presence, His power and His words.

When the church first began on the day of Pentecost, thousands of Israelites responded by acting upon their faith: repenting of their sins and being buried in waters of Christian baptism. In those early days, the church grew by leaps and bounds. It seemed that whoever came into contact with Him became His follower… People loved Him.

I. Well (pause..) not everyone loved Him
There were those who didn’t like Him
There were those who turned away from Him
And there were thos ...

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