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Quiet Talks About Jesus by S. D. Gordon

3. The Tragic Break in the Plan.

The Jerusalem Climate: the contrasting receptions, Luke 2. the music of heaven, Job 38:6, 7. Luke 2:13, 14. pick out the choruses of Revelation, the crowning book. -- the after-captivity leaders, see Ezra and Nehemiah -- ideals and ideas -- present leaders -- Herod -- the high priest -- the faithful few, Luke 2:25, 38.23:51.

The Bethlehem Fog: Matthew 1 and 2. Luke 2. a foggy shadow -- suspicion of Mary -- a stable cradle -- murder of babes -- star-students -- senate meeting -- a troubled city-flight -- Galilee.

The Man Sent Ahead: the growing boy -- John's relation to Jesus -- trace passages in gospels referring to John.

The Contemptuous Rejection: accepted by individuals, rejected by nation -- John's drawing power -- a dramatic presentation. John 1:19-34. -- ominous silence -- five satisfied seekers, John 1:35-51. -- cleansing of temple, John 2:13-22. -- first public work, John 2:23-25. -- Nicodemus, John 3:1-21. -- helping John, John 3:22, 23.4:1 with Matthew 3:5-7. Luke 3:7-14. the dispute about the two men, John 3:25-30 (note American Revision) -- John's arrest -- effect upon Jesus, Matthew 4:12-25. -- |withdrew.|

The Aggressive Rejection: the second stage -- Nazareth, Luke 4:16-30. -- seven incidents, i.e. (i) healing at pool of Bethesda, John 5:1-47. (2) forgiving and healing palsied man, Matthew 9:2-8 with parallels. (3) criticizing Jesus' personal conduct, Matthew 9:10-17 with parallels. (4) grain fields on the Sabbath, Matthew 12:1-8 with parallels. (5) healing whithered hand, Matthew 12:9-14 with parallels. -- second |withdrew,| Mark 3:7-12 with parallels. (6) charge of having an unclean spirit, Mark 3:20-30 with parallels. (7) interruption by his mother, Matthew 12:46-50 with parallels. -- the murder of John, Matthew 14:1-12 with parallels. -- third |withdrew,| Matthew 14:13 with parallels. -- staying in Galilee during fourth Passover, John 6:4, 5.

The Murderous Rejection: a fugitive from Judea, John 7:1. -- fresh attack by southern leaders, Matthew 15:1-20 with parallel in Mark. -- fourth |withdrew| -- outside national lines, Matthew, 15:21 with parallel in Mark. -- return to Sea of Galilee and request for sign, Matthew 15:29-16:4 with parallel in Mark. -- Feast of Tabernacles, John 7: 2-8:59. -- the blind man cured, John 9:1-40. -- Transfiguration, Matthew 17:1-8 with parallels. -- the beginning of the last journey, Luke 9:51. Mark 10:1, 32. Matthew 19:1. -- the Seventy, Luke 10:1-17. -- getting nearer to Jerusalem, divorce question, Mark 10:2-12. Matthew 19:3-12. -- Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37. Beelzebub, |vehemently,| Luke 11. fresh tilt over Sabbath question, Luke 13:10-17. -- cunning attempt to get Him into Judea, Luke 13:31. -- Feast of Dedication, John 10:22-40. -- Lazarus, John 11:1-46. formal decision against Him, John 11:47-53. a fugitive, John 11:57. no more openly, John 11:54. crowding pilgrims, John 11:55, 56. Lazarus again, John 12:9-11. the last week; triumphal entry, Matthew 21:1-17 with parallels, daily visits and return to Olivet, Luke 21:37-38; cleansing temple, Matthew 21:12-17 with parallels; duel of questionings, Matthew 22. Mark 11:27-12:34. Luke 20:1-44; His terrific arraignment, Matthew 23:1-39 with parallels; Greeks, John 12:20-36. Bethany feast, Matthew 26:6-13 with parallels, Judas, Matthew 26:14-16 with parallels; with the inner circle, Matthew 26:17-46 with parallels.

Suffering the Birih-pains of a New Life: why did Jesus die? -- God's plan of atonement, Leviticus 1:3-9 -- Paul's statement in effect, Galatians 2:20. -- Jesus' dying does not fit into Hebrew ritual -- standpoint of Hebrews -- what God counselled, Acts 2:23. -- this affects only the form not the virtue of Jesus' death -- preaching of Acts, 2:14-36, 38, 39.3:12-26.4:8-12.5:29-32, and on, first church council, Acts 15.13-18 with Amos 9:11-12. -- the superlative of hate -- Jesus' death voluntary, John 10:17, 18 -- ten attempts before the cross; three to kill at once, Luke 4:30. John 8:59.10:31. other attempts, Matthew 12:14. John 5:18.7:1, 30, 32.10:39.11:53 Jesus' own explanation: -- the temple, John 2:19. lifted up, 3:15. Matthew 9:15 with parallels. His flesh, John 6:53-57. with Jesus' own interpretation, good Shepherd, John 10:11; for the sheep, 10:15; other sheep, 10:16; take it again, 10:17; of Myself, 10:18. cross, Matthew 10:38 with parallels. Jonah, Matthew 12:39, 40.16:4 with parallel in Luke. Greeks, John 12:24-33. the Father's command, John 14:31. for friends, John 15:13. sanctified, John 17:19. the Father's cup, John 18:11. John's comment, John 12:47-52. -- the necessity for dying -- a step in a wider plan -- for the nation -- wholly voluntary -- six elements in a perfect sacrifice -- Jesus alone is a perfect sacrifice -- Paul's comment, Romans 3:26. -- God's master-stroke -- faith -- Hebrew heathen and Christian grouped.

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