this series we have learned how Jesus trained His disciples to enter the
spirit world and destroy the works of Satan through the power of the
Holy Spirit. This week we will examine the mindset of the disciples,
including the women, who followed Jesus on a daily basis.
The sense of euphoria among the disciples was great after
3.5 years of ministry. More and more people were coming to hear the
teachings of Jesus and the miracles just kept coming. The disciples felt
that the time had come for Jesus to establish the kingdom of Israel when
He entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Tens of thousands lined the road
leading into the city and people were shouting for joy and proclaiming
the Messiah had finally come.
The euphoria was interrupted at the Passover meal when
Jesus told the apostles that one of them would betray Him to the Jewish
leadership and the time had come for Him to die on the cross. This was a
message of doom and gloom and not something they wanted to hear since it
did not fit with their plans of a victorious Messiah. You can imagine
how they felt as they finished the meal, sang a song and set out for the
Mount of Olives.
Things just got worse as Jesus selected John, James and
Peter to go to a private place and pray but they could not stay awake.
Sometime later Judas Iscariot showed back up with soldiers from the high
priest, betrayed Jesus with a kiss and Jesus allowed Himself to be taken
away without a fight. What a letdown this must have been, knowing that
Jesus had supernatural power and could have done something. Seeing Jesus
being meekly led away as a lamb to the slaughter caused the apostles to
flee for their lives and forsake the Son of God.
By noon the next day, Jesus was nailed to a cross between
two thieves. Any remaining hope in the 11 apostles, 70 other men and the
39 women was completely gone as they looked upon their Messiah hanging
like a bloody piece of meat on the cross.
The disciples of Jesus were in mourning for the next three
days (Thursday, Friday and Saturday). They were heartbroken, devastated
and without hope. They had quit their jobs and put all their time and
energy into the ministry of Jesus. I’m sure they felt that the previous
3.5 years had been wasted on a man they thought was the Son of God.
Everything changed with the resurrection! The apostles
initially thought it was a hoax and so did the 70 other men. Only the
women were able to grasp the truth that Jesus had indeed been
resurrected from the dead. Jesus had to repeatedly show Himself to the
men in order for them to believe that He actually was risen from the
This message will show you that the men and women who
followed Jesus were just like you and I. They had great faith that
wavered with different trials and circumstances. The modern church needs
to go back to the days of the cross and realize that Jesus is the same
yesterday, today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) If we are going to make a
difference in this world, we need to focus on the resurrected Jesus and
let Him work in us through the power of the Holy Spirit. That is our
only hope of victory.
out the sermon outline and let's examine the Scriptures this Sunday
morning at 9:00 AM PST.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor John S. Torell