"If an angel walks besides me it is because ahead of me is a work that only an angel can do!"

(Preached at Bonsall 1964)

Matthew 26:67 “Then did they spit in his face…”
Revelation 20:11 “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.”

Introduction:
a). In the palace of Caiaphas the High Priest, let us learn the deepest meaning of these terrible words: “Then did they spit in His face.”

b). Of all forms of vile vituperation this is the most foul.
Of all expressions of disgust, it is the most disgusting…

1. Note The Time Of This Loathsome Act
a). These men did this shameful deed after they heard our Lord affirm His Kingship (The right hand of power). — “Then did they spit in His face” is to say “We will not have this man to reign over us.”

b). When He spoke of “coming in the clouds of Heaven” – It was in contempt of this claim – in derision of this honour – “Then did they spit in his face.”

c). Note also, it was when the high priest had condemned Him with the words “He hath spoken blasphemy: what further need have we of witnesses? Behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy” – “Then did they spit in his
face.”

  • 1. Thus Caiaphas leads the way in contempt of Him.
  • 2. I tremble to think how eminent a man may be in religion and yet become the enemy of Christ.
  • 3. How many priests this very day are taking upon themselves to offer Christ afresh upon incensed altars and thus dishonour Him. Antichrist never more surely dwells in any place than in the places where Christ is thus dishonoured.

 

2. Learn From This Shameful Deed

1. How far sin will go.
If I need proof of the depravity of man… point not to the cesspools of Sodom and Gomorrah… Speak not of Herod, whose hands were crimsoned with the blood of babies… But tell me that men did spit in the face of Jesus.
a). That face which is the light of Heaven
That face which is the joy of angels
That face which is the bliss of saints
That face which is the brightness of His Father’s glory – – –
b). Why? What evil had He done…
He had healed their sick – – He had blessed their children
c). I say again – relate not to me the crimes of ancient nations, nor the more elaborate iniquities of our great cities… THIS, in the sight of the angels of God, and in the eyes of the God of the angels, is the masterpiece of iniquity: “THEN DID THEY SPIT IN HIS FACE.” Thus far has sin dared to go… our human race is guilty of the worst.

2. How deep the humiliation he had to suffer.
“He was made sin.” Incumbent upon Him to be treated with shame. Not as Son of God – not as a righteous man – but AS a sinner.

a). O Lord, to what terrible degradation Thou art brought!..
Into what depths art Thou dragged through my sin.

b). Let us hate sin – not only because it pierced those blessed hands, but because it even dared to spit in His face.

c). I want to kiss His feet, when I think that they did spit in His face.

3. How omnipotent was His love.
How could He bear it?
See how meekly He endures the shame… With a word He could have slain those tormentors… But His love was omnipotent.
He had the omnipotence of force – yet there is no omnipotence like that which doth restrain omnipotence.

3. Have We Done What They Did?
Today some spit in Christ’s face by

1. Denying His Godhead.
Many of these are in the Churches today.

2. Mocking at His Gospel.
The atoning sacrifice is mocked as “slaughterhouse religion”.

3. Preferring their own righteousness to the righteousness of Christ.
If you prefer your merits – then of you it can be said: “Then did they spit in His face.”

4. Forsaking the profession of following Christ.
To leave Christ for the world, is to spit in His face.
4. Now See The Contrast In Our Other Verse
Revelation 20:11 “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.”

a). “I saw” – O that you might foresee this great sight.

  • “A Throne” – For Christ now reigns.
  • “A white Throne” – Not bespattered with injustice – He is righteousness.
  • “A GREAT white Throne” – The thrones of all other kingdoms put together, would not make a footstool fit to lie before this throne.

b). “And Him that sat upon it” — His divine Majesty!
What a sight it was to John – who had leaned his head on Jesus’ bosom, to see that same Master sitting upon the throne.

c). Notice what happened… “From Whose face the earth and the heaven fled away”

1. Heaven and earth began to roll away like a wave receding from the shore.

2. What must He be before Whose face Heaven and earth shall retreat in dismay.

d). What will you do then?
“He drew me by His love, but I finally rejected His mercy!”
“I gave Him up for the pleasures of the world!”
Repent tonight and believe the Gospel – – then instead of looking that day into the face of your JUDGE – you will see the face of your SAVIOUR.

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