Which Lord do you really serve, Satan or Jesus? (John 11:45-57)

Frank Bolling, October 8, 2017
Part of the Study of John series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

John 11:45-57
Which Lord do you really serve, Satan or Jesus?

I wonder what Stan thought when Jesus was sent by God as a fully human man.
- Satan thought it was a n opportuinty to temp Jesus.
- If you are the Son of God....?
- Maybe I can use the religious leadders to trap Jesus...
- Jesus answers with Godly insights
- Satan thought, what am I going to do?

Demon sitting on Caiaphas shoulder:
"haven't you served God, he is disrespectful you and your office,
he is dishonoring your family, your nation will suffer, you can save your rnation however you were squeemish,
when you kill Jesus he will not be remebered, but, you will be remebered as the savior of the nation of Isreal"

The Jewish leaders are seeking how to eliminate Jesus influence.

Sin has the power to make us
- make decisions that we wouldn't have made otherwise.
- leads us to places we never would go.
- Companions we never thought we would have.
- Leads to death

Bad decisions grow from small first steps to doing things we never thought we would.

Luckily we follow someone, Jesus, that leads to eternal life.

We follow someone who has ALL of the power...

If we let him have his way with us:
- We will have eternal life
- peace
- freedom

Only one way to get these things, it is through Jesus.

Will you follow Jesus?

Tags: death, Jesus, life, satan, serve

John 11:45-57

45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him, 46 but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the Council and said, “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs. 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” 49 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all. 50 Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.” 51 He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, 52 and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. 53 So from that day on they made plans to put him to death.

54 Jesus therefore no longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there to the region near the wilderness, to a town called Ephraim, and there he stayed with the disciples.

55 Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover to purify themselves. 56 They were looking for Jesus and saying to one another as they stood in the temple, “What do you think? That he will not come to the feast at all?” 57 Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where he was, he should let them know, so that they might arrest him. (ESV)

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