The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his Son Jesus; whom you delivered up…
I. The PERSON against whom the outrage was perpetrated. Men thought Him a mere Jew; and yet He possessed a universality and fervour of love inconsistent with the Jewish character generally. Men regarded Him as only a carpenter; and yet He evinced a strength of mind and soul which enabled Him to grapple with Divine things altogether beyond the grasp of the Jewish doctors. Men thought Him a mere man; and yet there were profound depths and majestic heights about His nature, which entirely separated Him from the common herd.
1. He looked like a man; but His words proved Him more.
2. He looked like a man; but His works proved Him more.
3. He looked like a man; but His life proved Him more.
II. The NATURE of the outrage that was enacted.
1. It was the culminating act of human transgression.
2. It was sin against their highest good.
III. The OUTCOME of it all. God turned the curse into a blessing. "He made the wrath of man to praise Him."
1. From the death of Christ came deliverance from the curse.
2. From Christ's death came the magic force which conquered man's rebellion.Sinai's terrors and the Levitical law failed to evoke the deep affection and fervent devotion of men. But the Cross of Christ succeeded.
Parallel VersesKJV: The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.