The Defiance of Christ
Text: Jn. 19:17-30 (19:28-30)
Title: "The Defiance of Christ"
Subject: The victory of Christ over the world
Intro: The subject this morning is "The Defiance of Christ." The
idea of defiance sounds foreign to the ears of a Christian, since we
are taught that meekness, humility and unconditional love best
represent our lives as Christians. But the Bible reveals that there
is room for righteous defiance, just as there is room for righteous
First, let me say that defiance comes after victory (repeat)! If you
are defiant before the victory, you are disobedient. We are going to
see where the Lord Jesus Christ first gained the victory, then
exhibited righteous defiance.
Now, we need to know what the word "defy" (defiance) means. This
word is not used in the New Testament, and is used only 11 times in
the Old Testament. So our definition comes from the Old Testament
and means "to set at naught (nothing) the strength of an enemy." You
might say it means to "disregard" or "pay no attention to" the
circumstances surrounding you. In other words, because you are
settled in your mind that God is right, you disregard what others do
to you. You "defy" them by not giving in to them. Words that mean
the same thing include: "challenge, resist, disregard, withstand,
stand up under."
Now let's look at an Old Testament example of defiance to help us
understand a this concept little better.
1 Sam. 17
We find Saul and the men of Israel, and Goliath and the Philistines
facing each other across a valley for battle.
Goliath stands 9' 9" tall, and is fully armed (160 lbs) for battle!
He defies Israel. 17:9-10
Jesse sends his son David to the battle front with some food. 17:17
17:26, 29, 32, 37
Here is David's victory! 1) (v26) Knowledge of the Living God 2)
(v29) Knowledge of the cause or reason to stand 3) (v32) Willingness
to go (he could have been killed!) 4) (v37) Unshakable trust in God
. No matter what happened to David at the had of Goliath, he already
had the victory!! (We think the victory is getting out of
situations, but the victory comes from our willingness to go through
Here is David's unshakable confidence! 1) (v45) I come in the Name
of the Lord 2) (v46a) This day the Lord will deliver thee into mine
hand 3) (v46e) The earth will know of the God in Israel 4) (v47) The
battle is not with sword & spear, the battle is the Lords .
Here is God's Deliverance 17:48-50
Here is David's defiance. 17:51 Goliath was dead, but David cut off
To defy means "to set at naught (nothing) the strength of an enemy."
Now, let's look at the example of Christ, the Author and Finisher of
Jn. 19:17-30 (19:28-30) -- "The Defiance of Christ" -- prayer
We will consider the victory of Christ, and the defiance of Christ.
As we look at the Lord, who is our example in all things, we must
ask ourselves, "do I have the victory?" And if I have the victory,
"can I defy the circumstances of life?"
I. THE VICTORY OF JESUS CHRIST (Mk. 14:32-42
Note: If we look superficially at the circumstances surrounding the
death of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary, we might consider
each new circumstance and/or trial a victory for the Lord. 1) Jesus
was betrayed by a friend, yet did not accuse Judas. 2) Jesus was
tried before the religious Jews, yet did not seek for religious
relief. 3) Jesus was tried before the Romans, yet did not seek for
political relief. 4) Jesus was tortured and crucified by the Roman
soldiers, yet He asked God that they be forgiven. 5) Jesus was
condemned and taunted by the Jewish citizens, yet He remained their
King. 6) Jesus was crucified, dead, and buried, yet He came back
triumphant over the grave. And I could say to you this morning, "If
you will stay true like Jesus did, you too will get the victory!"
But my friends, this was not THE victory of the Lord Jesus Christ.
And though we might be physically persecuted, we will never walk the
same vale of tears that our Lord did, but we can have the very same
victory that our Lord did! Mk 14:32-36 What are the steps to victory
as seen in Christ?
A. Fellowship & Accountability (v32-34)
1. Fellowship. He went with His disciples
2. Accountability to God & man. He took Peter, James & John
a. He was not afraid of what they might see or hear
So fellowship and accountability are indispensable to gaining the
victory, and you can do them!
B. Prayer (talking to God) (v32)
1. Determination to pray (v32)
2. A place of prayer (v32)
3. A purpose in prayer (v35)
So prayer is indispensable to gaining the victory, and you can pray!
C. Acknowledgment of Condition (v33-34)
1. "Sore amazed" = terrified surprise, utter amazement
2. "Very heavy" = severe troubled (mental distress), distressed. The
strongest Greek word for depression.
3. "Exceeding sorrowful unto death" = overwhelming grief that can
lead to death
Note: Now I am talking about the Lord Jesus Christ, God come in the
flesh, who came to do His Father's will--terrified, distressed, and
sorrowful unto death! "For we have not an High Priest which cannot
be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all
points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." Heb. 4:15
a. Jesus expressed this before the inner circle
b. Jesus expressed this to His Heavenly Father
Note: Have you told God EVERYTHING??? Have you reached down into the
septic tank of your life and pulled out your deepest distresses,
your mental anxieties, and your fears and sorrows--you know, the
ones you are ashamed to admit--and said, "These are mine too, Lord,
and I need grace to help in this time of my need."
So acknowledging your condition to God is indispensable to gaining
the victory, and you can!
Note: Are you here this morning and you have not accepted Jesus
Christ as your personal Saviour, for whatever reason? Why don't you
just go to God in prayer and tell Him that you don't get it! Tell
Him you don't want it (though you need it)! Tell Him you don't
believe, but you want to!
D. Request (v35-36ab)
"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto
God." Philip. 4:6
1. Based on human possibility (it was not divinely possible)
a. "If" = since [humanly] possible
b. God CAN change your circumstances!
2. Request: That the hour ("this definite time") might pass from Him
3. Based on an intimate relationship with God
a. Abba (Daddy), Father (He who wants the best for you)
4. Based on the limitless possibilities of God
a. God CAN do anything He desires to do! Change you!!
5. Request: Take this cup ("lot/portion") away.
Note: The hour that had been determined before the foundation of the
world was here! The cup that had been filled to the overflowing
since Adam sinned against God in the garden was before Him! Jesus,
as a man, looked directly at it and said, "Let it pass; take away
this cup!" He was not afraid to request the impossible! He was not
afraid to reveal His deepest distresses!
In every person's life there is an hour and there is a cup! Look it
in the face, feel the fear, and take it to God!
So making your request known to God is indispensable to gaining the
victory, and you can!
E. The Victory (v36c) ("Victory" = to utterly vanquish)
1. Not what I "will" = not what I desire, have in mind, take
2. But what Thou "wilt" = the will of God which "must" be done,
including the doing of it
Note: What was the will of God regarding the Lord Jesus Christ? That
He fulfill the hour of His death. That He drink the cup of His
suffering. Is that God's will for you, that you fulfill the hour of
your greatest trial, and that you drink the cup of suffering and
sorrow? I don't know. It is possible for God to change your
circumstances! And it is possible for God to change you! But I don't
know if He will! But I do know that you can get the victory, no
matter the circumstances, if you will fully and totally submit to
the will of God for your life! THAT IS THE VICTORY, total submission
to the will of God! It does not matter what men or circumstances
might do, YOU HAVE THE VICTORY!
You too can gain the victory!
II. THE DEFIANCE OF JESUS CHRIST (Jn. 19:27-30) (19:30)
A. The Preparation
1. "After this" = the care of His mother (v28)
a. He settled family concerns (v27)
2. That all things were now accomplished (v28)
a. Everything that Christ came to do was now done or as good as
3. That the last scripture was fulfilled (v28)
4. That His spiritual thirst was at a peak and about to be
B. The Defiance (v30)
"IT IS FINISHED!"
A. "It" = The totality of all God determined in Jesus Christ; from
His leaving glory, to his containment in human flesh; from His birth
to His death; from His work as a carpenter to His work as a Saviour;
from His sinless to His becoming sin for us; from His words to His
works; from His acceptance by the people to His rejection by the
people; from His statement 'That I must be about My Father's
business,' to His statement, 'I am the way, the truth and the life,
no man cometh to the Father but by Me.'; everything that God sought
to do for you and me through the Lord Jesus Christ was accomplished!
B. "Is" = present tense, continuous action. It was so when Jesus
spoke these words, and it is so now, 2,000 years later! The
accomplishments of Jesus Christ have a continuing action on the
lives of every individual, and especially on those that believe.
They could believe then, you can believe now!
C. "Finished" = to bring to a close; to complete; to carry out the
commands of another; to perform the last act of completion; and to
pay in full
"IT IS FINISHED!"
1. Never to be repeated:
"IT IS FINISHED!"
2. Never to be added to or subtracted from:
"IT IS FINISHED!"
"By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the
body of Jesus Christ once for all." Heb. 10:10
"IT IS FINISHED!"
This was the cry of a conqueror, the defiant cry of One who finished
the course that God had set out for Him. Jesus defied the desires of
the flesh (without sin), the lust of the world, and the intrigues of
Note: Just as David had defied his fears, his family, his king,
Goliath and the armies of the Philistines 900 years before Christ by
cutting of the giant's head with the giant's own sword, so Jesus
Christ defied the works of darkness, the depravity of man, the
world, and his human flesh to cry out to every man, "IT IS
Concl: First the victory, then the defiance! (Repeat) Do you yet
have the victory? Have you taken the steps necessary, as taken by
Jesus, to gain the victory over your darkest foe?
Fellowship & Accountability
Is the foe fully vanquished? Could you stand with David having cut
off the head of your greatest enemy and defy the enemies within and
without that still seek your life? No I don't know your greatest
enemy, but you do! Will you determine today to have no rest until
you have the victory? And when you gain the victory, then you can
defy the enemy!
You that are here without Christ--you are defeated, condemned,
controlled, and the conclusion of your life reads like a cheap
novel! But you can get the victory over sin and death by coming to
Jesus Christ this very day!