John Lesson 24 Day 5

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John Lesson 24 Day 5

John 19:8-16

“It appeared that Jesus was on trial before Pilate, but in an even greater sense Pilate was on trial before Jesus. Pilate failed his test. In fear of the crowd he sent a Man he knew to be innocent to a tortured death. Thus the ancient creed notes, Jesus was crucified under Pontius Pilate.” David Guzik

13. Pilate’s reaction John 19:8-9

In John 19:7, Pilate learned that Jesus claimed to be the Son of God. Unlike the Jews, this news terrified Pilate.

“The note Pilate received from his wife stunned him. After reading her comments, the truth planted in his mind by the Holy Spirit was confirmed. This was no ordinary trial. Jesus was the Son of God, the predicted Messiah. At that moment, the tables turned. Pilate suddenly found himself on trial. What should he do with Jesus? Pilate had the power to set Jesus free and he had the power to crucify Him. If Pilate set Jesus free, the mob would go crazy and Caesar would question his ability to govern.” (Larry W. Wilson)

Pilate went back into his court and asked Jesus, “Where are you from?” (John 19:8-9 Voice)

Jesus did not answer.

14. a. John 19:10-11

Pilate was even more terrified when the Jews said Jesus made himself the Son of God.

Pilate:  “You won’t talk? Don’t you know that I have the authority to pardon you, and the authority to—crucify you?” (John 19:10 MSG)

If Jesus will not answer questions, Pilate has nothing to work with.

Jesus fulfilled Isaiah 53:7 “And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth.”

Jesus: “You haven’t a shred of authority over me except what has been given you from heaven. That’s why the one who betrayed me to you has committed a far greater fault.” (John 19:11 MSG)

I wonder if Judas heard about this?

b. John 19:12-16

Pilate listened to Jesus’ words and took them to heart. He tried to release Jesus, but the Jews refused to relent. They intimidated Pilate saying, “If you release this man, you have betrayed Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king threatens Caesars’ throne.” (The Voice)

He brought Jesus out and sat down in the judgment seat. He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!”

But Jews cried out, “Put Him away; crucify Him!”

Pilate: You want me to crucify your King?”

Chief Priests: We have no king but Caesar!”

Pilate caved in to their demands and handed the Son of God over to his soldiers, knowing that He would be crucified.

c. Pilate’s choice

As historians have said, Pilate was a weak man.

“The same man who claimed to have all power tried to wash his hands of the decision (Matthew 27:24) claiming, “I didn’t really want to do this.” (David Guzik)

Pilate proved to be a weak and cowardly judge who caved into pressure. Although he declared Jesus innocent three times, “he had Jesus flogged and crucified rather than take any ridicule from the Jews and a possible reprimand from Caesar.” (Wilson)

God is wise, just, merciful, righteous, impartial, and condemns evil doers.

“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Loving-kindness and truth go before You.” Psalm 89:14 AMP

Pilate’s Suicide

“It is worthy of note that Pilate himself, who was governor in the time of our Saviour, is reported to have fallen into such misfortunes under Caius, whose times we are recording, that he was forced to become his own murderer and executioner; [323] and thus divine vengeance, as it seems, was not long in overtaking him. This is stated by those Greek historians who have recorded the Olympiads, together with the respective events which have taken place in each period.” [324]

15. Romans 1:18-25

This passage describes the current state of our world so well. Such ungodliness and unrighteousness. The truth is consistently suppressed.

The Chief Priests “knew the one true God, [yet] they failed to show the love, honor, and appreciation due to the One who created them! Instead, their lives are consumed by vain thoughts that poison their foolish hearts. They claim to be wise, but the have been exposed as fools, frauds, and con artists—” Romans 1:21-22 The Voice

They were offended by Jesus who pointed out their hypocrisy instead of stoking their inflated egos. Day by day their anger grew toward him until they could not think straight. Their hearts grew harder and harder.

We do not like to be told our thinking and way of life is wrong especially if changing it means we will lose popularity or prestige or have to give up a sinful lifestyle. We surround ourselves with people who think like we do and reinforce our deception.

16. I have always believed in Jesus.

I have strayed at times, but always felt terribly convicted. Jesus readily forgives me. I have a harder time forgiving myself.

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