Pilate(John 18:28-19:16)Rob Storey, April 1, 2012
Part of the Incredible Love series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
1. The text from Sunday is John 18:28-19:16. Go ahead and read this passage again.
a. What do you know about Pilate? What role does he play in this passage?
b. Any thoughts on why the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem wanted to turn this matter over to Pilate?
2. What is one of your favorite Bible passages that includes the cross? Read Colossians 2:13-15. What does this passage tell us about the cross? Why is the cross such an important symbol for Christ followers?
3. It seems as though Pilate recognized that Jesus was innocent. Why didn’t Pilate simply release Jesus?
4. We talked on Sunday about the dialogue between Pilate and Jesus. Any observations concerning this conversation?
5. What is Jesus telling Pilate in John 18:37? Use a concordance and read some of the verses in John that use the word “truth.”
a. What does Jesus mean when he says that He is the truth?
b. What do you think it means when Jesus testifies to the truth?
6. Where are people looking for truth today?
7. George Ladd writes about John 14:6, “Jesus is the disclosure of God’s faithfulness to his own character…making his saving will known to all men.” How do you respond to this quote in light of the dialogue between Jesus and Pilate?
8. God initiates seeking the lost. He wants to save people who are unworthy. Jesus came to mediate life to men. Do you think this was his mission as he stood before Pilate? Why or why not.
9. As Jesus stands before men through the sharing of the gospel message, he demands a decision. We either believe and live in Him or we deny the truth. What is it in your life?
10. When was the last time you shared the gospel message or your testimony of grace with someone? What does Jesus model in the story we read today?
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28 Then they led Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the governor's headquarters. It was early morning. They themselves did not enter the governor's headquarters, so that they would not be defiled, but could eat the Passover. 29 So Pilate went outside to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?” 30 They answered him, “If this man were not doing evil, we would not have delivered him over to you.” 31 Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.” The Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death.” 32 This was to fulfill the word that Jesus had spoken to show by what kind of death he was going to die.
33 So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” 35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” 37 Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” 38 Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”
After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, “I find no guilt in him. 39 But you have a custom that I should release one man for you at the Passover. So do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” 40 They cried out again, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber.
19:1 Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him. 2 And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe. 3 They came up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and struck him with their hands. 4 Pilate went out again and said to them, “See, I am bringing him out to you that you may know that I find no guilt in him.” 5 So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Behold the man!” 6 When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no guilt in him.” 7 The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has made himself the Son of God.” 8 When Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid. 9 He entered his headquarters again and said to Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 So Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?” 11 Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.”
12 From then on Pilate sought to release him, but the Jews cried out, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar's friend. Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar.” 13 So when Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called The Stone Pavement, and in Aramaic Gabbatha. 14 Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover. It was about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” 15 They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” 16 So he delivered him over to them to be crucified.
So they took Jesus, (ESV)