Sunday, October 17, 2021
The book of Luke, chapter 23, is the last to read and study Jesus’ crucifixion. We started in the book of John and stopped at chapter 19. Then went to the book of Mark, chapter 15, and now we are in the book of Luke, chapter 23. After we study the last of Jesus’ crucifixion, we will finish up the rest of the book of John, continuing to study about Jesus and his love for everyone. We will then go into the book of Hebrews chapter 9 to learn about the veil after Jesus died. Feel free to follow along or take a head start and study yourself.
23 1-2 Then they all took Jesus to Pilate and began to bring up charges against him. They said, “We found this man undermining our law and order, forbidding taxes to be paid to Caesar, setting himself up as Messiah-King.”
3 Pilate asked him, “Is this true that you’re ‘King of the Jews’?”
“Those are your words, not mine,” Jesus replied.
4 Pilate told the high priests and the accompanying crowd, “I find nothing wrong here. He seems harmless enough to me.”
5 But they were vehement. “He’s stirring up unrest among the people with his teaching, disturbing the peace everywhere, starting in Galilee and now all through Judea. He’s a dangerous man, endangering the peace.”
-Luke 23:1-5 The Message
Jesus before Pilate
23 Verse 1: Then, the entire assembly of them set out and brought Him before Pilate.
Verse 2: And they began to bring charges against Him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to pay taxes to Caesar, and saying that He Himself is Christ, a King.”
Verse 3: Now Pilate asked Him, saying, “So You are the King of the Jews?” And He answered him and said, “It is as you say.”
Verse 4: But Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no grounds for charges in the case of this man.”
Verse 5: But they kept on insisting, saying, “He is stirring up the people, teaching all over Judea, starting from Galilee, as far as this place!”
Verse 1 study: Pilate is the Roman governor of Judea. He likes to harass the Jews. In one instance, Pilate took money from the temple treasure and used the money to build an aqueduct. In another example, he assaulted the Jewish religion by bringing imperial images into the city. Pilate knew it could backfire on him. If the people were to report Pilate, meaning makes a formal complaint against his administration, Rome might remove him from his post. Pilate felt insecure enough in his position when the Jewish leaders brought Jesus to trial. The question is will he give in to the demands to condemn Jesus? Or would he badger with the Jews and risk his political future? These are the questions facing Pilate on that spring day Friday morning nearly 2,000 years ago.
Father, as we continue to study Jesus’ crucifixion, right at the beginning, we see the peer pressure that Pilate face. The right thing or the wrong thing to do. Pilate didn’t want to put his political future at risk all because of the pressure of losing his job. I pray that we can do the right thing and lean on you when we can’t make the right decision. It is hard enough in this world to make our own decisions, why can’t we lean on you? Let us go into the discipline of letting you make the decisions. In Jesus’ name. Amen!