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Monthly Emphasis: General Board, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Advent
Scripture for the Month: John 18:1 – John 19:42
|John 18:28-32||Jesus is moved from Caiaphas the High Priest to Pilate and the debate regarding government and religious jurisdiction ensues. The Jews could stone Jesus, but they could not kill Jesus. Only the Roman government had the authority to administer death by crucifixion.|
|John 18:33-38||Pilate interrogates Jesus concerning him being “King of the Jews.” Any acknowledgement of kingship would be a political statement viewed as treason and punishable by a sentence of crucifixion.|
|John 18:39-19:1||Pilate finds no case against Jesus and returns to the Jews stating such. The Jews remind Pilate of the custom of freeing a prisoner at Passover, and insists that Pilate release Barabbas, an outlaw. Freedom for an outlaw and death for the Good Shepherd. Pilate takes Jesus and has him flogged.|
|John 19:2-3||Jesus was mocked wearing a crown of thorns woven by the Roman soldiers; dressed in a purple robe as the soldiers continually said “Hail King of the Jews” as they struck him across the face.|
|John 19:4-7||Pilate tells the crowd he has no case against Jesus, still the Chief Priests shouted “Crucify him!” The Jews tells Pilate that they have a law, and according to the law Jesus should die because he has claimed to be the Son of God.|
|John 19:8-16||The statement from the Jews strikes fear in Pilate. Pilate speaks again to Jesus, but Jesus refuses to answer. When Jesus finally speaks he informs Pilate that he is powerless against him. Pilate tries to turn Jesus over to the Jews who are stilling crying out, “Crucify him!” On the day of Preparation for the Passover Pilate handed Jesus over to be crucified.|
Point to Ponder
The powers of the world often appeared to serve as the absolute judge. The true judge and king – Jesus, unfailingly spoke the truth, and laid down his life while cloaked in the love of God.
Jesus, Jesus, how we love you. We love you for your example of speaking the truth, walking in the truth and living a life of truth, knowing that our Father God will always be our eternal covering. AMEN.