Last time in John 18 we saw that Jesus was betrayed by Judas and arrested. We saw Peter deny knowing Jesus 3 different times just as Jesus had predicted. We saw Jesus question and tried before Annas, Caiaphas, and Pilate. Pilate offered to release 1 prisoner as was the custom during the Passover. The crowd chose Barabbas instead of Jesus.
John 19:1-16 – Jesus Sentenced
Now in this chapter Pilate, the Roman governor, had Jesus flogged. The soldiers made a crown of thorns and placed it on His head. They clothed Him in a purple robe and shouted at Him over and over again, “Hail, king of the Jews!” – John 19:3. They struck Him in the face.
Flogging was a dreadful kind of torture. Some even died during flogging before they were ever crucified. Pilate thought by flogging Jesus if would satisfy His accusers. Soldiers would whip the prisoner with a long leather strap studded with bits of lead and bone tearing the flesh to pieces.
Pilate brought Jesus out to the people and once again he told them he could find no charge against Him. The chief priests and officials shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!” – John 19:5. Pilate said to take Him and crucify Him and that he found no basis for a charge against Him. The Jews insisted that according to the law he must die, because He claimed to be the Son of God.
Pilate was afraid. He feared the Jews would report him to Rome so he didn’t want to offend them. He was also a superstitious Roman that believed the gods came to earth and that they must be treated well or life would be made miserable for him. Even his wife said to have nothing to do with Jesus, because of a dream she had. (Matt. 27:19). So Pilate questioned Jesus again asking Him where He was from, but Jesus didn’t answer. This angered Pilate telling Jesus that he had the authority to free or to crucify Him.
Jesus told Pilate that he had no power over Him. Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jews keep shouting, “Crucify Him!” – John 19:15. He knew Jesus was innocent, but he was afraid of the Jews. He made the choice to deliver Jesus to be crucified.
When we live to please everyone so we can get ahead, we’re always fearful. We don’t want to offend people. It might get back to the boss. Sometime we fear God’s judgment, because we don’t always live up to God’s standards. When we put trust in Jesus as our Savior, we don’t need to fear people or God’s judgment. We need to trust that He has forgiven us through Jesus’ death on the cross. “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” – Rom. 8:1
Pilate was arrogant, weak, and a self-serving man. He wasn’t a strong or wise leader. He was a people pleaser. Pilate didn’t have anything against Jesus. He knew Jesus was innocent. If he let Jesus go free, it would anger the crowd even more and it might cost him his job. He was out for his own interests. He compromised his integrity to save his career. He feared man more than God.
When and how have you comprised your integrity?
How can you speak the truth so others will listen?
Jesus was spit on, hit in the face, scourged, wore a crown of thorns, mocked and unjustly crucified. He could have call 12 legions of angels and destroyed His persecutors. But He didn’t. He bore all the abuse for all sinners. We wore the crown of thorns so we could wear a crown of glory. He was clothed in a robe of shame so we could be spotless and stand before God in white robes. He bore contempt so we could receive praise and glory.
God wants all people to know Jesus.
God is in control and over rules man’s evil schemes.
Trials reveal who we really are.
John 19:17-27 – Jesus Crucified
Jesus had to carry His own cross. The soldiers lead Him to the place of the Skull. That’s where they crucified Him along with 2 others. Pilate prepared a sign to the cross reading, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” – John 19:19. Pilate meant it as sarcasm; God meant it to be truth. Jesus really was the promised King of the Jews. Pilate wrote this to mock the Jews. The Jews didn’t like what Pilate had written.
The soldiers crucified Jesus cast lots for His clothing. This was another prophecy fulfilled. “They divided my garments among them; and for my clothing they cast lots.” – Ps. 22:18.
Jesus’ mother was there at the foot of the cross along with His sister, and Mary Magdalene. Jesus saw His mother there and told John to take care of her, which he did.
Jesus was the fulfillment of all Old Testament sacrifices. He was “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” – John 1:29. What a Savior! He loved us so much that He died for us while we were still sinners. Jesus said, “No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 4:16. Neither our riches nor good works can give us access to God. Only Jesus.
What is the cost of your sin? The Jews and the Gentiles were guilty of the death of the Son of God. Pilate represents all human beings. He was worried about his reputation and position in the world. He refused the faith and truth Jesus offered. Many people refuse Jesus and total commitment to Him for the same basic reasons. None of us can escape eternal destiny. It will be heaven or hell. We have a choice. Which side are you on? Do you reject Jesus’ deity or do you join other believers in following and trusting in Jesus as your Savior of the world?
Next week we will study John 19 part 2. Have a blessed day and thanks for visiting my site. Hope to see you here next time.
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