Archive for September, 2009

Verses 16-26

September 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Jesus, like many people condemned to die on a cross, carried his own beam to Golgotha.

Pilate’s statement of guilt was that Jesus was the King of the Jews. This was a dig against Jesus’ persecutors.

The soldiers participating in Jesus’ crucifixion unknowingly participated in gambling prophesied in the Old Testament.

And Jesus directed John to take his mother into his household.

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Hit Where It Hurts

September 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Pilate was mired in Jesus’ innocence, an angry mob, and Caesar.

The mob shrewdly forced Pilate to condemn Jesus because Jesus was King of the Jews.

Since Pilate’s directive was to protect Caesar’s interests, and since a kingdom has room for only one king, Jesus had to die.

Power From Above

September 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Pilate took steps to have Jesus released, but Jesus’ accusers presented convincing arguments to prevent Pilate from carrying out his plan.

Judas was more culpable than Pilate in this situation because God himself gave Pilate the authority to condemn Jesus.

Outline of John 19

September 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Jesus is condemned to death, dies, and is buried.

What Is Truth?

September 26, 2009 Leave a comment

It’s one of the most important questions in the world.

Jesus prompted Pilate to ask it in the midst of his capital trial.

I wonder if Pilate became a Christian after Jesus’ resurrection.

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September 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Nice try, Peter.

When you slice off someone’s ear, their relatives remember you.

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The Truth Hurts

September 24, 2009 Leave a comment

People hate it when others are more righteous.

It’s worse when they try to find others’ faults and can’t find any.

In my opinion, it’s safer not to seek out other people’s weaknesses. Just accept the fact that we all come up short.

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Peter, Peter, Peter!

September 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Peter denies Jesus for the first time.

I feel kind of bad for him.

Jesus has already prophesied that Peter will disown him three times.

When God tells you you’re gonna screw up, what can you do with that information?

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Did I Do That?

September 22, 2009 Leave a comment

Anyone out there remember Steve Urkel from the show Family Matters?

I imagine Caiaphas asking, “Did I do that?” when he learns he prophesied that Jesus would die for all people.

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These Aren’t the People You’re Looking For

September 21, 2009 Leave a comment

Even at the start of his betrayal, Jesus is clearly in charge of his destiny.

When he identifies himself, the crowd falls back because of his power.

Then, Jesus suggests that since he’s the focus of the inquiry, his followers should be let go.

It reminds me of the Star Wars scene where Obi-Wan Kenobi tells the storm troopers that they don’t want “these droids.”

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