The Battle prt 2
Choice, it seems such a little thing, that is until someone takes it away from you. We look all around our world at the fallout when choice has been stolen. However, maybe we take a more practical look at this:
Choice example (easy choice, hard choice)
Then the Jewish leaders took Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness they did not enter the palace, because they wanted to be able to eat the Passover. So Pilate came out to them and asked, “What charges are you bringing against this man?” “If he were not a criminal,” they replied, “we would not have handed him over to you.” Pilate said, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.” “But we have no right to execute anyone,” they objected. This took place to fulfill what Jesus had said about the kind of death he was going to die.
You see everyone in this next part of John 18 has the choice, they can either walk by the Spirit or by the Flesh. It sometimes seems like an easy choice but instead we find that it is a difficult one, when we factor everything in. It is the same choices we face today, but let’s read and see what happens here, do the people Christ or the flesh as we witness the second part of the battle of the flesh vs. the Spirit.
Jesus Given Over
Jesus Given Over
Then the Jewish leaders took Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness they did not enter the palace, because they wanted to be able to eat the Passover.
A. Roman Governor
a. House of the Governor
b. So instead of taking him properly before council
2. Took him before the World
a. Didn’t want to do it themselves
b. Had excuses
B. Early Morning
1. Infers the Sun is up
a. What does this mean
b. Semblance of Right
2. The Governor would be aware
a. They took a contingent of soldiers
b. So I am sure he was awaiting word
a. What is it
b. Why would they be unclean?
4. Thought the Passover meal was already done
a. How do we reconcile this?
b. It is a week long festival
c. Didn’t want to miss out
d. Pride is evident here
i. Important enough to kill a man
ii. Not so important as to miss passover
So Pilate came out to them and asked, “What charges are you bringing against this man?” “If he were not a criminal,” they replied, “we would not have handed him over to you.” Pilate said, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.” “But we have no right to execute anyone,” they objected. This took place to fulfill what Jesus had said about the kind of death he was going to die.
1. Notice they never specify the charges
a. Only say He is a criminal
b. They really didn’t have charges against Him
2. Take care of this
a. They wanted Him dead
b. Couldn’t kill Him during the Passover
c. Incorrect in saying we have no right
i. Maybe by Roman law, only Rome could do that but according to the Bible they could
‘Moreover, the one who blasphemes the name of the Lord shall surely be put to death; all the congregation shall certainly stone him. The alien as well as the native, when he blasphemes the Name, shall be put to death.
d. They didn’t want justice they wanted murder
3. So No Real Charges
a. They were making it up as they went along
b. They had no witnesses, no right and yet the proceeded
Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?” “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?”
A. Pilot Interviews Jesus
1. Are you the King
a. Great question
b. The answer could be death
c. No one but Caesar
2. Jesus responds with a question
a. Who am I talking to?
b. But Jesus already knows
i. Takes every opportunity to tell the truth
ii. Even one that seems hopeless
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.
c. Ready to give an account
3. Am I Jew
a. Pilate’s pride
b. Disgusted by the assumption
c. Pride always rejects instead of contemplates when challenged
with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love,
d. This was for the Church but applies here
i. Pilate was unwilling to hear the possibility
ii. Unwilling to accept the Truth
B. Everyone with Truth
Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
1. Not of this World
a. Telling the Truth
b. Nothing higher
c. Funny side note, puts the responsibility for His death back upon the Jews
i. Still belonged to Pilate as well though
2. You are a King
a. Funny how Jesus interviews Pilate here
b. Then He gets Pilate to proclaim the Truth
c. If you care about the Truth you will listen
i. Those who love Christ
ii. Know the Truth
iii. Revel in the Truth
“What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him.
3. The Truth
a. Pilate rejects the Truth in arrogance
b. But in action can’t help but be convicted
c. This is the power of the Word of God
i. Bends all to Its will
ii. It has authority on Earth and in Heaven
“He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.
iii. Ties right into this
d. Jesus isn’t worried what happens next
i. World has not power but what it give them
Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”
4. Ultimate Rejection of Truth
But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?” They shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in an uprising.
a. Given the choice
b. Back in the garden
c. Jesus had to be the example of the right choice this time
i. Jesus has a choice here as well.