Jesus, Pilate, and the People

Date: 11/4/2007
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Matthew 27:11-31
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I. Introduction
II. Pilate’s Examination of Jesus (vv. 11-14)
a. A question of kingship, not blasphemy (cf. 26:65)
b. Jesus’ one answer and lack of protest
c. The response of the priests, elders, and Pilate
III. Pilate and the People (vv. 15-25)
a. Pilate’s offer to release Barabbas or Jesus
b. Pilate’s reception of conflicting counsel
c. The guilt of Pilate and the People
IV. Suffering Cruelty (vv. 26-31)
a. The brutal scourging
b. Deep irony in the soldiers’ mocking
V. Application
a. Consider how often Jesus declines to press His “rights” when He is wronged. Is this the pattern of your life? In other words, do you know how to suffer righteously?
b. Consider how Pilate abdicates his calling as a magistrate—one who is to punish evildoers and protect the innocent. What would you have done in Pilate’s place? What do you do in far lesser situations?
c. Envy blinds and is murderous. The remedy to envy is to learn the joy of submitting to God and embracing what He has called us to be and to do.
d. We need to have our hearts’ reminded that Jesus’ suffering is real and personal for us. He was tormented for you and accepted the mockery for you. He as determined, out of eternal love for you, to suffer such egregious things.
VI. Conclusion
J. C. Evans Pastor Evans began his ministerial training by majoring in Christian Studies at Hillsdale College. Afterward, he attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and then finished his training at Greyfriars Hall under Pastor Douglas Wilson. At various times during his years of training, he worked for the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, Logos School, Canon Press, and New Saint Andrews College.... read more