Archive for June 29, 2012
Jesus’ time before Pilate, the Roman Governor begins in John 18:28 and continues through John 19:22. As you read these verses over the next few days … let your mind consider the man, Pilate. Place yourself in his shoes. Notice how many times he makes attempts to free Jesus. They may seem to be feeble attempts … but attempts they were. Watch him … listen to him.
Today, read John 18: 18 – 40.
Verse 28 stuns me. Did you catch it? “To avoid ceremonial uncleanness, the Jews did not enter the palace…” These Jewish leaders were intent on killing Jesus More >
We are in the midst of Jesus’ trial before Pilate. To get the flow of this encounter with Pilate … go back into chapter 18 and read John 18: 28 – 19:16. Our focus today will be on the verses in chapter 19.
I am intrigued by Pilate. William Barclay, in his commentary on John, explains the role held by Pilate. He says,
“Smaller provinces in the Roman Empire, provinces of the second class, were governed by a procurator. The procurator was in full control of the military and judicial administration of the province. He visited every part of the province More >
Let us not imagine that the soul sleeps in insensibility. “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise,” is the whisper of Christ to every dying saint. They “sleep in Jesus,” but their souls are before the throne of God, praising him day and night in his temple, singing hallelujahs to him who washed them from their sins in his blood. The body sleeps in its lonely bed of earth, beneath the coverlet of grass. But what is this sleep? The idea connected with sleep is “rest,” and that is the thought which the Spirit of God would convey to More >