John 19:1-16 Jesus is tortured…

GIVE GOD TIME 

The hymn can now be found along with the prayer, praise, and worship section at the end… 

A WORD IN YOUR EAR 

John 19:1-16 Jesus is flogged and tortured with thorns.

Scene 1 – GENTILE guilt

19:1 Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. 

2 The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe 

3 and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face.

Scene 2 – JEWISH guilt…  

4 Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews gathered there, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him.” 

5 When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!”

6 As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!”

But Pilate answered, “You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.”

7 The Jewish leaders insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.”

Scene 3 – Pilate’s dilemma

8 When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, 

9 and he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. 

10 “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?”

11 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.”

12 From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jewish leaders kept shouting, “If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar.”

Scene 4 – GENTILE guilt… Jesus Sentenced to Be Crucified

13 When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge’s seat at a place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha). 

14 It was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about noon.

“Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews.

Scene 5 – JEWISH guilt

15 But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!”

“Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked.

“We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered.

Scene 6 – Gentile guilt…

16 Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.

—-Summary

The Jews knew from their Scriptures, (actually from the Psalms Proverbs and the prophet Ezekiel), that God had a Son.

That was why it was blasphemous to claim to be exactly that Son.

That, therefore, was the excuse they were looking for, to have Jesus killed. 

So their modern claim on a huge billboard in central Jerusalem that He doesn’t have a Son denies their own Scriptures and what historical Jewish leaders believed. 

 

Picture the scene…

Let your mind play the different parts.  Imagine YOU are in the crowd…

Today’s Verse… ‘Who is Jesus?’ 

John 19:7 The Jewish leaders insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die – because he claimed to be the Son of God.”

Today’s Challenge

Their modern claim on a billboard in central Jerusalem that God doesn’t have a Son denies their own Scriptures – and what historical Jewish leaders were believing, as it was blasphemous to claim to be Him. 

Paul tells us always to be ready with an answer… Are you?

Prayer, Praise and Worship

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11). Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Prayer suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

Pray along with this hymn… ‘Breathe on me, Breath of God…’ at this link;-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5keJHZdWYM

2nd reading; John 19:1-16 Complete Jewish Bible

1 Pilate then took Yeshua (Jesus) and had him flogged. 

2 The soldiers twisted thorn branches into a crown and placed it on his head, put a purple robe on him, 

3 and went up to him, saying over and over, “Hail, ‘king of the Jews’!” and hitting him in the face.

4 Pilate went outside once more and said to the crowd, “Look, I’m bringing him out to you to get you to understand that I find no case against him.” 

5 So Yeshua (Jesus) came out, wearing the thorn-branch crown and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Look at the man!” 

6 When the head cohanim (priest) and the Temple guards saw him they shouted, “Put him to death on the stake! Put him to death on the stake!” Pilate said to them, “You take him out yourselves and put him to death on the stake, because I don’t find any case against him.” 7 The Judeans (Jewish leaders) answered him, “We have a law; according to that law, he ought to be put to death, because he made himself out to be the Son of God.” 

8 On hearing this, Pilate became even more frightened.

9 He went back into the headquarters and asked Yeshua, “Where are you from?” But Yeshua (Jesus) didn’t answer. 

10 So Pilate said to him, “You refuse to speak to me? Don’t you understand that it is in my power either to set you free or to have you executed on the stake?” 

11 Yeshua (Jesus) answered, “You would have no power over me if it hadn’t been given to you from above; this is why the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” 

12 On hearing this, Pilate tried to find a way to set him free; but the Judeans (Jewish leaders) shouted, “If you set this man free, it means you’re not a ‘Friend of the Emperor’! Everyone who claims to be a king is opposing the Emperor!” 

13 When Pilate heard what they were saying, he brought Yeshua outside and sat down on the judge’s seat in the place called The Pavement (in Aramaic, Gabta);

 14 it was about noon on Preparation Day for Pesach (Passover). He said to the Judeans, (Jewish leaders) “Here’s your king!” 

15 They shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Put him to death on the stake!” Pilate said to them, “You want me to execute your king on a stake?” The head cohanim (priest) answered, “We have no king but the Emperor.” 

16 Then Pilate handed Yeshua (Jesus) over to them to have him put to death on the stake.

So they took charge of Yeshua (Jesus).

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