Jesus Condemned

Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they dressed him in a purple robe. They kept coming up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and striking him on the face. Pilate went out again and said to them, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no case against him.” So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!” When the chief priests and the police saw him, they shouted, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him; I find no case against him.” The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has claimed to be the Son of God.” Now when Pilate heard this, he was more afraid than ever. He entered his headquarters again and asked Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. Pilate therefore said to him, “Do you refuse to speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you, and power to crucify you?” Jesus answered him, “You would have no power over me unless it had been given you from above; therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” From then on Pilate tried to release him, but the Jews cried out, “If you release this man, you are no friend of the emperor. Everyone who claims to be a king sets himself against the emperor.” When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus outside and sat on the judge’s bench at a place called The Stone Pavement, or in Hebrew Gabbatha. Now it was the day of Preparation for the Passover; and it was about noon. He said to the Jews, “Here is your King!” They cried out, “Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!” Pilate asked them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but the emperor.” Then he handed him over to them to be crucified. (John 19:1-16a, NRSV)

We have no king but the emperor…

Who is really condemned in this text?

The men mocking Jesus?
The chief priests?

The answer would be yes. All of them. Jesus by Pilate, the soldiers by God for mocking Him and the chief priests by themselves for claiming God is not their king.

So where do we fit in?

Do we condemn Jesus, join the mockers, or say we have no king other than that thing that takes God place?

Would we want Jesus to be taken away so that we might have our life our way?

Would we be condemned?



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Jesus the Way to the Father

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it. (John 14:1-14, NRSV)

In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. This is how the scholars chose to translate the word in John 14. But the word for dwelling is μένω which in other parts of the Bible is translated abide. In the Father’s house there are many places to abide, to remain, to be with Jesus and God.

That is why Jesus asked Philip, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me?” Because whoever has seen me has seen the Father, because we are one, I abide with the Father and the Father abides with me and we abide together, and we will abide with you.

So remain with, be with Jesus and know that He will always abide with you!


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Jesus Foretells Peter’s Denial

Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now; but you will follow afterward.” Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Very truly, I tell you, before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times. (John 13:36-38, NRSV)

Aren’t we all like Peter?

We are ready to lay down our lives for Jesus. We are ready to go the distance.

Isn’t it good that Jesus really knows us better than we know ourselves?

He knows how we will fall short, even when we have the best intentions, we will not quite measure up.

We are so close, yet oh so far away…

But thankfully God loves us even though we fall short.

So be like Peter. And try as hard as you can, knowing that God will pick you up when you fall.


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The New Commandment

When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:31-35, NRSV)

And they will know we are Christians by our…

Rule following?
Pointing out other’s sins?
Crosses we wear?
Choice of music?

No none of these will show we are Christians. They will know we are Christians by our LOVE! If we love one another. How will the world see Jesus if it sees us fighting and calling out each other?

The only way for the world to see love is if we show love.

So, love as He loved you.


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