The Grace and Power of Jesus in the Face of the Most Rigged Trial in History, Part 9 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 306)

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TEXT: John 19:4-8:

4 Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him.

5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!

6 When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.

7 The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.

8 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid;

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 306.

Steven J. Cole said, “In John’s portrayal of Jesus’ trial before Pilate, he wants us to see that even though Jesus was despised and rejected by the Jews, mocked by the soldiers, and finally condemned by Pilate, the man on the cross is the King. John wants us to see the majesty of Christ as He faced this suffering on our behalf. You can reject Christ for many reasons, but His kingly majesty calls you to trust in Him as Savior and Lord.”

After Pilate has Jesus scourged, he brings Him back out to the Jews, stating again, “I find no fault in Him.” Jesus comes out, beaten and bloodied, with a crown of thorns on His head and a purple cloth thrown mockingly over His shoulders. He is the epitome of a person shamed and humiliated, a person deserving of others’ sympathy. “Behold, the Man!” Pilate cries. But the Jews cannot find it in their hearts to have pity on Jesus.

Perhaps, some of the Jewish common people would have gone along with the release of Jesus. But the chief priests influenced the crowd to demand otherwise. So, “they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him.” Driven by hate and envy, nothing could turn the religious leaders from their goal of seeing Jesus put to death. Pilate responds, sarcastically, knowing that the Jews could not execute anyone, “Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.”

Desperate to get Pilate to go along with them, the Jews now reveal the real reason why they want Jesus dead. Previously, they had tried to convince Pilate that He was a threat to Rome, but in verse 7, they state, “We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.” From the very beginning of Jesus’ career, the religious establishment had despised Jesus because of His claims of divinity. They could not tolerate someone claiming to be God or the Son of God. Somehow, however, they missed the fact that Jesus was telling the truth.

Pilate’s reaction to this news is one of fear. “When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid.” He was afraid before, but the news that Jesus said He was the Son of God made Him even more afraid. This is likely because Pilate had already sensed something different, something special in Jesus. Even beaten and bloodied as He was, Pilate could tell that there was something special about Jesus. The Bible Knowledge Commentary states, “Crucifixion was a shameful death, usually reserved for criminals, slaves, and especially revolutionaries. Pilate at first refused to be the executioner, but then the leaders brought forth their real reason: He claimed to be the Son of God. According to the Law, the charge of blasphemy called for death if it could be proven. About the same time, Pilate’s wife sent him alarming words: ‘Don’t have anything to do with that innocent Man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of Him.’ Pilate’s response was one of fear. As a pagan, he had heard stories of humanlike gods who visited men and judged them. Perhaps the solemn majesty of Jesus with His claims of truth began to convict his conscience.”

Pilate could tell that Jesus was not just some crazy Jewish teacher who went around calling Himself God. There was weight and power behind Jesus’ words and presence. Yet, the Jews had already decided what they wanted to do with Jesus — they wanted Him crucified. Now, Pilate had to decide what He would ultimately do with Jesus. Would his conscience win out, leading him to set Jesus free? Or would his concern over an uproar by the Jews lead him to put an innocent Man — the Son of God, to death? The question that the Jews and the Romans faced — What will you do with Jesus? — is a question that all of us face at some time in our lives. When we are confronted by the person of Jesus Christ, we must make a decision — to reject Him and pass Him by or to accept and embrace the salvation that He offers us.

Albert B. Simpson wrote:

Jesus is standing in Pilate’s hall–
Friendless, forsaken, betrayed by all;
Hearken! what meaneth the sudden call!
What will you do with Jesus?

Jesus is standing on trial still,
You can be false to Him if you will,
You can be faithful through good or ill:
What will you do with Jesus?

Will you evade Him as Pilate tried?
Or will you choose Him, whatever betide?
Vainly you struggle from Him to hide:
What will you do with Jesus?

What will you do with Jesus?
Neutral you cannot be;
Someday your heart will be asking,
“What will He do with me?”

What will you do with Jesus? If you have decided to receive Him as your Lord and Savior, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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