TEXT: John 19:12-16:
12 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar’s friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.
13 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha.
14 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!
15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.
16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.
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 309.
J.C. Ryle said, “Let us serve Jesus faithfully as our Master. Let us obey Him loyally as our King. Let us study His teachings as our Prophet. Let us work diligently after Him as our Example. Let us look anxiously for Him as our coming redeemer of body as well as soul. But above all let us prize Him as our Sacrifice, and rest our whole weight on His death as atonement for sin. Let His blood be more precious in our eyes every year we live. Whatever else we glory in about Christ, let us glory above all things in His cross.”
John tells us that the events of these few verses happened about the sixth hour. He was using the Roman way of telling time so that would have been around six am. Dawn is breaking over Jerusalem, and the sun sheds new light over the grotesque mockery of a trial that has been taking place under the cover of darkness. With the light, the ugly deeds of the night are seen in their full shame. The Jews have been twisting Pilate’s arm, but he has not yielded. Now with the daylight, he tries one last desperate attempt to free Jesus. He brings the trial outdoors, setting up in a place called “the Pavement.” He sits in his judgment seat, brings Jesus out before the Jews, and says again, “Behold your King!”
The Jews’ rejoinder is, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him.” Pilate asks, “Shall I crucify your King?” And the chief priests answer, “We have no king but Caesar.” The strong irony of this exchange is nearly mind-blowing. Neither Pilate nor the Jews considered Jesus to be a real king. Jesus had not even claimed to be the king of the Jews. Both the Jews and Pilate were in a false debate over very real premises because Jesus, as the living, male descendant of David, was, in fact, the King of the Jews — the rightful heir to David’s throne. Pilate repeatedly used the term “king of the Jews” sarcastically just to needle the religious leaders who despised the idea that Jesus had pre-eminence over them. But neither side knew or acknowledged the truth.
Dr. Warren Wiersbe notes, “The crowd had the last word: ‘We have no king but Caesar! We will not have this man to reign over us!’ Well-meaning preachers have often said that the crowd that on Palm Sunday shouted ‘Hosannah!’ turned right around and shouted ‘Crucify Him!’ on Good Friday. However, it was two different crowds. The Palm Sunday crowd came primarily from Galilee where Jesus was very popular. The crowd at Pilate’s hall was from Judea and Jerusalem where the religious leaders were very much in control. If the Galilean disciples had had their way, they would have revolted and delivered Jesus!” (At one point, Jesus had prevented them from making Him King by force.)
Pilate was trying to exert the authority of his little kingship in Judea, knowing that He would have to answer to Rome if things went awry. The Jews falsely claimed Caesar as their king just to push for Jesus’ execution. They influenced the people to do the same. Both sides rejected the only real King who was on the scene. Jesus went down as a criminal as Pilate “delivered him unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.”
The King of the Jews, the King of Kings was led away to be crucified and killed by those who should have been His subjects . That made Him no less a King, for He died that others might live — even Pilate, even the Jews, even the soldiers who drove the nails into His flesh. Even though He was beaten, bloodied, and humiliated before the world, the Bible promises that, one day, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord. But only those who choose Him now will enjoy His blessings both now and for eternity.
The philosopher Bonaventura wrote:
In the Lord’s atoning grief
Be our rest and sweet relief;
Store we deep in heart’s recess
All the shame and bitterness.
Thorns, and cross, and nails, and lance,
Wounds, our treasure that enhance,
Vinegar, and gall, and reed,
And the pang His soul that freed.
Christ, by coward hands betrayed,
Christ, for us a Captive made,
Christ, upon the bitter tree
Slain for man, be praise to Thee.
The King of Kings laid down His life to pay for the sins of those who were in rebellion against Him. He gives you a free choice — will you bow before Him and make Him your king today by believing on Him as your Lord and Savior and putting your faith and trust in Him for your soul’s salvation?
First, please understand that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.
But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “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 phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.
The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.
Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.
Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.
And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.
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.”
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. 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. 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 email@example.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.