As we continue to consider Jesus’ last day before His crucifixion, we come to His Roman trials which, like the Jewish trials before them, consisted of three parts. Our goal today is to consider the different people who rejected Jesus, and to ponder if, in some ways, we are like them. We see the Jewish leaders, who rejected Jesus because of pride and envy. We considered Herod Antipas, who rejected Jesus because of his pursuit of experience. There was Pontius Pilate, who rejected Jesus because of his fear. And there was the crowd, who rejected Jesus because of misaligned priorities.
As we consider our propensity to be like these people, to reject Jesus, we also stand amazed at what happened with Barabbas, who experienced the favor of the Lord. Jesus took his place, substituting Himself for one who deserved to die. As we consider that, we see there is hope for us, and hope for anyone, who rejects Jesus. We find ourselves challenged to remember what Jesus has done for us, and thus how we should serve Him with all that we are.
To help you with your study of this topic, we are also including the study questions prepared each week for our congregation. May the Lord use them, and the sermon, to be a blessing to you. You will find them, as well as a short prayer, directly below the audio link.
The Great Exchange
Series: Luke – a Prescription for Doubtful Souls
Pastor James McDonald
- Who was Pilate? What was his relationship like with the Sanhedrin?
- How did the charges brought against Jesus differ from the charges of the Jewish court? Can you cite evidence that would support or deny their claims?
- On what basis did the Jewish leaders reject Jesus?
- Why did Pilate send Jesus to Herod? What does this tell us about jurisdictions?
- Who was Herod? What was his relationship to Pilate? What caused that relationship to change?
- On what basis did Herod reject Jesus?
- What can we ascertain regarding Pilate’s opinion of Jesus? Why did Pilate compromise what he knew to be true?
- On what basis did Pilate reject Jesus?
- Who was Barabbas? What does Barabbas mean?
- Why had the crowd gathered? On what basis did the crowd reject Jesus?
- What is the significance of the words “released” and “delivered”?
- Contrast Barabbas and Jesus. In what ways are you Barabbas?
Merciful Father, I praise You and give You thanks for giving your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to be the Savior of the world. As I consider my own life, I stand amazed that You would allow Jesus to redeem me, and that through His blood I have been reconciled to You. Lord, may His sacrifice be seared into my mind, that I might never forget that the Righteous one died that this wretched one might live. May the Holy Spirit then fill me with grace as I consider the rest of mankind, that I might be used of the Lord to speak of Jesus and Him crucified, and that more might be made His disciples. In Jesus’ name, amen!