Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS: read Jn 19;

Pilate, the governor, prepared a notice to be fastened to the cross of the Lord Jesus as the soldiers crucified. The Jewish leaders asked him to write, “he said that he is the king of the Jews,” but he wrote, “Jesus of Nazareth, the king of the Jews.”The Roman authority acknowledged the Lord Jesus as the king of the Jews though the Jews rejected Him as their king!

  • What could we observe the kingship of the Messiah from the way God has foretold about Him? See also Isa 9:6-7  For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
  • What could we observe the character of the king of the Jews as the Lord Jesus lived out among them? See also Zech 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
  • What impact must have those around Him seen in their own life because of the King among them? See also Jn 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
  • What is the Lord Jesus saying to you about your impact on the people around you?
  • How do you want to respond to His voice?

Finally, Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took charge of Jesus: read Jn 19;

Pilate, the Roman governor who concluded that the Lord Jesus was innocent and made an effort to release Him, gave in to the demand of the mob, which asked for His crucifixion. Though he was the governor of the Roman empire, he was responsible for the decision for historic judgment for the human being he didn’t believe ;

• What could we observe the Pilate’s heart from the way he gave in to the demand of the crowd though he didn’t agree with them? See also Jer 17:5-6 This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD. He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.

• What could we observe the way Pilate fell into sin in his decision making? See also Pr 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

• What could help us to keep ourselves from making a bad choice in life? See also Ps119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

• What is the Lord showing you of a decision you made recently out of fear of man?

• What do you want to do that you may keep yourself from making a bad choice again?

Finally, Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took charge of Jesus: read Jn 19;

Pilate, the Roman governor who concluded that the Lord Jesus was innocent and made an effort to release Him, gave in to the demand of the mob, which asked for His crucifixion. Though he was the governor of the Roman empire, he was responsible for the decision for historic judgment for the human being he didn’t believe ;

• What could we observe the Pilate’s heart from the way he gave in to the demand of the crowd though he didn’t agree with them? See also Jer 17:5-6 This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD. He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.

• What could we observe the way Pilate fell into sin in his decision making? See also Pr 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

• What could help us to keep ourselves from making a bad choice in life? See also Ps119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

• What is the Lord showing you of a decision you made recently out of fear of man?

• What do you want to do that you may keep yourself from making a bad choice again?

Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jews kept shouting, “If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar”: read Jn 19;

The governor took the Lord Jesus and had him flogged in compromising with the crowd. And the crowd was not satisfied with the flogging but demanded him to crucify the Lord Jesus though he declared that he found no basis for a charge against him at all. He is controlled/motivated by the fear not by a conviction as he decided the Lord Jesus;

• What could we observe the heart of the Lord Jesus from the way he did not answer Pilate, the governor? Ps 112:7-8 He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes.

• What could we observe the way the Lord Jesus stayed calm even at the danger of execution on the cross? See also Jn 3:14-15 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believe in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

• What is the message the Lord Jesus gives you through His example of sacrifice for the salvation of the mankind? See also 1 Jn 3:16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.
• What is the Lore saying for you to do during this season?

• How do you want to respond to His voice?

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.” Read Jn 19;

Though Pilate, the Roman governor, has concluded that there’s no basis for a charge against the Lord Jesus, he is listening to the demand of the crowd for fear of man. He is saying something controversial; you crucify Him, I found no basis for a charge against him!

• What could we observe the character of the godly leadership? See also Gal 1:10 Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.

• What could we observe the way Pilate got himself into a snare in the way he decided to execute the Lord Jesus? See also Pr 29:25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.

• What could we observe about godly decision making from the example of Apostle Paul? See also Gal 1:15-17 But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went immediately into Arabia and later returned to Damascus.

• What is the Lord saying to you about your decision making?

• How do you want to listen to His voice?

My kingdom is not of this world: review of Jn 18, read your journal over the week/ Jn 18;

The Lord Jesus is testifying in front of Pilate, the roman governor what He had been testifying along since the beginning. That He has been born to testify about the truth. Read your journal over the week or Jn 18 and see’What the Lord has spoken to you ‘ and ‘How you’ve responded to His word’ as well;

• What has the Lord spoken to you about your attitude toward the cup the Lord has given you?

• What has the Lord spoken to you about your attitude for the warning the Lord has given yourself?

• What has the Lord spoken to you about your tendency to warm yourself like what Peter did?

• What has the Lord spoken to you about kingdom your’re pursuing through life?

• What has the Lord spoken to you about your life-long mission?

• What is an application you need to carry out in life?

For this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth: read Jn 18;

The Lord Jesus came to fulfill the prophecy about the promised Savior for the human being knew His mission from the beginning of His public life. Now the Lord is testify before the governor Pilate on the last week of His life about the same mission He came for;

• What was the mission of the Messiah as the prophet Isaiah prophesied? See also Isa 53:4-5 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

• What has the Lord declared about His own mission in the beginning of His public life? See also Jn 3:14-15 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.

• What are we supposed to buy into the mission of the Lord Jesus as His agents sent into the world? See also Rom 5:18-19 Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

• What is the Lord Jesus saying to you about your act of obedience as the mission for life?

• How do you want to respond to His voice?

I find no basis for a charge against him: read Jn 18;

It was not an easy investigation that Pilate, the Roman governor, made on the Lord Jesus as the Jewish leader had delivered the Lord to Him. He had communicated to them of his intention to release the Lord, but he could not stand against the mob who cried to have the Lord Jesus crucified. Are we people who do what we say? Are we people of conviction?

• What could we observe the Mission of the Lord as He testified to Pilate, the governor? See also Phil 3:20-21 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

• What could we observe of the leadership Pilate has shown? See also Act 3:13-14 The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you.

• What kind of character are we supposed to grow in? See also 2 Tim 3:14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of because you know those from whom you learned it,

• What is the Lord saying to you about your conviction practiced in life?

• What do you want to do in response to His voice?

My kingdom is not of this world: read Jn 18;

The Lord Jesus is making clear that He is not the kind of king they see ruling in the world to Pilate, the Roman governor as He gets His question if he is the king of the Jews. The governor realizes that He is not a criminal who deserves any punishment.

• What could we observe the glory of the Lord Jesus in the heavenly realm? See also Phil 2:5-8 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death– even death on a cross!

• What could we observe the way He lived and worked in the world? See also Jn 13:14-15 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.

• What is the Lors saying to you about your identity as one of His followers? Phil 3:20-21 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

• What is the Lord saying to you about how you should wait for His appearing?

• What do you want to do in response to His voice?

They were standing there warming themselves, and Peter was standing with them, warming himself: read Jn 18;

Peter didn’t take the warning of the Lord Jesus that he would deny the Lord three times joined the mob to warm himself in the cold weather in the garden of the High priest where they took the Lord Jesus to. Is he volunteering himself to get tempted by the mob who arrested the Lord Jesus?

• What could we observe the way the Lord Jesus tried to prepare Peter for the upcoming temptation? See also Mt 26:40-41 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

• What could we observe Peter’s spiritual condition that caused him to be so vulnerable in the presence of hostility? See also Mt 26:34-35, “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “this very night before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same.

• What could we observe from the way Peter fell into temptation? See also Pr 4:14-15 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil men. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.

• What is the Lord one area of your life where you need to turn around to avoid temptation?

• How do you want to respond to His word?