Luke 23:1–25 (ESV) — 1 Then the whole company of them arose and brought him before Pilate. 2 And they began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.” 3 And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” 4 Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no guilt in this man.” 5 But they were urgent, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee even to this place.” 6 When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. 7 And when he learned that he belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him over to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time. 8 When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him, and he was hoping to see some sign done by him. 9 So he questioned him at some length, but he made no answer. 10 The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. 11 And Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, arraying him in splendid clothing, he sent him back to Pilate. 12 And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before this they had been at enmity with each other. 13 Pilate then called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, 14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was misleading the people. And after examining him before you, behold, I did not find this man guilty of any of your charges against him. 15 Neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us. Look, nothing deserving death has been done by him. 16 I will therefore punish and release him.” 18 But they all cried out together, “Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas”— 19 a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection started in the city and for murder. 20 Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus, 21 but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” 22 A third time he said to them, “Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no guilt deserving death. I will therefore punish and release him.” 23 But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed. 24 So Pilate decided that their demand should be granted. 25 He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, for whom they asked, but he delivered Jesus over to their will.
- Reading Isaiah 50:6, 53:7 and John 10:17-18, why is it important for us to understand the voluntary nature of Jesus’ death? What significance does this have in understand your salvation? What is the significance of this when dealing with hardships in life?
- Pastor Rick said: “Jesus was a threat to what had become a man-made religious-industrial complex. When power, money, and status are threatened, you terminate the threat. Crucifying Jesus, however, was not his termination, but theirs.” Explain why people still struggle today in preferring man-made religion over Jesus.
- What is so unsettling about Jesus that people wanted him dead, then and now?
- Explain how Psalm 2 is fulfilled in opposition to Jesus. Is this still happening today? How?
- Why is it significant that both Herod and Pilate found Jesus innocent?
- Explain the connection Pastor Rick was making with the Passion Week as an “exile” on behalf of sinners. How was Barabbas a picture of substitutionary atonement?
- Read Romans 6:1-14. What are the practical values of reckoning ourselves dead in Jesus’ death, as signified in baptism? What aspect of Jesus’ ministry is the foundation for new life?
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