We will be doing a historical study of Psalms 105, 106, 107, and Acts 7. Our focus will be on Israel, the Church, and the United States. Today we will study John 19:4-13 the Rejection of Jesus by the Chief Priests. The leadership of Israel refused to believe that Jesus was their Messiah. They determined that if Jesus was the Messiah, they would lose their positions of authority and wealth.
“We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly.” (Psalm 106:6)
Rejection of Jesus by the Chief Priests John 19:4-13
- a) Pilate presents Jesus to the multitude v 4-5
- b) The Chief Priests response: CRUCIFY HIM v 6-7
- c) Pilate speaks to Jesus v 8-10
- d) Jesus responds v 11
- e) Pilate tries to release Jesus, but does not v 12-13
“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; 9 And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? 11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. 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.” (John 19:4-13)
Although the rejection of Jesus as the Messiah seems senseless, it was ordained from God Almighty. Jesus had to go to the cross, shed His precious, perfect blood for the sins of all mankind. He had to die, then be resurrected, and eventually ascend to His Father in Heaven. It was all part of God’s redemptive plan.
He did this for each of us. We now have the same decision to make. Will we reject Jesus as the Chief Priests did or accept Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior. Literally your eternal soul lies in the balance.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001