SENTENCED TO DEATH
New Testament Lesson #108
tion by the Jewish leaders. In the morning, they bound him and delivered him to Pilate, the Roman governor, to carry out the death sentence. Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus said, “Yes, it is as you say.” The chief priests and elders made many accusations, but Jesus replied to none of them, to Pilate’s amazement. Pilate’s wife sent him a message not to have anything to do with the death of Jesus, whom she called “that innocent man.” She had learned of this in a dream. At Passover time, the governor customarily released one prisoner. Pilate, aware of the deadly jealousy that motivated the chief priests, decided to let the people choose which prisoner should be released. He offered them Barabbas (bar-AB-as), a notorious criminal, or Jesus. The leaders, however, had already persuaded the people to ask for Barabbas. When Pilate asked the people which one he should release, they screamed, “Barabbas!” When he asked what should be done with Jesus, they shouted, “Crucify him!” Pilate asked, “What crime has he committed?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him!” Sensing a riot about to erupt, Pilate called for a basin of water. Washing his hands before the people, he publicly declared, “I am innocent of this man’s blood!” The mob shrieked, “Let his blood be on us and on our children!” Then he released Barabbas, had Jesus beaten and gave him over to be crucified.
Jesus endured a whole night of brutal interroga-
POINTS TO CONSIDER:
• Parallel accounts are found in Mark 15:2-15; Luke 23:3-25; and John 18:29-40. • Isaiah 53:7 says, “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.” This seems to describe Jesus before Pilate.
Sentenced to Death
I. The Jewish leaders sent Jesus to Pilate for execution. A. Jesus did not respond to Pilate’s question. B. Pilate’s wife warned him not to help with Jesus’ death. II. Pilate offered the crowd the choice of Barabbas or Jesus to be spared execution. A. The leaders had primed the crowd to ask for Barabbas’ release. B. The crowd called for Jesus’ crucifixion. III. Pilate washed his hands to absolve himself from guilt and then sent Jesus for execution.
Pilate, Barabbas rich fur much icy Crucify Him
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