As we are being challenged to read and study the book of John, I wanted to share some of my personal sermon notes with you to help you understand the book. I preached through the entire book over the course of 1 year when I pastored First Baptist Church Del Rio. Enjoy!
Introduction—Guilty people deserve what the law allows to be their sentencing. Do you agree? Guilty people don’t deserve a fair trial. Do you agree? What about innocent people? Do they deserve to be treated fair?
If you were on trial this morning for your faith, would there be enough evidence to produce a guilty verdict? There would be no ifs, no ands, and no buts about that you are a Christ follower based on the evidence that the jury deliberates. I am not talking about the day you were baptized or the day you were confirmed, I am asking would your life have enough evidence of faith to produce a guilty verdict?
Today Jesus is place in front of a hostile crowd innocent of any crimes, innocent of accusations, and guilty of being the King of the Jews. He is guilty of being a King. Have you made Jesus your King this morning? I pray that you do.
Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. 2 The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe 3 and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face.
4 Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews gathered there, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him.” 5 When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!”
6 As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, 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.”
7 The Jewish leaders insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.”
8 When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, 9 and he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10 “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?”
11 Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”
12 From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jewish leaders kept shouting, “If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar.”
13 When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge’s seat at a place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha). 14 It was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about noon.
“Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews.
15 But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!”
“Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked.
“We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered.
16 Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.
Today I want us to see that Jesus accepts His sentencing. He does it with humility and obedience knowing that today we would be here in this place in need of a King. Amen.
- Jesus accepted the pain for our redemption
- Flogging—flogging was reserved for those that would be put to death by crucifixion.
- Stripped the victim
- Tied their hands to a post above their head
- Whipped with leather intertwined with pieces of bone and lead
- 2 men, one on each side of the victim, dulled out 40 lases, which was the limit for Jewish customs, the Romans had no such limit
- It is a wonder that Jesus survived the torture
- Crown of Thorns
- The crown was one that was made of local thorny vine, twisted together, and made into the shape of a round circle that would be placed on the head of Jesus.
- If you have ever been pricked by a thorn from a rose bush, or lime tree, or other thorny vine, you know how much that hurts
- Now, imagine a crown full of thorns purposes placed over the top of your hear resting on your forehead digging into your skin.
- The forehead is one of the most vascular areas of the body. Lot of blood would ensue following the placement of the crown of thorns
- Jesus was in a lot of pain for our redemption.
- Flogging, whipping, crown of thrones, and now beatings
- John only references “slapping Jesus in the face” in verse 3
- Mark 15:19—Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him.
- Matthew 27:30—They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again.
- John was more interested in the conversation that Jesus was having with Pilate, than the beatings the soldiers were giving to Jesus.
- Jesus pain becomes our gain!
Illustration—Things that are worthwhile, hurt for a short period of time.
Application—Have you accepted Jesus’ pain for your gain?
- Jesus accepted the shame for our redemption
- Jesus was mocked and ridiculed
- Over and over they made a joke. “Hail, King of the Jews” is what they claimed.
- Little did they know their mockery would not go unnoticed by God because today Jesus is the King! He is not only King of the Jews, but King of all humanity!
- Pilate was hoping in verses 4-5, that the crowd after seeing Jesus flogged, would change their mind.
- Pilate reminds them again that he finds no basis for the charges being made.
- The shame continues as the crowd shouts Crucify! Crucify!
- Pilate says to the Jewish leaders, “you take Him and crucify Him, I find no basis for the charges.”
- Pilate ask Jesus in verse 8, where do you come from? Pilate was so confused by this time about the person of Jesus, he wants out of this ordeal.
- In Matthew 27:19—While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.”
- Even Pilate’s wife realized the innocence of Jesus.
- Pilate tries again to get out of this trial by telling Jesus about his power. Pilate says in verse 10, “Do you realize the power I have? I can either set you free or I can crucify you.”
- Jesus lets Pilate know that he really doesn’t have any power of his own in verse 11.
- There is only One that holds the power over death, and His name is Jesus!
- His shame becomes our gain!
Illustration—With our enormous egos that are constantly on display, shame is one of those things that can knock us down a notch or two. Shame seems to be all over the news today. Watch one episode of the nightly news and you will here of someone getting caught doing something shameful.
Application—Have you allowed the shame that Jesus endured to change you heart?
- Jesus accepted the blame for our redemption
- When you imagine Jesus during this time, what goes through your mind and heart? Here He is being paraded around beaten half to death, ridiculed, and mocked as if He was some horrific criminal.
- As I was preparing this message, I viewed some of the scenes of the movie, “The Passion of the Christ,” and it still moves me to know that He accepted the blame from the false accusations.
- Pilate continues to try and release Jesus by saying here is your King. Shall I crucify your King? The Jewish leaders replied that they only have one king and his name is Caesar in verse 15
- Finally Pilate gives up and he hands Jesus over to the angry mob to be crucified.
- His blame becomes our gain!
Illustration—Blaming others for your own sins is common practice today. We find it easier to look at others as being worse than we are so we can feel vindicated for our lifestyle. Until you accept the blame for you own sins, you will never have true peace in your heart and in your life.
Application—Is Jesus guilty of anything that he was blamed for? Have you blamed God for anything in your life that you need to ask Him to forgive you?
Conclusion—I pray you see Jesus for who He really is today. He is truly a King because of His acceptance of pain, shame, and blame just so you and I could be alive and worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.
Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,