Our King: Condemned! John 18:33-19:11 Feb. 02, 2014
How often have you seen someone who denied Jesus later become a Christian and change his/her attitude
completely? It is not happening enough but it does happen and it makes a significant contribution to the Christian community. Some like those in our text condemn today, but Jesus is the ultimate authority.
1. Our King Condemned; Unlike Any Worldly King. John 18:33-38a
A. Condemned Because of . . Perverted Truth. 18:33-37
33 Then Pilate went back into the headquarters, summoned Jesus, and said to Him, "Are You the King of
34 Jesus answered, "Are you asking this on your own, or have others told you about Me?"
35 "I'm not a Jew, am I?" Pilate replied. "Your own nation and the chief priests handed You over to me.
What have You done?"
36 "My kingdom is not of this world," said Jesus. "If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would
fight, so that I wouldn't be handed over to the Jews. As it is, My kingdom does not have its origin here."
B. Condemned Because of . . Positive Testimony. 18:37-38a
37 "You are a king then?" Pilate asked. "You say that I'm a king," Jesus replied. "I was born for this, and I
have come into the world for this: to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to Me"
38 "What is truth?" said Pilate.
The Jewish leaders could not explain Jesus. One reason stems from their being more influenced by their traditions than from a proper reading and interpretation of scripture. So they drummed up a perverted so called truth and took it to Pilate. It appears he wanted to be thoughtful, perhaps because of his wife’s request so he asked Jesus if he were a king. Jesus gave a positive testimony that confounded Pilate. He wanted to wash his hands of this matter, as it is recorded in the Book of Matthew, and told the people he found no fault in Jesus.
2. Our King Condemned; Rejected As King by Some. John 18:38b-40
A. Condemned and Rejected Because of A . . Weak Custom. 18:38b-39
38b After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them, "I find no grounds for
39 You have a custom that I release one prisoner to you at the Passover. So, do you want me to release to
you the King of the Jews?"
B. Condemned and Rejected Because of A . . Wrong Choice. 18:40
40 They shouted back, "Not this man, but Barabbas!" Now Barabbas was a revolutionary.
Pilate thought perhaps he could appease the people and put up two prisoners for release. I think he felt the people would surely release Jesus. Pilate was looking for a way to get himself off the hook but the people shocked Pilate by choosing Barabbas. Pilate used this custom of the Jews as a political plow to refrain from making a decision. The people made a sinfully wrong choice. It is sad that today many people also make wrong choices about Jesus.
3. Our King Condemned; Mistreated As King by Others. John 19:1-3
A. Condemned and Mistreated Because of the . . Cowardly Stand of Pilate. 19:1-2
1 Then Pilate took Jesus and had Him flogged.
2 The soldiers also twisted together a crown of thorns, put it on His head, and threw a purple
robe around Him.
B. Condemned and Mistreated Because of the . . Critical Actions of the Solders. 19:3
3 And they repeatedly came up to Him and said, "Hail, King of the Jews!" and were slapping His face.
It is my opinion that Pilate was doing everything he could to get away from actually making a decision about ordering the crucifixion of Jesus. I also think he ordered the flogging of Jesus to try and appease the people. He thought that might be enough for the crowd. But no doubt they were incited to request the release of Barabbas. The solders made havoc of the setting and proceeded to flog him and made fun of the situation. Bowing to Him and saying hail king etc.. I certainly hope those men realized at a later date what they had done and repented and acknowledged Jesus as Lord.
4. Our King and; His Divine Authority. John 19:9-11
A. Authority Beyond that of . . Great Authority of Pilate. 19:9-10
9 He went back into the headquarters and asked Jesus, "Where are You from?" But Jesus did not give him
10 So Pilate said to Him, "You're not talking to me? Don't You know that I have the authority to release
You and the authority to crucify You?"
B. Authority Beyond That and . . Greater Than That of Pilate. 19:11
11 "You would have no authority over Me at all," Jesus answered him, "if it hadn't been given you from
above. This is why the one who handed Me over to you has the greater sin."
Jesus did not defend Himself to the governor. Sometimes when you know you are absolutely right you don’t have to defend yourself because you know God will take care of your defense. Some people think they have authority because they do not give recognition to God as the ultimate authority. Pilate only knew about his limited authority. Jesus of course recognized God’s authority. He knew God had allowed Pilate to be in the place of power, and that it was simply a place of limited earthly power. Jesus endured all of this ultimately to get to the place of His sacrificial death where the lesson title; Our King: Condemned! Is fulfilled. Amen? Amen!