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Series: Lord of Lent
Trial Before Pilate

John 18: 28-40, NRSV

Reflections

Every call to worship is a call into the Real World…. I encounter such constant and widespread lying about reality each day and meet with such skilled and systematic distortion of the truth that I’m always in danger of losing my grip on reality. The reality, of course, is that God is sovereign and Christ is savior. The reality is that prayer is my mother tongue and the Eucharist my basic food. The reality is that baptism, not Myers-Briggs, defines who I am.

— Eugene H. Peterson
Take & Read

  • Jesus let the charges laid on Him
  • Even Pilate tried to give Jesus ways to get out
  • Jewish leaders won’t meet Pilate because they don’t wan to be “unclean”
    • obstacles to hear Jesus, like us putting obstacles to hear Jesus
  • Kingdom of God is not kingdom of this world, it’s upside down, not by sword, not crushing from above, but serving from below
  • in relationship, ask how do we invest, instead of what we get out of
  • Are we tourist or ambassador for the Kingdom of God?
  • We might think “If you really know me, you wouldn’t love me” But Jesus does know you, and He does love you
  • Pilate asks, what is the truth? Anybody can claim truth, be manipulative
  • “Pick your layer of bullsh*t” from the movie Hero, with Dustin Hoffman
  • How is your choice of layer working out for you?
  • Jesus is the way to truth. Knowing Him is knowing the Truth
  • If Jesus can answer every single question you have, you are acting like your own King, or Queen, your own authority, when all things revolves around you
  • Barabbas is the first person Jesus died for
  • No more condemnation, no more shame, no more guilt

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