• Pilate Sentences Jesus to Death

    John 19:12–16a

    The crucifixion of Jesus is the supreme example that God is working in all things for the good of His people (Rom. 8:28). The crucifixion of Jesus was the most heinous evil ever done in the history of mankind, and ...Read More

  • The Source of Pilate’s Authority

    John 19:6–11

    Jesus said that the one who handed Him over to Pilate was guilty of greater sin in the matter of the crucifixion, not that Pilate was entirely free from sin (John 19:11). Pilate’s guilt was less because he did not ...Read More

  • Pilate Presents Jesus to the Crowd

    John 19:1–5

    There are many different conceptions of what it means to be human. Christians, however, know what true humanity looks like, what it means to be fully human as God intended us to be. True humanity looks like Jesus. We look ...Read More

  • Exchanging Jesus for Barabbas

    John 18:38b–40

    It is easy for us to think that we would not have called for Barabbas instead of Jesus. However, by nature we are hostile to God unless He changes our hearts, and left to ourselves, we would show the same ...Read More

  • Pilate’s Cynicism

    John 18:37–38a

    Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary John that “the issue in our day in regard to truth is whether there is an objective reality that is true for everyone, no matter who we are, where we live, or ...Read More

  • Hungry for the Word of God

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  • Christ’s Otherworldly Kingdom

    John 18:33–36

    Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary John that Jesus “did not say that His dominion and authority did not include this world or that His realm was a transcendent spiritual Neverland.” The kingdom of Jesus does not advance ...Read More

  • Defiled in Heart

    John 18:28–32

    John Calvin notes that during Jesus’ trial, the religious authorities carried ”to excess their care about smaller matters, and [neglected] what is of the highest importance.” Sinners are perpetually tempted to be concerned only with external righteousness, but we must ...Read More

  • Simon Peter Denies Jesus

    John 18:25–27

    Even some professing Christians act as if they must prove themselves worthy before Christ will receive them into His kingdom. Yet, the whole point of the gospel is that Jesus died for the unworthy, for sinners of all kinds. We ...Read More

  • Before a Kangaroo Court

    John 18:19–24

    When brought before an unjust tribunal, Christ remained concerned only for justice. That is instructive for us. In all of our dealings, we should be concerned to see justice done, and we should not form our opinions of others based ...Read More

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