MONDAY, MARCH 26
“Then they led Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the governor’s headquarters. It was early morning. They themselves did not enter the governor’s headquarters, so that they would not be defiled, but could eat the Passover. So Pilate went outside to them and said, ‘What accusation do you bring against this man?’ They answered him, ‘If this man were not doing evil, we would not have delivered him over to you.’ Pilate said to them, ‘Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.’”
John 18:28-31 ESV
WRESTLING WITH THE TRUTH: JUDGING
The original reality show “People’s Court” started in 1981 with Judge Wapner presiding. Since then many other courtroom shows have entertained us with their almost comical situations. Here are a few ridiculous questions and answers that people have said in court:
Q: Was it you or your younger brother who was killed in the war?
Q: How far apart were the vehicles at the time of the collision?
Q: You were there until the time you left, is that true?
Q: How many times have you committed suicide?
Q: What is your date of birth? A: July fifteenth. Q: What year? A: Every year.
Q: What was the first thing your husband said to you when he woke that morning? A: He said, “Where am I, Cathy?” Q: And why did that upset you? A: My name is Susan.
Q: You say the stairs went down to the basement? A: Yes. Q: And these stairs, did they go up also?
Judges must make decisions. The name Pontius Pilate is one of the most notorious judges in history. If his name was announced at a baseball game, the crowd would “boo.” In John 18 an angry mob brought Jesus to Pilate’s court and they wanted Pilate to sentence Jesus to death. Pilate, as a judge, had to decide about Jesus and the truth. And Pilate wrestled with that decision.
When it comes to Jesus, we all must make a decision. We must decide what we are going to do with Him. C.S. Lewis popularized the idea that we must decide if Jesus is either: 1) The Lord God- who He claimed to be and we should follow Him; 2) A Liar- and He was not God like He claimed and should be argued against; or 3) A Lunatic -a self-deluded crazy man making outrageous claims who we should ignore. No one else can make this decision for us. And as we will see in our study this week, ultimately our actions reflect who we really believe Jesus is. Do most of your actions reflect that you follow Jesus, fight against Jesus or simply ignore Jesus?