Luke 20:1-8Religious Leaders Challenge Jesus Authority
Luke 20:9-18The Parable of the Wicked Farmers
Luke 20:19-26Paying Taxes to Caesar
Luke 20:27-40The Resurrection and Marriage
Luke 20:41-47Leaders Didn’t Understand Who Jesus Was
Luke 21:1-4The Widow’s Offering
Luke 21:5-19Signs of the End of the Age
Luke 21:20-28Jesus Tells About His Return
Luke 21:29-38Jesus Tells them to Remain Watchful
Luke 22:1-13Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus
Luke 22:14-30The Last Supper
Luke 22:31-38Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial
Luke 22:39-53Jesus Arrested in the Garden
Luke 22:54-71Peter Denies Knowing Jesus
Luke 23:1-12Jesus Stands Trial Before Pilate and Herod
Luke 23:13-25Pilate Hands Jesus Over to be Crucified
Luke 23:26-43Jesus is Led Away to be Crucified
Luke 23:44-49Jesus Dies on the Cross
Luke 23:50-56Jesus is Buried in a Borrowed Tomb
Luke 24:1-12Jesus Rises From the Dead
Luke 24:13-35Jesus Appears on the Road to Emmaus
Luke 24:36-49Jesus Appears to the Disciples
Luke 24:50-53Jesus Ascends Into Heaven
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Pilate wanted to release Jesus, but the crowd continued to demand His death; so he sentenced Him to die (vv. 13-25). Today we might say that he did what was politically correct. No doubt Pilate did not want to risk losing his job, and as we have indicated previously, it was a bit shaky. As a career politician, he knew the importance of compromise and he saw Jesus as more of a political threat than as a person with rights and dignity. Keep in mind as you read this portion of Scripture that Jesus was not crucified because evil men decided to get Him out of the way. He was crucified because it was in God’s plan and was an appointment made in heaven that could not be changed (Acts 2:23).
Herod put Jesus through an interrogation but did not issue an official verdict about Him (v.15). He did make it clear that he did not find Him guilty of any crime worthy of death and sent Jesus back to Pilate. Pilate openly said - “I find no fault in this man,” and yet he permitted Him to be beaten and soon condemned Him to die (v. 14). Pilate wanted to be popular and was not concerned about what was right. He was more concerned about reputation than about character.
Barabbas had been part of a rebellion against the Roman government (Mark 15:7). As a political insurgent, he was no doubt a hero among some of the Jews. It is ironic that Barabbas, who was released, was guilty of the very crime Jesus was accused of (vv. 18-25).
I must never look for an easy way out of a situation I may find myself in. The only right decision is the truth. Only in standing for the truth can one hope to prevent injustice. The only way I can make a right decision is to always take a stand for the truth - no matter what it may cost me.
Pilate then called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, and said to them, "You brought me this man as one who was misleading the people. And after examining him before you, behold, I did not find this man guilty of any of your charges against him. Neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us. Look, nothing deserving death has been done by him. I will therefore punish and release him." But they all cried out together, "Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas"-- a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection started in the city and for murder. Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus, but they kept shouting, "Crucify, crucify him!" A third time he said to them, "Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no guilt deserving death. I will therefore punish and release him." But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed. So Pilate decided that their demand should be granted. He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, for whom they asked, but he delivered Jesus over to their will.
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