These notes accompany the sermon available at https://www.sermonaudio.com/solo/whitesrun/sermons/45201124492908/.

Ecce homo by Antonio Ciseri
Antonio Ciseri – http://www.most-famous-paintings.org/Ecce-Homo-large.html

Matthew 27:11-26

The Trials of Jesus: 

  1. John 18:12-14, 19-23. Jesus is questioned by Annas, the former high priest and father-in-law of Caiaphas the high priest.
  2. Mark 14:53, 55-65; Matthew 26:57, 59-68; Luke 22:54, 63-65; John 18:24.  Jesus is brought to Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin.  He admits to being the Christ, the Son of the blessed (God), and is condemned.
  3. Mark 15:1; Matthew 27:1; Luke 22:66-71. After Dawn, Jesus is formally condemned by the Sanhedrin since the actions taken at night were invalid. 
  4. Mark 15:1-5; Matthew 27:2, 11-14; Luke 23:1-5; John 18:28-38.  Jesus is brought to Pilate who finds no guilt in him.
  5. Luke 23:6-12.  When Pilate hears that Jesus preached in Galilee, he sent him to Herod Antipas, the Tetrarch, who questioned Jesus at length.  Jesus did not answer.   
  6. Mark 15:6-15; Matthew 27:15-26; Luke 23:13-25; John 18:39-19:16.  Pilate examines Jesus the second time, offers to release Barabbas, and ultimately delivers Jesus to be crucified.[1] 

Big Idea:  Just as Pilate was confronted with the dilemma of what to do with Jesus of Nazareth, every person must confront the claims concerning him and make a decision.

Outline:

We can try to turn the decision away.  Matthew 27:1-2, 11-14; Luke 23:1-5, 22; John 18:28-38.

We can try to compromise.  Luke 23:22.

But we cannot escape the responsibility of making a decision concerning Jesus.  Acts 4:27-28; Psalm 2; John 3:18-21, 12:48;

According to Warren Wiersbe:

“Pilate knew what was right, but refused to do anything about it. He was “willing to please the people” (Mark 15:15). Judas yielded to the devil in his great sin (John 13:2, 27); Peter yielded to the flesh when he denied his Lord; but Pilate yielded to the world and listened to the crowd. Pilate looked for the easy way, not the right way. He has gone down in history as the man who condemned Jesus.”[2]


[1] Based on Robertson, A. T. A Harmony of the Gospels. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

[2] Wiersbe, Warren W. The Bible Exposition Commentary. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1996. Print.

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