12 Nov Jesus Judged In Our Place
Jesus Judged In Our Place
Verses To Read: <Mt 27:11-31>
11 Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
“You have said so,” Jesus replied.
12 When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer.13 Then Pilate asked him, “Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?” 14 But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the governor.
15 Now it was the governor’s custom at the festival to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd. 16 At that time they had a well-known prisoner whose name was Jesus Barabbas. 17 So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” 18 For he knew it was out of self-interest that they had handed Jesus over to him.
19 While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.”
20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.
21 “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the governor.
“Barabbas,” they answered.
22 “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked.
They all answered, “Crucify him!”
23 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.
But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”
24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”
25 All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!”
26 Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.
27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said.30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again.31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.
1. Jesus was being judged in our place.
1) No evidence to condemn Jesus…He is innocent!
- “I find no basis for a charge against him.” <Jn 18:38>
- “…I find no basis for a charge against him.” <Jn 19:4>
- “As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.” <Jn 19:6>
2) Yet, sinless Jesus silently subjected Himself to be judged by human.
- Dramatic power of silence.
- He was silent because He was bearing all these accusations on our behalf.
- Jesus was silent because He was totally committed to the cross:
- The will of the Father.
- Jesus’ love for us.
3) We are the guilty ones.
- “SIN” nailed Jesus to the cross.
- “I” am guilty of crucifying Jesus to the cross.
- So think twice about sinning the next time, so as not to trample on His sacrifice.
- Our rightful response is to commit our lives fully to God.
- Because Jesus was judged in our place, we will no longer be condemned, if we believe in Him.
2. “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” <v22>
1) What did Pilate do?
- Tried repeatedly to release Jesus.
- Yet, eventually, gave the final order to crucify Jesus.
- Paradox: “Whoever wants to save their life will lose it” <Mt 16:25>.
- No matter how a person seems close to the gospel, or thinks that there is nothing wrong with Jesus, yet if his final decision is still to reject Jesus, then he is still doomed.
- There is no way to be “indifferent” or “decision-less”.
2) What did the crowd do?
- They bypassed the obvious choice and chose Barabbas over Jesus.
- Likewise for us, the choice is obvious, yet we always choose wrongly:
- Jesus’ love VS The world and human love.
- Jesus’ present and eternal blessings VS Temporal earthly blessings.
- Jesus’ guidance VS Ways of the world.
- Truth of God VS Lies of the devil.
3) What are we doing with Jesus the Messiah?
- Our answer determines our eternal fate.
- For believers, what we do with Jesus everyday also determines the state of our day.
- Are we acknowledging Jesus as King, or keeping Him away from our lives?
- ** Actually, it is not Jesus on trial here, but every human…
<Jn 3:18> “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
- What are we doing with Jesus today? How are we involving Him in our every activity and every area of our lives? Or do we tend to choose other things over Jesus? Confirm how our wrong decisions about not choosing Jesus lead us to problems and regrets.
- How does remembering the pain of Jesus’ sacrifice draw you closer to His love and touch you to stay away from the very sin that caused His suffering on our behalf?