HERO CENTRAL August 7-11 Vacation Bible School

May 3/John 19

Verse 1 > I wonder what Pilate thought the day that he died and his soul went on into eternity? I am sure it was on that day that it was revealed to him who he had flogged. I wonder when we sin if it is like a whip stroke on the back of Jesus? I say this because sin must be more horrific than we realize being God created hell for unrepentant sinners.

Verse 2 > Since their death do you think these soldiers have regretted what they did here? I imagine by now they really know who Jesus is.  Why not treat Jesus with honor today by the way you talk and act so that you won’t have to regret it.

Verse 3 > Imagine the horror on their faces when they saw Jesus as they passed from this life to the next. I want to fear God. I want to take him seriously. You? It is good to examine ourselves from time to time to see if we really are living out our faith in Jesus. Are we being the holy people that he has called us to be or have we gone soft on sin. Does is pierce our hearts when we gossip or talk harshly to our parents or sigh when our teachers give us an assignment or our wives ask us to do something? Do we take time to honor God by reading and studying his word? Is fellowship with the Holy Spirit important to us? Do we love the body of believers that we meet with on Sunday? Do those around us know that we are disciples of Jesus by our love or at least because we have said that we are? If our co-workers or neighbors or the kids at school were asked to name the Christians that they know would those who know us speak our names?

2 Corinthians 13:5 (NLT) — 5 Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith.

Verse 4 > He couldn’t find him guilty because Jesus never did anything wrong! Because of the blood of Jesus shed for us Satan can’t find us guilty either!

Verse 5 > With this statement Pilate was more right than he could have ever known > Jesus is the Man; the same yesterday, today, and forever! We are following The Man!

Verse 6 > Pilate was afraid of the crowd. But lets not get too hard on him how many times have we been silent and not defended our faith in Jesus because we were afraid of the crowd?

Verse 7 > They couldn’t have been too conderned about the law seeing how they were about to commit murder! How concerned are we about following God’s word or do we pick and choose like these people?

Verse 8 > Pilate was more frightened of man than he was of God. Too bad he didn’t let his fear humble himself before Jesus instead he remained puffed up with pride and thought that he knew better than Jesus. Is that what I am like when I don’t obey Jesus? Does disobedience mean that I think I know better or is it that at that moment I just don’t care?

Verse 11 > All power comes from God. The only reason you can lift your fork is because God give you the power to do it. When was the last time your or I thanked God for that ability?

Verse 12 > It is always dangerous in this life to be a friend of Jesus. Pilate chose not to be a friend of Jesus because it seemed like befriending Jesus would mean more trouble for him. If he had lived today Pilate would have unfriended Jesus on facebook!

2 Timothy 3:12 (NLT) — 12 Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

Verses 14-16 > I wonder how they feel today about that decision to choose Caesar over Jesus?

Hey Hilltop these first 16 verses are reminders that we should examine ourselves to see if we really are in the faith or being faithful to Jesus. If we find area that we are not faithful in like relationships, money, compassion for others, etc, lets be quick to repent and get back being faithful to Jesus!

Hebrews 13:20–21 (NLT) — 20 Now may the God of peace— who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood— 21 may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    On Sunday the sermon was on attitudes. They use the terns premodern, modern, and postmodern but those attitudes were present in the time of Jesus. Pilate had a modern attitude: I see no fault in Jesus, while the priests had a postmodern viewpoint when they ignored the scriptures they were taught as true and wanted Jesus killed. What is your attitude?