What most people have in common with Pilate

Most people have something in common with Pilate.

It’s not being Roman. It’s not living in a foreign country. It’s not political power or aspirations.

What most people have in common with Pilate is their opinion of and reaction to Jesus:

Pilate then went out again, and said to them, “Behold, I am bringing Him out to you, that you may know that I find no fault in Him.”” (John 19:4 NKJV)

Most people hold Jesus in high-opinion! They believe Jesus was a good person. They believe Jesus was innocent, without guilt. They believe Jesus did not deserve to be crucified. But they’re still not interested in following him.

People are too busy to follow Jesus. People are not interested in giving up anything to follow Jesus. People are not interested in their own relationship with God to follow Jesus.

Whatever the reason people give for not following Jesus, most people find no fault in Jesus … but they are not willing enough to get involved with him. Or perhaps it is that most ·people are not willing enough to let Jesus get involved with them.

When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just Person. You see to it.”” (Matthew 27:24 NKJV)

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11-8-2017 No Safe Worship

“There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish’” (Luke 13:1-3 NKJV). Pilate’s killing of worshipers showed that there is no guaranteed time or place when people can’t die! Paul later said, “we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:20-21 NKJV). To both Jews and Gentiles, Paul preached, “repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#killing, #pilate, #worshipers

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6-3-2015 What Is YOUR “Truth?”

Jews delivered Jesus to Pilate as an “evildoer.” Jesus claimed His kingdom was “not of this world” and to “bear witness to the truth.” “Pilate said to Him, ‘What is truth?” (John 18:29-38). Pilate’s decision was, “I find no fault in Him at all.” Pilate’s decision was based upon “the truth.” “The truth” did not depend on whose heart it came from, but from absolute facts. “Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge, That I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth, That you may answer words of truth To those who send to you?” (Proverbs 22:20-21 NKJV). Each person does not determine their own “truth.” Don’t ask, “what is YOUR truth,” but ask, “have you learned “the truth?” Truth in, truth out.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#jesus, #kingdom, #pilate, #the-truth, #your-truth

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(#34) The Proverbs of Solomon 11:2-The Shame of Pride

Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Judgments Solomon made about individual cases brought to him for Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10), or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 11:2: When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom.

Humility is not thinking less of oneself that is deserved, but simply the recognition that God is far greater than we’ll ever be. The more of God’s Wisdom we possess, the more we realize how humble we should be. Moses was the humblest man on earth (Numbers 12:3); who led the Israelites 40 years to humble them (Deuteronomy 8:2, 16); a lesson Solomon was called upon to repeat (2 Chronicles 7:12-14); and the Apostle Paul would show the church of God at Corinth (2 Corinthians 12:20-21). “Modest” also describes the “humble,” as someone who does not need self-promotion. It is true today, that we should: “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” (James 4:10).

The opposite of humility is “pride,” which prompts the command: “Do not be wise in your own opinion” (Romans 12:16). Pride precedes: “shame” (Proverbs 11:2), “destruction” and “a fall” (Proverbs 16:18), being brought “low” (Proverbs 29:23). It is still true that: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). Jesus Christ scolded Pharisees with the statement: “”And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Matthew 23:12). Children who are constantly told they are smarter, stronger, better than their own parents or grandparents, have been pumped up with the false attitude of “pride.” The New Testament warns against this: “And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know” (1 Corinthians 8:2). Children who think they already “know it all” will never appreciate and learn God’s Wisdom!

God brought down those who became “proud:” Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar learned this (Daniel 4:28-32), Jewish King Herod learned this (Acts 12:18-24), and Roman Governor Pilate learned this (John 19:10-12). Don’t buy into the fictional belief that we are equal to, or greater than, God! If we think our country is great and powerful because we are richer, smarter, stronger, or more productive through our efforts alone, we are as proud as Nebuchadnezzar, whom God brought down for a lesson in humility! If we think our politicians, courts, and legislators are “the voice of a god, and not of a man,” we shall be brought down, as Herod, for not giving God the glory! If we think we are more powerful than Jesus Christ, we will be brought to ruin as Pilate and the Roman Empire! No “government” is greater than God, though many keep trying to be too great to humble themselves under the mighty hand of God (1 Peter 5:6).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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