Passage: Luke 23:1~25  

Key verse: 25

1. Jesus was tried before Pilate and Herod


The religious leaders dragged Jesus before Pilate the Roman governor to be sentenced the death for political crimes, including his claiming to be the Messiah, a king. When Pilate asked Jesus if he were the Son of God, Jesus replied,"You have said so." (3) Jesus was not defensive nor tried to save himself. He courageously proclaimed the truth of God as his life hung in the balance. Though Pilate knew Jesus was innocent, he sent him to Herod to be tried a third time. Herod plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer. After satisfying his sadistic desires, Herod sent Jesus back to Pilate. The two enemies became friends because neither had the courage or integrity to stand on the side of truth.

2. Jesus was condemned by Pilate (34-35)

Pilate declared Jesus' innocence, but the religious leaders stirred up the mobs and their shouts prevailed. Pilate gave into his fear of people and surrendered Jesus to their will, releasing a murderer. We should be condemned for our rebellion against God and hatred and murder of others. But Jesus, the Son of God and Messiah, stood in our places and bore our condemnation.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I deserved to be condemned for my heinous sins. Thank you for taking my condemnation.

One Word: Jesus was condemned in my place