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2021_12_22 Insight Post- Rusty Coram

This week's reading- John 19-20

Even the toughest people I know struggle with fear. It might be illness, failure, being truly known, rejection, relating with a spouse or kids, facing addiction, facing your past, or even spiders, heights, or snakes … there are tons of different things that strike fear in us. This week we see Governor Pilate’s fears in full display: “When Pilate heard this [that Jesus claimed to be the Son of God], he was more frightened than ever. 9 He took Jesus back into the headquarters again and asked him, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave no answer. 10 “Why don’t you talk to me?” Pilate demanded. “Don’t you realize that I have the power to release you or crucify you?”John 19:8–10 (NLT) Like many people, Pilate put on a show of bravado but at his core, he was a weenie. He was frightened about Jesus’ claim that He was the Son of God. Pilate was also fearful of losing his position, and that a riot of any kind would jeopardize his career, or even his life. His number one priority was himself which was made supremely clear by his willingness for an innocent man (“I find him not guilty.” John 19:6) to be crucified to appease the Jewish leaders. Pilate feared the religious leaders who could jeopardize his career, and the Jewish leaders feared the crowds who were enamored with Jesus. What they soon discovered was that the one they should have feared, is the one they would ultimately face. The fear of God is the best fear for any of us to have. It doesn’t mean we should cower before Him, but that we should recognize His ultimate authority, and His worthiness of our allegiance. All of us will answer to Him, and His judgement will be pure, just and true. We have this to guide us, so that we can walk confidently through this life and confidently enter the next… “Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.” Proverbs 3:7 (NLT)

It’s our choice.

Rusty Coram

Senior Pastor