Read Luke chapter 23 carefully and slowly, then review the message notes.
Imagine you were one of Pilate’s advisors and he asked what you thought he should do. What advice might you have given him?
Now imagine you are Pilate and your career (and life) are on the line.
Being the governor meant administering justice, but in this case the political pressure on Pilate by the counsel was real. Sometimes doing the right thing can be costly. As followers of Jesus, we aren’t immune to the cost, but we should have a greater ambition than our comfort, popularity, and security.
Think about the following verses, and how they may help you choose to be God’s faithful man or woman this week: Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the LORD means safety.
Proverbs 29:25 (NLT)
He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God's sight.”
Luke 16:15 (NIV)
42 Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.
John 12:42-43 (NIV)
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. 7 Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
Proverbs 3:5-7 (NLT)
The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.
2 Chronicles 16:9 (NLT)