They just could not be made happy

John Bible Background

New Testament: John 19.21–22

To read the Bible in a year, read John 19.1–22 on June 11, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

The Jews pressured Pilate to crucify Jesus, and he went against his own conscience to appease them by turning Jesus over to crucifixion. Their contention against Him was that they believed He claimed to be the King of the Jews. So watch what happened between them and Pilate when he put the accusation against Jesus on the cross that all might know why He was crucified:

Therefore the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, He said, ‘I am the King of the Jews.’” Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

– John 19.21–22

Finally, Pilate stood up to them and stated that his decision was final, but unfortunately he did not have that fortitude earlier and rescue Jesus from the Jews.

Questions:

  • What class of people made the complaint to Pilate?
  • Can you be persuaded to do something against your conscience?

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