Easter – “ALMOST”
DID YOU KNOW PILATE ALMOST RELEASED JESUS?
13 Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers and the people, 14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him. 15 Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death. 16 Therefore, I will punish him and then release him.”
18 But the whole crowd shouted, “Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!” 19 (Barabbas had been thrown into prison for an insurrection in the city, and for murder.)
20 Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again. 21 But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”
22 For the third time he spoke to them: “Why? What crime has this man committed? I have found in him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore I will have him punished and then release him.”
23 But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed. 24 So Pilate decided to grant their demand. 25 He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will.
- He had the authority to release Jesus
- He had the desire to release Jesus
- His wife sent him a message about Jesus’ innocence
While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.”
Skit Part 1 – Library
WHAT IF JESUS ONLY “ALMOST” CARRIED OUT HIS MISSION?
Fortunately God knows we are broken
- He is not angry at our pitfalls
- He knows we are incapable of being perfect
- At times our weaknesses lead us towards our own demise
Christianity is about being in right relationship with the God who loves us.
- He is a God who knows our weaknesses
- He is a God who understands our hurts and pains
- He is a God who sees all of the messes we make of life
How many ways in our lives we think are normal, but instead we are incredibly broken?
Skit Part 2 – Lunch Room
34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
Only Jesus is able to forgive us of all our mistakes
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
With sin comes death
The only way we can pay the price for our sins is to die.
Jesus decided to do this for us
About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”)
Skit Part 3 – Bus Ride Home
He loves, forgives, accepts, and gives us purpose to live for.
- For Jesus there is no “I almost loved him”
- Almost forgave him, or
- Almost accepted him
Jesus 100% fulfilled his mission:
- 100% never sinned
- 100% fulfilled his mission
- 100% defeated the power of sin and death
He 100% paid our debt of sin so we don’t have to!