John: Suffered Under Pontius Pilate

Have you ever read the Declaration of Independence? Here’s a small sample: “When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government.” This statement demonstrates that our nation began because colonists, experiencing prolonged unjust governance, refused to submit to it any longer. In stark contrast, as we look this Sunday at John 19:1-16, we are going to see Jesus being faced with the most unjust actions imaginable, and rather than rebel against those in authority, he submits to them. In this text, we’ll see our depravity as human beings as we condemned God’s Son to death, but we’ll also see our Savior’s glory, as the King of kings subjecting Himself to Pontius Pilate for our eternal good.