Date: Sunday, March 28, 2021
The book called Luke in the Bible, was written by a Gentile believer named Luke, who was a close associate of the Apostle Paul. He set out to carefully investigate the truth concerning Jesus Christ, using the eyewitness accounts of those who were with and knew Jesus and His ministry. His intent in writing this Gospel was so that his readers would know the truth regarding Jesus and what they have been taught concerning Him. It is our hope in studying this Gospel, that we too would better understand the truth concerning Jesus, so that we may better know Him and make Him known to others.
Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again, but they kept on calling out, saying, “Crucify, crucify Him!” And he said to them the third time, “Why, what evil has this man done? I have found in Him no guilt demanding death; therefore I will punish Him and release Him.” (Luke 23:20-22)
The above verses are part of the Scripture passage we look at in this Sunday's worship service message. It gives us a glimpse of Jesus on trial before the Roman governor of Judea, Pilate, and those who brought a charge against Jesus. Though Pilate knew Jesus to be innocent, the Jewish religious leaders and the crowd that was with them cried out, "Crucify, crucify Him!" Eventually, Jesus would be sentenced to be crucified on a cross, but before then He would be punished by scourging.
Exactly a year ago on this day, March 26, I fell down the steps in front of my own house and landed hard on my left elbow. I sustained what my surgeon called a "terrible triad." Yet, as bad as the injury sounds, I knew it was nothing in comparison to the excruciating pain that Jesus endured as He was scourged and later placed upon the cross. In fact, it was in thinking of Jesus and thanking Him for His suffering that allowed me to deal with my own pain, right after my fall, and also in recovering from the surgery. I was reminded then, and I remind myself whenever I am in pain, whether physical or emotional, “But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)
We will never know the depth of Jesus' suffering, but we know that it is as deep as His love for us. For we know that “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) We also know that: But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8) May we be comforted by His love, as well as by His power to heal and save us!
This Sunday is Palm Sunday. Although my message will not focus on Jesus' Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, the children's message does. The passage of Scripture for our study of the Gospel of Luke is Luke 22:66-23:25, and the message title is "The Son of God on Trial".