Sunday Morning Podcast October 4, 2015. Bro. Dave Goble.

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TEXT: JOHN 19:5-15 

5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!
6  When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.
7  The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.
8  When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid;
9  And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer.
10  Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?
11  Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.
12  And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar’s friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.
13  When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha.
14  And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!
15  But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.

The Jews were subject to the Romans, rendering them powerless to actually put Christ to death like they desired.  The Jews were in this frame of mind, because they chose not to acknowledge Jesus as divine. The Roman leader,  “Pilate,”  was reluctant to have any part of crucifying one, that possibly was of God.  The Jews, (even their high priest who should have known better), declared they had no king but Caesar, …when Pilate presented Christ as such.  The Jews denial of Jesus as the Son of God, led to their evil desires to crucify Him.  They chose to not recognize the embodiment of holiness, in the form of Jesus.

In the Old Testament, (Exodus 32:1-7), we read how the people tired of waiting for Moses, so they chose to focus their faith on false gods (idols), that were not of holiness. When they decided that “for them, there was no God,” they chose the carnal ways of the flesh, lightheartedly discounting all that God had given to them, of victories, over their enemies.  They wanted a god to be one they could see, and tangible.  Not one of faith.  That which is not of faith, tho, is of sin. Sin separates from God.   All around us today we see people living for the flesh, sensually, and not of pureness through faith.  Living for self and sin.  Even much of religion today does nothing to help one to repent and forsake their own will, to live through God’s holy will.  God’s will, and not someone’s opinion.  Christ died to save us from our sin, (Matthew 1:21), so we would in holiness please Him.

What do you want?  To serve God, which is without sin?  Or to live in sin like, …”when there is no God?”