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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bible Study - verse by verse # 82

Matthew 27:24 At first Pilate hesitated to give the religious leaders permission to crucify Jesus. He thought they were simply jealous of a teacher who was more popular with the people than they were. But when the Jews threatened to report Pilate to Caesar (John 19:12), Pilate became afraid. Historical records indicate that the Jews had already threatened to lodge a formal complaint against Pilate for his stubborn flouting of their traditions - and such a complaint would most likely have led to his recall by Rome. His job was in jeopardy.  The Roman government could not afford to put large numbers of troops in all the regions under their control, so one of Pilate's main duties was to do whatever was necessary to maintain peace.

Matthew 27:24 In making no decision, Palate made the decision to let the crowds crucify Jesus. Although he washed his hands, the guilt remained.d Washing your hands of a tough situation doesn't cancel your guilt. It merely gives you a false sense of peace. Don't make excuses - take responsibility for the decisions you make.

Matthew 27:29 People often make fun of Christians for their faith, but believers can take courage from the fact that Jesus Himself was mocked and greatly as anyone. Taunting may hurt our feelings, but we should never let it change our faith.

Matthew 27:32 Condemned prisoners had to carry their own crosses to the execution site. Jesus, weakened from the beatings He had received, was physically unable to carry His Cross any further. Thus, a bystander, Simon, was forced to do so. Simon was from Cyrene, in north Africa, and was probably one of the thousands of Jews visiting Jerusalem for Passover.

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