Introduction: What first comes to mind when I say the word G’s? Some might think the pastor has resorted to using a slang word used by many which is an abbreviation of the name “Jesus”. Others may think first of the force of gravity, whether positive or negative, that is exerted against the body in high acceleration or deceleration and measured in G force. And some of you may have thought I said “cheese” because you didn’t hear me right! But this is what I mean when I say G’s - the plural use of the letter G. In the arrest, trial and death of Jesus Christ there are three place names that each begin with the letter G. The first one, though not named by John, is the garden of Gethsemane. Matthew 26:36 tells us this fact, “Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsamane and saith unto the disciples, ‘Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.’” From that garden Jesus was betrayed, arrested and brought to trial. When the “trial” was over the judgment was rendered at a place called Gabbatha, in John 19:13. From that place Jesus was taken to the third place that started with the letter G - Golgotha. I thought of entitling this message “The trip from Gethsemane to Golgotha by way of Gabbatha” But since we have already studied from the text of the book of John the events that transpired in the garden of Gethsemane, I have settled on just the last two of these three words that begin with G - From Gabbatha to Golgotha. Just as the Garden of Gethsemane was a place of preparation and betrayal, so to these two places have truths for us to glean and hopefully apply to our lives.
I. Gabbatha: The Place Of Rejection--19:13-15
A. The Struggle of the Heart in Rejecting Christ - 19:13
1.. The Conflict Stimulating the Decision
a. Pontius Pilate was faced with the decision of his life - what will he do with the Lord Jesus - a man he perceived was not merely of this world.
b. In his conflict, he attempted to do right - to release Jesus and to execute justice; but he bowed to the pressures applied to him by the world - “When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth...”
It is striking to note that the trial of Christ before Pilate was in seven stages. This is seen by noting carefully the following scriptures, which speak of the Governor passing in and out of the judgment-hall. The First stage was on the outside: John 18:28-32. The Second on the inside: John 18:33-37. Third, on the outside: John 18:38-40. Fourth, inside: John 19:1-3. Fifth, outside: John 19:4-7. Sixth, inside: John 19:8-11. Seventh, outside: John 19:12-16. God’s use of his number of perfection, seven, is found once again, even in the trial of His Son before men.
c. His decision was made independent of the eternal realities of the situation and instead, was based solely upon temporal values and priorities.
d. He was faced with a crisis moment wherein he had to decide between two worlds -
i. Potentially forfeit all that is dear in this world (power, prestige, position, prosperity, possessions, etc_, and gain eternal blessing; or,