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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,
ii. Certainly forfeit eternal blessing and joy in order to preserve potentially all that the world has to offer.
e. Such a decision is essentially forced upon everyone who comes into contact with the Gospel - cp. Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
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