Summary: The Trial: Pontius Pilate & Jesus! John chapter 18 verse 28 to chapter 19 verse 16 – sermon by Gordon Curley PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email:

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(A). PILATE & JESUS (1):

Step 1: Accusation (vs 18-32):

Step 2: Interrogation (vs 33-35):

Step 3: Defense (vs 36-38a)

Step 4: Verdict (vs 38b)

(B). PILATE & JESUS (2):

An Interval (Luke chapter 23 verses 6-12):

A Custom (vs 39):

A Final Appeal (vs 4-15):

A Conclusion (vs 5&16):



• Here are a few questions to get you thinking?

• See me afterwards if you have any answers!

• Do one legged ducks swim in circles?

• If the cops arrest a mime, do they have to tell him he has the right to remain silent?

• Why do pubs and clubs advertise live bands?

• Why is there only ONE Monopolies Commission?

• How come Superman could stop bullets with his chest;

• But always ducked when someone threw a gun at him?

• Why did kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

• What's another word for thesaurus?

• Since bread is square, then why is sandwich meat round?

• Why do they call the little chocolate bars "fun sizes".

• Wouldn't it be more fun to eat a big one?

• What do sheep count when they can't sleep?

• If a man speaks and there is no woman there to hear him, is he still wrong?

• TRANSITION: From the trivial to the important;

• In our passage this morning Pilate asks some questions.

• I make it 9 questions in our reading;

• (Chapter 18 verse 29 & 33 & 35 & 37 & 38 & 39 & chapter 19 verses 9 & 10.)

• Chapter 18 verse 29: ‘What charges are you bringing against this man?’

• Chapter 18 verse 33: ‘Are you the king of the Jews?’

• Chapter 18 verse 35 ‘Am I a Jew?’ Pilate replied.

• Chapter 18 verse 37 ‘You are a king, then!’ said Pilate.

• Chapter 18 verse 38 ‘What is truth?’ retorted Pilate.

• Chapter 18 verse 39 ‘Do you want me to release “the king of the Jews”?’

• Chapter 19 verse 9: ‘’Where do you come from?’ he asked Jesus.

• Chapter 19 verse 10 ‘Do you refuse to speak to me?’ Pilate said.

• Chapter 19 verse 10:

• ‘Don’t you realise I have power either to free you or to crucify you?’

Pilate asked some good questions:

• His problem was he did not act upon the answers he was given,

• And so Pontius Pilate’s brief appearance in Scripture is full of tragedy.

• i.e. He ignored his conscience,

• Instead of being true to his convictions,

• He took the easy option and followed the crowd.

• i.e. He disregarded the good advice of his wife,

• Who warned him not to have anything to do with ‘that innocent man’.

• (Matthew chapter 27 verse 19).

• i.e. He chose political expediency over public rectitude,

• i.e. He failed to recognize the truth even when Truth was standing right in front of him.

Although Pilate asked some good questions:

• He did not get the answers he wanted;

• And he did not have the moral courage to follow his convictions,

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