Mar 12, 2023 – Pilate: Courage or Cowardice


Welcoming – Pastor Ross

Prelude – Minuet in G Major; Minuet in G Minor ‐ Bach


When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.” ~Matthew 27:24

Call to Worship – Pastor Linda

Opening Hymn – All Things Bright and Beautiful #147

New Members

Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer – Pastor Linda

Prayer Song – Kyrie Eleison #2275

Pastoral Prayer, Lord’s Prayer – Pastor Linda

Anthem – Blessed be the Name ‐ The Lakeview Choir

Scripture Reading  – John 18:28 ‐ 19:12 – Kathy Eggebraten

Offering – Pastor Ross

Hymn of Preparation – Beneath the Cross of Jesus #297

Message – Pilate: Courage or Cowardice – Pastor Dave

Closing Hymn – God of Grace and God of Glory #577

Benediction & Response

Postlude – Play on “Royal Oak” ‐ Arr. John Karl Hirte

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Have a Wonderful and Blessed Week!

John 18:28-19:12 – New Revised Standard Version

28 Then they took Jesus from Caiaphas to Pilate’s headquarters. It was early in the morning. They themselves did not enter the headquarters, so as to avoid ritual defilement and to be able to eat the Passover.

29 So Pilate went out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?”

30 They answered, “If this man were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you.”

31 Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and judge him according to your law.” The Jews replied, “We are not permitted to put anyone to death.”

32 This was to fulfill what Jesus had said when he indicated the kind of death he was to die.

33 Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”

34 Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?”

35 Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?”

36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom does not belong to this world. If my kingdom belonged to this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.”

37 Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”

38 Pilate asked him, “What is truth?” After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them, “I find no case against him.

39 But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover. Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?”

40 They shouted in reply, “Not this man but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a rebel.

1 Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged.

2 And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they dressed him in a purple robe.

3 They kept coming up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and striking him on the face.

4 Pilate went out again and said to them, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no case against him.”

5 So Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Behold the man!”

6 When the chief priests and the police saw him, they shouted, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him; I find no case against him.”

7 The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has claimed to be the Son of God.”

8 Now when Pilate heard this, he was more afraid than ever.

9 He entered his headquarters again and asked Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer.

10 Pilate therefore said to him, “Do you refuse to speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you and power to crucify you?”

11 Jesus answered him, “You would have no power over me unless it had been given you from above; therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”

12 From then on Pilate tried to release him, but the Jews cried out, “If you release this man, you are no friend of Caesar. Everyone who claims to be a king sets himself against Caesar.”

Pilate, the Roman governor, has power but uses it to only satisfy his own desires. Pilate used fear as a tool. Yet Pilate also feared the crowd and that Rome would remove him.  He knows Jesus is innocent, but in cowardly fashion, he ignores the demands of conscience.

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