Answers to BSF Bible Study Questions on John Lesson 25 Day 5
12. Then Pilate delivered Jesus to be crucified.
It appeared that Jesus was on trial before Pilate, but in an even greater sense Pilate was on trial before Jesus. Pilate failed his test. In fear of the crowd he sent a Man he knew to be innocent to a tortured death. Thus the ancient creed notes, Jesus was crucified under Pontius Pilate. David Guzik
The note Pilate received from his wife stunned him. After reading her comments, the truth planted in his mind by the Holy Spirit was confirmed. This was no ordinary trial. Jesus was the Son of God, the predicted Messiah. At that moment, the tables turned. Pilate suddenly found himself on trial. What should he do with Jesus? Pilate had the power to set Jesus free and he had the power to crucify Him. If Pilate set Jesus free, the mob would go crazy and Caesar would question his ability to govern. (Larry W. Wilson)
Pilate proved to be a weak and cowardly judge who caved into pressure. Although he declared Jesus innocent three times, “he had Jesus flogged and crucified rather than take any ridicule from the Jews and a possible reprimand from Caesar.” (Wilson)
God is wise, just, merciful, righteous, impartial, and condemns evil doers.
“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Lovingkindness and truth go before You.” Psalm 89:14 AMP
13. From Moses Lesson 6 Day 2
Instructions for the first Passover
- On the tenth day of the first month, select an unblemished, one-year-old male sheep or goat. (Tradition says “take a lamb” meant the lamb became a part of the family. Like a family pet.)
- On the fourteenth day, everyone must slaughter the animal at twilight. (After making a pet out of the lamb for four days, the lamb is now “loved and mourned”. See above link.)
- Take some of the animal’s blood and smear it on the doorposts and lintels of each house where the meal will be eaten.
- Eat the meat, fire-roasted, in the evening, along with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.
- The meat must not be eaten raw or boiled. It must be roasted with the head and internal organs intact.
- When you eat, you must be dressed for travel, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. You are to eat it in a hurry.
- Any leftover remnants must be burned before morning.
Instructions for future memorial Passovers:
- Permanent statute—must be observed by all future generations.
- Passover observance begins on the evening of the fourteenth day of the first month.
- Remove all yeast from your house for seven days.
- Hold a sacred assembly on the first day and the seventh day.
- Do no work on the first and seventh days except meal preparation.
- Eat bread made without yeast for the seven days.
- No foreigner may eat it, but a circumcised slave may eat it. If a foreigner lives with you, wants to take part, and all the men in his family are circumcised, he may join in.
- Do not break any of the bones.
Jesus is the Lamb provided by God and loved by God as a sacrifice to take away the sin of the world. John 1:29 & 1 Corinthians 5:7
None of His bones were broken, as prophesied even though that was a customary practice, causing suffocation. Jesus was already dead, so they did not break his legs. Instead, they pierced his side to make sure he was dead. One source says the Roman soldiers in attendance couldn’t leave until the criminals died.
14. Jesus receive the reward of your suffering.
The humility, self-control, love, mercy, grace, patience, Jesus displayed during the all-night trials, the brutal beating, the crown made of thorns, and mocking. Yet later while on the cross in excruciating pain, he forces out enough breath to say, “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
I’ve just read several articles that explain the history and process of crucifixion. I’ve heard and read about it before, but it always sounds more gruesome than I remember.