NextLevel Online: Enemies of the Cross

Session 4: Pilate

In this session we take a closer look at Pilate who, though he judges correctly and knows the truth of Jesus' innocence, closes his eyes to it.


Classroom Instructions

Materials: Lesson Outline
  • Review Philippians 3:17-21

  • Review: What makes one an enemy of the cross of Christ?

      1. Their end is destruction
      1. Their god is their belly
      1. They glory in their shame
      1. Their minds are set on earthly things
  • Pilate (26-37 AD)

      1. Roman Standards in Jerusalem
      1. Aqueduct incident using corban funds
      1. Galilean whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices (Luke 13:1–2)
      1. Golden shields
      1. Possible political alignment with Sejanus
      1. Crushing the Samaritan uprising at Mt. Gerizim
  • Pilate’s Motives

    • John 18:28-19:16 “You are no friend of Caesar…”

    • Matthew 27:24-26 “[Pilate] washed his hands before the crowd…”

Note: Ironically, the soldiers who mock Jesus by bowing to him, unknowingly become a preview of what Paul says will result in Christ’s death on a cross (Philippians 2:10).

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