Saturday, May 1, 2010

ThoughtForWeek - 1st Sunday in May

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1st Sunday in May

Luke 23:1-21

Then the whole body of them arose and brought Him (Jesus) before Pilate. And they
began to accuse Him, saying, "We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding
to pay taxes to Caesar, and saying that He Himself is Christ, a King." And Pilate
asked Him, saying, "Are You the King of the Jews?" And He answered him and said,
"It is as you say." And Pilate said to the chief priests and the multitudes, "I
find no guilt in this man."

But they kept on insisting, saying, "He stirs up the people, teaching all over Judea,
starting from Galilee, even as far as this place." But when Pilate heard it, he
asked whether the man was a Galilean. And when he learned that He belonged to Herod's
jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who himself also was in Jerusalem at that time.
Now Herod was very glad when he saw Jesus; for he had wanted to see Him for a long
time, because he had been hearing about Him and was hoping to see some sign performed
by Him. And he questioned Him at some length; but He answered him nothing.

And the chief priests and the scribes were standing there, accusing Him vehemently.
And Herod with his soldiers, after treating Him with contempt and mocking Him, dressed
Him in a gorgeous robe and sent Him back to Pilate. Now Herod and Pilate became
friends with one another that very day; for before they had been at enmity with
each other. And Pilate summoned the chief priests and the rulers and the people,
and said to them, "You brought this man to me as one who incites the people to
rebellion, and behold, having examined Him before you, I have found no guilt in
this man regarding the charges which you make against Him. No, nor has Herod, for
he sent Him back to us; and behold, nothing deserving death has been done by Him.
I will therefore punish Him and release Him." Now he was obliged to release to them
at the feast one prisoner.

But they cried out all together, saying, "Away with this man, and release for us
Barabbas!" (He was one who had been thrown into prison for a certain insurrection
made in the city, and for murder.) And Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed
them again, but they kept on calling out, saying, "Crucify, crucify Him!" Luke 23:1-
21 (NAS)


The crowd asked for the release of a murderer...and for Jesus to suffer what?

When Jesus went to the cross, who also was released from captivity (captivity from

Suggested Bible Reading for Month:

May 1-7:New Testament -- Luke 20:1 - Luke 22:71. Old Testament -- 1 Samuel 17 -
2 Samuel 3.

May 8-14: New Testament-- Luke 23:1 - John 1:51. Old Testament -- 2 Samuel 4 - 2
Samuel 20.
May 15-21: New Testament -- John 2:1 - John 5:47. Old Testament -- 2 Samuel 21 -
1 Kings 8.
May 22-31: New Testament -- John 6:1 - John 9:12. Old Testament -- 1 Kings 9 - 2
Kings 5.

Easy-to-Read Version:

Then the whole group stood up and led Jesus to Pilate. They began to accuse Jesus.
They told Pilate, "We caught this man trying to change the thinking of our people.
He says we should not pay taxes to Caesar. He calls himself the Christ, a king."
Pilate asked Jesus, "Are you the king of the Jews?" Jesus answered, "Yes, that
is right." Pilate said to the leading priests and the people, "I find nothing wrong
with this man."

They said again and again, "But Jesus is making trouble with the people! He teaches
all around Judea. He began in Galilee, and now he is here!" Pilate heard this and
asked if Jesus was from Galilee. Pilate learned that Jesus was under Herod's authority.
Herod was in Jerusalem at that time, so Pilate sent Jesus to him. When Herod saw
Jesus, he was very happy. Herod had heard all about Jesus. So he had wanted to
meet Jesus for a long time. Herod wanted to see a miracle. So he hoped that Jesus
would do a miracle. Herod asked Jesus many questions, but Jesus said nothing.

The leading priests and teachers of the law were standing there. They were shouting
things against Jesus. Then Herod and his soldiers laughed at Jesus. They made fun
of Jesus by dressing him in clothes like kings wear. Then Herod sent Jesus back
to Pilate. In the past, Pilate and Herod had always been enemies. But on that day
Herod and Pilate became friends. Pilate called all the people together with the
leading priests and the Jewish leaders. Pilate said to them, "You brought this man
(Jesus) to me. You said that he was trying to change the people. But I judged him
before you all. I found no wrong that he had done. Jesus is not guilty of the things
you say. Also, Herod found nothing wrong with him; Herod sent Jesus back to us.
Look, Jesus has done nothing wrong. He should not be killed. So, after I punish
him a little, I will let him go free."

But all the people shouted, "Kill him! Let Barabbas go free!" (Barabbas was a man
that was in jail because he started a riot in the city. He had also killed some
people.) Pilate wanted to let Jesus go free. So again Pilate told them that he would
let Jesus go. But they shouted again, "Kill him! Kill him on a cross!" Luke 23:1-
21 (ERV)
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