Suffered Under Pontius Pilate, Was Crucified, Died and Was Buried

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Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.”

Pilate said, “So you are a king?”

Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.”

“What is truth?” Pilate asked. — John 18:36-38a

Then Jesus said, “You would have no power over me at all unless it were given to you from above.” — John 19:11a

For this is how much God loved the world — He gave His one and only, unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in Him will never perish but experience everlasting life. — John 3:16 (The Passion Translation)

The passages of Scripture that talk about the trial of Jesus leading up to His crucifixion state so clearly His mission, where He came from, who He is and the authority over Him. I have found myself at times after watching a movie on the life of Jesus thinking of Him more as a superhero than the Deity He really is. 

I thank God for His Word, which secures me back to truth. 

He has All Authority in Heaven and on the earth! 

He is King! 

His Kingdom is heavenly!

He is Truth! 

He is Good! He is Love!

I love the question Pilate asks, “What is truth?” Isn’t that the question the entire world is really searching to answer? Many are searching in all the wrong places but thank God they are searching. We know the truth and we have the truth living in us. So that means we hold the answer the world is searching for. We hold the key to unlock the lost hearts.

In your First 20, would you dare to pray this daily prayer our former senior pastor Clive Calver’s mentor, Alex Buchanan, taught us?

Lord, will you give me an opportunity today to share the love and truth of Jesus with someone? Lord, will you help me not to miss it? And Lord will you fill my mouth with the words to say?

— Karen Sergey