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March 26, 2017 - Pilate – the People Pleaser - Luke 23:1-7, 13-24

posted Mar 31, 2017, 6:17 PM by Grant Garber
  • Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where we are faced with doing what we think is right and making people angry, or giving in and making people happy and perhaps compromising beliefs we hold or doing the right thing.
  • A person’s past can rise up and confront them and paralyze them. If such a situation should arise, there is only one thing to do -- - to have the courage to face it and its consequences. That is precisely what Pilate didn’t possess.
  • It’s a dangerous road when we make our decisions for the sake of pleasing people instead of doing what we know to be right.
  • When we want to make other people happy instead of God we can end up with nothing.
  • The problem with trying to please people is that we are putting our identity and value in their approval.
  • Jesus entire focus, His whole purpose, was to please His Father in heaven by being the substitute the Father wanted Him to be and not worrying about the consequences for Himself.
  • Jesus does the right thing and pays the price for us.
  • In this story it appears Pilate is getting what he wants, while Jesus isn’t – yet the outcome is so different than first glance. Let us seek to please God, to do His will, and to do what we know is right in God’s sight first….and if that makes people happy then great!
Pastor Jim Spon | Luke 23:1-7, 13-24