March 30, 2014
Key Verses: “Pilate asked [Jesus], ‘So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.’ Pilate asked him, ‘What is truth?’” John 18:37-38a
Time: 33 CE
Background: The Jewish leaders wanted to kill Jesus, but didn’t want to get their hands dirty. Instead, they brought him to Pilate, who ruled under Rome, in the hopes that Rome would have some law by which to kill him. Pilate’s conversations with Jesus were intended to uncover something that he could use against him.
Although Jesus had plenty of truth to speak to defend himself against the accusations, he knew it was his time to die. He said little, while his accusers continued to speak lies.
Community: Whose voices do people listen to today? What gives those voices credibility? Who holds those voices accountable for what they say? How might you listen with different ears so that you can better discern fact from fiction?
At Home: How closely do you follow Jesus’ words in your day to day life? Choose one favorite Bible verse to carry with you this week, and spend time with those words several times throughout each day.
Read This Week:
Monday, Mar 31, The Unbelief of the People, John 12:36-43
Tuesday, Apr 1, Summary of Jesus’ Teaching, John 12:44-50
Wednesday, Apr 2, Jesus Foretells His Betrayal, John 13:21-30
Thursday, Apr 3, The New Commandment, John 13:31-35
Friday, Apr 4, Jesus Foretells Peter’s Denial, John 13:36-38
Saturday, Apr 5, Jesus the Way to the Father, John 14:1-14
Next Week: Sunday, Apr 6, Jesus Condemned, John 19:1-16a