Institute of Creation Research :- Connie J. Horn – Jesus – Confession Before Pilate

DAYS OF PRAISE
Jesus–Confession Before Pilate
BY CONNIE J. HORN
MONDAY, JULY 22, 1996
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“I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession” (I Timothy 6:13).

The main accusations brought against Christ centered on His claim to the kingdom. All four gospels record Pilate’s question to Jesus: “Art thou the King of the Jews?” Matthew, Mark, and Luke record Jesus’ silence in the face of His accusers, but only John records the two very important statements made directly to Pilate: “My kingdom is not of this world;” “To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice” ( John 18:36,37).

Jesus had already said much about His kingdom, but He had also said one had to be converted to understand the parables of the kingdom ( Mark 4:11,12 ). We may get the impression that Jesus did not take His big opportunity to speak to Pilate and His accusers, but, in reality, His initial silence bore witness to the truth of what He had already taught about His kingdom and the fact that those who accused Him had not, and would not be converted.

Jesus taught that His kingdom is a kingdom where repentant “harlots and publicans” enter before self-righteous “chief priests and elders” ( Matthew 21:23–32 ). He taught that “a rich man shall hardly enter” ( Matthew 19:23 ), and “Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein” ( Luke 18:17 ).

Jesus’ many parables of the kingdom included the teaching that it would be a kingdom of those who suffer persecution ( Matthew 5:10 ). He further stated that we shouldn’t lose heart if His kingdom doesn’t “immediately appear,” but take a lesson from His parable of the nobleman who called his servants to him and said, “Occupy till I come” ( Luke 19:11–13). CJH

 

Scriptures

  1. Jesus Before Pilate
    • …“Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed You over to me. What have You done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world; if it were, My servants would fight to prevent My arrest by the Jews. But now, My kingdom is not of this realm.” “Then You are a king!” Pilate said. “You say that I am a king,” Jesus answered. “For this reason I was born and have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to My voice.”…
      ( John 18:35-37 ) [ Link ]
  2. The Purpose of Jesus’ Parables
    • As soon as Jesus was alone with the Twelve and those around Him, they asked Him about the parable. And He told them, “The mystery of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to those on the outside, everything is expressed in parables, so that, ‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven.’”…
      ( Mark 4:10-12 ) [ Link ]
  3. Jesus’ Authority Challenged by Chief Priests and Elders
    • If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask in prayer.” When Jesus returned to the temple courts and began to teach, the chief priests and elders of the people came to Him. “By what authority are You doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave You this authority?” “I will also ask you one question,” Jesus replied, “and if you answer Me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things.…
      ( Matthew 21:23 ) [ Link ]
  4. The Rich Young Man
    • …When the young man heard this, he went away in sorrow, because he had great wealth. Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”…
      ( Matthew 19:23 ) [ Link ]
  5. Entering the Kingdom as a child
    • Jesus called the children to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them! For the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, if anyone does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child, he will never enter it.” Then a certain ruler asked Him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”…
      ( Luke 18:17 ) [ Link ]
  6. Ruler
    • And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
      And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.
      Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.
      And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.
      Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
      And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.
      And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
      For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God

      ( Luke 18:18-25 ) [ Link ]
  7. PeaceMakers
    • Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God
      ( Matthew 5:9 ) [ Link ]
  8. Persecuted for righteousness
    • Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
      ( Matthew 5:10 ) [ Link ]
  9. Falsely Spoken ill of
    • Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.…
      ( Matthew 5:11 ) [ Link ]
  10. Enjoined with Prosecuted Prophets
    • Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets before you.…
      ( Matthew 5:12 ) [ Link ]
  11. The Parable of the Ten Minas
    • While the people were listening to this, Jesus proceeded to tell them a parable, because He was near Jerusalem and they thought the kingdom of God would appear imminently. So He said, “A man of noble birth went to a distant country to lay claim to his kingship and then return. Beforehand, he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. ‘Conduct business with this until I return,’ he said.…
      ( Luke 19:12 ) [ Link ]

 

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