6.16.13 The Sign Of Jesus’ Love

John 19:16-22

So then, because of them, he handed Him over to be crucified. Therefore they took Jesus away. Carrying His own cross, He went out to what is called Skull Place, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified Him and two others with Him, one on either side, with Jesus in the middle. Pilate also had a sign lettered and put on the cross. The inscription was:

JESUS THE NAZARENE THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Many of the Jews read this sign, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Don’t write, ‘The King of the Jews, ’ but that He said, ‘I am the King of the Jews. ’”

Pilate replied, “What I have written, I have written.”


Like Isaac of old, Jesus carried to the top of the hill the very wood he was about to be crucified on. He did this willingly, like Isaac; he did this without resistance. He was lifted up in between two sinners so that this might be a picture of Jesus being the savior of sinners. Jesus is the king of the Jews!

But wait, Jesus is the king of more than just the Jews right? Do you find it strange that there is so much attention in this story given to the sign above Jesus’ head and it’s inscription? I do too. The sign was written in three different languages, Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. This is a picture of the gospel going forth to all nations. The sign also reflected no lie, it was true; for thus Jesus is glorified even in this inscription. The Jews did not want the sign to say that he is THE KING OF THE JEWS, but that he thinks he is the king of the Jews. Pilate refuses the Jews complaints, and thus does one good act amidst this flurry of sinfulness.


Jesus is reminding us again of his command to us in Luke 9:23

Then He said to them all, “if anyone wants to come with me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.”

  • This is the cost of discipleship. Are you willing to carry whatever cross Jesus appoints for you?
  • What is the sign that you carry over your life? What can those around you know about you by the way you act, dress, and move about this world? Do people know that you follow the crucified and risen Christ?
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6.15.13 Jesus, The Key To Humility

John 19:5-16

Then Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!”

When the chief priests and the temple police saw Him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!”

Pilate responded, “Take Him and crucify Him yourselves, for I find no grounds for charging Him.”

“We have a law,” the Jews replied to him, “and according to that law He must die, because He made Himself the Son of God.”

When Pilate heard this statement, he was more afraid than ever. He went back into the headquarters and asked Jesus, “Where are You from?” But Jesus did not give him an answer. So Pilate said to Him, “You’re not talking to me? Don’t You know that I have the authority to release You and the authority to crucify You?”

“You would have no authority over Me at all,” Jesus answered him, “if it hadn’t been given you from above. This is why the one who handed Me over to you has the greater sin.”

From that moment Pilate made every effort to release Him. But the Jews shouted, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar’s friend. Anyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar!”

When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus outside. He sat down on the judge’s bench in a place called the Stone Pavement (but in Hebrew Gabbatha). It was the preparation day for the Passover, and it was about six in the morning. Then he told the Jews, “Here is your king!”

But they shouted, “Take Him away! Take Him away! Crucify Him!”

Pilate said to them, “Should I crucify your king?”

“We have no king but Caesar!” the chief priests answered.

So then, because of them, he handed Him over to be crucified.

Therefore they took Jesus away.


Jesus is the key to humility.

It amazes me every time I read and think about this portion of scripture. Jesus is the son of God, yet he is being man-handled by sinful men who think they are doing the will of God. Wait a minute; they are doing the will of God, yet not doing the will of God. How is this possible?

There is a will of God which is sometimes called the decretive will of God, then there is the preceptive will of God, and lastly the dispositional will of God.

The decretive will is the sovereign purpose of God to ordain whatsoever comes to pass. This is a hidden will of God and we are unable to know this until event come to pass.

The preceptive will is the will of God through precepts or commands. This is revealed to us in the bible. We can know exactly what God’s will for our life is by remaining in the freedom of the moral commands of scripture.

The dispositional will of God is the heart and desires of God. It reveals to us what is pleasing to God.

The key to Jesus’ humility is that he fully knows and embraces each of these aspects of the will of God. He knows that it is not according to Gods preceptive will that the Jews sought to crucify him, yet it was fully within Gods decretive will.

Isaiah 53:10 Yet the Lord was pleased to crush Him severely. When You make Him a restitution offering,

He will see His seed, He will prolong His days,and by His hand, the Lord’s pleasure will be accomplished.


Jesus is the key to humility. Him indwelling your heart by faith, and you understanding God’s three wills.

  • Have you embraced Jesus as Lord and King?
  • Is he indwelling your heart so that you may have the power to become truly humble?
  • Explain back to me the three wills of God.

6.14.13 Morals Void Of A Standard

John 19:5-16

Then Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!”

When the chief priests and the temple police saw Him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!”

Pilate responded, “Take Him and crucify Him yourselves, for I find no grounds for charging Him.”

“We have a law,” the Jews replied to him, “and according to that law He must die, because He made Himself the Son of God.”

When Pilate heard this statement, he was more afraid than ever. He went back into the headquarters and asked Jesus, “Where are You from?” But Jesus did not give him an answer. So Pilate said to Him, “You’re not talking to me? Don’t You know that I have the authority to release You and the authority to crucify You?”

“You would have no authority over Me at all,” Jesus answered him, “if it hadn’t been given you from above. This is why the one who handed Me over to you has the greater sin.”

From that moment Pilate made every effort to release Him. But the Jews shouted, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar’s friend. Anyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar!”

When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus outside. He sat down on the judge’s bench in a place called the Stone Pavement (but in Hebrew Gabbatha). It was the preparation day for the Passover, and it was about six in the morning. Then he told the Jews, “Here is your king!”

But they shouted, “Take Him away! Take Him away! Crucify Him!”

Pilate said to them, “Should I crucify your king?”

“We have no king but Caesar!” the chief priests answered.

So then, because of them, he handed Him over to be crucified.

The Crucifixion

Therefore they took Jesus away.


It seems here that Pilate truly wanted to do what was right. The problem though is that Pilate didn’t have a standard of what is right and what is wrong. He felt in his heart that it was wrong to crucify Jesus, yet “what is truth” he later asks of Jesus. For Pilate, truth is what the masses of people say that it is.

This is no different then our American view today. We come up with morals based upon protestors who get the most media coverage. Government then votes to determine what is right and wrong. Even if there were a lone voice in government who felt in his heart that it was wrong to write law based upon something he knew was contrary to the natural order, he would be silenced and voted down.


  • Why do we fear man more than we fear God?
  • Why do we make decisions based upon what people think of us rather than what God thinks?
  • How can we as a family begin to make decisions that will not seek to crucify the Messiah, but rather lift him up and boldly declare what is right and what is wrong to our culture around us?

6.13.13 The Mocking of a King

John 19:1-4

Then Pilate took Jesus and had Him flogged. The soldiers also twisted together a crown of thorns, put it on His head, and threw a purple robe around Him. And they repeatedly came up to Him and said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and were slapping His face.
Pilate went outside again and said to them, “Look, I’m bringing Him outside to you to let you know I find no grounds for charging Him.”

Neither Pilate nor the soldiers knew that the man who stood before them was much more than the king just of the jews. He was and is the king of kings and The Lord of lords. Had they understood that Jesus was king even over Pilate, do you think they would have mocked him so?

What’s wrong with the human heart that it seeks to slap and mock purity? The soldiers must have thought of themselves as higher than the jews. If they didn’t they would have never enacted a judgement upon Jesus (ie: the slapping, mocking, and hurting) like they did.

– Do you have a heart like Pilate? A heart that thinks that you can do whatever you want with Jesus?
– Do you have a heart like the soldiers? A heart which seeks to mock, scorn, and even pronounce judgement upon the Son of God?
– Or do you have a heart like Jesus? A heart which seeks to live each moment of every day under the sovereign rule and plan of God?

“What you meant for evil, God meant for good.” Genesis 50:20.

Leading Your Family Through Devotions 6.13.13

My name is Scott David. I am a Christian husband and father of four children that range in age from 1-1/2 to 14. I have been leading nightly family devotions for about eight years. Sometimes it’s just a verse from the Bible. Sometimes it’s an hour and a half lesson where we end up laying down in mud puddles outside. Sometimes it’s reading a chapter from John. Sometimes it questions from the Westminster Shorter Catechism. I don’t always finish what I start. I don’t always explain well, but one thing I do; I lead my family by nightly Bible lessons. Sometimes we cry, sometimes we laugh, many times we think hard, and other times I swear I hear crickets chirping from my children’s ears. But it brings me such comfort to know that God uses means of grace to save and sanctify me and my family. I can only teach the Word, God gives the increase.

I am starting this blog to help Dad’s lead their families through nightly devotions from the Bible. They are intended to be read and used as springboards to engage your family through the Word of God. You may not be leading your family to God right now, but make no mistake, whether you lead well, or whether you lead poorly; you are always leading, for God has ordained his creation that way.

It begins with a desire to do what God has called every man to do, a resolve to do it, and a purposed time to gather your family around you so that you might declare, “Thus saith the Lord!”

Why not begin tonight? Begin by telling your family that from now on, “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”