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Lesson 135: Rejecting the King of Kings, Part III (Luke 22:63-23:25)

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When looking at the crucifixion story, it’s impossible to say what single person is to be held most responsible for sending Jesus to the cross. We of course only ask the question while understanding God’s sovereign hand in the whole ordeal, but when it comes to sinful human beings, we see that in reality there are a number of people directly complicit in His death, each sinning in different ways to bring about the event. Pilate was one such person, and we might say that he participated through acting out of his own sinful heart of cowardice. “This heart,” pastor Daniel maintains, “rejects the kingship of Jesus Christ because the cost of following Christ is too high.” Concluding, he then emphasizes, “You must choose between cowardly clinging to the world and courageously committing to Christ.”

Summary by Seth Kempf, Bethany Community Church Staff

Related Topics: Discipleship, Soteriology (Salvation)

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