Step 1: Opening and Introduction to the lesson: As a child, were you ever blamed for something you didn’t do? How did you react?
Step 2: Hear – Read: Jesus to Annas and Peter’s Denials. John 18: 28 – 40.
Step 3: Explore – Discover the Passage
- Where was Jesus taken next? When? Why are the Jewish leaders rushing this trial? Why don’t the religious leaders go into Pilate’s judgment hall? What is the irony in verse 28?
- How do the Jews answer Pilate’s question in verse 29 and his command in verse 31? What reason do they finally give Pilate for bringing Jesus to him (vv. 33-34)? Why would Pilate take this seriously? How are Pilate’s fears like those of the Jewish leaders in 11:48?
- What does Jesus tell Pilate about his kingdom (vv. 36-37)? Who is included in it? What do you think Pilate meant by his concerns in verse 38?
- In his, “pursuit of truth,” is Pilate trying to absolve himself, or Jesus? Why do you think so? Contrast Pilate and Jesus (attitudes, position, character). Describe Jesus’ kingship ( ref 6:15; 12:13-15).
Step 4: Connect – Apply the Passage:
- Since both Peter and Pilate caved in under pressure, why do we tend to scorn Pilate but honor Peter? When have you caved in under pressure?
- Do you see any of Pilate’s qualities in yourself?
- How does Barabbas’ freedom at Christ’s expense illustrate the Gospel?
- For what purpose are you in this world? For what purpose(s) should you fight about?
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Step 5: Reflect: …I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.