By LYNN WADDY
The Mineral Wells Wednesday Bible Study Club, continuing with its 78th year of study, met in the home of Mrs. Nikki Murphy and Mrs. Elaine Summers was the lesson leader for the 19th Chapter of the Gospel of John.
This 19th Chapter continues with the bringing of Jesus before Pilate.
Mrs. Summers’ discussion focused on the centuries-old debate of who was responsible for the death of Jesus Christ.
Some blame the Romans for the death of Jesus, while others argue that the Jews (particularly, their leaders) were responsible. Ultimately, the Romans played a part, while the Jews were the instigators.
However, the real responsibility lies with neither of these groups of people. The sacrifice of Jesus Christ was God’s own plan to have His Son bear the sins of all who would ever be saved.
Jesus was no victim. Neither the Romans nor the Jews had the power to take His life.
Jesus told Pilate: “You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above.”
But God’s sovereign control of events does not relieve individuals of responsibility for their actions.
John 19 gives the account of the last phase of Christ’s civil trial.
As was the case with the first phase of that trial in John 18, it was presided over by Pontius Pilate, Roman governor of Judea.
Pilate ordered that Jesus be scourged by the soldiers.
He hoped that this horrendous punishment would satisfy the angry mob.
It did not!
The soldiers made a crown of thorns for Jesus and put a purple robe on him in mocking imitation of the royal robes worn by kings and shouted, “Hail, King of the Jews.” Disgusted with the Jewish leaders’ callous attitude and wanting simply to be rid of Jesus, Pilate said to them, “Take Him yourselves and crucify Him, for I find no fault in Him.”