In the ninth installment of “The Jesus Encounters” series, Pastor Dwayne looks at the trial of Jesus before the Sanhedrin in Mark chapter 15. He uses the passage to deal with several issues including laziness and making tough decisions.

No Decision IS a Decision

Jesus Encounters, Part 09

  •   We avoid tough decisions because of laziness.
  •   We avoid tough decisions because of fear.Mark 15:1-5 – 1Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the law and the whole Sanhedrin, reached a decision. They bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pilate. 2 “Are you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate. “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied. 3 The chief priests accused him of many things. 4 So again Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.” 5 But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed.

Pilate Sounds Like Us

He is self-absorbed.

John 19:10 – 10 “Do you refuse to speak to me?”

 He is spiritual.

John 19:8 – 8When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid…

 He has a conscious.

Mark 15:10 – 10knowing it was out of envy that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him.

John 19:12 – 12From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jews kept shouting, “If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar.”

Pilate’s Lesson In How To Avoid a Decision

 Deny your authority in the decision-making process.
John 18:31 – Pilate said, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your

own law.”

 Find someone to share blame.

Luke 23:7 – When he learned that Jesus was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time.

 Force others to choose what appears to be the obvious choice.

Mark 15:6-9, 11-15 – 6Now it was the custom at the Feast to release a prisoner whom the people requested. 7A man called Barabbas was in prison with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the uprising. 8The crowd came up and asked Pilate to do for them what he usually did. 9″Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate … 11But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have Pilate release Barabbas instead. 12″What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them. 13″Crucify him!” they shouted. 14″Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!” 15Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them.

 Create a compromise to settle things down.

Mark 15:16-20 – 16 The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers. 17 They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. 18 And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” 19 Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him.

John 19:4-5 – 4 Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him.” 5 When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!”

 Convince yourself that you had no other option.

Matthew 27:24-25 – When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!” 25 All the people answered, “Let his blood be on us and on our children!”

How To Make a Biblical Decision

  •   Commit to making decisions based on Scripture.
  •   Decide in advance to do what is right.
  •   Believe God loves you.