The Passion and the People: Herod

Wanting the Right Person for the Wrong Reasons Luke 23:6-12   A king with wealth and standing, Herod, can do almost anything he wants. Still, an unfulfilled longing yearns within him—to meet Jesus. “For a long time, he wished to meet him because of what others said, hoping to catch him do some miracle.” The […]

The Passion and the People: Pilate

Matthew 27:11-14, 24-26   The Governor, Pontius Pilate.  Every week, we mention this man in the creeds, who caused our Savior to suffer, whom He crucified.  Still, who is this mystery man, who brought the weight of an Empire on our Savior’s shoulders?  Let’s begin with what we understand about Pontius Pilate from history. The […]

The Passion and the People: Nicodemus

John 3:1-9, 14-16: From Bystander to Believer   With Jesus crucified, the Apostle John identifies Nicodemus as “the man who earlier visited him at night” (John 19:39).  So, we travel back to their first meeting to learn of Nicodemus.  “A man from the Pharisees and a ruler of the Jews, Nicodemus, came to Jesus one […]

The Passion and the People: Peter

John 18:4-11: Not by Sword but Cross Perhaps, you faced some inconvenience to be here today.  Did you miss a TV show or needed to change a mealtime?  The food may still be waiting for you when you step back into your home.  Perhaps, you scurried to finish some task to arrive here on time. […]

The Passion and the People: Judas

John 12:1, 3-6; Luke 22:2-6 Such a mystery is unbelief.  The unbelief of Judas goes deeper.  For Jesus calls him to be His disciple, and he follows.  One of the Twelve, the teachings of Jesus come to him firsthand.  Still, he betrays the Son of God and dies in despair, committing suicide.  Is Judas’ betrayal […]