March 23rd, 2022
“No, not him!” 
-John 18:40a-
(Read John 18:28-40) 

The scene is remarkable. Jesus Christ standing in front of Pilate. The Roman Prefect just wanted all of this to go away. Jesus was brought to him because the religious leaders who secretly questioned him could not put him to death. 

But Pilate saw nothing wrong with Jesus, no crime, no insurrection, no danger. Calling upon the Jew's own tradition, he had the right to free a prisoner for Passover. So, he would make it easy. Pilate speaks . . . 

“I find no basis for a charge against him. But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews?'” The question presupposed the answer, but their answer was not what he expected. “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!”  

Incredibly, just a few days earlier, the same people cried out with palms in hand and cloaks in the dirt. The thundering shouts of a thousand “Hosannas” echoed off of those sunny Jerusalem walls. But now, encouraged by their crooked religious leaders, the people’s words of condemnation cast a sinister shadow.  

“No, not him.” 

“How could they?!” we cry. But we know the world today does the same. Our Lord gives us the most wonderful words of encouragement on how we are to live, but we say, “we know better, give us something else!” 

For example…
-So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. -(Genesis 1:27) 

The world cries out … 

“No, we are not made in the image of God, we know better than Jesus."
“No, not him.” 
-Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:27-28)

The world cries out … 

“No, it can’t really hurt to look at that woman lustfully, we know better than Jesus.” 

“No, not him.” 
-“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” (This includes all authority) -Exodus 20:12
The world cries out … 

“No, we don’t like our parents, or our teachers, or law enforcement, so we won’t listen. We know better than Jesus.”

“No, not him.” 
-Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34) 

The world cries out … 

“No, we need to lose sleep and worry on our own, we know better, we don’t need Jesus.” 
“No, not him.” 

You say it too. So do I.  

Where in your life do you say “No, not him”? Lent is a time when we reflect upon who we are, and what Jesus did for us.  

Whoever denies Jesus is condemned.  

…whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. (John 3:18-21)

BUT I have really good news for ALL of you today!  

Jesus died for you, for me, and for the whole world! Jesus said that whoever believes in him is not condemned.  

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned (John 3:16-18)


PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I ask for your forgiveness today. I praise you one minute and then in the next minute, I deny you. I am sorry. Please forgive me, renew me, and lead me so that I may delight in your will for me and walk in your ways to the glory of your Holy Name!   
Praise God! Throughout our Breakfast of Believers campaign, our generous congregation along with the support of Thrivent Financial collected over 260 boxes of cereal for the Eagle Food Bank! Thank you all for your contributions and for being a tangible expression of Christ's love in our community!
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:6-7
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Please pray for . . .

  • Peace for our world as Russia wages war on Ukraine.

  • Dave Sharpe, who was in a car accident this past week. Pray for complete healing from his injuries and surgeries and for provision.

  • Mothers who are working on little sleep, with lots of responsibilities. Pray for strength, comfort, and peace.

  • Lourdes, Claudia's sister who is struggling with health complications. Pray for comfort and healing.

  • Diego, who was severely injured in a “new build” home explosion in Aspen. At this time his prognosis is heartbreaking. He may never be able to walk again. Pray for peace and provision for him and his family.

  • Rosemarie, Dora's niece, who is experiencing serious trials with her health and is waiting for a kidney transplant. She has now lost the remaining toes on her left foot in surgery. Pray for her husband's strength during this time, healing, and that she receives a kidney.

  • Todd Purse, who has been diagnosed with cancer. Pray for healing and comfort.

  • Debra's mom, who is struggling with health issues. Pray for comfort, peace, and answers.

  • Carol Proffitt who has been sick and is homebound, and her daughter Pam who is caring for her. Grant them peace and comfort

  • Everyone in our congregation and their families who are dealing with the pains and trials of cancer, including Todd Purse; Connie Kerr; Pastor Sid; Keith; Chris; Sharon Hlavinka; Rance Ketterling; Amanda; Jerry; April; and Suzanne.
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