A Character in deficiency
Setting: Adult Group Bible Study
Length of Delivery: 40 Minutes each lesson
Name of Student: Lionel Smith
Class: NBST 521
Instructor Name: Professor Kim
Date Submitted: 05/6/2012
Thesis Statement: The Character deficiencies displayed by Pontius Pilate during trial and judgment of Jesus provides prospective into the significance character plays in meeting the challenges of a Christian walk.
II. Lesson 1: Giving away responsibility
III. Lesson 2: Seeking to please
IV. Lesson 3: failing to take responsibility
Character is very important aspect of our Christian walk. So important that God has places examples, in the Bible, of people such as David, Noah and Moses who had great character. Today we will focus on character, and specifically how deficiencies in character can directly affect our relationships as Christians leading up to our greatest relationship with The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. To highlight this Dichotomy we will focus on the character of Pontius Pilate during his judgment of Christ. Pilate played a pivotal role in the final ministry of Jesus as he goes down in the journals of biblical history of the man that condemned Jesus to death. His character or lack of character was directly related to Jesus completing his mission on earth. Pilate did not care for the Jewish citizens. According to Jewish historical Josephus Pilate had shown a history of making rash decisions that may have caused outcry among the people. Like Pilate You and I face challenges in life where we show flaws in our character and lack direction in finding common ground and direction to moving forward. There are many variables that contribute to these issues, but through obedience to the Word and faith in God to identify purpose we can find our way. During our walk through evaluating the character deficiencies of Pilate pay attention to areas of commonality that we can identify and ask God to assist us with identifying strategies that assist in overcome our character deficiencies.
Lesson 1: Giving away your responsibility
Pilate tried repeatedly to free Jesus since he knew he was an innocent of the charges levied against him. Pilate's wife petitioned for Jesus released. She sent her husband a message, "Don't have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of Him." John Gil in his exposition of the Bible points out that “ as soon as Pilate found that Jesus was one of his province, immediately he sent him to Herod: to be examined, and to have his cause tried before him: and this he did partly, that he might be rid of this troublesome business” Since Pilate showed a propensity of bad decisions it is possible he did not want the death of Jesus to become another example of his judicial mismanagement so he sought options to give away the responsibility. Pilate sent Jesus to Herod to delegate the problem. Pilate noted, "I find no fault in Him. "Herod finds no fault in Him "He is a just man." Pilate made a real attempt to release Jesus. When that failed he tried a different tactic through Barabbas. When that failed he had Jesus flogged with the hopes that the Jews would find pity and the crowd would no longer demand His execution. Pilate continually tried to avoid responsibility by shifting the job of judging Jesus to someone else.
How are we like Pilate?
Do we wait on others to make decisions for us? I remember during my early Military years when assigned to working assignments the Leading petty officer would give us an assignment and leave for other duties. After completing the assignment the working party would wait for the next instruction. The longer we waited for the new assignment the greater the possibility for mischief. The team would deliberate to find a brave soul or scapegoat that...