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The Decision of the Cross (4 of 4)
THE OLD RUGGED CROSS
Dr. Stan Coffey
Sunday, March 31, 1996
"For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified." I Corinthians 2:2 (KJV)
Now at that feast the governor was to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would release. And they had than a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. Therefore, when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, "Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?" For he knew that for envy they had delivered him Matthew 27:15-18 (KJV)
The governor answered and said unto them, "Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you?" They said, "Barabbas." Pilate saith unto them, "what shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?" They all say unto him, "Let him be crucified" And the governor said, "Why, what evil hath he done?" But they cried out the more, saying, "Let him be crucified" Matthew 27:21-23 (KJV)
I. THE PROOF THAT CONVINCED PILATE
When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, "I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it" Matthew 27:24 (KJV)
A. The voice of (conscience)... convinced Pilate. (Pilate) "I find no fault in this man" Luke 23:4 (KJV)
B. The voice of (reason)... convinced Pilate. He knew that it was for envy they had delivered him Matthew 27:18 (KJV)
C. The voice of a (loved)... (one)... convinced Pilate.
(Pilate's wife) "Have thou nothing to do with this just man, for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him" Matthew 27:19 (KJV)
D. The voice of... (God) himself convinced Pilate. Pilate therefore said unto him, "Art thou a king then?" Jesus answered, "Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should ...
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