Crosspoint Church | Georgetown, TX

Going as planned?

This week’s devotions are based on this week’s message: Shadows: A Glimpse of a Snake!  (WATCH HERE)

John 3:14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.


The trial of Jesus may seem like a dishonest kangaroo court.  The verdict was determined before he was even on trial.  But before we begin to believe that Jesus was the victim of a chaotic, dishonest, Jewish and Roman legal system.  Remember what Jesus said to Nicodemus years before the event…”the Son of Man MUST be lifted up.”  Everything was going as planned.


Matthew 27:11 Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

“Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied. 

12 When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. 13 Then Pilate asked him, “Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?” 14 But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the governor. 

15 Now it was the governor’s custom at the Feast to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd. 16 At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas. 17 So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” 18 For he knew it was out of envy that they had handed Jesus over to him. 

19 While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this 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.” 

20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed. 

21 “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the governor. 

“Barabbas,” they answered. 

22 “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?” Pilate asked. 

They all answered, “Crucify him!” 

23 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. 

But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!” 

24 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!” 

26 Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified. 

27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. 30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. 31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him. 


Prayer: Dear Jesus, a simple thank you is not enough to express the gratitude I feel for all you endured for me.  AMEN.


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