40 DAY CHALLENGE | Walk With Jesus – Day 29

The Scourge of Jesus

Today’s Scripture:

John 19:1-16 “
Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. The soldiers twisted together a crown of
thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe and went up to
him again and again, saying, "Hail, king of the Jews!" And they
struck him in the face. Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews,
"Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis
for a charge against him." When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns
and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, "Here is the man!" As soon
as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, "Crucify!
Crucify!" But Pilate answered, "You take him and crucify him. As for
me, I find no basis for a charge against him." The Jews insisted, "We
have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the
Son of God." When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, and he went
back inside the palace. "Where do you come from?" he asked Jesus, but
Jesus gave him no answer. "Do you refuse to speak to me?" Pilate
said. "Don't you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify
you?" Jesus answered, "You would have no power over me if it were not
given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty
of a greater sin." From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the
Jews kept shouting, "If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar.
Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar." When Pilate heard this, he
brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge's seat at a place known as the
Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha). It was the day of Preparation of
Passover Week, about the sixth hour. "Here is your king," Pilate said
to the Jews. But they shouted, "Take him away! Take him away! Crucify
him!" "Shall I crucify your king?" Pilate asked. "We have
no king but Caesar," the chief priests answered. Finally Pilate handed him
over to them to be crucified.”

Prayer Focus:

Jesus was tortured and ultimately crucified for
our sins. He is truly our scapegoat and our way to the Father. Thank Him today
for the sacrifice He paid so that we can walk in freedom. Pray that as we
prepare for Hillsong London and Barefoot Weekend this coming week that God will
be glorified in all that we do.