Posts from February 2018

Posts from February 2018

Prayer for Government Officials

  The following prayer was offered by Director of Worship Rashard Allen during an HUMC prayer service held on Feb. 27.   Our government officials are tasked with helping society adapt to change through the creation of laws that will keep us safe. These are public servants who work for the public good. While our society rightly points to situations of corruption or misconduct, many of our public officials serve sacrificially and out of the goodness of their heart. In…

John 19:1-7

Jesus is Flogged Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they dressed him in a purple robe. They kept coming up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and striking him on the face. Pilate went out again and said to them, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no case against him.” So Jesus…

John 18:38-40

Jesus Sentenced to Death After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them, “I find no case against him. But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover. Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” They shouted in reply, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a bandit. Pastor John’s Notes: Jesus was innocent, yet rejected. Barabbas was guilty, yet the people…

John 18:33-38

Pilate Interrogates Jesus Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my…

Pastor John’s Response to the Florida School Shooting

It is with great sorrow that our nation faces yet another school shooting. It has become abundantly clear that these tragic events are not merely isolated incidents, but symptoms of a much deeper problem. This past week, we were not only shocked by the tragedy of the event itself, but we were again unsettled with the knowledge that unless things change, these events have become our new normal. Children are frightened, and parents are worried, and rightly so. Recent student…

John 18:28-32

Jesus before Pilate Then they took Jesus from Caiaphas to Pilate’s headquarters. It was early in the morning. They themselves did not enter the headquarters, so as to avoid ritual defilement and to be able to eat the Passover. So Pilate went out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?” They answered, “If this man were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you.” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves…

John 18:25

Peter Denies Jesus Again Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They asked him, “You are not also one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not.” One of the slaves of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I not see you in the garden with him?” Again Peter denied it, and at that moment the cock crowed. Pastor John’s Notes: Hebrew tradition required…

John 18:19-24

The High Priest Questions Jesus Then the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching. Jesus answered, “I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. Why do you ask me? Ask those who heard what I said to them; they know what I said.” When he had said this, one of the police standing nearby struck…

John 18:15-18

Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest, but Peter was standing outside at the gate. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out, spoke to the woman who guarded the gate, and brought Peter in. The woman said to Peter, “You are not also one of this man’s disciples, are you?” He said, “I am…

John 18:12-14

Jesus before the High Priest So the soldiers, their officer, and the Jewish police arrested Jesus and bound him. First they took him to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was better to have one person die for the people. Pastor John’s Notes: The records of history reveal that the High Priest was appointed by Caesar, the pagan Roman emperor. The religion of…