March 18

Read: Luke 23:6-17

Have you ever wanted to avoid making a decision?  Pontus Pilate (the Roman leader who ruled over Israel) did NOT want to make a decision about Jesus.  The Jewish religious leaders brought Jesus in, and wanted Pilate to execute Him, but Pilate wanted nothing to do with this political hot potato.  He looked for any opportunity to avoid making a decision.  Upon hearing that Jesus was from Galilee, Pilate sent Jesus to Herod Antipas (a figurehead leader of Israel’s northern region), hoping Herod would take care of the situation.  However, Herod Antipas did nothing but mock Jesus.  Pilate wanted to avoid Jesus.  Herod wanted Jesus to entertain him.  Neither of them were willing to embrace Jesus as the Savior of the world.

Question of the Day:  What are some of the ways people today avoid Jesus?  What are some excuses people use to keep them from seriously considering the claims of Christ?

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