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In this message we look at the story of Ahab who wanted Naboth’s vineyard, and how Ahab along with several other cast of characters disregarded the truth for personal gain. As we study this story, we examine how unless we’re strongly committed to the truth, we’ll be governed simply by desire and fear.
After Jesus asks the question “Who do the people say I am?” he turns to Peter and asks “Who do you say I am?” Jesus is interested in a personal response. He’s not looking to see if we know the right answer. To answer that question, we need to net it out, sum it up for ourselves, and own the decision we make. It’s these kinds of decisions that we need to face and to make.
In John 18 and 19, Pontius Pilate wavers between trying to release Jesus and accommodating to the demands of the crowd. On the one hand there’s Jesus inviting him to the truth. On the other hand there’s the demand of his job and pursuing the goals of his post. Truth can be threatening, and yet there is no room for him to deal with the truth. He vacillates until he has Jesus crucified. Pilate is an ordinary guy with ordinary problems, and his situation is sympathetic. Yet herein lies the face of evil.