The Joshua Victor Theory

Presumed Innocent

March 29, 2010

Sermon on Luke 23, the Passion Narrative for Palm Sunday.

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  1. Who among the onlookers and participants in Jesus’ crucifixion identified His innocence? What helped each of them to realize this? What discussion transpired between the two thieves? How did the attitude of the second change as the crucifixion wore on?

  1. How did Pontius Pilate acknowledge Jesus innocence? What did he do to try to maintain his own innocence and shirk responsibility? What caused him to give in to injustice? When have we seen injustice but taken no action? What are some concrete ways we can take action against injustice?

  1. What lead the centurion and the crowds to recognize Jesus’ innocence? How were people divided around Jesus?

  1. We often presume our own innocence when confronted with our sins, in arguments and otherwise. Can you think of some examples? How does this help or hinder relationships?

  1. How does the 2nd thief’s statements from the cross correct our tendency to presume our innocence before God? Who is really guilty? Who is really innocent? What is our just reward?

  1. How is our fate changed if we cast our lot in with Jesus? How does He grant us His innocence?

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