Click Here to learn more about Pontius Pilate at Caesarea Maritima with an Israel Experience 360 Seminar.

Fun Fact: The Caesarea Maritima Theater holds between 4-5,000 people and still holds modern day concerts for some of the world’s most popular artists.

Caesarea Maritima is home to what’s known as the Pilate Stone. As we learned yesterday in the fun fact, historians actually began doubting the validity of Pontius Pilate as a real, historical person. That is until 1961 when Dr. Antonio Frova led an excavation at the site. Why was Pilate mentioned in Caesarea? When he was Prefect of Judea he spent time at the Governor’s residence there. Thus we know that Pilate spent time both in Jerusalem and Caesarea.  

While Pontius Pilate himself was just a piece in the greater plan of God, Pilate is still an important piece of Christian HIstory. However, Pontius Pilate was a lot like Saul in last weeks devotion. He allowed himself to become so afraid of people (John 19:8) that he couldn’t even make a decision (John 18:40) about what to do, let alone make the right decision. Pontius Pilate was almost erased from history because of his poor leadership, his fear of people, and his inability to make effective decisions. 

Much like yesterday, Pontius Pilate teaches us about “Leaving a Legacy.” Pilate had every opportunity to free Jesus. He had every opportunity to ensure that Jesus never went to the cross. Instead he was bullied into making the final decision that sent him to the cross. Today I want you to be challenged to make decisions on what God is saying, not what others around you are saying. People are fickle. One day they praise you and they next day they crucify you. But God’s love and thoughts toward us never change. Ask the Holy Spirit today what he thinks about the decisions you are making. Whether they are big or small, having God involved in even the smallest aspects of our lives can produce the biggest change. Don’t be afraid or bullied by what other people think. Live in freedom with Jesus!

Bible verses to pray about today:

Isaiah 55:8-9: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

John 19:8: When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, and he went back inside the palace.

 

Click Here to learn more about Pontius Pilate at Caesarea Maritima with an Israel Experience 360 Seminar.

Fun Fact: The Caesarea Maritima Theater holds between 4-5,000 people and still holds modern day concerts for some of the world’s most popular artists.

Caesarea Maritima is home to what’s known as the Pilate Stone. As we learned yesterday in the fun fact, historians actually began doubting the validity of Pontius Pilate as a real, historical person. That is until 1961 when Dr. Antonio Frova led an excavation at the site. Why was Pilate mentioned in Caesarea? When he was Prefect of Judea he spent time at the Governor’s residence there. Thus we know that Pilate spent time both in Jerusalem and Caesarea.  

While Pontius Pilate himself was just a piece in the greater plan of God, Pilate is still an important piece of Christian HIstory. However, Pontius Pilate was a lot like Saul in last weeks devotion. He allowed himself to become so afraid of people (John 19:8) that he couldn’t even make a decision (John 18:40) about what to do, let alone make the right decision. Pontius Pilate was almost erased from history because of his poor leadership, his fear of people, and his inability to make effective decisions. 

Much like yesterday, Pontius Pilate teaches us about “Leaving a Legacy.” Pilate had every opportunity to free Jesus. He had every opportunity to ensure that Jesus never went to the cross. Instead he was bullied into making the final decision that sent him to the cross. Today I want you to be challenged to make decisions on what God is saying, not what others around you are saying. People are fickle. One day they praise you and they next day they crucify you. But God’s love and thoughts toward us never change. Ask the Holy Spirit today what he thinks about the decisions you are making. Whether they are big or small, having God involved in even the smallest aspects of our lives can produce the biggest change. Don’t be afraid or bullied by what other people think. Live in freedom with Jesus!

Bible verses to pray about today:

Isaiah 55:8-9: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

John 19:8: When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, and he went back inside the palace.

 

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