Jesus’ trial and the parallels between Caesar’s coronation and Christ’s crucifixion (Growing Deeper with John 19:1-16a)

The intensity around Jesus has reached a boiling point. He stands accused of being a King. He has told them that his kingdom is “not of this world,” but that nuance seems to be lost on the officials and crowd.

He stands before Pilate. Shouts of “Crucify him!” fill the air. Pilate is reluctant, but doesn’t want to appear soft to his boss back in Rome.

Jesus is flogged and tortured. He is given a crown of thorns and purple robe to wear. He is mocked. But curiously, many details about his trial, procession through the streets and crucifixion, parallel the procession and coronation ceremony for a new roman Emperor. What is all of this supposed to teach us about kingship?

The Pulse Podcast is about living abundantly wholeheartedly. It includes different kinds of content: Interviews, featured topics, or biblical studies. This episode is the later—and in-depth look at John 19:1-16a.

I take us through the text, provide some context and background, and hopefully provide some insights which expand our understanding of this all-important story.


The sermon that goes along with this same section of text is called “Bleedership” and can be accessed here.

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