February 4, 2001
Volume 11, Number 05

Behold, the Man!

When our Lord was tried before Pilate, he confessed his deity (1 Timothy 6:13), as did Timothy (6:12) and as must we (Romans 10:9-10; Acts 8:37). Pilate said to the Jews, “I find no crime in him” (John 18:38). When the Jews demanded that Christ be crucified, Pilate had him scourged, mocked and smitten with the hand (19:1-3). He then said, “Behold, I bring him out to you, that ye may know that I find no crime in him” (19:4).
His original purpose was to scourge the Son of God and then release him (Luke 23:16). It seems he was trying by these events to rouse pity in the hearts of the Jews toward Jesus rather than for him to be crucified. To get their attention, Pilate said, “Behold, the man!” the innocent one. They but cried the more loudly, “Crucify him, crucify him!” (19:5).

Pilate then said, “Take him yourselves and crucify him: for I find no crime in him” (19:6). “... he delivered him unto them to be crucified” (19:6). After he had finished his work on the cross for man’s redemption, “he bowed his head, and gave up his spirit” (19:30). Not many, not even Pilate, were fully aware of the characteristics and identity of the one he delivered up to the Jews for crucifixion.

Behold, The Man!

Though Jesus was a man, he was not a mere, ordinary man. The centurion would later acknowledge the man standing before them with the crown of thorns and the purpose robe thus: “Truly this was the Son of God” (Matthew 27:54).

The Lord had taken on flesh and blood in order to die for the sins of the world (Hebrews 2:8-17). Some 4,000 years earlier, his incarnation was prophesied in Genesis 3:15. Isaiah predicted his virgin birth in Isaiah 7:14, as did Jeremiah (Jeremiah 31:22). It was fulfilled as prophesied (Matthew 1:16-25; Luke 1:35; John 3:16, et al.). He laid aside the glory he had with God to die on the cross for mankind (John 1:1-3, 14; Philippians 2:5-8; Romans 8:3; John 17:5).

Behold, More Than A Man!

To stop with Christ’s humanity would be to yield to and agree with his enemies — both then and now. “Thou art my beloved Son: in thee I am well pleased” (Luke 3:22); “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him” (Matthew 17:5). The apostles had revealed by God [not by flesh and blood], “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16-17). Those who acknowledge not the Son of God shall perish (Matthew 10:32-33; 1 John 2:23; 4:15).

Behold, The Savior of the World!

Only Christ has eternal life (John 6:66-68). He “came to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). Only he is “the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).

Is he the “author and finisher” of your faith (Hebrews 12:1-2)? He wants you to repent (Luke 13:3, 5), to confess his exalted name (Philippians 2:9-11), to be baptized into him for the remission of sins (1 Corinthians 12:13; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Acts 4:12). Have you been baptized into his church? He has but one (Ephesians 5:23; 4:4-5; Acts 2:47). What think you of the God-man?

Curtis A. Cates

On the whole, God’s love for us is a much safer subject to think about than our love for Him.

C.S. Lewis

We commend our young people for taking up the challenge to read through their Bibles in the year of 2001. Why not join them? There are Bible reading schedules on the table in the foyer. This week’s Bible readings are:

Sunday, 4th: Luke 24:13-53, Genesis 44, Psalm 35
Monday, 5th: Hebrews 1, Genesis 45:1-46:27, Psalm 36
Tuesday, 6th: Hebrews 2, Genesis 46:28-47:31, Psalm 37
Wednesday, 7th: Hebrews 3:1-4:13, Genesis 48, Psalm 38
Thursday, 8th: Hebrews 4:14-6:12, Genesis 49-50, Psalm 39
Friday, 9th: Hebrews 6:13-20, Exodus 1-2, Psalm 40
Saturday, 10th: Hebrews 7, Exodus 3-4, Psalm 41

Sunday Bible Study
“Attitudes Need in Congregational Work”
(Colossians 1:9-10).

Christ is not valued at all
unless He be valued above all.


A Special Welcome to our Visitors

Please fill out a blue visitor card so that we might have a record of your visit. If needed, there is a nursery available at the rear of the auditorium. Bible classes for all ages are available Sundays at 10:00 am and Wednesdays at 6:30 PM. We hope that you will join us for these studies. Please come and worship with us again soon.

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New Directory: We are working on the new directory which will include family photos. If you like you can bring in one of your own photos to be scanned (these will be returned) or you can arrange to have Ted take your photo with a digital camera.

Fellowship Meal: This Sunday.

Wednesday Adult Bible Class: "Jeremiah", chapters 40-45. (6:30 PM)

Ladies: Ladies Day at Pinellas Park: Feb. 28th. Guest speaker: Laurel Sewell. See flyer in the foyer.

Ladies Inspiration Day at Cape Coral: Feb. 28th.

Sunday’s Lessons:

Barren Figs (Luke 13:1-9)

The God Who Answers By Fire (1 Kings 18:1-40)

Service Opportunities

Time of Services


Wayne Vowell



Walt Thompson

Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services


11:00 am

Bible Reading:

Jim Dougan

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm


Jim Treece



Ted Wheeler

Ladies Bible Class:

11:00 am.

Closing Prayer:

Frank Small


Evening Services

Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Opening Prayer:

Kerry Keathley


Jim Treece

Our Record - Last Week


Ted Wheeler

Closing Prayer:

Don Douglas



$ 1917.00
Wayne Vowell
Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Kerry Keathley
Carl Rigney
Weekly Average (yr):

Mike Weber

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