Both Pilate and the Jewish religious leaders serve as examples of what happens when people don’t fear God, but instead give place to the fear of man. When we consider the gospel of Jesus, we see how the fear of man kills, but the fear of God brings life.
Who is somebody in your life who, from your perspective, does a good job of fearing the Lord rather than man? What does this look like in their life?
Why is fear of man such poison? Why do we fall into it so easily? Where do you personally struggle with fear of man?
What does it mean that not all sins are the same? What does this not mean? Why is this understanding important?
What do you think that Joseph and Nicodemus were like after going “all in” with Jesus? How can we learn and grow from their example?
Pray that God would help you to see where you place too much priority on the opinions of man and not enough on him.
Pray for boldness, like that of Joseph and Nicodemus. Pray that you would seek to share the gospel of Jesus no matter what the cost.