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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Daily Word April 20, 2011 - "The Conversation - Part II"

John 19:12-16
12 From then on Pilate sought to release him, but the Jews cried out, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar's friend. Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar.” 13 So when Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called The Stone Pavement, and in Aramaic [1] Gabbatha. 14 Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover. It was about the sixth hour. [2] He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” 15 They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” 16 So he delivered him over to them to be crucified.
After the reality of who Christ was, the Bible says that Pilate sought to release him.  But at every turn, the crowd screamed for his blood all the more.  Remember that their charge against him was that he was blaspheming God, by claiming to be God.  But this is not a capital offense with the Romans, in fact, it is no offense at all.  So now they change their charge.  "Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar."  In simple terms, 'He is a threat to Rome.  He is setting himself up as a king over Caesar.'  It is interesting that Pilate does not dispute this claim.  Instead, he makes a prophetic claim, "Behold your King!"  Now there is no doubt that in this moment he was being sarcastic, and yet was he incorrect?  But what is more interesting is that the Jews responded in a manner which shows their heart.  "We have no king but Caesar."  This was true, Jesus was not their king.  Though they were God's people, God was not their king.  They had lost sight of the spiritual and had fully turned their eyes on the physical.  This man was saving them of their sin, and yet they could not see him for who he was.  Do you see Jesus for who He is?

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