Read John 19
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Scripture- John 19:10-11- “Why don’t you talk to me?” Pilate demanded. “Don’t you realize that I have the power to release you or crucify you?” Then Jesus said, “You would have no power over me at all unless it were given to you from above. So the one who handed me over to you has the greater sin.”
Observations- Pilate has just cynically asked Jesus, "What is truth?" As a political animal, he also thinks he knows what exercising power is all about, so he thought Jesus was naive in not recognizing how much control and command Pilate held over Him. I'm not sure, but I suspect Jesus might have smiled just a bit as He reminded Pilate that he wasn't as powerful as he though. Jesus is the "visible image of the invisible God," (Colossians 1:15) the One who has all power and authority from the Father (John 13), so He wasn't intimidated by Pilate's very limited power. The only reason we remember Pilate as a figure in history is because of his connection to Jesus.
Application- Jesus was a different kind of King with a different kind of power than the world was used to seeing. The temptation for all who seek earthly power is to think too much of themselves and not enough about the One who is really in charge of all that exists here and now and there and then- either at the end of our time on earth or the end of all time when the King of Kings returns in final victory. We get to bend the knee to the One who was, is, and always shall be Lord of all.
Prayer- Dear God, thank You for Jesus, the One with ultimately all authority and power. As I make decisions and discern Your truth, give me an eternal perspective. Don't let me get caught up in the power of this world, but let me long to see Your glory made real here and now. When I am tempted to think to highly of earthly power and authority, point me back to Your Son, my savior, the One who is truly life changing, Jesus Christ. Amen.
"Jesus came and told his disciples, 'I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples...'" (Matthew 28:19-20a),
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