I’ve started doing the Easter to Easter book. Its been good and made me think. Monday’s was about, to me, about the choice Jesus had. So much of the time, I think we look at Jesus as being more God than man…but He had as much free will as the next human.
That’s where the conversation between Pilate and Jesus took on a different dimension for me…
Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him.” When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!”
As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!” But Pilate answered, “You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.”
The Jews insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.”
When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, and he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?”
Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”
From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jews kept shouting, “If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar.” John 19:4-12
I have thought about the fact that Pilate had the decision to either crucify or free Jesus…I had never thought about the fact that Jesus had a choice, at that moment, to say, “You know what? Fine, I’m not the King of the Jews! It is finished now.”
As the devotional went through last night, Jesus allowed love to control His choices…He let not man nor feeling rule His heart.
Today, I choose to allow love to rule my decisions, my life. Peace….