As a teacher I refer often to the behavior of kids on the playground for that is what I know well. When a daring adventuresome act is conjured up in the minds of creative kids, a vote is then taken on who is going to actually be the one who does it. Whatever it is. When we hear, “YOU do it!”, quickly followed by others who shout, “NO, YOU do it!” “I’m not going to do it.” It’s time as a teacher to intervene and stop them from getting hurt or maimed by doing IT.
The next episode in John of the act of who will give the order for Jesus to die is much the same. It’s childish behavior when you read it. It’s sounds like a political debate (also childish at times) we see so often in the media these days. NO ONE wants to take the blame, but everyone decides that Jesus is to die. YOU do it. No, YOU do it. Crucify Him.
In all of this we must know and realize this Truth: Jesus was in control the entire time. He had the power to stop the action. He had the power to call down help from heaven to stop the slaps on His face, the crown of thorns crammed on His head until blood ran down His human face, the mocking and spitting, the words to calm the crowd…but He didn’t. He loved us that much. He loved his accusers that much. He knew what He had to do, was sent from God to do and He was going to go through it all, the worst from of execution invented by the Romans, for you and for me, to pay for our sin. God sent His Son so that we would be redeemed.
John 19, The Message
19 1-3 So Pilate took Jesus and had him whipped. The soldiers, having braided a crown from thorns, set it on his head, threw a purple robe over him, and approached him with, “Hail, King of the Jews!” Then they greeted him with slaps in the face.
4-5 Pilate went back out again and said to them, “I present him to you, but I want you to know that I do not find him guilty of any crime.” Just then Jesus came out wearing the thorn crown and purple robe.
Pilate announced, “Here he is: the Man.”
6 When the high priests and police saw him, they shouted in a frenzy, “Crucify! Crucify!”
Pilate told them, “You take him. You crucify him. I find nothing wrong with him.”
7 The Jews answered, “We have a law, and by that law he must die because he claimed to be the Son of God.”
8-9 When Pilate heard this, he became even more scared. He went back into the palace and said to Jesus, “Where did you come from?”
Jesus gave no answer.
10 Pilate said, “You won’t talk? Don’t you know that I have the authority to pardon you, and the authority to—crucify you?”
11 Jesus said, “You haven’t a shred of authority over me except what has been given you from heaven. That’s why the one who betrayed me to you has committed a far greater fault.”
12 At this, Pilate tried his best to pardon him, but the Jews shouted him down: “If you pardon this man, you’re no friend of Caesar’s. Anyone setting himself up as ‘king’ defies Caesar.”
13-14 When Pilate heard those words, he led Jesus outside. He sat down at the judgment seat in the area designated Stone Court (in Hebrew, Gabbatha). It was the preparation day for Passover. The hour was noon. Pilate said to the Jews, “Here is your king.”
15 They shouted back, “Kill him! Kill him! Crucify him!”
Pilate said, “I am to crucify your king?”
The high priests answered, “We have no king except Caesar.”
16-19 Pilate caved in to their demand. He turned him over to be crucified.
So, now, after meditating, as we read this slowly, and breathe in what our Savior did for us. How can we not follow Him as LORD of our lives? Now, exhale all the bitterness, negative thoughts and worldview thinking. Refreshed? I am.
All our current situations, circumstances, our heartaches and disappointments pale in comparison to what our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ did for us.
Dear Heavenly Father, Forgive us when our focus is more on our circumstances on less on You. Thank you for saving our souls. Thank you for saving us from ourselves and our own destructive behaviors. Lead us not into those temptations, deliver us from all evil. In Jesus Name, Amen