Lenten Blog – 3/30/2018

Have a blessed Good Friday.  Today is a day that is filled with the greatest tragedy of human history becoming the greatest blessing ever given humanity.  The Gospels are full of everything that happened with the trial of Jesus going on throughout the night.  The interrogations by Pilate and Herod are surrounded by the denials of Peter even knowing Jesus.

Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”  “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?”   “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “It was your people and your chief priests who handed you over to me. What is it you have done?”  Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.” “You are a king, then!” said Pilate.   Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”   “What is truth?” Pilate asked. With this he went out again to the Jews and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him.  (John 18:33-38)

I have always had a bit of sympathy for Pilate.  He wanted to do the right thing and release Jesus.  He knew it was a theological dispute that led to Jesus being arrested and that caused Jesus to be brought to him.  The issue was about truth, and we know that God cares more for truth than the Romans.  They just cared about power and ruling with it.   This interchange between Jesus and Pilate shows that Jesus could have used power but in this world in the here and now Jesus speaks by the folly of the Cross.  He speaks to your eternal soul the truths of God and even more about individuals so that you can know yourself.  We have all been like Pilate at times knowing the right thing to do, but doing what is easier in the crowd and with others.  The blessing of Good Friday is that we find Jesus caring more about us than he does for himself.   That is the truth!

In Christ’s Service, 

Pastor Dave