July 20, 2018
Matthew 27:11-14… Now Jesus stood before the governor and the governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus said, “You have said so.” But when he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?” But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.
At this point in Jesus’ trial, Pilate would have let Him go. He had no evidence worthy of death. Jesus was not helping. He did not defend Himself. He let His accusers give lies as evidence against Him. His response to the first question is interesting.
“Are you the king of the Jews?”
“You have said so.”
This gives us the discrepancy in the word, “king.” The world saw the word as a title… “One who is to be honored and obeyed.” Jesus knew it as a reality, “one who is honored and obeyed.” It was His people who were calling for His crucifixion. At that moment, He was, evidently, not their king. Pilate, and his cohorts, were concerned that there might be a king other than Caesar. So, Jesus told the truth. “According to your understanding, I am.”
Is Jesus your king or is it in name only? I think many Christians call Jesus their king in name only. We have heard the song, saying, that every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. People stand behind that confession but yell, “Crucify Jesus.” You say, proudly, “I would never say that.”
We yell, “Crucify Him” in ways that we don’t even see or hear.
Jesus stood for truth. He was the embodiment, God’s expression, of truth on earth. From His arrival until now, people have interpreted His actions and words according to their desires. We are currently embroiled in a controversy that is an example of what I say. It is a controversy because it affects voters so it is political. I don’t even know the proper term… LGBTXYZ. It has decided that we are not sexually defined by our plumbing; we are what we want to be, and we can decide that after we have lived awhile. What they are really saying is, “God, you blew it; but don’t worry, my doctor can fix your mistake.”