'Day One' Blog

Behold, Your King! – March 28, ’20


(These moments are recounted in all four of the gospels. I highly recommend reading all of them carefully so that you have the fullest picture possible. There are links for your convenience.)


Meditation for the Soul ~

From then on Pilate sought to release Him,
but the Jews cried out,
“If you release this man,
you are not Caesar’s friend.
Everyone who makes himself a king
opposes Caesar.”
So when Pilate heard these words,
he brought Jesus out
and sat down on the judgment seat
at a place called The Stone Pavement,
and in Aramaic Gabbatha.
Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover.
It was about the sixth hour.
He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!”
They cried out,
“Away with him, away with him, crucify him!”
Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?”
The chief priests answered,
“We have no king but Caesar.”
So he delivered Him over to them to be crucified.
John 19:12-16
(See also: Matthew 27:27-31;
Mark 15:16-20; Luke 23:11;)


Reflection for the Mind ~

Jesus was mocked by people assuming there was no possible way He could be who He said He was. I cannot get the irony of that scene out of my mind. There was Jesus, beaten nearly to death, taunted, spit upon, and endlessly ridiculed for claiming to be the Son of God and King of the Jews. His mock-kingly attire made for the cruelest kind of make-believe. But the pièce de résistance: “Hail, King of the Jews!” Mock-worship.

God the Son, presumed to be either a lunatic or a dangerous insurgent, was on display before the crowds and in full view of God the Father and perhaps even the celestial beings. No one viewing from heaven or earth was on the fence in those horrible moments. Of course, Pilate’s radar was up for sure, but he was in no way ready to defend Jesus’ innocence in the face of the demands of the frenzied crowd. And there’s a big difference between finding Jesus innocent and believing Him to be the Son of God.

When Pilate brought Jesus out before the masses that morning, he presented Him saying, “Behold, Your King!” Truer words were never spoken. All of Heaven understood precisely who Jesus was. A few believers were likely scattered in the crowd too, but their voices would never have been heard above the cries to crucify Jesus. And so the King of all kings was given over to be executed, immensely pleasing His enemies.

One day you and I will find our King coming down from the heavens just as He ascended. I make up in my mind the Father saying, “Behold, Your King!” and in response, the Church crying for joy. There will be no mock-worship that day. Every knee will be bowed before Him. All will know who He truly is!


Response for the Heart ~

Lord Jesus, how I long for Your return. How I long for the day when the whole earth will understand who You are! And You will finally be worshipped by all humankind, even by those who refuse Your gift of life. I am sorry we mocked You and abused Your body so terribly. I am sorry we would not see You as our King and worship You then. I thank You for the few who did believe, and for their faith in the midst of all the staunch opposition. I am humbled by their faith in You. Speak to me now Lord, in these passages that describe what You endured. I ask for this in Your name, Jesus.
~ Amen

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