John 18:28:40

by Lon on December 28, 2011

Continuing our journey through the gospel according to John

28 Then the Jewish leaders took Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness they did not enter the palace, because they wanted to be able to eat the Passover.29 So Pilate came out to them and asked, “What charges are you bringing against this man?”

30 “If he were not a criminal,” they replied, “we would not have handed him over to you.”

31 Pilate said, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.”
“But we have no right to execute anyone,” they objected.32 This took place to fulfill what Jesus had said about the kind of death he was going to die.

33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

34 “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?”

35 “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?”

36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”

37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate.
Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

38 “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. chaussure asics With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him.39 But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?”

40 They shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in an uprising.

v36 is fascinating.

Jesus is announcing that the Kingdom of heaven is near, it’s begun, it’s here and on it’s way… adidas yeezy boost obviously Christ’s disciples hadn’t embraced this reality, and that’s why his kingdom didn’t seem to be in effect. But for the rest of us, today, if we’re really a part of this new kingdom Christ is ushering in, maybe we ought to be fighting for Christ to be king, in our lives and in our cities?

v38 “What is truth?” Pilate responds. In our world today, many of us live with our own truths – much of it often never tested or thought about much. We often believe what’s given to us. Maybe followers of Jesus ought to really dig deeper into truth. What does Christ really proclaim? What’s ultimate reality in this new Kingdom of his on earth?

v40 The crowd shouted for Barabbas to be released instead of Christ. I wonder, and this might be a stretch, would we, and do, do the same?

We’re often willing to accept what pains Christ to fit the way we think things ought to be. bottes timberland pas cher ie. In retrospect we might demand that Christ be crucified, because without it, he could not be our ultimate sacrifice and atone for our sins…?

or for example today because Christ mentioned there would be wars, and the poor, and evil, as a reality in our world…

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