Big Picture

today's reading.
John 19:1    Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him. And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe...

think about it.
What model for facing opposition does Jesus give us (19:1-9)? What does Jesus tell us about the power of the world's authorities (19:11)? In this familiar passage, what stands out to you about Jesus? How do you see God's forbearance here? And in your life?

the blog.
I decided to take a big picture approach, a 20,000 foot view if you will, of John 19:1-16. So instead of focusing in on a specific verse or person, I looked at all the players in this passage--the soldiers, Pilate, Jesus and the Jewish leaders--and tried to put myself in their position. I then considered things like: what were they thinking and feeling? Why did they respond and react as they did? And, have I ever acted similarly?

This was a good exercise for me. My look at the soldiers, Pilate and the Jewish leaders highlighted a number of attitudes and sinful behaviors that I need to be aware of and avoid. Jesus, on the other hand, provided me with several pictures of living and responding with a proper heart.

So what did you learn from the people in this passage? And how can you use it in your daily life? Tami W.

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