THURSDAY March 29, 2018
Submitted to God
Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
Jesus stood before Pilate in judgment. In Pilate’s mind, he was in control. He would decide the fate of Jesus. However, Pilate was not the one in control; he was merely an instrument of God. He was being used by the Father to accomplish His plan for the salvation of the world, through His Son Jesus Christ.
Notice, when Jesus was asked by Pilate whether the accusations against Him were true, He spoke the truth. He did not try to hide the truth. He did not try to defend Himself or explain the situation. He revealed God’s plan and purpose for His birth into this world. He gave a proclamation of the truth to Pilate. Jesus was indeed a King, but not just any king. I Timothy 6:13,15, tells us who He is:
…Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate… He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords…
Revelations 1:5 tells us: …Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood…
Jesus stood in front of Pilate, ready to fulfill God’s plan. He would prove how much He loved us by giving His life on the cross for our sins. Think about that! His very own blood was to be shed so that we could be washed of our sin.
The distinctive feature of Christianity is blood atonement. Without it we cannot be saved. Blood is actually a symbol of the death of Christ.
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