Posts Tagged ‘Pilate’


John 19:31-36
Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jews did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs…These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken,” and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the one they have pierced.”

I love movies and the way they are able to weave stories that make it all seem real. What a lot of work it must take to write a script, cast the actors, chose the sets and locations, get the entire crew in place, shoot every last detail and hope that all of this adds us to a box office hit. Few become hits and many flop and so the story goes. As time progresses and technologies improve, we realize how the fine details are not so fine anymore as our eyes are now used to seeing things in better light. However, this picture of Jesus’ life and death painted in words in the gospels is unchanging and seems to be perfect in every sense. How is that possible? Were there some loopholes to the tale?

There are four cross references for verse 36 and they are Exodus 12:46; Num. 9:12; Psalm 34:20; Zech. 12:10. When you read these, you will note that the background refers to the passover lamb. Is it not amazing that Jesus is our passover lamb, perfect and unblemished in every way, sinless, righteous, and sacrificed for nothing but our sinfulness. How awesome is our God who is perfect in every way, and fulfills every requirement of the law to be our sin offering? For this God who is so perfect, don’t you think he does everything in a perfect way for his glory? Lets not grow weary when trials come our way because God will work perfectly in and through every situation in our lives for his glory.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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Luke 23:8-12
When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform some miracle. He plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer. The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him. Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing him in an elegant robe, they sent him back to Pilate. That day Herod and Pilate became friends—before this they had been enemies.

Jesus is and was always highly regarded for his magical powers, at least to the unbelievers. There have been many who have been compared but none that equalled him like Houdini, Blaine, P.C. Sorkar, etc. For an unbeliever like Herod, Jesus was merely a court jester of sorts because he was hoping to be amused by him. In his seat of power, he felt no one could cause him any harm, even if that person were to call himself the Son of God! What was even more interesting was that he considered this gesture of Pilate sufficient to consider him a friend rather than a foe because Pilate was showing him the respect due. Is it not amazing that we see people in very different lights through the suffering of our Lord?

As a Christian, I have had the opportunity to see many Churches around the world and meet many people of varying beliefs and I have found it interesting that to some, believing in Christ was because of a miracle they witnessed in their own lives. However, it is worrying that this would be sufficient for them to base their faith in God because with God, we are called to believe not only in his works but to submit to his entire being and to follow him to the cross. Jesus offers us a way to be with him in heaven but the path is treacherous and the end might be painful. Jesus does not offer us a bed of roses for a life where he becomes a genie. I hope that you see Christ from the foot of the cross, much like the other criminal who was crucified with Christ and said that he was being punished justly whereas Jesus was not. Are you fully submitted and do you realize what your commitment to Christ means?

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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Aboriginal Fishermen