Living to Die For Us


"Pilate said, 'So you are a king?' Jesus responded, 'You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.'" - John 18:37

It's a miracle that Jesus was ever killed. We don't say that to be glib or offensive. But when you read through this chapter, it's hard not to notice that all the events worked out in such a way as to lead Christ to His death. God was leading Jesus to the cross despite the people involved.

Judas and the mob cowered when Jesus identified Himself (John 18:6). When Jesus was questioned by the high priests, it was clear they had no charges to bring against Him. He had hid nothing of His actions, and they were the actions of a teacher, not a rebel (vs. 19-24). The high priests sent Him to Pilate, the Roman official in Jerusalem. When Pilate asked why the Jews brought Jesus to him, their answer was evasive: "'We wouldn't have handed him over to you if he weren't a criminal!" (v. 30). When Pilate interviewed Jesus, he found nothing wrong with Him (vs. 28-40).

Jesus' death was a tragedy just as it is a tragedy when anyone dies under false accusations. But Jesus' death was also a miracle. His purpose in living was to die for us. And He lives now so that we might never die.

"We are chiefly bound to praise you for your Son Jesus Christ our Lord: for he is the very Paschal Lamb, which was offered for us, and has taken away the sin of the world; who by his death has destroyed death, and by his rising to life again, has restored to us everlasting life. Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify your glorious name, evermore praising you and saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Glory be to you, O Lord most high. Amen!" - Rev. George Whitefield (1714-1770), Anglican Priest and contemporary of John (1703-1791) & Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
Jul 27 2018