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See Matthew 26…
Who was in control over the situation that we are reading about? Was it the Jews in their hatred or Pilate with all his Roman authority to crucify, as he claims, in vs. 10? Brake lights, brake lights…
Or was it God? Jesus often foretold of His death and that He would die, that He would be lifted up – crucifixion (Matthew 26:1) and that there would be one who would betray Him.
Certainly stoning was not the way that Jesus was to go. This was the law; “Let you with out sin cast the stone.” He had escaped stoning twice. In 8:59 when He claimed to have been before Abraham and in 10:31 when He claimed to be one with the Father.
“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up.” Jesus, John 3:14
“When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am the one I claim to be and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.” – John 8:28
“When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men unto myself.” – John 12:32
So who was in control? Jesus created a situation at just the right time. Then everyone was still acting according to their free will but on His authority… See John 10:16-18, 18:1-9. He cast out demons, healed…
Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me.
“I find no guilt in Him” 3 times, Pilate.
As we read in John 1:11-13 – He (Jesus) came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
Pilate gets angry in vs. 10 and asks “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?” Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.” – John 19:10-11
Jesus says that the authority Pilate has is given by God, it “comes from above…”
And who was it that delivered Jesus over to Pilate? In 18:35 Pilate said “Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me.” What have you done?”
I believe that in all that is going on that Pilate gets the sense that Jesus is right where He is for a reason.
Jesus was obedient.
In looking at Jesus before Pilate, one can see the humble majesty of Jesus confronting the proud majesty of Rome’s besieged representative.
Our enemy uses our weaknesses, our biases, our hurt, and the situations and circumstances of life to further His kingdom in this world. God, in His infinite wisdom, authority, and control uses those same things for the good of those that Love Him, who walk according to His will: who walk in obedience.
Romans 8:28 But He cannot if we are not walking in love/obedience because it is through our obedience that we are changed for the good, conformed in to the image of His Son. Just think if Jesus had not been obedient…
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” – John 14:15
Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him. – John 14:21
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. – Philippians 2:5-11
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. – 1 Corinthians 15:57-58
- Do you have freewill?
- If so, whom are you choosing to serving?
- How can God’s will be done through you?
Zechariah 9:9 & John 12:12-19, Matthew 21:8-11, Psalm 41:9 & Mark 14:10, John 13:26, Zechariah 13:7 & Mark 14:50, Zechariah 11:12 & Matthew 26:15, Zechariah 11:13 & Matthew 27:3-7, Isaiah 53:3 & John 1:10-11, Isaiah 53:7 & John 19:9-10, Mark 15:4-5, Romans 8:28-29 & John 14:15
Free will – the word if implies choice (freewill)… for instance: “if” we believe, in John 3:16, 18, Genesis 4:7, Exodus 19:5, John 8:31, 51, 13:35, 14:15, 1 Corinthians 15:2, Revelation 22:18-19, Joshua 25:15, 2 Chronicles 7:14