The King on trial

Passage:  John 18:33-40

Key verse:  John 18:37  Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”

After He had been betrayed by one of His closest friends, Jesus was sent to trial before the leaders of both the empire and the kingdom.  Tossed back and forth between Herod and Pilate, Jesus remained quiet and did not defend Himself, though at any moment He could have burst out of His chains and ascended into heaven or done some other sort of miraculous act.  He acted in complete humility, though He was a king.

The King of Kings and Lord of Lords stood on trial before earthly leaders as corrupt as they come, as though they had any real right to judge Him.  As though they had any authority over Him.  In an instant, Jesus could have put them in their place, but He remained quiet.  Then, when He chose to speak, He revealed His purpose.

Jesus came to bear witness to the truth.  He came to reveal God to man.  He was and is the true image-bearer of God.  He is the image of the invisible God, come to earth as a lowly man.  He gave up His rights to a kingdom on earth to fulfill His real purpose.  A purpose that involves a heavenly kingdom, far beyond anything Herod or Pilate could ever imagine.

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