Dn 7:13-14; Ap 1:5-8; Jn 18:33b-37
Well, who is the real king? Who do men say that I am .... who do you say that I am?
Is it Pilate or is it Jesus?
Outwardly Pilate is the giant with power and prestige but he is broken inside. Inside he is no giant. Inside he is small and weak, and frightened.
The world is really like that. Our society is really like that. Our Church community is really like that. Each one of us individually is really like that - small and weak, and frightened. We sometimes put on displays of great power but we remain small and weak, and frightened.
But Jesus is not so. He is the true Ruler - King - Lord. He alone is able to withstand the strength of the great and make them nothing. He needs no army and no servants. His greatest weapon is the relationship he has with God his Father and so he has no need for displays of any kind. Jesus manifests to us the calm and peace and gentleness that comes from being firmly rooted in the truth - like a tree planted near flowing waters - not caring whether it be drought or flood.
So where do you stand? There is no middle ground! We align ourselves either with Pilate or with Jesus. So where do you stand, and what difference does this make in your life?
By Graham Forge