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Passion Week

Weekly Devotionals

Passion Week

Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him. 2 And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe. 3 They came up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and struck him with their hands.4 Pilate went out again and said to them, “See, I am bringing him out to you that you may know that I find no guilt in him.” 5 So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Behold the man!” 6 When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no guilt in him.”7 The Jews[a] answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has made himself the Son of God.” 8 When Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid. 9 He entered his headquarters again and said to Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 So Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?” 11 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.”

12 From then on Pilate sought to release him, but the Jews cried out, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar’s friend. Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar.” 13 So when Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called The Stone Pavement, and in Aramaic[b] Gabbatha. 14 Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover. It was about the sixth hour.[c] He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” 15 They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” 16 So he delivered him over to them to be crucified. John 19:1-16

As we enter this year’s passion week, I think we are faced with the same question that Pilate had to answer in our passage.  Which king will you serve?  The crown of thorns, the purple robe and the title “Kings of Jews” make clear the man on trial was no ordinary man.  The crowd fail to see what Pilate (a non-Jew) saw in Jesus.  Again we are faced with same question, which king will you serve?  No matter who you are, you will serve someone or something but who will you serve.  There are competing Kings that desires the throne room of our hearts.  Everyday we are faced with a choice, King Jesus or King career? King Jesus or King money?  King Jesus or King relationship?  Kings Jesus or King self?  Pilate knew deep down inside that Jesus was innocent perhaps he was even beginning believe who Jesus said He claimed to be.  Yet as soon as his career and his life was threatened he washed his hands of Jesus’ trial and give him up to be crucified.  I pray as we begin this year’s passion week we’ll reflect on this very important question.