What Jesus Did! 'What Happens When You're Pleasing the Wrong Audience' — John 19:12

Thursday, November 27, 2014

After this, Pilate tried to let Jesus go free. But the Jewish leaders yelled, "Any person who makes himself a king is against Caesar. So if you let this man (Jesus) go free, that means you are not Caesar's friend."
— John 19:12
Illustration of John 19:12 — "Any person who makes himself a king is against Caesar. So if you let this man (Jesus) go free, that means you are not Caesar's friend."

Key Thought

Who is Pilate trying to please, God or the masses? Who are the masses trying to please, themselves or God? Who are you trying to please, yourself, your peers, or your Savior? Answering that last question is just as crucial for you as it was for the masses and for Pilate nearly two thousand years ago. Who you are trying to please will either consecrate you or corrupt you! So choose this day to live to please the Lord—not only is it the right way to live, it has eternal benefits!

Today's Prayer

O Father in heaven, I have no idea how many days you have left for me to live. However, I do know that today, I choose to live to please you and reflect your character and grace in my life. My heart's desire is to consciously make that same choice each day. Please guard my heart from evil, arrogance, selfishness, pride, deceit, lust, or any other corrupting force Satan might use to gain a stronghold in my life. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Then Pilate ordered that Jesus be taken away and be whipped. The soldiers used some thorny branches to make a crown. They put this crown of thorns on Jesus' head. Then the soldiers put a purple robe around Jesus. The soldiers came to Jesus many times and said, "Hello, O king of the Jews!" They hit Jesus in the face. Again Pilate came out and said to the Jewish leaders, "Look! I am bringing Jesus out to you. I want you to know that I find nothing I can charge against him." Then Jesus came out. He was wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to the Jews, "Here is the man!" When the leading priests and the Jewish guards saw Jesus they yelled, "Kill him on a cross! Kill him on a cross!" But Pilate answered, "You take him and nail him to a cross yourselves. I find nothing I can charge against him." The Jewish leaders answered, "We have a law that says he must die, because he said that he is the Son of God." When Pilate heard this, he was more afraid. Pilate went back inside the palace. He asked Jesus, "Where are you from?" But Jesus did not answer him. Pilate said, "You refuse to speak to me? Remember, I have the power to make you free. I also have the power to kill you on a cross." Jesus answered, "The only power you have over me is the power given to you by God. So the man who gave me to you is guilty of a greater sin." After this, Pilate tried to let Jesus go free. But the Jewish leaders yelled, "Any person who makes himself a king is against Caesar. So if you let this man (Jesus) go free, that means you are not Caesar's friend." Pilate heard what these Jews said. So he brought Jesus out to the place called "The Stone Pavement." (In the Jewish language the name is "Gabbatha.") Pilate sat down on the judge's seat there. It was now almost noon on Preparation day of Passover week. Pilate said to the Jews, "Here is your king!" They yelled, "Take him away! Take him away! Kill him on a cross!" Pilate asked them, "Do you want me to kill your king on across?" The leading priests answered, "The only king we have is Caesar !"

John 19:1-15

Related Scripture Readings

"You must not cheat a hired servant that is poor and needy. It does not matter if he is an Israelite or if he is a foreigner living in one of your cities. Give him his pay every day before sunset. Why? Because he is poor and depends on the money. If you don't pay him, he will complain against you to the Lord. And you will be guilty of sin.

Deuteronomy 24:14-15

"I am the Lord your God. I led you out of the land of Egypt where you were slaves. {So you must obey these commands:} "You must not worship any other gods except me.

Exodus 20:2-3

First, I tell you to pray for all people. Talk to God about them. Ask him for the things people need, and be thankful to him. You should pray for kings and for all people who have authority (power). Pray for those leaders so that we can have quiet and peaceful lives—lives full of worship and respect for God. This is good and it pleases God our Savior. God wants all people to be saved. And he wants all people to know the truth. There is only one God. And there is only one way that people can reach God. That way is through Jesus Christ, who is also a man.

1 Timothy 2:1-5

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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