What Jesus Did! 'Frightened or Fearless?' — John 19:8-9

Sunday, November 25, 2018

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.
— John 19:8-9 NLT
Illustration of John 19:8-9 NLT — 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.

Key Thought

Pilate is trying to find a way out of dealing with Jesus. He knows Jesus is innocent, but can't appease the crowd. What if Jesus is who he says he is? How can he convict an innocent man? How can he keep his constituents happy? Who is this Jesus and where is he from? Pilate loses his integrity unless he releases Jesus. He can't release Jesus without infuriating the crowd. Jesus will not answer him. Jesus refuses to be a pawn in Pilate's political game. He will follow the will of his Father and no one will deter his commitment to righteousness. Facing a choice about Jesus' identity, Pilate the ruler shows fear, gives up his integrity, and becomes a prisoner to the fickle will of the mob. In the face of death, Jesus shows courage, displays integrity, and demonstrates the freedom to be who he is truly committed to be no matter the will of the crowd. The stark differences in their choices and character remind us of the importance of the choices we make about Jesus and the will of God.

Today's Prayer

Righteous and holy God, what can I say to convey my thanks and appreciation of the horrible price paid for my sin? Thank you! Even more, please purify me and strengthen me so that my life from this day forward deepens in your character and in my love for Jesus, my Savior, in whose name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 10:14-18
  • 1 John 2:1-2
  • Matthew 8:5-13

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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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