What Jesus Did! 'We Have No King!?' — John 19:13-15

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

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 a cross?" The leading priests answered, "The only king we have is Caesar !"
— John 19:13-15 NLT
Illustration of John 19:13-15 NLT — "The only king we have is Caesar !"

Key Thought

God was Israel's true King while the human king that sat on Israel's throne was considered God's son, or prince. So often, Israel chose to go with their human king and abandon their heavenly King. Once again, the leaders of God's people pull them away from their heavenly King and pledge their loyalty to a secular king. Their actions are a warning of how easily we can be dissuaded from giving our complete loyalty to the only true Lord and King, Jesus.

Today's Prayer

Almighty God, my precious and righteous Father, please keep my heart pure in its allegiance to you. I don't want to ever let anything or anyone lead me away from my loyalty to you. Forgive me for the past times when I've let other things distract my attention and distort my loyalty. Thank you, in Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Psalm 2:1-8
  • Psalm 45:6-7
  • Luke 1:32


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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