Jesus stood before Pilate the governor. Pilate asked him questions. He said, "Are you the king of the Jews?" Jesus answered, "Yes, I am." When the leading priests and the older Jewish leaders accused Jesus, he said nothing. So Pilate said to Jesus, "You hear these people accusing you of all these things. Why don't you answer?" But Jesus said nothing to answer Pilate. Pilate was very surprised at this.
— Matthew 27:11-14 NLT
If the murder of Jesus weren't so tragic, the scene would be humorous in a dark sort of way. Pilate, the Roman Governor, and the Jews, hated each other. Yet they dance this strange dance of hated political bedfellows. Pilate doesn't want to give them anything they want, but must keep the peace. The Jews don't want Jesus to slip out of their hands so they must act like they respect Pilate.
As he will all the way through this tragic movement of grace, Jesus remains silent and in control. He is the only one who does not react out of fear or jealousy. Jesus' path is determined by God's will and his love for us.
Jesus is silent, but in control. He is Lord in his submission to the will of God and in the face of the hateful actions of his enemies! He will not be goaded into saving or protecting himself, but dies for us—for you and me.
O Lord God Almighty, I marvel again in your restraint and grace. How you could let this happen is beyond my comprehension. At the same time, I thank you. I thank you that Jesus shows me that I can be self-controlled when I fully submit to your will. I thank you that Jesus shows me there are bigger things than ridicule and death. I thank you that the story doesn't end with Pilate, an angry mob, and a crucifixion. I thank you for Jesus being raised and now sitting as my triumphant Lord until the time he returns to take me home! To you be all praise, both now and forevermore. In Jesus' name I offer this thanks and praise. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Isaiah 53:7-10
- Matthew 26:62-64
- John 19:10-11
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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