John 19 v14-22
“It was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about the sixth hour.”
In the context of making sure the Passover lambs were without fault ready for the sacrifice and the Chief Priests’ determination to remain undefiled, Jesus has been interrogated for six hours before paraded by compromised Pilate.
“Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews.
And then history repeats itself.
At the commencement of the Kingdom of Israel, “So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. 5 They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.” (1 Samuel 8:4-5)
“But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. 7 And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. (1 Samuel 8: 6-7)
Here is your king!
Of all the terrible things they have said this is the worst:
“We have no king but Caesar,” v15.
We have no king but the king in Rome.
It is amazing who can be named as an ally when the human will wants something badly.
At their beginning they reject God as their king and here they do it again.
They choose Rome and within a generation Rome would crush them to the ground.
This whole passage speaks of how compromising people can become.
- Pilate compromised.
- The Chief Priests insisting on no compromise by refusing to enter Pilate’s palace and defile themselves for the Passover.
- The Chief Priests compromising themselves by giving their allegiance to Caesar.
Compromise is usually a commodity of luxury that is used when it suits. We appear so righteous and wise one moment and then hold hands with the enemy in the next breath.
When He was crucified, Pilate ordered the inscription on the cross to be written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek—the languages of the three major cultural groups of that era.
Everyone was able to read that God’s people had rejected their King. Let’s make sure we keep Jesus the King of our lives and the Church today. Being undefiled in the eyes of man doesnt mean He is King.