John 19:12–16 (ESV)
Jesus Delivered to be Crucified (Part 2)
12 From then on Pilate sought to release him, but the Jews cried out, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar’s friend. Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar.” 13 So when Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out
and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called The Stone Pavement, and in Aramaic Gabbatha. 14 Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover. It was about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” 15 They cried out, “Away
with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” 16 So he delivered him over to them to be crucified.
Today’s reading makes it pretty clear that Pilate wanted to release him. Pilate held a political office though, and he did not want to lose his political seat. They threatened Pilate in regards to his relationship
with Caesar. Even today, we may have our principles, but when our way of life is threatened... we often give in. How quickly we can sell out when our home, food, cars, and the effects on your spouse and family if you lose your job. Well,
Pilate sells-out. He presents Jesus to them and says “Behold your King!” In a very ironic response, they cried out “We have no king but Caesar.” What is ironic is they wanted nothing to do with Caesar, but now they
need him, or at least Pilate... so they sell-out their values to Caesar. It’s funny how alliances are formed. What’s not funny is that Pilate delivered Jesus over to them to be crucified. This is something though, that must take
place. Jesus is still in control.
I pray: O Lord, help me to stand up for what I believe in and my principles. Help me to not sell-out on you. Many churches are selling-out to worldliness.
Help our church remain true to your Word. Amen.