We have no King but Caesar

In Apologetics on December 7, 2013 at 6:28 am

Joh 19:7 The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has made himself the Son of God.”
Joh 19:8 When Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid.
Joh 19:9 He entered his headquarters again and said to Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer.
Joh 19:10 So Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?”
Joh 19:11 Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.”

The mock trial that Jesus suffered through and the indignation he endured resounds with the same eternal questions and distinctions. Jesus is before Pilate and shows his authority, position and purpose. The Son of God is on trial for being the Son of God. Do we still doubt the true relationship and distinction in the Godhead? All authority comes from God the Father, and Jesus acknowledges this in the face of certain death. Putting him to the test, doubting who He is is a sin. He was delivered over to the Romans to be crucified because His claim to be the Son of God was rejected by the very people who should have recognized Him. The gentile Pilate drew back in fear of something he instinctively knew. Jesus is the eternally generated Son of the Father in heaven and he didn’t acknowledge Jesus either. The sin is in the denial of the Son!

Joh 19:12 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.”
Joh 19:13 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.
Joh 19:14 Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover. It was about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!”
Joh 19:15 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.”

Pilate stands before the people supposedly of God who had the law and the scriptures and asks the final question of judgment “Shall I crucify your King?” The very question is asked of every believer in the same manner “Who is your King?” and who will be crucified? Are we denouncing, rejecting and claiming authority not only of ourselves but over the Son of God? Are we standing in the crowd shouting crucify Him? Are claiming any other king but Jesus? Salvation is the work of our Triune God, The Father demands repentance and provides the through the Son the sacrifice, while the Spirit searches the hearts of men. The Father decrees the Son accomplishes and the Spirit applies. There was never a time when the Father wasn’t the Father, the Son wasn’t the Son and the Spirit wasn’t the Spirit. Even when we pray we are expressing the three oneness of God, by the Spirit through the Son to the Father.

Why do we need a Savior? Deu 4:24 For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

God’s decrees: Exo 35:1 Moses assembled all the congregation of the people of Israel and said to them, “These are the things that the LORD has commanded you to do.

The Law demands obedience or judgment for those that disobey.

Rom 7:9 I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died.
Rom 7:10 The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me.
Rom 7:11 For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me.
Rom 7:12 So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

Deu 17:11 According to the instructions that they give you, and according to the decision which they pronounce to you, you shall do. You shall not turn aside from the verdict that they declare to you, either to the right hand or to the left.

Isa 42:5 Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it:
Isa 42:6 “I am the LORD; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations,
Isa 42:7 to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.
Isa 42:8 I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols.

Heb 4:12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Heb 9:14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

Are we serving the Living God?


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