Today’s Text: Luke 23-24
Key Text: Luke 23:1-3
“Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, ‘We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Messiah, a king.’ So Pilate asked Jesus, ‘Are you the king of the Jews?’ ‘You have said so,’ Jesus replied.”
When those who would destroy Jesus brought him to trial, they accused him of many things.
They tried playing the religious card – “HE’S A BLASPHEMER!”
They tried playing the political card – “HE’S AGAINST PAYING TAXES!”
Which led to the military card – “HE’S TRYING TO OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT!”
They accused him of being a heretic, a rebel, a troublemaker.
Then they accused him of claiming to be a king.
All this – so they could get the “powers that be” to do their dirty work for them.
Jesus refused to play their game.
In response to the accusation that he was a king he merely said, “You have said so.”
It turned the tables on them. They would have to keep pushing their point in order to destroy him.
Before long, they found a way to kill Jesus of Nazareth but they could not rid themselves of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
He was a king after all – just not the kind they were used to serving.
The risen Christ calls us to follow and to serve but me must realize once and for all that his kingdom is “not of this world.”
To serve Him – is to serve Him for eternity – joyfully.