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The illegal proceedings and trials of Jesus. Pilot is on trial before Jesus. Jesus explains His Kingship to Pilot and declares everyone on His side is on the side of Truth.
Apart from the name of Jesus, I guess the most common name on the lips of Christians is that of Pontius Pilate; millions repeat each Sunday in The Creed that Jesus suffered under Pontius Pilate. John spends time telling us about this man, who spends about 6 hours with Jesus. Actually what John seems to be doing is contrasting the secular Roman King/Governor with the true King, Jesus Christ. John’s presentation is rather comical; the action takes place both outside Pilate’s Palace and inside. As the movement changes from outside to inside so does the temperature. Inside Pilate questions Jesus rationally & calmly; the discussion is thoughtful as Pilate increasingly becomes convinced of Jesus’ innocence. Outside the mood is angry and violent, with frenzied shouts from the Jews who are rude to Pilate and unbending in their determination to have Jesus crucified. These inside and outside movements reflect Pilate’s own personal struggles over Jesus. I am most grateful to Mike Raiter, was Principle at Bible College of Melbourne who showed me this. The issue at stake is whether Jesus is the true King in contrast to Pilate.
God does not sit on His throne reacting to human choices, hoping he can steer things in the right direction. No, He accomplishes His will perfectly from His throne... in all things.
The true nature of conforming to the world is a radical rejection of God and His rightful place as King over our lives.
When Jesus rode into Jerusalem, he was claiming what was rightfully his -- kingship. He desires to stake that claim in your life as well.
The setting of the book of Samuel, when there was no king in Israel, reminds us of how our cry for a king can be answered through Jesus, who desires to occupy the throne of our hearts.
How do we respond when the pressure's on? Do we act in fear or stand in faith? Saul's downfall shows us the danger of taking things into our own hands.
What does is mean to follow God as King in the midst of changing leadership in the church and in the world? What does it look like when we are submitting to God as King? The story of Saul's confirmation as King addresses these questions.
The book of 1 Samuel is not only true history - its a beautiful story. Listen to see how the story connects to what's gone before and sets the table for what lies ahead.