Date: September 24, 2013 1:55 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Power Over Death
Power Over Death
"Jesus answered, 'You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.'" (John 19:11)
Scripture Focus: John 19:1-15
As Pilate's interaction with Jesus continued, the governor soon realized he was in a pickle. The prisoner before him seemed innocent, but the crowds outside would not be satisfied unless Christ was executed. So when Pilate tried to free Jesus, the last thing he expected was the response he heard: that he had no power accept that given him by a Greater Power. True power was about much more than governmental laws and legal trials.
In fact, Jesus could have exhibited more strength than a thousand military troops. He could have called on a hundred angels, performed a miraculous escape and smitten everyone dumb within seconds. But He didn't. He stayed within Pilate's authority, submitted to the verdict He knew was coming and willingly accepted the conviction.
Why? Because His death on the cross was exactly why the Lord of Creation came to earth as a man. His ultimate purpose throughout His time on earth was to exhibit power over death so that we might know true life with Him. This is the Lord we serve!
Insight: In what ways does Christ's submission to Pilate reveal true power?
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