Insights on Today's Reading
Luke 23 - Luke's account of the trial and crucifixion of Jesus gives the added information that Pilate sent Jesus to Herod, who was in Jerusalem at the time. In spite of Herod's ridicule of Jesus, he still found Jesus innocent of any crime deserving death, verse 15. Luke also gives the fact that though both thieves crucified with Jesus had mocked Him at first, one of them recanted and sought salvation from the Lord, verse 42. Someone has rightly said that these two thieves make it clear that salvation is for all, but certainly not all will accept their need of it. One thief was saved, so none need despair. One thief was lost so none should presume.
John 18 - Note that in verses 5,6,7 Jesus says "I Am He." "He" is in italics, being supplied by the translators. Why does that matter? Take "He" out of the quote and you have Jesus saying, I AM. (See John 8:58). In the exchange with the high priest, verses 19-23, Jesus rebuked the high priest for his hypocrisy in not calling on witnesses that would support Him. Pilate declared that he found "no fault in Him at all" verse 38.
John 19 - Pilate made one last effort to free Jesus, verses 4,5 and once again declared Jesus innocent, verse 6. The response of the Jews clearly shows Jesus' claim to deity, verse 7 when they said "He made Himself the Son of God." When Jesus was crucified, Pilate had a sign placed on the cross declaring Jesus "the King of the Jews." When the Jews wanted Pilate to change the wording, Pilate said, "What I have written, I have written" verse 22. Though much more is to be found in this chapter, the words declared by Jesus on the cross, "It is finished!" verse 30, gives His declaration that He indeed did accomplish the work for which He came into this world.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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