Today’s reading is John 19.
What a long way Israel had traveled. God had wanted them to view Him as king. But in generations past, they had asked for a king like the nations around them had. Now, as Jesus is on trial, they declare that having a king like the nations isn’t enough. They actually want the king of the nations around them. And in so doing, they actually once again reject God as their king. And even worse than simply turning their back on God’s judge, they decide to kill God’s king. Yet, as quickly as we repudiate them, we decide to walk our own path. And in so doing, we say, “I have no king but me.” It’s tough, there is only room on the throne for one. Either we will let Jesus be on the throne while we get on the cross or we will sit on the throne and nail Jesus back to the cross. Which will you choose today?
Tomorrow’s reading is John 20.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, once again we come to the heart of the gospel. And it is so opposite of what the original hearers would have accepted. The word “gospel” was a well-known word in John’s day. To the Romans, it usually referred to a victory of Caesar over his enemies. In fact, think about this. To the Romans, the gospel, or the good news, was when their emperor (or at least his armies) had killed enough people to claim victory over some enemy. For us, the gospel, or the good news, was when our King let Himself be put to death by our enemies in order to conquer the real enemy: death. As shocking as it is, Jesus dies in the battle, but He still wins the battle. Praise the Lord!