May 30 – Who’s In Control?
Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 26:1-28:25 / John 19:1-27 / Psalm 68:21-27
The Jews plotted long and hard to take Christ’s life. They waited for the opportune moment and put pressure on Pilate to give in to their wishes. Even though Pilate did not find fault in Jesus, he was motivated by politics and fear. Pilate has a significant conversation with Jesus that opened Pilate’s eyes and understanding.
Pilate was frustrated because of Christ’s silence. Jesus refused to answer Pilate’s questions and in frustration says, “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you.” (John 19:10) Pilate was under an enormous amount of pressure and he waffled in making a decision. He did not see any reason to crucify Jesus because there was no substantial evidence or reason to do so. Yet, if he set Jesus free, he faced a revolting Jewish nation and a knee-jerk reaction from Rome, removing him from his political office.
Little did Pilate know…he did not have the authority to make the decision about Christ. This was not a matter of Jewish or Roman jurisdiction but would be decided at the highest throne room of heaven. Jesus answered Pilate’s angry and arrogant response with truth, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above.” (John 19:11)
God ordained this very moment to display a higher power than earthly men could ever understand. The Son of God was about to lay down His life, paying the price for mankind’s redemption, and pick it back up again to defeat death, hell and the grave. Something resonated in Pilate’s spirit; he believed Christ’s words and tried to set Jesus free.
What a great comfort to realize God has all things under His control, even crucifixions! God walks with us through an intimidating and condemning world. Sometimes we may question and doubt His intervening power but never forget - He has a divine plan and purpose for our lives. So who’s in control? We will just have to wait and see…if there happens to be a crucifixion, God WILL be sure to follow it up with a resurrection!