Share: A moment from today when you felt close to God, and a moment when you felt far from God.
Read: John 19.7-8
The Jews answered him, ‘We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has claimed to be the Son of God.’ Now when Pilate heard this, he was more afraid than ever.
Reflect: Julius Caesar began a tradition of emperors calling themselves Lord of Lords, King of Kings, and Son of God. By the time of Jesus, that tradition was well-entrenched, and anyone else using similar titles was seen as committing treason—directly challenging the authority and identity of the Emperor. When Pilate hears that Jesus has been using one of these titles, he is “more afraid than ever.” There were serious consequences for him, as a Roman Governor, in how he handles a situation with a traitor. He was probably right to be afraid.
There are serious implications for those of us who call Jesus Lord, King, and God as well. What are some of those implications?
Pray: Lord God, give me courage to walk with you, even when it is dangerous to my reputation, my earning potential, my comfort, my security. Help me to proclaim my allegiance to you with my words and my actions. One day at a time, transform me into the person you call me to be, filled with faith, hope, and love. Amen.