So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’” (John 19:21 ESV)
MEDITATE AND DIGEST: LOVE – A SURE DESTINY
When Jesus was crucified, Pilate wrote His “crime” on a sign over His head. This was custom at the time with crucifixions. The Jews asked him to change it to “He said…”, but he wouldn’t.
These Jews were ripe with murdering hearts. Up until this point, they could scrutinize hanging criminals and feel better about themselves. “I don’t cheat or steal or commit adultery. That thief got what he deserved.” Seeing these lawbreakers hang served to feed their pride and self-righteousness. But then, Jesus came.
The proclamation over Jesus’ head sealed His fate and the truth about Him. Our response to it, seals ours.
Those same people whose egos inflated as they condemned other criminals, were now judged themselves when faced with the truth about Jesus.
Scripture warns us of the error of comparing ourselves with other people. When we look horizontally, we will either be full of pride over our awesomeness or fret over our inadequacies. The reality is that we all miss the mark in one way or another. When we look vertically and realize that the bar is Perfection Himself, we will look at Jesus (and others) a whole lot differently. Instead of being angry about what He said, we will welcome it.
Jesus banner is “Savior, King of the world”. If you have received that as truth, your banner is “Forgiven and Loved”. Your crimes are no longer counted against you and neither are those of your brothers and sisters in Christ.
Instead of stringing up the people around you and all that you think they are doing wrong, hold your banner in Jesus up high and invite others to step into the wonderful destiny of blamelessness in Christ.
Judge not, and you shall not be judged: condemn not, and you shall not be condemned: forgive, and you shall be forgiven: (Luke 6:37 AKJV)
And He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and viewed others with contempt: (Luke 18:9 NASB)
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