Justice was the bedrock upon which Pax Romana was built. Pilate felt had done all he could to free this righteous and just man, standing on Gabbatha waiting with tranquil dignity for his judgement. Pilate could do no more.
I am completely without fault and guiltless from this one’s blood. Take heed, all of you!
It fascinates me that in the moments before Jesus was bound and led away, he healed one of his captors. What does loving one's enemies look like? Well, like that, probably.
Prayer is about making ourselves available to God to be loved, spoken to, and claimed by God. As we set aside our guarded, self-protective ways before the Lord, we open ourselves to the infilling of God's presence.
God conditions and trains us in the now to prepare us for future triumph.
To build good character is a human activity, but to become Christlike, to be sanctified, is a supernatural activity.
And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are true words of God.” Revelation 19:9 (NRSV)
The antidote to Satan's deceptions and schemes is found in retraining our minds, renouncing the lies, reprogramming the way we think by renewing our minds daily through the study of scripture, prayer, and living out the truths we learn.
As I look at my “Harmony of the Four Gospels” by Orville Daniel, I am struck both by where all four narratives of Passion Week overlap, and where John is either silent, or the only gospel speaking.
Let's step back and gather some important background information before we take a deep dive into John's account of Jesus' Passion Week.