In many Christian circles, today is known as Maundy Thursday. The day of Passover and the day of betrayal. A day marked for celebration for the Jews but one that only held bitterness for Jesus, the King of the Jews.
The bread, the wine, washing feet, a hymn, a garden, a prayer, deep sorrow, a request for another way, drops of blood, a kiss, a betrayer, 30 pieces of silver, a sword, a long night, a trial, a conviction, beatings, thorns, a rooster, denial and silence except for a few quiet words –“it is as you say.”
Darkness prevailed for the day and servanthood was taken to a whole new level. The man-God, Jesus, gave His life as a ransom for many. A wonder beyond comprehension and a promise of redemption that brings beauty to our lives today and for eternity.
Indeed, Jesus was the King, come from heaven, to die in our place. He received every accusation without argument. His defense was simply accepting His title of King of the Jews. Although Pilate did not understand his role in God’s great story, he did know the rarity of any man to stand without defense before his accusers and he was amazed at such a man.
We too can never fully understand the most undeserved gift of redemption that was confirmed in Pilate’s chambers that day – Jesus, the perfect Son of a Holy God, dying in the place of an unholy people.
Unholy is a sobering reality, but the cross, the pain, the agony, and the final blow to death changes everything!
Are you amazed?
“Are you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate. “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied. The chief priests accused him of many things. So again, Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.” But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed.”