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.”

Mark 15:5

Barb Camblin

About Barb Camblin

Barb Camblin is a KY girl living in the Sunshine State. She is a follower of the one true God, loving life, her beautiful family, her new role as MiMi, and the sweet 5th graders that she teaches about Jesus everyday! Her relationship to God, through Christ, is personal and intimate. She has committed her life to serving Him. She has a deep faith and a broad vision of God’s work in his world. Her heart’s desire is to know Him, to love Him, to serve Him, and to never lose the wonder of His great name. Barb would say, "God is my greatest treasure, my highest relationship and by His grace, I am His girl.” You can connect to Barb on Facebook, >Twitter & Pinterest. “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11

2 Comments

  • Laurie Hardin says:

    Barb Camblin,
    You write Beautifully.
    Your words honor our Savior.
    This was very moving.
    Thank you for recognizing
    Maundy Thursday.

    Laurie Hardin

    • Barb Camblin says:

      Thank you Laurie. Sometimes we celebrate the resurrection with great fanfare, without remembering the days before. So much to ponder as we remember the full story of redemption. I hope your celebration is beautiful and full of hope that only Jesus can give.

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