We Have No King, But Caesar!
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 21 April 2017
14 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! 15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.
13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go. 14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; 15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
his was the day of preparation for the Passover Week (i.e., Friday); and it was the sixth hour. By Roman reckoning of time, it could indicate 6 a.m. That day was the Passover proper, the day on which Christ died.
After many attempts to release Jesus, Pilate said, “Behold your King!” Pilate did not believe Jesus was their King, but he said this to spite the Jews. Pilate could not resist goading the Jews: Shall I crucify your King? Then the Jews responded in ire that they had no king but Caesar. The rebellious Jews claimed loyalty to Rome while disclaiming their Messiah!
When ancient Israel asked to have a king, God commented that they have rejected Him as their King. We read in 1 Samuel 8:6-7, “But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD. And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.”
When they asked to free Barabbas, and crucify Christ, they again manifested their unbelief and rejection of their Divine King. Now once again, before Pilate, they rejected their Messiah, as they announced their loyalty to Caesar. Peter commented, “The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go. But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; And killed the Prince of life.” Yet there will come a day when Israel shall see their King, believe, and be saved (Zech. 12:10–11; Matt. 24:30; Rev. 1:7). Till then their unbelief ought to be a warning to us all, lest we also likewise in our pride and rebellion deny Him.
This was no ordinary man that they had handed over to the Romans to crucify.
May my heart never wander from You, Lord.