November 27, Reading 3 – John 19:17-42

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SAA Notes

Joseph of Arithamea and Nicodemus gave Jesus a costly burial, suitable for royalty. It is their declaration that Jesus is their King, their Messiah. They are drawn to Him in His death and confess their allegiance openly.

SJA Notes

“Pilate answered, ‘What I have written I have written.'”

Whether he is in glory or not, Pilate here stands strong in his affirmation of the truth of Jesus.

THE KING OF THE JEWS

Pilate had been pushed and politically manipulated by the chief priests and the others gunning for Jesus, and I suppose he would be pushed no further.

And whether Pilate was a believer or not, whether he grasped the depths of what it meant for Jesus to be the King of the Jews – That doesn’t really matter.

Because God had it all working together in His Sovereign Will. And through Him, His Spirit at work in us, we can understand.

He was the true King of the Jews, God’s people called in Abraham.

And He is the true King of God’s people, blessed through Abraham, chosen by God from the foundation of the world, written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Pilate’s inscription describes the truth of Jesus, to those then who wished Jesus dead; it speaks backward to all from Adam; and it is true for all of us since then.

Jesus is King!

* Great God Above,

Thank You for Jesus, the true King!

Thank You for Your love for us, that through the death of the king we who were enemies might have life.

Thank You that You open our eyes to the truths in Your word. Please write Your word on our hearts each day.

Amen.

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