And Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.”
Luke 23:3, ESV
No truer question has been asked, and no truer answer has been given. Pilate was neither or Jew nor a follower of Jesus, but the words that came from his lips were ones given to him. Pilate probably said these words in a dismissive tone, but the response of Jesus affirms his question. Jesus was making it clear to Pilate and to all who would hear who He was in this simple response. Whether one believed it or not did not make it any less true. This is the truth of our faith. If someone does not believe, the truth remains. The truth revealed to us within the Word stands no matter where we are on any issue or topic that confronts us in our lives. Christ’s love for us remains, and we are called to stand firm within His Word and firm within His grasp. As Pilate was standing before our Lord, he was truly helpless and was being used to fulfill what God had intended. His power was not over Jesus and His life. That was all God. All power to Pilate was lost when he took Jesus from the Sanhedrin, and all that occurred following was what was necessary. We see Pilate attempt to stop things, but the course has been set, and it is time. In our lives, there are things that we can control, but this is not as large as we like to believe. The greatest question that we have to answer is, “Do we believe and trust in Jesus Christ above all else?” Jesus is King. Is he the King over your life?
Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.