Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed. Mark 15.5

What is your reaction to Jesus? Do you think that he was just a good man? Or do you believe that he was divine and came to Earth to make salvation a possibility for you? Are you amazed by him?

Pilate was amazed. Jesus was being accused repeatedly. The chief priests, elders, experts in the law, and the whole Sanhedrin had come up with a plan. They had delivered Jesus over to Pilate. After accusing him over and over, Pilate asked him if he had nothing to say, to which Jesus made no reply. Pilate tried to free Jesus, for he knew that they had handed him over because of envy, but the Jews would have none of it.

How did he do it? How did he stand silently while his accusers made one accusation after another? John 13.3 gives at least part of the answer. John wrote that Jesus knew who he was, where he came from and where he was going. Because of this, he was able to stand firm in the midst of severe rejection and betrayal by the very ones who should have welcomed him with open arms.

What about you? How do you see Jesus? Only when you can know who you are, where you came from, and where you are going can you see Jesus for who he truly is, God’s Son. Then perhaps you also will be amazed by him.

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