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‘We have no King but Caesar’

March 25, 2018

palm-sunday   Today is Palm Sunday. On this day Jesus entered Jerusalem as a hero, the Messiah, the One would deliver Israel from the Roman empire and the people threw down palm leaves at His feet and glorified Him.

 At least the people thought Jesus would deliver them from the Roman empire but the people did not understand that Jesus’ kingdom was not of this world  (John 18:36) because they did not understand scripture and they turned against Him. 

  It always strikes me at how quickly the people turned against Jesus at the behest of their leaders after the Triumphal Return. The leaders saw Jesus as a threat to their power and they wanted Him dead by any means necessary. (I might argue they wanted His death to be as painful, degrading, and as humiliating as possible to set an example.) The willingness of the Jewish leaders to say anything it took to condemn Jesus, in my opinion, comes to a head in John 19:15.

  But first let us set up the story:

  Jesus was arrested and tried illegally by the Jewish high priest, Caiaphas, the chief priests, and the elders. They condemned Him to death but Roman law forbade the Jews from administering corporal punishment so they appealed to Pilate. Pilate could find no grounds for condemning Jesus so he in turn appealed to Herod but Herod basically told Pilate to deal with it.

  Pilate was in a tough situation, he did not want another Jewish insurrection because he was already on shaky grounds with the Roman empire so he tried to appease the Jews without condemning Jesus to death. Pilate had Jesus flogged, ridiculed, and tortured but it still was not enough to appease the chief priests and the elders.

  Pilate then asked the Jewish people to choose between Jesus and a murderer, hoping they would choose Jesus.  But listening to the chief priests and the elders they chose Barabbas.

  This must have shaken and shocked Pilate so he made one last plea to the Jewish leaders and this takes us to John 19:15: “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.”

   This is an astounding passage! The Jews deeply resented Roman rule and when they had the choice to either abide by Caesar’s law or follow Jesus they chose the former over the latter. This hypocrisy cannot be understated! Suddenly they were friends of Caesar! This was the ultimate betrayal and as Jesus told Pilate upon being condemned to death,  “therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.” (John 19:11 KJV)

  Caiaphas, the chief priests, and the elders acquiesced to the empire they despised and rejected the eternal kingdom standing right in front of them. This reminds me in a way of the rich man in Mark 17:21-22 who was unwilling to give up his riches to follow Jesus, but in this case they were unwilling to give up their earthly power to follow Jesus.

  These Jewish leaders thought that by killing Jesus they would secure their power, but in actuality they fulfilled scripture and unknowingly ended their power and sealed their own fate because they were not condemning Jesus but rather they were condemning themselves. 

  I feel this is still happening today: too often we put our trust and, dare I say it, our faith in our political leaders, hoping they will save us from the evils and misfortunes of the world when the true answer is still standing in front of us.

“And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” (John 1:5 KJV)

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  1. petermc3 permalink
    March 25, 2018 9:13 pm

    Without meaning to be sacrilegious might we agree that part of this parallels Trumps entry into Washington D.C. last year?
    The long knives have remained unsheathed since, waiting for the opportune moment to strike that fatal blow. It seems we won’t have too much longer to wait.

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    • March 26, 2018 12:24 pm

      ‘Long knives’ ha, interesting take.
      Supposedly the ‘White Hats’ have been working on this ‘take down of the scum and evils’ for some time. It’s been going on for generations ~ how many only God’s knows, but thru history we see it come to FULL and a small group are used to dismantle it all and it starts all over again.
      We shall see …

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      • March 26, 2018 7:00 pm

        This battle has been going on since the fall, even Cain took out his competition. It didn’t work out so well for him and someday all will have to answer.

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    • March 26, 2018 6:57 pm

      I get your parallel there Peter. Trump enters Washington as a hero by his voters but has been opposed from the beginning by political leaders who are looking to do whatever they can to preserve their power.

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  2. March 26, 2018 8:18 am

    So well said Steve….

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    • March 26, 2018 7:03 pm

      Thank you so much Bunkerville! When I first started writing about Christianity it was hard for me to share but it is getting easier. The truth is I enjoy writing these posts more than I enjoy writing about politics lately.

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      • March 27, 2018 3:28 pm

        Just like many words today that have been ‘compromised’ “Christianity” is one of them. I consider your thoughts here and desire to ‘write and share your “Faith” as part of the process’ of growing in Truth, an act of God’s Charity moving inside of your spirit (1 Cor 13). [Reminds me of: “Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.” Her 20:9 – he couldn’t help but ‘speak’! or ‘write’ God’s Truths & Word.]
        Faith is an action word of substance: “Faith is a substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.” … yet! (Heb 11:1)
        So really, you’re writing about something Alive! in the spiritual realm and is evident in the words you use to convey something of substance, in this physical realm. The manifestation of Life in your spirit.
        Remember Jesus stated: “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63
        The enemy of our souls (yes, the same one who conned Eve to think she’d be as the angels and not die) twist the thinking [meaning] of ‘faith’ to be ‘wishful / positive thinking’ or “if you only ‘believe hard enough.” Christian-eez is based on the works of the flesh and “under the Law” – that’s partly why people ‘forgot or fell away from knowing/ believing who Jesus was’ – they were depending on themselves and their own natural abilities, not on the SuperNatural Power of God’s Holy SPIRIT. But, to give them a ‘break’ “the Holy SPIRIT has not yet be given to those who believe – that happened only after Jesus was ‘resurrected’ and left … then the Holy Ghost came – the Teacher and Comforter. The natural man needs God’s Spirit to “believe Truth”. John 6:29
        Religion and being under the Law brings dead: Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. (depending on the flesh).
        But, the Grace of God is far above (spiritually) man’s religion and the law. The Pharisees like the Law because it gave them ‘power & control’ just like today. And like today they ‘manipulated and used’ the masses to get and keep their positions. That was one of the “Woe’s” Jesus spoke of to those leaders that “they drew people away from Him” and “Salvation” and make them even worse off than they are ~ reprobates.
        “Thy Kingdom Come” a presence of the essence of the Kingdom in the physical, but also, like you stated, in the person Who stood before them who they couldn’t comprehend (Light), because they were not “born anew of God’s SPIRIT” and had no ‘spiritual discernment.” {still in darkness}
        1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
        (Coming right along Steve, bringing it to ‘life’ in the here & now! Thanks!)

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      • March 27, 2018 8:51 pm

        Thanks for the comments Zip. I haven’t had a chance to digest it all but the part that stuck out first with me was your comment on the power of positive thinking. This has replaced faith, or at least watered faith down. It puts the “thinking” ahead of the “faith.”
        We can be positive and think positive because we have faith but that is not the same as somebody who says if you think positive good things will happen because that leaves out the most important part–Faith.

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  3. Bruce permalink
    March 26, 2018 10:21 pm

    I read the part of the narrator at church yesterday at the reading of the Passion. I wanted to give it the respect it deserves so I practiced reading the part so I read it several times out loud a number of times to myself each time getting a stronger feeling of the betrayal.
    A while ago, I was struck by the idea that if a person doesn’t believe in God, than that person believes humans are the highest authority on the earth. So then some will say no, not the person, but Government is the ultimate authority. I rather believe in no God, than in government.

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    • March 27, 2018 5:46 am

      I’ll bet by reading it over and over out loud it got very powerful! I am sure your passion for it affected those at church when they heard it.
      I think it is true what you say about non-believes, if man is the highest power than they look to the “best of the best” to lead them and guide them and this become the highest power.

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