Monday, April 15, 2019
Full reading – John 19:1-27
7 The Jewish leaders insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.”
8 When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, 9 and he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10 “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?”
11 Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”
12 From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jewish leaders kept shouting, “If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar.”
Reflection: What does Jesus imply about political leaders?
Jesus implies that political leaders abuse the power they think is theirs in order to heighten their position – whether right or wrong. They are afraid of someone who may have more power than them so they use intimidation to interpret their authority.
Jesus tells Pilate that power comes only from God. However, Pilate, who believes Jesus but doesn’t have the courage of his conviction, chooses to follow Roman law and falls to outside pressure to turn Jesus in.
Dear God, help us to follow your guiding light and understand that You have power over everything. We need to have faith that You know what is best for us, therefore we need to let go of the struggle for power over our lives and let You guide us. Amen.