Behold the Man! Behold your King! (John 19)

Pilate’s words strike me.

“Behold the man!” (5)

What did the Jews see that day? They saw God incarnate, bloodied, beaten, a crown of thorns on his head, and in a purple robe.

Amazing love!
How can it be,
That thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
–Charles Wesley

“Behold your King!” (14)

What did they see?

A King condemned to death, not for his own sin, but for ours.

Amazing love!
How can it be,
That you my King, would die for me?
–Billy James Foote

Don’t just read this passage and go on with your day. Take some time and reflect on what the Jews saw that day. Remember what Jesus did for you. Remember his suffering. Remember his death. And remember his resurrection.

Let us not be like the Jews of that day and take our King lightly.

Instead, with deep gratitude and joy, let us sing, “You are my King!”

And each day, each moment, let us offer our lives to him.

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About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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