Skipping School of the Master
Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands. Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him. Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man! When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him. The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God. When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid
Two things from this passage of Scripture that are clear to me: One, Pilate could not find any fault or wrong doing in Jesus. Two, He was afraid of who Jesus claimed to be. This put Pilate in a bad predicament. How did Pilate solve his predicament?
Pilate alleviated his concerns by cowardly separating himself from the situation. It is important to note that although Pilate removed himself from the situation physically, his moral obligation to serve justice still remained. Walking away from a tough, or bad, situation does not relinquish our responsibility to the situation.
How many times have you found yourself in a bad situation? What did you do? How did you react? Did you take responsible action? Did you simply walk away?
When we find ourselves in predicaments where there is need for proclaiming the case of the Gospel, as Christians, it is our duty to face those predicaments having full confidence that God is on our side. You see, the predicament we are in isn't really a predicament at all. We aren't there by chance, we are there by God’s Sovereign design. He has placed us there for our benefit and, more importantly, the benefit of others involved. God knows when we are in tough places, but we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Just as The Twelve were, we are direct representatives of the Master Himself. We are there on His authority to do what He has called us to do—be witnesses unto Him in the utter most parts of the earth.
We often struggle with this. Just like Pilate, we feel the need to flee and let others take over the situation. We have a fear of failing, a fear of not measuring up, or a fear of not knowing what to do. Unlike Pilate, we have the power of prayer to ask God for help and for His Spirit to lead us and guide us. “It is not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord of hosts” (Zech. 4:6). We are not in this battle alone and we have direct access to all that we need in order to be victorious. It is up to us to seek the counsel of the Lord and to act in the ways in which He directs us. It may seem like a bad situation to us but the Lord knows how to turn it around and use it for good. You never know whose soul you might be helping to save by sticking it out, taking godly responsibility and control, and actually fixing the problem. It is in these turbulent times when people aren't just acting out, they’re crying out, needing someone that has enough courage to tell them about the One that can change their circumstances.
There is no doubt that we are living in evil days. Days when justice is rarely served and the truth is hardly ever relevant. Although Pilate would not have changed the course of God’s plan by serving justice, he also did not do all that he could to stand for it. Perhaps we won’t always appear to be successful in our stand to uphold justice and righteousness, but Ephesians 6:13 says, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand”.
In closing, my dear friend, I ask you-Have you done all to stand in the face of evil to uphold justice and righteousness? Or have you been playing Pilate and pushing the responsibility off on someone else, hoping for a just outcome? God bless you!