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View daily reading plan: John 19.12-22

He was “born King of the Jews” (Matt 2.2). Pilate recognised this title although His people rejected it - he even wrote it above His cross, and refused to alter it.
After the miracle of feeding the five thousand, the beneficiaries wanted to “take Him by force to make Him a king” (John 6.15), but now they are saying “Away with him, crucify him.” “Shall I crucify your King?” asked Pilate. “‘We have no king but Caesar,” they replied.
Caesar ruled by force. Around forty years after this, the Roman general Titus would besiege Jerusalem, starve it into submission, crucify thousands, destroy the temple and plunder its gold - just some of the far-reaching consequences of their rejection of their king that day.
Jesus Christ rules by love. Those whom He has rescued from sin and saved by His grace, love Him and serve Him willingly. Theirs is a kingdom which cannot be moved (Heb 12.28). But sad to say, many still reject Him and choose someone else to govern their lives.
The rejected King will return one day - every knee will bow to Him, and every tongue will confess that He is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
The crowning day is coming by and by.

Tuesday, 26 March, 2024

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