Cover to Cover
Jesus not only died for the sin of humanity; but He also took the punishment for sin. He was mocked as a king with a purple robe and a crown of twisted thorns that were beaten into His scalp. Jesus was sent before Pilate with the crown, robe, and blood flowing down His face and body.
When the chief priests and officers saw Jesus, they shouted out, “Crucify Him!” As Levites would slaughter lambs at Passover, the priests were sending our ultimate sacrifice to slaughter at Passover as well.
Pilate tries to help Jesus, finding no fault in Him. He questions Him about the charge of being the Son of God. When Jesus doesn’t answer, Pilate tries to manipulate Him into giving an answer by through his Roman weight around. Jesus doesn’t try to defend Himself because Jesus is willingly and purposefully headed to die. However, He does respond to the manipulate attempt, saying, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above.” Then Jesus says the ones who turned Him over to Pilate had the greater sin. Still, we know that on the cross, Jesus said, “Forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing.”
Pilate wanted to release Jesus, but the Jews turned political on Pilate, accusing Jesus of being a threat to the Roman throne. It wasn’t until after it got political and Caesar’s name was dropped that Pilate brought Jesus to the judgment seat.
In verse 15, Pilate asked if he should crucify their king, their Messiah. By their own words the chief priests are condemned, saying, “We have no king (Messiah) but Caesar.”
When someone was hung on a cross, it was not unusual for their charge to be written and posted above them on the wood post. Pilate wrote, “Jesus of Nazareth, the king of the Jews.” This was read and understood by everyone who witnessed His death, which was near the city, on Mount Moriah, where God provided Abraham a ram for sacrifice in place of Isaac. It is the place called, “The Lord will provide.” The Father gives His Son on the place called “The Lord will provide.” For thousands of years prior to the actual human atonement of His Son, God knew His plan for redemption and demonstrated it with Abraham, the Father of faith. The chief priests wanted Pilate to change the charge to be about Christ’s claim to being the king of the Jews, rather than actually being their king; but Pilate refused. Pilate believed Jesus went around going good, performing miracles, and walked in God’s authority. Therefore, witnessed to His death also saw His name and His charge, “Jesus of Nazareth, KING of the Jews.” Powerful. If Jesus was labeled at His death, then we should also not be ashamed to be label “Christian” or “Christ follower” by the people of our community.
2 Chronicles 34-36
Chapters 34 and 35 are written about King Josiah. He was eight when he became king, sixteen when he sought God, and twenty when he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of idol worship and sin. Hilkiah, the prophetess, was a tremendous help to Josiah, sharing God’s messages with the king. Josiah died in battle because he did not heed the words of Necho (35:22).
Chapter 26 contains information on the reign and captivity of Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, and Zedekiah. In verse 15, the fall of Jerusalem is recorded, as well as the later event of the proclamation of King Cyrus of Persia to rebuild Jerusalem.
In 2 Chronicles 26:15, it is written that God had sent many warnings to Judah through messengers, trying to get them to turn from sin. The purpose is also noted, “because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place.” However, they would not listen and obey. They went into captivity because of their rebellion; however, GOD NEVER STOPPED LOVING THE JEWS AND HE CONTINUED TO SPEAK THROUGH HIS PROPHETS THROUGHOUT THE CAPTIVITY. Wow, what a great love and faithfulness of our Father! He amazes me.