There is no success without struggle. There’s no win with a war. We can only appreciate all the resurrection means by first remembering the price that was paid at Calvary. This week we contemplate in order to celebrate. Take some time to let the immense truths of the cross steep into your soul. Then receive the reality of the resurrection. As you journey through these Devos invite others to read them as well. Or, read them out loud as a family, or with a group of friends. Feel free to pass the content along in your conversations.
“And they put up above his head . . . ‘THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.’” Matthew 27:37
All four of the gospels include the phrase “King of the Jews.” The sign placed above Jesus’ head was written in three languages, Greek, Latin and Hebrew. Just to add insult to injury, Pilate could not resist making fun of the Jews. He did so by placing a sign above Jesus’ head.
Pilate knew the religious evaders would cringe as they read the words on the sign. What he didn’t see was that in those words, he had condensed the claim of Christ. The mockery of the moment became majesty of all time.
We should not forget the cross wasn’t a grand, high-reaching structure like we see in movies and paintings. The cross raised the head of the sufferer a foot and half above the crowd of spectators. Jesus could hear the insults being hurled at Him. He could speak to John and His own mother. The cross is always closer than we think.
But soon it became abundantly clear, in His parables and through His miracles, that the King was bringing His kingdom to earth. Upon His triumphant entry into Jerusalem, there was little doubt as to the message He was sending. The whole passion, is leading up to Jesus being the Messiah of the people, and the King of a kingdom.
It all came into focus when He hung on the cross where Pilate had nailed Him and set His title over His head. The cross became His throne, that rendered all powers and principalities powerless, once and for all.
Jesus was victorious in the wilderness, in Gethsemane, before Pilate, in the hall of judgment and finally on the cross.
The choice is asked from each of us – either we deny, disregard, devalue the Savior’s standing in our life, or commit to Him in complete devotion. There comes a day when we must decide if He will be the King over our life.
Take a sheet of paper or a napkin draw a heart on it then draw a cross indicating where Jesus is in relation to your heart.