The Friends of Caesar

A cropped version of Antonio Ciseri's depictio...

A cropped version of Antonio Ciseri's depiction of Pontius Pilate presenting a scourged Christ to the people. See: Eccehomo1.jpg for full version. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Over the years I had listened to arguments that say that Jesus did not die (I don’t have time for such things anymore); I don’t know where those people got their information from but it is definitely out of place; to say the least. Jesus’ death was not a script acted out by Jesus and some folks. It was his enemies that masterminded his death and they did not stop at anything to see their plot through. Their plots were well examined by Pilate and this was his verdict “Pilate….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.” John 19:4-6 (KJV)

Pilate found no fault in him. He was not guilty of anything. Jesus did not die because of any wrong doing. He died for our sins.

The Leaders of the Jews, who claimed that their law provided for him to die because he claimed to be the son of God, were in error. Psalm 82:6 says” I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High” (KJV). (You can also read John10:34-35). God called those who believed in him, his children. There was no evidence that they killed the writer of that scripture neither were there any evidence that they contested the legitimacy of that verse of the scripture anywhere.

The Jewish leaders insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.” When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, and he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?”

Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”

From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jewish leaders kept shouting, “If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar.” John19:7-12(NIV)

Pilate chose friendship with Caesar against his convictions and the evidence before him. He sentenced Jesus to death against his best judgment.

Pilate is dead and gone, so also is Caesar; however the manipulations of Jesus’ enemies and the errors of Pilate lives on.

Many people are “friends of Caesar” figuratively; they are willing to compromise the truth because of friends and relations. They can’t stand by their best convictions because of the advantages they hope to gain and because they love the favour and friendship of people more than the truth. They would rather make friends with people than live right or fear God.

Today, there are people who failed to accept Jesus as saviour because of what their friends would say. There are people who cannot preach the truth because their patrons will withdraw their “gifts”. They would rather have people go to eternal destruction than preach the true gospel.

We must never pass harsh judgments on innocent people as Pilate did. God hates it. Proverbs:21 says “Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.” We must never allow ourselves to be manipulated as the enemies of Jesus did to Pilate. They employed every evil devises possible to see that Jesus died a painful death. The scripture says that we should not join multitudes to do evil.

“But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!” “Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked. “We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered. Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle. Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. John 19:15-19 (KJV)

When Pilate wrote the title: “JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS” He was only trying to calm his troubled conscience and justify his actions. Jesus did not ask for such a thing and the Jews asked him to change the statement. He compromised his integrity and framed a cover-up. One lie led to another. When people set out on manipulating others, they keep on scheming and multiplying wrong doing. The enemies of Jesus kept deceiving themselves as servants of God; envy, bitterness and greed kept them from the truth; they lied to the people, produced false witnesses, bought a traitor and bent the law to see their evil scheme through.

Jesus really came to die. It was his mission on earth; it was for the salvation of all who would believe. He is alive forever. Choose Jesus today and enjoy the blessing that goes with it.

“He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. John1:11-13 (NIV)

 

 

 

 

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