Daily Devotion Wednesday, July 3

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 – Psalm 147:1-11; 1 Samuel 12:1-6 (7-15) 16-25; Acts 8:14-25 and Luke 23:1-12

Luke 23:1-12 – 1Then the assembly rose as a body and brought Jesus before Pilate. 2They began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man perverting our nation, forbidding us to pay taxes to the emperor, and saying that he himself is the Messiah, a king.” 3Then Pilate asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” He answered, “You say so.” 4Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no basis for an accusation against this man.” 5But they were insistent and said, “He stirs up the people by teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee where he began even to this place.”

6When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. 7And when he learned that he was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him off to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time. 8When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had been wanting to see him for a long time, because he had heard about him and was hoping to see him perform some sign. 9He questioned him at some length, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. 11Even Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him; then he put an elegant robe on him, and sent him back to Pilate. 12That same day Herod and Pilate became friends with each other; before this they had been enemies.

Jesus is now brought before Roman officials who could carry out the wishes of those who opposed Jesus, those who wanted Jesus crucified.

First he goes before Pilate. Pilate was “the fifth Prefect (appointed official) of the Roman province of Judea, from AD 26–36.” (Wikipedia) He finds no reason to have Jesus crucified. He sends him to go before Herod Antipas appointed ruler of Galilee. He too finds no reason to crucify Jesus and sends him back to Pilate.

Throughout all this Jesus is being falsely accused, mocked and belittled. Pilate or Herod could have set him free, but no for that was not God’s ultimate plan.

As we read through all of this I’m always amazed at all our Lord endured so that our sins could be forgiven and God’s grace be offered to all.

On this the eve of the 4th of July, may we meditate not only on what others did that we might be free here in the USA, but also meditate upon all our Lord endured that we might be free of the ultimate effects of our sins and free to love and serve God.

O Lord Jesus, we can’t even imagine what you endured during your trials before Pilate and Herod. We have only a glimpse of all that took place. Praise be to you, O Christ, for how you did endure ridicule and false accusations, so that the right relationship with God could be offered to all. Thanks be to you, O Christ. Amen.

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