Daily Bible Reading: John 19:1 - 22
Verse of the Day: John 19:12 – “Upon this Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou release this man, thou art not Caesar’s friend: every one that maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.”
Pilate three times (18:38; 19:4, 6) stated that he found no fault in Jesus worthy of death. In reality, Jesus was the sinless, perfect sacrifice that would meet the requirement to purchase our redemption.
In our verse today, the Jewish leaders seeing that they were not getting anywhere with Pilate on their religious grounds, twisted the accusation into a political one. This in turn pushed Pilate into a corner, did he stand for what was right, or what was politically expedient.
As Christians today, we are finding that the world around us often misrepresents the issues so that we are in a position of either standing on truth, or caving into the pressure around us.
Prayer: Spirit of the Living God, give me the strength to stand for the right today. Amen.