Back in the pre-pandemic days I would often get away from the office and grab lunch – all by myself. As an introvert I often crave times of isolation because I need those times to recharge.
God opposes the proud, hates what it produces in the heart, but gives favor and grace to the humble. God asks us to humble ourselves, yet when we choose not to do that, or are incapable of thinking less of ourselves than others, he chooses to humiliate us and humbles us on his terms.
David is one of my favorite Bible characters. One of the reasons I like him is because he was described as being “a man after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22). Yet the Bible has stories of him not always following God’s plan.
Over and over again we read about their sin, rebellion and failures. We are introduced to the false idols they worship and the life of selfishness and idolatry that they partake in time and time again.
The shouts of the rest of the council were so loud. What was I to do? Caiaphas asked him if he was the Messiah we’d all been waiting for. He said “yes” but they didn’t like that answer…how could they not see it?
I was in my home getting ready for the evening meal, gathering items for supper. Suddenly there was a great light around me and the entire place was filled with a strange presence. My heart started to race and I froze.
“Remember me when you come into your kingdom.” – Luke 23:42
As I approached the city, I heard a loud commotion and soon came upon a huge crowd. I was a little curious, but mainly I was just trying to mind my own business.
Do you know who put the sign on the cross that said “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews”? I did! My name is Pontius Pilate. I was the Roman governor over Judea and to be honest I didn’t like the Jews.
The deep regret I have for this act runs to the very depth of my soul. I will never forget that fateful night. Arriving in the garden with the mob around me. Backstabbing the eleven other men who I grew so close to over the past three years. Betraying the One whom I called “Rabbi.” When I kissed Him on the cheek, I sealed His fate.