It was prophesied.
It was fulfilled.
- Spat upon
- Given faux worship crowning Him with thorns
Note who did what.
The soldiers took Him away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium),
and they called together the whole Roman cohort.
They dressed Him up in purple, and after twisting a crown of thorns, they put it on Him;
and they began to acclaim Him, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
They kept beating His head with a reed, and spitting on Him,
and kneeling and bowing before Him.
After they had mocked Him,
they took the purple robe off Him and put His own garments on Him.
And they led Him out to crucify Him.
All endured for His creation.
All for us.
All for you.
Do you believe?
Have you believed unto salvation?
“Pilate: Crucify Him”
Pilate knew what was happening with Jesus.
He knew that the religionists were envious of Jesus.
He also knew the politics of the situation.
It was not good for Pilate.
He sought a way out, a solution.
Now at the feast he used to release for them any one prisoner whom they requested.
The man named Barabbas had been imprisoned with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the insurrection.
The crowd went up and began asking him to do as he had been accustomed to do for them.
Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?”
For he was aware that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy.
But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to ask him to release Barabbas for them instead.
Answering again, Pilate said to them,
“Then what shall I do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?”
They shouted back, “Crucify Him!”
But Pilate said to them,
“Why, what evil has He done?”
But they shouted all the more, “Crucify Him!”
Wishing to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them,
and after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified.
At the Jewish feast of Passover/Unleavened Bread Pilate was accustomed to releasing a political prisoner at the behest of the people.
The crowd went up and demanded this.
Pilate seized the moment…”do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?”
But, the chief priests had stirred up the crowds to ask for the release of Barabbas.
Pilate then made a serious mistake.
He asked the people what they wanted to do with “the King of the Jews”.
The shouted “crucify Him”.
Pilate demanded to know the evil?
They demanded “crucify Him”.
Pilate was weak.
He wished to satisfy the people.
He feared the religious rulers.
He had the testimony of Jesus.
He knew about his wife’s dream about Jesus.
Yet, he still allowed Jesus to be crucified.
Compromise of truth always leads to weakness.
Do not do so.
“It Is As You Say”
The plot and plan of the Jewish leadership progressed.
God was not surprised.
It had been prophesied.
Early in the morning the chief priests with the elders and scribes and the whole Council, immediately held a consultation; and binding Jesus,
they led Him away and delivered Him to Pilate.
Pilate questioned Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?”
And He answered him, “It is as you say.”
The chief priests began to accuse Him harshly.
Then Pilate questioned Him again, saying,
“Do You not answer? See how many charges they bring against You!”
But Jesus made no further answer; so Pilate was amazed.
Pilate asked a direct question.
“Are You the King of the Jews?”
Jesus answered directly.
“It is as you say.”
The religious leadership launched again with the accusations.
Pilate questioned Jesus.
He wanted to know why Jesus did not respond to the accusations.
Pilate was amazed.
Why did Jesus not respond?
Because the Father did not tell Him to.
This was prophesied centuries before…
He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not open His mouth;
Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
So He did not open His mouth.
Jesus was “silent before its shearers”…the religious rulers.
He did speak to the political leadership.
This passage in Isaiah was also found later in the Word…
Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this:
“HE WAS LED AS A SHEEP TO SLAUGHTER;
AND AS A LAMB BEFORE ITS SHEARER IS SILENT,
SO HE DOES NOT OPEN HIS MOUTH.
Jesus knew the Word.
Jesus knew the Father.
Jesus did only that which Father instructed.
May we do likewise.
“Once, Twice, Three Times”
Jesus had just been judged and condemned as blasphemous.
Still, He bore the punishment.
Peter viewed from nearby…
As Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant-girls of the high priest came,
and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said,
“You also were with Jesus the Nazarene.”
But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you are talking about.”
And he went out onto the porch.
The servant-girl saw him, and began once more to say to the bystanders, “This is one of them!”
But again he denied it.
And after a little while the bystanders were again saying to Peter,
“Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean too.”
But he began to curse and swear, “I do not know this man you are talking about!”
Immediately a rooster crowed a second time.
And Peter remembered how Jesus had made the remark to him,
“Before a rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.”
And he began to weep.
A bold servant-girl of the high priest saw Peter.
She confronted him.
Note that it was not a question.
It was a statement.
“You also were with Jesus the Nazarene.”
Peter denied her statement…denial one.
Peter relocated to the porch.
The servant-girl saw him again.
This time she proclaims the confrontational statement by telling those who were standing by “this is one of them.”
Peter denied her statement…denial two.
A short period of time passed.
Now the bystanders…more than one…said to Peter “surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean too.”
Peter denied their statements…with a curse and by swearing…denial three.
Immediately a rooster crowed a second time.
The Word of the Lord to Peter came true…
And Jesus said to him,
“Truly I say to you, that this very night, before a rooster crows twice,
you yourself will deny Me three times.”
Peter weep bitterly.
Think not that we can stand firm in our own strength.
Only by the power of the Lord can we press on and stand firm as days darken.
Prepare now through the small things.
“I AM, You Will See…”
Jesus is before the high priest
False accusers have come and gone.
Even those who hated Jesus and wanted Him dead knew that the accusations were not credible.
They needed more.
The high priest stood up and came forward and questioned Jesus, saying,
“Do You not answer? What is it that these men are testifying against You?”
But He kept silent and did not answer.
Again the high priest was questioning Him, and saying to Him,
“Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?”
And Jesus said,
“I am; and you shall see THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, and COMING WITH THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN.”
Tearing his clothes, the high priest said, “What further need do we have of witnesses?
“You have heard the blasphemy; how does it seem to you?”
And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death.
Some began to spit at Him,
and to blindfold Him,
and to beat Him with their fists,
and to say to Him,
And the officers received Him with slaps in the face.
The high priest pressed in with questions after the false accusers.
Why did Jesus not answer?
Why have you not responded/defended Yourself against these men?
The priest cut to the issue.
“Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?”
The response God gave upon Moses’ inquiry as to Who was sending him.
Jesus was acknowledging that He was “I AM’, but He did not stop there.
“You will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”
Jesus was referencing the Old Testament - Daniel 7:13-14 to be exact.
“I kept looking in the night visions,
And behold, with the clouds of heaven
One like a Son of Man was coming,
And He came up to the Ancient of Days
And was presented before Him.
“And to Him was given dominion,
Glory and a kingdom,
That all the peoples, nations and men of every language
Might serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
Which will not pass away;
And His kingdom is one
Which will not be destroyed.
They knew what Jesus was saying.
You saw the responses:
- The high priest tore his clothes
- The high priest declared blasphemy
- They all condemned Him to death
- Mocked by demands to “prophesy”
As we are in the season of celebrating His coming the first time, remember what He endure for us.
Rejoice in His coming soon…and all that will be done then.
“Their Testimony Was Not Consistent”
On January 3, 2018 I wrote that we were taking a “short side bar” from the gospel of Mark to look at some things in the life of David.
Eleven months later…
Back to Mark…
A young man had just fled from the arresting officers sent to fetch Jesus.
The young man fled naked…they had tried to apprehend him…it is believed that this is Mark.
A young man was following Him,
wearing nothing but a linen sheet over his naked body; and they seized him.
But he pulled free of the linen sheet and escaped naked.
The account continues…
They led Jesus away to the high priest;
and all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes gathered together.
Peter had followed Him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest;
and he was sitting with the officers and warming himself at the fire.
Jesus is arrested and hauled before the religious rulers.
Peter was following from a distance…curious…fear-filled…wanting to know what was happening…but as we will see, scared of being associated with Jesus in this venue.
Then, Jesus experiences what all true-believers will experience.
Read and note the falsehoods.
Now the chief priests and the whole Council kept trying to obtain testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, and they were not finding any.
For many were giving false testimony against Him, but their testimony was not consistent.
Some stood up and began to give false testimony against Him, saying,
“We heard Him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with hands,
and in three days I will build another made without hands.’”
Not even in this respect was their testimony consistent.
The political chicanery of man.
We see such all time.
In political realms.
In the organizational “church”.
They sought testimony against Jesus.
Many were giving false testimony.
To ingratiate themselves to “the powers that be”?
But, it was clear that their testimony was not consistent.
This was stated twice.
They gave twisted interpretations of the Words of Jesus, “destroying the temple…”>
Know this, the enemy uses the same strategy against us.
May we handle such in the way that Jesus did.
“Act According to Your Wisdom”
David continues his final words to his son Solomon.
David told Solomon to keep the Word of the Lord.
Then, David dealt with some specific concerns upon his mind…
1 Ki 2:5-12
“Now you also know what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me,
what he did to the two commanders of the armies of Israel, to Abner the son of Ner, and to Amasa the son of Jether, whom he killed; he also shed the blood of war in peace.
And he put the blood of war on his belt about his waist, and on his sandals on his feet.
“So act according to your wisdom, and do not let his gray hair go down to Sheol in peace.
“But show kindness to the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be among those who eat at your table; for they assisted me when I fled from Absalom your brother.
“Behold, there is with you Shimei the son of Gera the Benjamite, of Bahurim;
now it was he who cursed me with a violent curse on the day I went to Mahanaim.
But when he came down to me at the Jordan, I swore to him by the LORD, saying,
‘I will not put you to death with the sword.’
“Now therefore, do not let him go unpunished, for you are a wise man; and you will know what you ought to do to him, and you will bring his gray hair down to Sheol with blood.”
Then David slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of David.
The days that David reigned over Israel were forty years:
seven years he reigned in Hebron and thirty-three years he reigned in Jerusalem.
And Solomon sat on the throne of David his father, and his kingdom was firmly established.
David told Solomon to act according to his wisdom.
Before his death David knew the wisdom of Solomon.
What was Solomon to do?
- Not let Joab’s gray hair go down to Sheol in peace…in other words, execute him.
- Show kindness to the sons of Barzillai
- Deal with Shimei. David had promised to spare him, which he did. But, Solomon was free to bring forth punishment, which he did.
(The Word tells us that Solomon did all these things.)
David then slept with his fathers…he died.
David reigned 40 years.
Solomon now sat on the throne of David.
Solomon’s kingdom was firmly established.
David, the man whose heart was after God’s, was now in the presence of the Lord…awaiting what is yet to come…(he will rule over Jerusalem!)
David is nearing the transition to glory.
The Lord gives us his last words.
Simply give heed to these truths…
1 Ki 2:1-4
As David’s time to die drew near, he charged Solomon his son, saying,
“I am going the way of all the earth.
Be strong, therefore,
and show yourself a man.
“Keep the charge of the LORD your God,
to walk in His ways,
to keep His statutes,
His ordinances, and
according to what is written in the Law of Moses,
that you may succeed in all that you do and wherever you turn,
so that the LORD may carry out His promise which He spoke concerning me, saying,
‘If your sons are careful of their way,
to walk before Me in truth
with all their heart and
with all their soul,
you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’
Show yourself a man.
Keep the charge of the Lord.
So that the Lord may carry out His promise…
…more to come…
“Worthy or Wicked”
Solomon was now king.
Adonijah was terrified.
He went and grabbed the horns of the altar.
Adonijah feared that Solomon would put him to death.
1 Ki 1:50-53
And Adonijah feared because of Solomon, and arose, and went,
and caught hold on the horns of the altar.
And it was told Solomon, saying, Behold, Adonijah feareth king Solomon:
for, lo, he hath caught hold on the horns of the altar, saying,
Let king Solomon swear unto me to day that he will not slay his servant with the sword.
And Solomon said, If he will shew himself a worthy man,
there shall not an hair of him fall to the earth:
but if wickedness shall be found in him, he shall die.
So king Solomon sent, and they brought him down from the altar.
And he came and bowed himself to king Solomon:
and Solomon said unto him, Go to thine house.
Holding the horns of the altar was a form of protection for those accused.
Adonijah wanted Solomon to swear that no harm would come to him.
Solomon agreed, with this caveat…
If Adonjah should himself to be a worthy man, then no harm would come his way.
Not hair of him would fall on the earth.
But, if wickedness was found in him, then he would die.
Adonijah was fetched from the altar.
He came and bowed before King Solomon.
Solomon sent him home.
Wonder how this will work out…?
Be not wicked.
David passed the baton.
Solomon was now king.
The people rejoiced.
1 Ki 1:40
All the people went up after him,
and the people were playing on flutes and rejoicing with great joy,
so that the earth shook at their noise.
The people rejoiced with such energy that the earth shook!
How did Adonijah learn of the situation?
What was his response?
Now Adonijah and all the guests who were with him heard it as they finished eating.
When Joab heard the sound of the trumpet, he said, “Why is the city making such an uproar?”
While he was still speaking, behold, Jonathan the son of Abiathar the priest came.
Then Adonijah said, “Come in, for you are a valiant man and bring good news.”
But Jonathan replied to Adonijah, “No! Our lord King David has made Solomon king.
“The king has also sent with him Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the Cherethites, and the Pelethites; and they have made him ride on the king’s mule.
“Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king in Gihon,
and they have come up from there rejoicing, so that the city is in an uproar.
This is the noise which you have heard.
“Besides, Solomon has even taken his seat on the throne of the kingdom.
“Moreover, the king’s servants came to bless our lord King David, saying,
‘May your God make the name of Solomon better than your name and his throne greater than your throne!’ And the king bowed himself on the bed.
“The king has also said thus, ‘Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who has granted one to sit on my throne today while my own eyes see it.’”
Then all the guests of Adonijah were terrified; and they arose and each went on his way.
Adonijah and all is guests heard “it”, the roar of the city.
They received the report of Jonathan.
Solomon was king.
Adonijah was not.
They learned that David had initiated and confirmed the transition.
David rejoiced that he lived to see the day with his own eyes.
Adonijah’s guest’s response?
They went their own way.
One moment Adonijah’s false kingdom appeared unified with people joining him.
The next moment the true kingdom of David and his line was exalted.
The choice is the same today.
Satan offers a false kingdom.
Jesus Christ is the True Kingdom.
Of which are you?