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Bread of Life Devotionals
THE BURNING BUSH DOMINION CHURCH INC.
Date: Wednesday, November 18th, 2020
Topic: CHRIST RECONCILED CAESAR AND THE JEWS
Bible Reading: John 19:12-15
📖12….”And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar’s friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.
📖13….When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha.
📖14….And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!
📖15….But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.”
🔥Betrayal is when your closest friend denies knowing you. This was cried out by the psalmist in chapter 41 verse 9. Familiar friends have often teamed up with enemies to undo a third party. Sometimes too, two or more enemies can come together in unity to destroy some other person. Such scenario almost depicts love, but that is far from the truth; because, it is only in godly unity that love is present. For God is love. It is very interesting to see in our main text from John 19:12-15 that, the Jews that were at loggerheads with Caesar, decided to reconcile with Caesar, and even called him their king in verse 15, so they could kill Jesus.
🔥🔥Remember that, in Matthew 22:17-22, the Jews were against Caesar. They refused to pay tributes to the same Caesar they later called their king in John 19:15. In each of the cases, the reconciliatory Jesus Christ, reconciled them. He made them to pay tribute to Caesar, and also made them to call Caesar their king. Even though they got reconciled to kill Jesus, they were only being ready tools in God’s hand, to realize Christ’s mission to the world…Mark 10:45.
🔥🔥🔥From this rejection of Jesus by the Jews, Jesus was spiritually building a bridge between the Jews and Caesar. By choosing their enemy, Caesar, as their king, instead of Jesus, the ministry of reconciliation was fulfilled. This same ministry of reconciliation was also preached by Jesus to the Jews, when they choose Barabbas, a thief, instead of Jesus in John 18:39-40. Barabbas was given an opportunity by Christ to live for God, by taking his condemnation and death. Beloveth, Jesus died for you when you were, you are, or when you will be a sinner in the future…Romans 5:8; because he is the same forever…Heb 13:8.
🙏My father, my father, destroy those that will make themselves my enemies, as you did to those that came against Jehoshaphat, in Jesus’ name.
🙏🙏Heavenly father, bring to failure, every gathering targeted at bringing me down as a means of reconciliation for others, in Jesus’ name.
🙏🙏🙏O Lord, may I never be condemned to hell fire and miss heaven, having been reconciled to God by Christ’s death, in Jesus’ name.
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Psalms 46 & 47.
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