Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
“You have said so,” Jesus replied.
When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. Then Pilate asked him, “Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?” But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the governor.
Matthew 27: 11 – 14
The course of Jesus life and death had been decided by the earlier trial before the Jewish authorities. Once they had rejected him, Jesus said nothing further than to admit the truth before the Romans. In a way, it didn’t really matter what the Romans decided, once the community of Israel had rejected him. The Roman governor at this time was a man called Pontius Pilate, and he was a stubborn and merciless man. However, the gospels tell us that he didn’t really want to execute Jesus, and he wanted Jesus to defend himself. But this passage shows us that the Roman authorities were really not very important; the decision had already been taken.
Many of the things and people that we think are important and decisive in our lives are really not. God sees creation very differently from us, and as God’s children we live in a different world, with different priorities. The more we recognise that, the more we can be effective in God’s work in the world.
Prayer: Lord God, give me your eyes to see what is important in the world, your ears to hear what you want me to hear, and use me to do your work for your glory, I pray. Amen
Action: think about your life. Choose a limited time period, if you want, and think about what happened then, and how God worked with and in you. What was really important, and what looked important?