Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Towards Sunday, November 22, 2015 (Reign of Christ Sunday)

John 18:33-37  (Jesus is being examined by Pilate, and Pilate is trying to figure out who and what Jesus is, and what to do with him.  "Are you a king," Pilate asks.  "You say that I am a king," Jesus replies.)

Pilate didn't really get Jesus because Pilate saw the world only through the lens of political hierarchy and authority in the Empire he served.  In trying to figure out if Jesus was claiming to be king or not, and therefore a threat to the Empire or not, he kind of missed the point and missed getting to know who Jesus really was.

If Pilate had been able to see Jesus for who he really was, would he have treated him differently?  We'll never know.

It does raise the question, though, of whether we always see Jesus as completely as we'd like, or do we also sometimes or in some ways miss seeing him for who he really is today? 

Unlike Pilate, we accept and embrace Jesus as our Lord and as messiah, but like Pilate do we also sometimes see him too much through the lens of our own world and our own concerns and fears, and miss seeing the whole of who he is and wants to be today?

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