devotional post # 2074
Luk 23:1 Then the whole company of them got up and brought him before Pilate.
Luk 23:2 And they started accusing him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation and preventing us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.”
Luk 23:3 And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he responded to him, “You have said so.”
Luk 23:4 Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no cause to condemn this man.”
Luk 23:5 But they were insistent, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee even to this place.”
the dishonesty test
Jesus’ accusers revealed the motivations of their hearts by the lies they told about him. Some people are habitual liars, but most people only lie for their own protection or benefit. The Jews in Jesus’ time had no love for Caesar, and obeyed him only out of fear. But they feared Jesus more. His claim to be the Christ forced them to choose between the lordship of Caesar and his lordship. Their dishonesty in their accusations showed what side they had chosen.
LORD, give us pure hearts singularly devoted to you.