No King But Caesar

And it was the preparation of the Passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!  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.

John 19:14-15

As Pilate continued to try to get the Jews to release Jesus, the people started to get more agitated.  Pilate said several times that he found no fault in Jesus.  He asked the Jews over and over if they would be willing to release Him.  They continued in their stubbornness.  They continued to reject the Lord Jesus, favoring instead the violent criminal Barabbas.  The last time Pilate asked “Shall I crucify your King?”  They reached the point of no return: “We have no king but Caesar.”  Think about the sadness of that statement.

Caesar didn’t care anything about them.  In fact, in the not too distant future, a Caesar would destroy Jerusalem.  Caesar was a dictator over them.  He ruled them, controlled them and taxed them.  On the other hand, Jesus was the Prince of Peace.  He came to help people.  He loved them.  He loved them so much that He went to the cross to die for them – something Caesar would never even have thought about doing.  Jesus healed their sick.  He comforted the hurting ones among them.  He loved them.  Caesar ignored them at best and hated them at worst.  Yet still, when faced with a choice between them, they chose Caesar over Jesus.

The same basic choice is still given to men today.  They can choose Jesus, or the world and the devil behind it.  Jesus love them.  The world and the devil hates them.  Yet how many of them still choose to reject the Saviour?  Many would say “we have no king but Caesar.”  Let us say “we have no King but Jesus Christ!”

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