"Here He Is. Are You Satisfied?"
So, Pontius Pilate presents Jesus to the crowd in John 19:5. What a sight he must have been; beaten, battered, and bloody. They had thrown a robe of purple (the color of royalty) in order to mock him. He was already badly injured, having not yet even endured the profound agony of the cross. Even so, this politician brings Jesus out, perhaps hoping to finally satisfy the blood lust of the mob. “Here he is. Are you satisfied?” Turns out that they weren’t, just as Jesus had known. What this politician did for unholy reasons, we must do for godly and appropriate reasons (and in the right way). Whereas Pilate, a cynical and worldly governor presented Jesus to the world for selfish or political reasons, we must do for deeper and much more spiritual reasons. A lost and dying world needs to see and meet Jesus, for He alone is their hope of the salvation they desperately need. Let us always and forever present the Lamb of God, as the One whose crown is no longer thorns, but true and full Heavenly glory. May we, with words and deeds, forever proclaim to the world, “Behold, the Man!”
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