(KJV.) ST. JOHN 19:5-7:
(5) Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!
(6) When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.
(7) The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.
Brethren, from the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior until his death on the cross, even his resurrection from the graveyard, enemies doubted who he was and persecuted him; case in point, *when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, "Where is he that was born King of the Jews?; yeah! who called Jesus the King of the Jews first?; it was the wise men who came from the east to worship him, but not Jesus himself. (Matthew 2); however, when king Herod heard the news, he was troubled with his people, sought counsel, devised evil in his heart, advised the wise men when they found him to report back to him, so he could worship him also, but he lied to them, in other for them to report their findings back to him, for, it was his intention to destroy his life; therefore, Jesus persecution started right after he was born in Bethlehem, and though he was an infant, spoke not yet to claim sonship of the Father, he was already declared the son of our Father by virtue; when we searched the scriptures we will find out that Jesus was the word spoken during creation, at certain point, he came to earth in the flesh, sent by our Father to preach his kingdom words, during his ministry, he explained to his followers reasons why they ought to believe him, that he was there with our Father during creation; truly, he is his son; saying, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, before Abraham was, I am." (John 8:58); that is an accurate statement, if Jesus was the word spoken to create all things; surely, Jesus was there with our Father, before , creation of the holy folds, plantations, vegetations and humanity: his enemies became upset because of his proclamation, sought to stone him, but he hid himself and escaped through them to safety: then again, Jesus claimed to have eternal life, and would give people eternal lives if they follow him. (John 10:28); he also said, I and my Father are one." (John 10:30); he tried to explain why that is so, but his enemies took up stones to stone him, when he questioned them why they wanted to stone him, they said unto him; in other words, "It is blasphemy, to make yourself equal to our Father.": therefore, as believers, let us be mindful of our utterances in this world of darkness, enemies are at work, watching and waiting to point our our shortcomings, use them to discredit who we are in the righteousness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; beware!
In reference to the above text, Jesus went through trails before crucifixion; Pilate whipped him, the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, put it on his head, wore him a purple robe, proclaimed Hail, King of the Jews!; though they whipped him, unknowingly, they acknowledge him as their king themselves, they platted a crown of thorns for his head, we all know that only people of royalties wears crowns, put on him a purple robe, color purple signifies royalty; and Pilate proclaimed him as their man; essentially, their chosen king, but when his enemies saw him, they cried out saying, Crucify him, crucify him; he said unto them, "Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.": but the question is, if there is no fault in him, why crucify him?; they crucified him for the scriptures to be fulfilled entirely; but they answered and said, "We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God."; what do we know, the same reason why they wanted to stone him earlier, is the reason why they hang him on the cross; Jesus did not do anything wrongfully; but was killed because of hatredness, the glory of our Father in him; from his birth to death, he was persecuted because of who they claimed he was not, but later accepted that he was, and killed him for who he was; they accused him of blasphemy, but he never spoke against our Father, or his establishment, but rather, during his ministry, revealed kingdom words into the hearts of multitudes.
Jesus was scourged for sins he did not committed, wore crown of thorns, so we may wear golden crowns in eternity, shed his blood, to take away animal blood sacrifices for atonement of sins and crucified, died to pay for all our iniquities, rose up from the death to grant believers life everlasting. This is an amazing Grace of our Father!
Dearly beloved, we are all on assignments in this world; therefore, let us do the best we can in our callings, focus on what we have to do for Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, not on our haters, they are everywhere in this world, from generations to present generation, haters provoke, persecute, reproach, condemn and kill believers; there is nothing new under the sun!; for, dare, if we do, and dare, if we don't; but the question is, who should we please, our haters or Jesus Christ?; Jesus did not deny who he was to please his enemies, he stood for what he believed until death on the cross, in other to fulfill his assignment successfully, let us do what we have to do on earth no matter what sufferings we might endure, and receive crown of glories, be joint heirs with Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior forever and evermore. Amen Amen!
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(KJV.) St. Matthew 26:63-64: But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.