THE TRUE PILOTBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt"When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid. And went again into the judgment hall and saith unto Jesus, 'Whence art Thou?' But Jesus gave him no answer. Then saith Pilate unto Him, 'Speakest Thou not unto me? Knowest Thou not that I have power to crucify Thee, and have power to release Thee?' Jesus answered, 'Thou couldest have no power at all against Me, except it were given thee from above, therefore he that delivered Me unto thee hath the greater sin.'"John 19:8-11------Christ is comfortable in his own skin and resigned to the fate awaiting Him:-Horrific and painful scourging.-Humiliation, accusation, and mocking.-Exposure, nakedness, and torture.-Betrayal, absence, and departure.The full weight of sin's effects discharged and employed upon His holy humanness.Christ knows all this in advance ...and moves progressively forward and toward His death.He knows the "aftermath" will result in the resurrection and life eternal with His Father.It's a good pay-off and a price He's willing to pay.-------Pilate's voice is hollow, shallow, and fearful; a man who fears men and finds his popularity waning.He works to authorize and deploy himself as "the" potential savior to the Savior.What a curious and notable interaction and exchange between Pilate and the King of kings.Fear and internal anxiety heighten in Pilate.He's less certain all the time of his participation and activity in this strange and curious trial. Grave and disastrous consequences loom in his mind and propel him to a state of great uneasiness. -------Hmmm ...Dilemmas abound wherever Christ is concerned and Pilate's dilemma becomes our own.What ought we to "do" about the Christ?Is He really who He says He is?Is His redemptive power truly unconstrainable and uncontainable?Is He really able to reenact the resurrection power through sinful man and raise him to a regenerated and new life?If so ... ought we not to be very careful with how we're handling this reailty?Ought we not to be very careful when we find ourselves "acting" as judges.My soul thinks so.What about yours?------The holy hand that saves and santifies held the nails.The voice speaking forgiveness declared, "It is finished."The body that bore sin was resurrected." ... thou couldest have no power at all against Me, except it were given thee from above." There's not a power on earth that can exert and enforce itself, my friend, over the sovereign power governing and dictating from above.God's word and His power is real.Jesus Christ is truth.Grace and truth are revealed in and through Him.The Father's will ... will in the end survive and thrive, no force prevailing.Rest assured and be secured in this knowledge.It will propel you and move you forward!-------Satisfy yourself this Easter season with an acknowlegement of your sure position and status in Christ.There is no Pilate but the "true Pilot" in charge of your life.Celebrate life ... and love the life you live this Easter season.------THREE STUDY EMPOWERMENTS:1) Read John 19-21 and consider all the participants involved.Which audience does your mind gravitate to and why?2) How confidently are you walking out your redemptive rights?What power are you giving man that he doesn't possess?3) Reclaim your redemptive rights!You are God's child and His voice is the only dictate and directive wielding the power to alter your life and the lives of others.He alone is "your" Pilot,no man preventing.To God be all glory.Celebrate the rights and "release" Christ provides you with this Easter season.------
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