This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: Psalm 27:1 (ESV)
This Palm Sunday morning, I am thinking about two different perspectives on power, and I am feeling very hopeful.
Recall on this day, people lined the streets to see Jesus enter Jerusalem, waving their palm branches as a sign of hope. Yet later on, when Jesus went before Pilot, he taught us an important lesson about ultimate power.
When Jesus stepped in front of the crowd, they shouted, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Yet Pilate told them that he believed that Jesus was not guilty.
However, the Jewish leaders told Pilate, “By our laws he’s guilty because he calls himself the son of God.” The Scriptures say that Pilate heard this and became more frightened than ever.
Pilate took Jesus back inside and privately asked him where he was from. To Pilate’s confusion and disbelief, Jesus didn’t respond.
Pilate then said, “Don’t you realize that I have the power to either release you or crucify you?” Jesus replied, “You have no power over me at all, unless it were given to you from above.”
The Jewish leaders told Pilate that if he released Jesus, he would not be considered a friend of Caesar. It is obvious that Pilate thought Caesar had the ultimate power.
Jesus, of course, had it right. No matter how dire a situation has become or how high the stakes may appear, remain hopeful because God’s power is the only power that matters.
As you reflect on that, remember these words: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” Psalm 27:1 (ESV)
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So today, know there’s only one ultimate power.
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