The Easter story is one which can lose its impact when the narrative becomes familiar. This Easter, as we read through the account in Matthew’s gospel with Paul White, be impacted again by the incredible character of Jesus, the amazingly good plan of God our Father, and the outrageous love and grace lavished on us in the death and resurrection of our Lord.
Today we begin a new series, Easter: Excerpts from ‘A Year With Jesus’, with Paul White (and contributions from Justin Moffatt) from Church Hill Anglican. These devotions can be found in full in the ‘A Year With Jesus’ devotional app.
Reflection: Jesus has been found guilty of blasphemy by a rushed, all-night sitting of the Sanhedrin. After pronouncing him guilty they’ve taken him to Pilate, who addresses Jesus, standing quietly before him. Dignity, perhaps even defiance in his eyes, an air of authority and power despite his hands been bound and the bruises on his face. But apart from an initial enigmatic reply, Jesus does not respond, not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the governor.
Jesus is altogether worthy of our open amazement, too. Think how quickly we are to speak up when we’re wrongly accused. There has never been anyone more wrongly accused than Jesus in this moment.
Jesus made no reply, because he is bringing upon himself the wrath of God for every single charge ever levelled against you and I. He is stepping into our place. He has turned up for our trial, but not as our accuser, or our judge, but our saviour. A thousand voices accuse him of the sin that you and I have committed. Silently, he accepts the shame, the scorn and the punishment that we deserve. That’s my king. He’s the one I will follow for the rest of
my days. He gave his life for me and because of this I’m going to live the rest of mine to him.
Question: How about you? Is Jesus your king? Have you given your allegiance to him? Do you belong to his kingdom? Does he still amaze you? Do you live in awe of him?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are worthy of my amazement and awe. Thank you for stepping into my place, for bearing my sin, for becoming my Saviour. It is so hard to keep my vision of you clear and uncluttered with the pace and priorities of everyday life. Please give me a single-minded devotion to you, a devotion that enriches every aspect of my life. Amen.
reading the Bible with Paul White until 7th April.