Written By Matthew Thompson
John 19:8 Therefore when Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid; 9 and he entered into the Praetorium again and said to Jesus, “Where are You from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 So Pilate said to Him, “You do not speak to me? Do You not know that I have authority to release You, and I have authority to crucify You?”11 Jesus answered, “You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above; for this reason he who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.”
At NYC 1991, Pastor Gary Henecke was the speaker in the daytime services. One morning, as he was recounting for us the entire night of trails that lead to the crucifixion and death of Christ, he stopped and said, “Don’t ever let anybody tell you that they killed your Lord. He GAVE His life for you.”
It has been nearly twenty three years since I sat in that service, but I still remember it vividly. In the eleventh verse of this passage, Jesus makes one of the few comments recorded between the time of His arrest and the Crucifixion.
It stands in scripture as a reminder to us that we do not serve a defeated man. We do not serve a man who was tricked or deceived. We do not serve a man who was outwitted, out gunned, or out foxed. We serve a risen man, who came to this earth for one reason and one purpose only, and that was to defeat the power of sin once and for all. In Him we are redeemed. In Him we are justified. In Him we are regenerated. In Him we are adopted as Sons and Daughters of the Living God.