Then Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!”
When the chief priests and the temple police saw Him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!”
Pilate responded, “Take Him and crucify Him yourselves, for I find no grounds for charging Him.”
“We have a law,” the Jews replied to him, “and according to that law He must die, because He made Himself the Son of God.”
When Pilate heard this statement, he was more afraid than ever. He went back into the headquarters and asked Jesus, “Where are You from?” But Jesus did not give him an answer. So Pilate said to Him, “You’re not talking to me? Don’t You know that I have the authority to release You and the authority to crucify You?”
“You would have no authority over Me at all,” Jesus answered him, “if it hadn’t been given you from above. This is why the one who handed Me over to you has the greater sin.”
From that moment Pilate made every effort to release Him. But the Jews shouted, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar’s friend. Anyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar!”
When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus outside. He sat down on the judge’s bench in a place called the Stone Pavement (but in Hebrew Gabbatha). It was the preparation day for the Passover, and it was about six in the morning. Then he told the Jews, “Here is your king!”
But they shouted, “Take Him away! Take Him away! Crucify Him!”
Pilate said to them, “Should I crucify your king?”
“We have no king but Caesar!” the chief priests answered.
So then, because of them, he handed Him over to be crucified.
Therefore they took Jesus away.
Jesus is the key to humility.
It amazes me every time I read and think about this portion of scripture. Jesus is the son of God, yet he is being man-handled by sinful men who think they are doing the will of God. Wait a minute; they are doing the will of God, yet not doing the will of God. How is this possible?
There is a will of God which is sometimes called the decretive will of God, then there is the preceptive will of God, and lastly the dispositional will of God.
The decretive will is the sovereign purpose of God to ordain whatsoever comes to pass. This is a hidden will of God and we are unable to know this until event come to pass.
The preceptive will is the will of God through precepts or commands. This is revealed to us in the bible. We can know exactly what God’s will for our life is by remaining in the freedom of the moral commands of scripture.
The dispositional will of God is the heart and desires of God. It reveals to us what is pleasing to God.
The key to Jesus’ humility is that he fully knows and embraces each of these aspects of the will of God. He knows that it is not according to Gods preceptive will that the Jews sought to crucify him, yet it was fully within Gods decretive will.
Isaiah 53:10 Yet the Lord was pleased to crush Him severely. When You make Him a restitution offering,
He will see His seed, He will prolong His days,and by His hand, the Lord’s pleasure will be accomplished.
Jesus is the key to humility. Him indwelling your heart by faith, and you understanding God’s three wills.
- Have you embraced Jesus as Lord and King?
- Is he indwelling your heart so that you may have the power to become truly humble?
- Explain back to me the three wills of God.