Isn’t it ironic that the religious leaders found faults in Jesus that Pilate could not find in Jesus? I was reading the account of the trial of Jesus when this reality hit me hard. It is quite paradoxical because, the one person who should have been most threatened by the claims of Christ couldn’t find any fault in him. The Jews had to go to the extent of guilt-tripping Pilate to yield; “If you release this man, you are not Caesar’s friend. Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar.” (John 19:12).
So Pilate gave in to their demands, not because he found Jesus guilty, but because he found the case and the logic of the Jews compelling. The last thing he wanted to do is seem as if he was not on the same page with Caesar. That would be bad politics. So Pilate made a political decision, to let Jesus be crucified, if only to get the Jews off his back. So, washing his hands of the whole matter, he handed Jesus over into the hands of the Jews. “I am innocent of this man’s blood, it is your responsibility.” (Matthew 27:24). Continue reading I Find No Guilt in Him
“Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” [James 3:1]
I am an avid reader. Over the years, I have noticed that the more I read books, blogs and other works of literature, the more I learn that a single work of art can communicate lessons that even the author of that work could never have thought of, let alone intend to teach. I am even tempted to be bold enough to assert that all art is essentially abstract art. Just because its human creator decides it should mean one thing, doesn’t mean it will mean that same thing to all who encounter it. I am slowly being persuaded that artists are to their artworks what parents are to their children – mere stewards of a greater work of God. But this is seen even more clearly in works of literature, at least to me.
While reading a book, I have not just been able to get what the author is saying, but also why he says what he says the way he says it. Whenever a friend of mine approaches me with a quotation from a book he’s been reading, I always find myself suddenly becoming acutely aware that I need to know the context of that quotation. Not just the literary context, but also the greater “target audience of the author” context. Continue reading Faithful Stewards of Truth on Facebook