TRIAL OF JESUS: THE JUST FOR THE UNJUST

It seems there is no end to the discussion when it comes to the trial of George Zimmerman. Even though he has been found not guilty of murder they are now trying him in the court of public opinion on whether or not he is racist. No matter where you turn the television or radio they’re going on and on about racial tensions and justice. Let me reassure you I am not going to get into the fray of things, as if you need my analysis, but I would like to point something out.

Over 2,000 years ago there was another man who was put on trial and he was innocent and the verdict was unjust. His name is Jesus. He was charged with claiming to be a king, and even worse than that, some were saying the Son of God.

According to the Gospel of John, after Jesus was led from the High Priest Caiaphas he was taken to Pilate. As Jesus stood before Pilate he asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus’ response was “Are you saying this on your own initiative, or did others tell you about me?” Jesus wanted to know if Pilate had gotten a revelation of his true identity. Of course Pilate just wanted to get to the bottom of this whole thing because he knew his livelihood was on the line. His job was to keep peace between the Jews and Rome and if this Jesus thing wasn’t settled he could be in big trouble.

Jesus spoke up and said, “My kingdom is not of this world…” Therefore Pilate said, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.” What a powerful thing to say! Pilate’s response is astounding and one we all must ask. He said, “What is truth?”

When the truth is literally standing in front of you it is your responsibility to act accordingly. Of course Pilate’s fear of losing his position, or maybe even his life, took over and he handed Jesus over to the Jews to be crucified. The good news is God’s plan all along was to give his son for the sins of the world. In fact in Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost he said, “Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through him in your midst, just as you yourselves know—this man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put him to death. But God raised him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for him to be held in its power.”

So there you have it. One of the most unjust things that could ever happen, God turns around to bring salvation to all that will place their faith in Christ. You see the grave couldn’t hold Jesus because “The wages of sin is death…”, but Jesus had no sin of his own. The grave had no legal right to him therefore God resurrected him to live forevermore. If we are joined to him by faith we too will live forever. Now that’s the outcome I’m looking for.

No matter what your opinion is on the George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin trial, I would urge you to look a little closer at the trial of Jesus Christ. I’m not saying theirs isn’t important, but the trial, verdict and sentencing of Jesus Christ has eternal consequences attached to them. If Jesus truly is a King and the Son of God; if God really raised him from the dead in order to bring salvation to you and I, it may be important enough to look at the details a little closer.

“For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that he might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit…”(1 Peter 3:18)

Written by Louie

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