by Marilyn Ehle
â€œWhat shall I do with the one you call the king of the Jews?â€?Â
The crowd has been whipped into a frenzy. Only days before, many of these same people had raised their voices in praise to Jesus, shouting loud â€œhallelujahsâ€? to the one they thought could deliver them from Roman domination. Why, now, do they roar for a death sentence from Governor Pilate?
Walter Wangerin, Jr. writes, â€œThis is the natural reaction of sinners in the presence of a Holy God.â€? We are inexorably drawn to a Jesus who feeds our bellies and heals our wounds, but when he quietly calls for commitment outside our comfort zones, we step back, uncertain we to be that radically identified with him.
While the crowd roared, Jesus stood humbly yet majestically silent before the questioning governor. He stands that way today before each of us. Eventually we must all personalize and answer the question: â€œWhat will I do with this one called King?â€?
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