In this passage from the book of Luke we find Jesus charged with misleading the Jews, forbidding the Jews to pay taxes to Cesar, and of being Christ the King (who the accusers thought would have earthly domain). But Jesus is not found guilty of these charges. It’s important to note that Jesus was declared innocent (by the best judicial system in the world) FOUR TIMES and that he made no attempts to avoid sentencing. Through this we are shown that Jesus did not go to the cross because he was guilty. In fact, everyone else is guilty – including us. Instead, Jesus has stood trial for us, trading places, taking the stand, the charges, the sentence of death for us. What Jesus has done should cause us to worship him all the more with abandon and great joy.

© Grace Bible Church of Bend
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