Jesus, let your Kingdom claim my heart.
Picture Jesus standing before Pilate.
John’s gospel presents a lengthy dialogue in which Jesus preaches to Pilate and offers him a chance to make a different decision. Pilate can even be a member of the Kingdom instead of an instrument used by the Jewish leaders. Unfortunately, he does not accept Jesus as King and turns his back on him.
Gospel text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)
- Jesus speaks the truth. His Kingdom is not of this world.
- He is a unique king and those who belong to his kingdom recognize his voice.
- Jesus spends time with Pilate and explains everything.
- However, Pilate has no interest in truth and does not receive the Kingdom.
- Pilate, however, cannot deny his own feelings.
- He says honestly, “I find no guilt in him.”
- What a hero Pilate would have been if he had acted on this belief.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- Jesus, You are my King. May you reign forever.
- Your Kingdom is in my heart. There, I hear your word.
- You call me to truth. You invite me into your light.
- Jesus, I will come quickly out of my darkness.
- To know you, to love you, and to serve you. For this I was born. For this I came into the world.
- I will proclaim to the whole world, “Jesus is my King.”
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will commit my life to living the truth.
+ I will choose the right King – Jesus the Lord.