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211. Not Of This World

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Episode 211

TODAY’S READING:

33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” 34 “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?” 35 “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?” 36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” 37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” 38 “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this, he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him. 39 But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews?” 40 They shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in an uprising.

John 18:33-40

 

I have been using larger passages in this study so that we all get the opportunity to dive deeper into the story of Easter. Last Monday, we kicked off our Easter series, and I have been loving it.

 

This passage is very important for us as it is the turning point in our story with Jesus. Up to this point, he was taken as a prisoner and was tried; at this point, the crowd is asking the governor to take him.

 

We just read how Pilate didn’t find Jesus to be guilty, yet they asked for him to release a robber.

 

The greatest lesson we learn in this passage is that Jesus doesn’t say he is quote on quote king of the jews, but he does admit that he has a kingdom and it is not of this world.

 

This is very important; it shows that he came down to earth to do one thing. Establish the true way of living. Rip the 400+ “laws” that were in place. He wanted everyone to know, Jew and Gentile, that there was a Father in heaven.

 

What I love about the words, not of this world, is that it proves that where we are is not heaven. So when you have a bad day you can remember that it can be worse and it can be better, but it’s not the best, because the best is in heaven.

 

Not of this world means that when we are tempted, angered, or just plagued by depression, anxiety, strongholds, etc., we can remember that there is a better place.

 

But the best part of all of it is that we don’t have to wait for eternity to find heavenly places here on earth. We can live a life full of peace, love, joy, and prosperity, and it is thanks to the events that followed the passage we read today.

 

Our takeaway today is simple, remember that the kingdom of God is not of this world. The pain, the heartache, the loss, the despair, it’s not following us into heaven. But even in pain, even in the suffering, we can lean on Jesus through it all. 

 

PRAYER

Father God, thank you for yet another week. Thank you for blessing us. Thank you for loving us. We ask that you give us to strength to lean on you; we ask that you help us in building up our faith. Remind us that the best is yet to come. Remind us that your kingdom, our inheritance, it’s not here, but it is in heaven with you. Help us every day as we look for heavenly places here on earth. We love you with everything in us, AMEN! 

 

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