Here Is Your King

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John 18:1-19:42.
Here is your King!

From Forward Day by Day

While attending a glorious Evensong in Westminster Abbey, I happened to see the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles. He was handsomely dressed and warmly welcomed. All of us–including this Yank–looked upon him with awe, feeling blessed to be in the presence of royalty.

Contrast that to the appearance of the Suffering Servant described in Isaiah: “He had no form or majesty that we should look at him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him” (53:2b). Shockingly marred beyond recognition, despised and rejected by all, this is the Suffering Servant whom God lifts up.

As Pilate presented and paraded the flogged, bloodied Jesus, already mockingly costumed in purple cape and thorny crown, he declared in total blindness and with full irony, “Here is your King!”

Truer words were never spoken. For “surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases… He was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed” (Isaiah 53:4a, 5).

PRAY for the Diocese of Jerusalem and The Middle East

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