Saturday, May 3, 2014


Bobservations Column
by Pastor Bob Lawrenz

God is a righteous judge. And, all judgment belongs to God, because all authority is His. During the night of Jesus’ arrest in Gethsemane, He was taken to Pilate, and because Jesus was a Galilean, Pilate sent Him to Herod, for Herod ruled over the citizens of the Galilee region (Luke 23:8,9). After berating Jesus, Herod sent our Lord back to Pilate. It was a question of jurisdiction.

We often hear of court cases in which the lawyers argue for a determination about where a crime was committed, and therefore, what County, State, or agency may have jurisdiction to bring charges. This is why extradition proceedings take place, to get the accused person under the proper authority.

But as Jesus stood before Pilate for the second time that night, being silent before His questioners, Pilate finally asks Jesus to say something for Pilate had the power of life and death over Jesus (John 19:10). Jesus’ response was with wisdom and truth: “Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above.; therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.”

It is all the way back in Genesis 9 where we find that God authorized human governments to establish order and accountability in human society. While He did do that, in no way did God relinquish His own role as judge over all His creation. Proverbs declares to us that it is by God that kings, princes, and judges rule. So it is God who controls who it is that sits in our highest seats in the land (Proverbs 8:15,16).

God gave the Law to Moses, a written word. Kings, Princes, and judges rule by permission from Him, It is God’s Word that authorizes the Law and its judges. It is also God’s Word that became flesh and dwelled among us. It should not therefore surprise us at all when we read this:

“For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son.”
- John 5:22 -

The Word came from the Father, through the Son, and then to us; suddenly it makes perfect sense that Jesus said, “…no man comes (approaches) to the Father but by me.” – John 14:6

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