“[Then the religious leaders] began to accuse Him, saying, ‘We found this Man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that He Himself is Christ, a king.’ And Pilate asked Him, ‘Are You the King of the Jews?’ And He answered him, ‘You have said so.’ Then Pilate said … ‘I find no guilt in this Man.’ But they were urgent … And when he learned that he belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent Him over to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time.”(Luke 23:2b-5a, 7 ESV)
It’s clear that Pilate wants nothing to do with Jesus’ case. He does a brief examination, and when the religious leaders won’t stop yammering, Pilate finds another dodge. He ships Jesus off to King Herod on the grounds that He is a Galilean. Maybe Herod will take care of the problem for him.
You might recognize this game from your workplace—or your community, or even your church. “It’s not my problem, someone else can deal with it.”
What a good thing that God does not take the same attitude with us! When we are in deep trouble, He pays attention. He involves Himself. He focuses His wisdom and concern on us, and He stretches out His hand to pull us out.
That’s what Jesus was doing that very day as He stood before Pilate. He was God in the flesh, getting involved, pulling His people out of the power of sin, death, and the devil. Nobody else could help us, but Jesus could. His suffering, death, and resurrection would remake our world and redeem us to be free, blessed, living children of God.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for making us Your problem. Amen.
Lenten Devotions were written by Dr. Kari Vo.
Originally published in The Lutheran Hour on April 4, 2022
Used by permission from International Lutheran Laymen’s League, all rights reserved
* What is a problem you have tried to get out of handling, big or small? Did it work?
* Why would you choose to handle a problem rather than sloughing it off on someone else?
* By analogy, what does God’s choice say about His character and attitude toward us?