Blessed… Greatly Amazed

11 Jesus was brought before the governor. The governor said, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

Jesus replied, “That’s what you say.” 12 But he didn’t answer when the chief priests and elders accused him.

13 Then Pilate said, “Don’t you hear the testimony they bring against you?” 14 But he didn’t answer, not even a single word. So the governor was greatly amazed (Matthew 27:11-14, Common English Bible).

The radio in my car has a USB port where you can put songs on it, resulting in our ability to carry many more songs than one could hold on a single CD.

In general, I find the whole concept of USB flash-drives pretty amazing. When I bought my first computer it didn’t have a hard drive in it. It only had 2, 360KB floppy drives (I know I am dating myself). I lived with it that way for a year or so and then I bought a 40 MB hard-card. That meant I could put on that one hard-card as much information as I could put on 120 floppy discs. I thought I was uptown. I thought I would never run out of disc space. Imagine my frustration when I filled up that drive.

Fast forward to today. I was looking for a flash drive online. I found two that were interesting to me. One is the 128GB drive pictured above. Something the size of a dime can now hold more than 3000 of my old 40MB hard card. I also found they make a 2TB flash drive. Suffice it to say, that is a lot of data on something less than 3 inches long and less than an inch wide. Further, I haven’t even touched on the idea of cloud storage. We might sit here for days talking about that one.

That is absolutely amazing.

Today we get amazed over many things in our technology driven world.  Still, as amazing as that can be, I find people even more amazing, from both positive and negative perspectives. I am often amazed what people are able to do to make the world a better place. I think it is equally amazing what people can do that could tear the planet apart.

As Jesus stood before Pilate, Pilate is all but directly asking him to defend himself. If only Jesus will defend himself, it would at least seem in today’s lesson that Jesus would be able to walk away. Clearly, it is what Pilate wanted but he probably couldn’t come right out and say as much.

Pilate is utterly amazed, more amazed than I was when I saw that tiny dime-sized flash drive that can hold more than 3000 of my old hard cards that were pretty close to state-of-the-art back when I bought it.

It seems strange to see someone who makes no effort to defend themselves. Why would a person (and Jesus was fully human) not defend himself. Back only a chapter ago, Jesus is praying for the cup to be taken from his hand but he says, “Not what I want, but what you want.”

Pilate is amazed. You or I would probably be amazed until we realized that what Jesus was doing would save the world. Then it makes us realize the truth of John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son…” When you think about it that way, Pilate isn’t the only one greatly amazed with Jesus, we should be too.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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