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Dear Greg Laurie,Greg Laurie, broadcast, Pilate, Lord Jesus King of the Jews, Matthew, Luke, Son of David,

Praise the Lord.

I was listening to your radio broadcast, 7/15/2013, and you mentioned Pilate asking the Lord Jesus if he were the King of the Jews.  In recent times, I came to understand that Pilate asked the question knowing exactly who Jesus was because the birth certificate and lineage of Jesus was probably kept in the temple records, which could be reviewed and copied as did Matthew and Luke.  Of course, the Lord Jesus’ lineage is the only one to survive the destruction of the temple: no need for anyone else’s.

It seems like any good politician, or ruler back in ancient times, kept tabs on noteworthy people like they do today.  And as the Lord Jesus had an incredible following accompanied by miracles, he would be under investigation, not only by the Jews religious and political leaders but by Rome as well.  If Pilate knew the ancestral line of Jesus of Nazareth (and why wouldn’t he?) that he was the rightful heir to the throne of the Jews, how would Pilate react to meeting up with the man who “hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.  Perhaps Pilate astonished or amused to see the son of David, the legal and the legitimate King of the Jews, the miracle worker, and prophet, hauled humbly before him like a common criminal.  He asked, “Art thou the King of the Jews?” – knowing full well that he was.  The Lord replied, “Thou sayest.” You say that I am.  Perhaps, Pilate, like any good attorney asked only the questions he already knew the answer to.

Also, the Lord’s reply, “Thou sayest’” makes very good sense if you think about it.  Since Pilate simply admitted Jesus was King of the Jews by the way he asked the question, one can also remember the temptation in the wilderness when Satan challenged the Lord two times by saying, “If thou be the Son of God…” as Satan knew full well Jesus was indeed the Son of God.   And in the same manner, the elders of the Jews had earlier demanded of the Lord, “Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am.”  They too knew and said he was the Son of God by the way they asked the question.  In John’s account, when Pilate further asked, “Art thou a king then?” the Lord’s response was “Thou sayest that I am a king,” meaning, you say that I am a king by the way you ask the question.

We ask questions like this all the time.  I might say to my wife for example, “Honey, are you my girl?” And of course, I know and she knows she’s my girl by the way I ask the question.  It’s an affirmation. Or I might say to my pup as I pet him, “Are you my little doggy?”  Of course, he is.  I said so!  Or in a courtroom, if it were already established you, Greg Laurie, were the pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship, an attorney might ask you on the stand anyway, “Are you Greg Laurie, the Pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship?” Well, why did he ask the question when they all know anyway?  Because he wanted to make a point.  Get it?

A servant of the Lord Jesus Christ

 

Maranatha


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen