This week is what is often referred to as Holy Week in the church calendar because it is the week leading up to Easter. Easter represents our greatest hope as Christians because it means we have life in Christ. I am following the account of Jesus' last moments with His disciples and through His resurrection according to the book of John. Today, I want to look at His trial before Pilate; please read John 18:28-40.
There are so many amazing truths Jesus speaks in these verses; however, I want to point out something that is leaving an impression on my heart. Look at verse 28. Why wouldn't Jesus' accusers enter the house of Pilate? We are told in this verse that they didn't want to be defiled so they could celebrate the Passover. Have you thought about the irony of that idea? I wonder if that is why John made a point of adding that detail in his account of Jesus' trial. They were so worried about the one thing that really would only make them "ceremonially unclean" and were about to send our Lord to the cross as they clearly stated to Pilate. This is exactly what Jesus was speaking against when He told the Pharisees that they were more concerned about their traditions that had no power to set them free than they were concerned about God's law (Mark 7).
This makes me think of the phrase, "missing the forest for the trees." Jesus' accusers were not interested in the bigger picture, they were concerned about their traditions. Jesus didn't care about tradition; He wanted to draw people back to Him. It is so easy to get caught up in the details that do not overall make a difference and forget who we are in Christ. Jesus' accusers were sinning in their unbelief, yet they were more concerned about something that wasn't going to make a difference in their salvation. And they were more concerned about celebrating Passover, a tradition that merely reflected what Jesus was about to do for all of us.
Do not think that Jesus' accusers were the only ones to make this mistake. We are all capable of it, and we have all done it. What tradition have we focused on rather than looking at the bigger picture? Where have we gotten caught up in legalism rather than thinking about showing God's love to the people around us. When have we told God He was wrong because our comfort was more important? We need to make sure that we are focusing on God's heart so we don't lose His vision and purpose for the commands we find in the Bible.
Where is it easy for you to miss the forest for the trees?
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