“We Have No King But Caesar”

Text: John 19:14-16

After Pilate repeatedly tried to release Jesus, the Jews (influenced by their leaders) clearly and boldly repudiated Him. Why? It has to do with what they rejected and what they chose to focus on instead.

Who/What Did They Reject?

They Rejected Jesus

  • They rejected Jesus even though Pilate found Him innocent (John 18:38; 19:4,6)
  • They accused Him of blasphemy (John 19:7) even though His miracles proved that God was with Him (John 9:31,33)
  • Jesus was unquestionably the sinless Son of God – but the Jews rejected Him & called for His crucifixion

They Rejected God the Father

  • If Jesus was a blasphemer & a wicked man, they could have called on Pilate to punish Him – but they did not just do this; they went a step further, declaring their primary allegiance to Caesar (John 19:15)
  • Their forefathers were guilty of rejecting God for a human king (1 Samuel 8:6-7; 12:12)
  • By this time, they were to recognize the authority of the Roman rulers (Matthew 22:21) – obedience was fine to a point (Acts 5:29); but they were to seek first the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33)

They Rejected the Word of God

  • Earlier they claimed to be “disciples of Moses” (John 9:28) – yet if they believed Moses, they would have believed Jesus (John 5:46)
  • The Law of Moses was a “tutor to lead us to Christ” (Galatians 3:24)

What Did They Choose to Focus One?

They Focused on Selfish Interests

  • When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, the chief priests recognized Jesus’ signs (John 11:47) – they were concerned because Jesus’ signs were so convincing (John 11:48)
  • Their concern was rooted in selfishness – they would lose their place & nation
  • They were not concerned with truth – they were concerned with what would be advantageous to them

They Focused on This World

  • They rejected Jesus’ spiritual kingdom (John 18:36) for Caesar’s physical kingdom
  • They were not interested in “treasures in heaven,” but “treasures on earth” (Matthew 6:19-21)
  • Jesus preached a message of self-denial (Luke 9:23) – they prioritized the comforts of life over divine truth

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