Sunday Aug 30, 2020
Sunday Aug 30, 2020
Sunday Aug 30, 2020
John 18:33-38 So Pilate went back into the governor’s residence, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
Jesus replied, “Are you saying this on your own initiative, or have others told you about me?”
Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own people and your chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done?”
Jesus replied, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my servants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish authorities. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.”
Then Pilate said, “So you are a king!”
Jesus replied, “You say that I am a king. For this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world—to testify to the TRUTH. Everyone who BELONGS to the TRUTH listens to my voice.”
Pilate asked, “What is TRUTH?”
The K’dom of Darkness and the K’dom of Light come Face-to-face in this remarkable encounter between Pontius Pilate and Jesus Christ. GOD brings Pilate, as the representative of all worldly kingdoms OF DARKNESS, into direct confrontation with His K’dom of LIGHT. Pilate thinks that he represents everything that is REAL and MEANINGFUL. He’s baffled at Jesus lack of effort to save Himself by taking refuge under his authority. He thinks Jesus is about to Lose Everything, and has no clue that Jesus is about to take over the world! By refusing to put Himself under the authority of the Kingdom of Darkness in order to be saved, Jesus both saves Himself and every human who will follow Him into the KOG!
“So you are a king!”
When Pilate recognizes Jesus’ Kingship He immediately wants to know about His Authority. And in His answer, Jesus goes directly to the difference between the K’dom of GOD and K’dom of darkness: The TRUTH. The TRUTH is what The I AM says IS. In Is. 30:21 GOD says “This is THE WAY, walk in it…”
The KOG is founded on the fact: GOD HAS Said. But the Kingdom of Darkness is founded on the question: HAS GOD Said? Every Government AND position of Authority upon earth chooses to be ruled by either, GOD HAS Said. or HAS GOD Said?
The Contrasting K’doms of LIGHT vs. DARKNESS
“DARKNESS” in the Bible isn’t absence of physical light, but absence of The TRUTH. Darkness is IGNORANCE of The TRUTH. Therefore the K’dom of Darkness is essentially Satan ruling people BY IGNORANCE, not IN IGNORANCE. In other words, in the KOD people aren’t ruled by Satan because OF ignorant but they’re ruled by Satan WITH IGNORANCE.
2Cor. 4:4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see (IGNORANCE) the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.
He blinds them not with a Hood of Inaccessibility to The TRUTH but by feeding them Lies and Rebellious theories, so that they Reject The TRUTH. Governments of the world are ruled by the KOD because they base their authority on the satanic accusation, Has GOD Said? When 2Cor. 4:4 People are in government they, spread the Darkness they themselves are controlled by.
When you vote for people who support Abortion, the sexualization of children in school, tolerating lawlessness, and the tyranny of marxism, you make them your leaders, and help to spread the same Kingdom of Darkness that crucified Jesus!
“What is truth?”
When Pilate hears Jesus state that His K’dom is founded upon The TRUTH, his response reveals the total absence of the LIGHT of TRUTH in the government he represents. Pilot’s statement, “What is truth?”, reveals that the Authority of the KOD is simply the raw exercise of power by those who possess it in IGNORANCE. After Jesus explains the Nature of the Authority of His K’dom, as The TRUTH, Pilate realizes that there’s Nothing in his k’dom that can Save Jesus. And he turns Him over to be crucified. The TRUTH has no chance in this world when the wicked are charge.
Is. 59:14-15 Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands far away; for truth has stumbled in the public squares, and uprightness cannot enter. Truth is lacking, and he who departs from evil is attacked. The LORD saw it, and it DISPLEASED him that there was no justice.
When Christians help elect the wicked, who work against The TRUTH, they create the conditions for their own persecution.
Prov. 29:2 When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan.
In a Representative Democracy, when you put those who honor the KOG in authority, LIGHT shines in the nation. But when you put the IGNORANT in power, DARKNESS rules the land; and no amount of Christian influence can stop the spread of evil. The government that say’s “WHAT IS TRUTH? is the one that Crucified Jesus, and it will come after you too! BUT, there is Good News! When the godly are in Authority, the Impossible is Within Reach!
Col. 1:12-13 …The Father has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. For he has rescued us from the KINGDOM OF DARKNESS and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son.
GOD will work through people who have let Him RESCUE them from the KOD, to be TRANSFERRED into His K’dom, under His LORDSHIP. Even though they are flawed, rough, and have made big mistakes, GOD will come to people who honor The TRUTH, and put them in powerful positions, to do the impossible through them.
Gideon said, I am insignificant and the least among a weak people. But GOD came to him and said, You are My Mighty Warrior! And through Gideon GOD miraculously delivered the nation out from under tyrants.
David was just a shepherd boy, overlooked by his family. But GOD came to him and said, You are the King! And through David, He delivered the nation out of bondage under corrupt leadership, to freedom and victory over their enemies.
Joseph was a slave in a foreign empire. But GOD came to, and said, You are a World Ruler! And He made him Prime Minister over the empire and used him to save Israel.
Peter told Jesus, Depart from me, I’m a wishy-washy sinful man. Jesus said, You’re a Fisher of Men with a Rock of Revelation growing in you!
Jesus explained His K’dom to Pilate by saying, “I came into the world to testify to The TRUTH. Everyone who belongs to The TRUTH LISTENS TO MY VOICE.” Jesus is speaking from His K’dom to YOU today. And when He speaks to YOU, He speaks to the REAL PERSON. Not the person others see, but the one who GOD sees. No matter who you are, flawed, rough, and having made big mistakes, Jesus is calling you into His Kingdom, and to STAND for The TRUTH in this world.
GOD will make a difference through you.