Power * Glory
the kingdoms of
this world make their Judgement
see what is left of them, though others have always arisen to take their place
Human beings do so much judging.
I found myself wondering last night, did anyone think to offer him food or drink, or something warm to wear ? What happened when he needed to go to the toilet ? Even today in civilised countries, it can be a bit tricky even for someone, 'helping with enquiries' to have space or privacy for urgent personal need.
Through all this time, Jesus referred to himself as 'The Son of Man'. The law, the way of the world persisted in judging him from it's own point of view even where individuals were perhaps more suited to make these judgements - and who was, really, qualified to judge? From the law's point of view the judgement was perfectly right. Whatever Jesus was really saying, it is a fact that his words, his personality, his very being was stirring up people. It was endangering the fragile peace in the middle east - oh - do these words sound familiar ?
Think of Him as a man. The
Son of Man.
And then scourging. Even a
light scourging could and did kill.
We have, each of us, power over others, in the way we treat them we express our worth. Our real worth, value as we are in ourselves. The way we judge others reveals us.
Oddly enough I don't seem to be able to find in the records a verdict of guilty - except on the grounds of blasphemy. Herod was curious and irritable. Pilate was inclined to want to talk more, almost to enjoy Jesus company.. and the people were angry. Their man was being revolutionary rather than a rebel. He took nothing from the Law, but by entering the heart of the Law, and doing it and being it, he transformed it into something that many people just couldn't take. Died perhaps so that the law could live on as it had always been and still is - as a tool of judgement, and not of insight.
When you think about it, the first man Jesus died for was Barabbas. Literally died in his place. And there is another odd thing about that. Bar-Abbas was also called Jesus. Translate Jesus Bar-Abbas name, and you find that he is Jesus, Son-of-the-Father.
What am I getting at here
Okay, the Kingdom and the
Power and the Glory made their judgement, and exist
and all this before the