The people in this scripture, what they do, and how they respond to the events is like statements made today. It’s not too late, so if this is your statement, change it today.
John 19: 13 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. 14 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! 15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar. 16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.
What a sad final statement from the people chosen by God for the world’s Messiah to come. They were an honored people, a blessed people. To make a statement like we have no king but Caesar is almost unreal. How could the Chief Priest say that? How could the Pharisees say that? These were well-educated leaders of the people who were supposed to lead Israel in the right way. When Pilate asked what he should do with their king they said away with him. Jesus had been beaten and wore a crown of thorns. The only King who could help them stood before them. He had no throne to sit on. He had no royal robes to wear, but the world had never been offered a better King. You have never been offered a better leader. He’s the only King who matters. How could the people say we have no king but Caesar?
How can America make this statement? How can the world? Do they? Do we? Yes! The condition of America depends on the spiritual condition of everyone individually. If you are trying to be your own boss and king or trusting in political leaders you are in effect telling God “I have no king but Caesar.” Your decision of what you do with Christ determines your statement. When you refuse to believe and accept Jesus as Savior and King, it’s exactly what you’re saying “I have no king but Caesar.” The one who rules and guides you is your king.
God’s perfect will was to rule over Israel himself. When the people let him do that they prospered. It was best because it was needed most. What our country needs is not complete trust in a man, an idea or a philosophy. We need God in our life to take care of our soul and put us on the right track. What America needs most is to follow God. One nation under God has never been true of all people, but it has been the aspiration. By and large it has been forsaken as people make themselves their king. We are a nation of sin and vileness as people are so saturated with sin that they don’t know or care what’s right or wrong. As our own king we pad our pocketbooks and say we have no king but Caesar. Things need to change. We are not a king at all. We’re nothing. Israel made mistakes long before this. They served idols. They put their eyes on other nations and yearned to be like the rest of the world with a person as king instead of God.
America has told God we don’t really need you anymore. Many have compromised and sold their soul for what they want and desire. Is America happy? Prosperous? In God we trust is just a saying and phrase on our money. People trust Hollywood. They trust man. We’re more barbaric than we’ve ever been. We claim to be one nation under God but in reality many are saying we have no king but Caesar. We find this thinking in D.C., in Hollywood, in cities and towns all over. The gods of fashion, jobs, music, and things abound. America is not getting anywhere spiritually.
When Israel wanted to choose her own king, God allowed it. They paid for it. We can stick out our chests and say we don’t need the church or the Bible anymore. We’re doing pretty well. Yet God’s name is more profaned than ever. We hear cursing and think nothing of it anymore. “Decent” people do it. Profanity spits on God. We’re in times of uncertainty just like Israel was all because of individual choices in which king we’ll serve. The leaders of Israel said away with the true King. Caesar was never really their king. He was an evil emperor who forced them to do his wishes or lose their lives.
We know how controlled and regulated we are. We don’t have the freedom we used to have. Are we going to stand with America or go with the flow? Will we stand for a nation of the people, by the people and for the people? Will we be a people who trust in God and not politics or a man, or an idea, or the person who looks us back in the mirror? I can’t trust myself to be my king. I can’t trust Hollywood. Get real. Judgment is coming. It’s on us to do the right thing.
Micah 3:9-11 states hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity. They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity. The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the Lord, and say, Is not the Lord among us? none evil can come upon us.
Think of how many sell their soul for a dollar bill. Are you willing to do that to get along with others or get more of this world? The people did evil yet they claimed nothing would hurt them. No evil could come upon them. We cannot say we are invincible. Without God we could be gone before the day is over. With only a move of God’s finger, everything could be gone or vastly different than it is right now. I had a nephew who was popular in high school. He was a star football player who just about had to beat the girls off of him. A car wreck left him near death. He was not expected to live and for a few days his friends hung around. When it appeared that he would survive, people forgot about him. It took him months to recover fully and very few visited. People will forget and forsake us. Make sure your friends are Christian friends. Remember there is a friend—in Jesus—who will never leave us or forsake us.
No person can serve two masters. No person is his own master. We cannot rule ourselves. If you’re not ruled by Jesus, you are ruled by the devil. We are ruled by one or the other. Who is your king? What influences you? What drives you? What satisfies you? What runs your life and obligates your time to the point you do it every day? Your king will be someone (or thing) you seek after, someone (or thing) who rules you, someone (or thing) you love or serve. Life is not all about me, me, me. That’s the same as saying “I have no king but Caesar.”
You have a king—Jesus or the devil. If you accept Jesus as Savior and let him lead and guide you, he is your king. If you refuse him, you are ruled by the prince of darkness with a soul doomed for eternity without God. The King of Kings came to give himself for us so that we can be delivered from our darkness. You’re invited to this King—Jesus. If you accept him and follow him, you can truly say “I have no King but Jesus!”