ecce homo | John 19.4-5
Pilate went out again and said to them, “See, I am bringing him out to you that you may know that I find no guilt in him.” So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Behold the man!” John 19.4-5 | ESV
Pilate then stepped outside again before the waiting religious assemblage, with this pronouncement: “Look, we’re done here. I’m bringing him back out to you so there can be no doubt about it: I find him not guilty.” Out Jesus came, a humiliating specter still with the thorny crown and mock royal robe draped over his raw, bleeding back. “Here he is – the man – take a good look.” MAV (Mike’s Amplified Version)
Your turn today. Do just what Pilate says: Behold the man. Use the space below and jot down what you see as you take a good look at Jesus. Reflect on everything you have seen in this passion narrative so far. What do you see as you “behold the man” today? Write down what you hear, see, and sense. Write down what he says to you. Or just sit in silence at his feet.
How do you reconcile divine purpose and sovereignty with the unpredictable movements of human will and initiative? Does this tension bring you comfort or just leave you with a theological headache?
Abba, when my heart gets trashed by yet another heart-rending human drama, help me to trust – and to wait for – the divine movement in the midst of it. Through Christ.