Behold the Man

Anyone would be well-served to take a sober look at the man, Christ Jesus.

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John 19:5 – Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!

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The songwriter penned the words to a powerful song, “Behold the Lamb; behold the Lamb; slain from the foundation of the world.”  That was both a beautiful and powerful message in song.  But today I encourage you to “behold the man.”  When this statement was made by Pilate, Jesus stood before the crowd having been beaten, scourged, smitten in the face, having on a purple robe that was already being soaked with His blood from the wounds placed on Him by the scourging, and wearing the crown of thorns.  He stood there without a word, already having been questioned by Pilate, and after Pilate had said that he found “no fault” in Jesus.  He stood there as a “lamb” ready for the slaughter, but He would soon be raised up as the “Lion of Judah” with a roar that would shake the nations.  So, once again I say to you, behold the man.

Behold the man, Christ Jesus, Anointed One.  Born to a virgin, reared in a carpenter’s home, trained in the trade of carpentry, which in His day, was so much more than simply working with wood.  By age 12, He was confounding doctors and temple officials in Jerusalem.  Imagine the first 30 years of His life, immersed in the Jewish culture and religious training, having a custom of being in either the synagogue or temple on the Sabbath, where by the time He was 30, He would be called upon to stand and read.  Imagine this man, knowing who He was and what He was called to do coming to John to be baptized near Jordan.  And after that baptism, being filled with Holy Ghost and having that baptism attended in manifest form by Jehovah God Who spoke and said so others could hear, “Behold My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased.”

At that point we arrive to what is surely the most eventful three-year span of time for any man, and again I say, behold the man.  This man, who was indeed, at that time, the only begotten Son of God, did the most marvelous things, not as God, but as a prophet under the law of Moses, having emptied Himself of all divine privilege.  He healed the sick of every conceivable disease, He opened blind eyes, unstopped deaf ears, caused the mute to speak, cleansed lepers, raised the dead, walked on water, turned water to wine, performed miracles of multiplicative provision, and more.  Then He yielded Himself unto the death of the cross, became obedient to death, and gave Himself a ransom for our complete redemption.  And behold the man, who having done all that, was raised from the dead to become King of kings and Lord of lords.  His Name is Jesus, and He, the man Christ Jesus, ever lives to make intercession for us according to the will of our Father.  Behold the Man! 

Manna for Today – John 19:1-15

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