On: August 15, 2015 | By: SWLadmin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
So Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “You have said so,” Jesus replied. Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no basis for a charge against this man.”Luke 23:3-4
I was introduced to Pilates exercises when I was training as an opera singer. They included standing in pairs and trying to push each other over. The posture to adopt imagined having stakes in the bottom of you feet, which you drove into the ground to be firmly anchored. Then the one being pushed had to go with the push rather than resist it. The combination of being firmly anchored with a flexible body, meant it was very difficult to be pushed over. This is a good bodily posture for serious singing.
What’s this got to do with our story? The name “Pilate” set my memory running. And the double connection of being firmly rooted (in the good news of Jesus’ saving grace), yet flexible in how we respond to difficult situations (rather than bound by rigid religiosity), seems to throw light on how we can weather the challenges that will inevitably come our way. Firm, yet flexible.
Jesus’s reply to Pilate’s probing question, by turning the question back on the questioner, instantly diffused a very difficult situation. As a result, Pilate immediately dismissed the charge against Him as unsustainable.
If we follow Jesus, we too will be challenged. Our best preparation is to be quite sure of where we stand in Him, so we won’t fall; yet, ready to allow conversations to play out rather than trying to immediately claim the high ground. The latter approach will appear like frosty superiority and only erect barriers; the former will create opportunity to share the good news of Jesus’s love for us.
Lord Jesus, even when the pressure was on, You kept calm; held Your composure. Help me to do likewise. Amen