"Ecce Homo!" --Behold the Man!
Early the next morning Jesus was led to Pilate and
charged with Treason against the Emperor in asserting Himself a King. His
accusers were the foremost Jews. Pilate realized the malice of the charge,
to secure the death of an inoffensive person. Learning that Jesus was from
Galilee, he sought to rid himself of the responsibility by sending Him to
King Herod. But Herod would have nothing to do with Jesus. He had heard of
His miracles, and feared. After Herod's soldiers had mocked Jesus, He was
returned to Pilate. His accusers insisted that if Pilate should let Him
go, that would prove disloyalty to the Roman Emperor.
Pilate sought to release Jesus, and to satisfy the
clamor, ordered Him to be scourged. But this did not satisfy the mob,
which cried, "Crucify Him!" Finally, Pilate, placing Jesus
prominently, exclaimed, "Ecce Homo!"--Behold the Man! You have
no other Jew His equal! Would you crucify Him? The mob cried the more
persistently, "Crucify Him!" Nothing is more heart-hardening
than religious errors.
Jesus was not the mob's ideal of a king. Had He been
coarse, vulgar, a boaster, He would have been more nearly their ideal of a
person likely to lift their nation from under the Roman yoke, and to
become conqueror, like Alexander the Great. The world looks with a measure
of reverence upon Jesus, but still He is far from the human ideal. Neither
are the footstep followers of Jesus the world's ideals. They with Jesus
are counted peculiar. As St. John wrote, "As He is, so are we, in
this world"--despised as respects human ideals.
Humanity fails to realize that God's purpose in Christ
and His followers has been to prepare them by meekness, gentleness,
patience, long-suffering and love for the glorious work of Messiah's
Kingdom, to bless all mankind. Present experiences are necessary, the
Bible declares, that this Royal Priesthood may be, later on, a sympathetic
Priesthood in respect to mankind.--Hebrews 2:10;3:1;5:8-10;12:11.
--Behold The Man
Crucify Him! Crucify Him!