The Heart Revolution

The Jews were trying to get rid of Jesus once and for all.  Executions could not be carried out since they were under the jurisdiction of the Romans.  Somehow they had to convince the Roman governor of the region, Pilate, to condemn this innocent Man.  Crucifixion was reserved for the worst of criminals.  Enemies of the empire would be crucified as a way of publicly squelching revolutions.  If you had any notions of leading an insurrection, watching someone hang from a cross would make you think twice.  So the Jews bring three charges related to revolution against Jesus in verse 2:
  1. He was subverting the nation (other versions say, “misleading our nation” (NASB, ESV, etc)
  2. He opposed payment of taxes to Caesar
  3. He claimed to be the Messiah, the King of the Jews.
The first charge was partially true because Jesus, in their view, was misleading the nation of Israel.  Jesus was subverting the traditions of the Pharisees and Jewish leaders.  I’m just not sure that picking grain on the Sabbath qualifies as leading a revolution.  It didn’t matter.  They said what needed to be said to try and convince Pilate to fall for their scheme.  The other two charges were patently false.
Pilate goes along with the request of the Jews and he interrogates Jesus.  He was looking for a way out, though.  He was tired of dealing with these troublesome people and didn’t want to deal with Jesus.  After a brief examination, Pilate finds that Jesus is innocent and decides that he will punish Him and then send Him on His way, just in case He was thinking of insurrection.  For the Jews, though, this will not do!  They bring up the fact that Jesus had come from Galilee and Pilate sees his opportunity.  Herod is the governor of that region and he just happened to be in Jerusalem!  Send Him to Herod and let Herod deal with Him!  It was a classic case of passing the buck.
What Pilate did not understand is that Jesus did indeed come to lead a revolution.  It is a revolution of the heart and soul.  A revolution that has changed the world.  Pilate had a part to play.  He was an accomplice in Jesus’ heart revolution and he didn’t even realize it.  Jesus wants to change the world by changing hearts.  He has entrusted us with continuing the work of the heart revolution.  We must never grow weary of doing good or spreading the Gospel.  The revolution must first take place in our hearts as we surrender to the Messiah King Jesus.  Then we spread the message of heart revolution to others so that the whole world hears and has the opportunity to believe and be born again.

Luke 23:1-7 (NIV)

Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Messiah, a king.”

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.”

But they insisted, “He stirs up the people all over Judea by his teaching. He started in Galilee and has come all the way here.”

On hearing this, Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean. When he learned that Jesus was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time.

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