The chief priests of the Jews and the crowd are shouting demands to crucify Jesus. Pilate asks Jesus “where do you come from?” But Jesus doesn’t answer. Pilate says, “Do you refuse to speak to me? Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?” Jesus answers, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above.”(John 19:10-11) From this conversation we learn that Jesus is crucifies upon His own will. If it’s not His will, no one on earth could have forced him. Jesus is the Son of God. He is the Lamb without blemish or defect, and yet He carries His cross all the way to Golgotha for our sins. Pilate writes a notice that is to be fastened to the cross in three languages “JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.” But the chief priests of the Jews protest, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.”(John 19: 19-21) People in this world hate Jesus; people despise and humiliate Him. Yet, “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent.”
Jesus, God’s son, came to the earth Himself, suffered great agony, paid the highest price for our souls. Today, we “offer [our] bodies as a living sacrifice … this is [our] true and proper worship.” (Romans 12:1) It is our privilege and glory that God allows us to serve Him. God doesn’t need our services; angels can definitely serve better than us, and yet God gives us the chance to serve Him. Thus, don’t serve Him with reluctance or gloom; don’t consider it an inconvenience or think that you are doing God a favor. There’s no need of your service. If we truly understand how mighty and glorious God is, we would kneel before Him or even craw to Him just to beg for a chance to serve Him.
In Exodus, God went before His people in a pillar of cloud to guide them. This cloud is the Shekinah Glory. When the cloud moves, God’s people follow; when the cloud stops, they camps. Now God has sent the Holy Spirit to live in us. The Holy Spirit is like the cloud; It leads us to understand God’s will. So, we have to obey what the Holy Spirit says to us. The more we obey the Holy Spirit, the more sensitive we are to His voice. If we often ignore the work of the Holy Spirit, our heart will become hard, like the heart of Pharaoh, and we will lose our ability to respond to the voice of the Holy Spirit. If the Holy Spirit speaks to you, asking you to love and serve God, do it now! Not tomorrow. Not next week. Not any time in the future. Now!