“BEHOLD THE MAN”

“And when He was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who Is This?”  All the people in Jerusalem asked concerning Jesus, “Who is this?” and all the world has asked this about Jesus ever since.

Governor Pontius Pilate after arresting Him, had Him beaten half to death.  The soldiers had placed a crown of thorns upon his head and a purple robe over his shoulders, mocking Him.  Pilate told the people, that he could find no fault in Him.  Then Pilate had Jesus brought out before the people and said to them, “Behold the man.”

Some inquiring Greeks came to Philip one day and asked, “Sir, we would see Jesus.”  These Greeks had all the cultural resources of a brilliant civilization, yet they were conscious of a fundamental need and came looking for it in Jesus.

We, our world, with its burdens and sorrows comes looking for hope and guidance.

In the novel, “Street of Knives” dealing with the life of Aaron Burr, Cyril Harris has vividly depicted our need for something to hold on to.  One of the friends of Burr is standing near the front of the boat on which the group of people are making their way down the Mississippi River.  At the moment conditions are most depressing.  Hugh, the illegitimate son of Burr, strolls toward his friend, Blennerhassett and asks, “Have you lost something, Squire?”  Blennerhassett staring down into the water at the side of the bridge, says, “Aye, Hugh that I have.” Hugh asks the squire what he has dropped overboard.  The reply is deeply moving.  “Do you see this handrail?  I am leaning on it and you are. That’s what it is here for, to lean on.  To keep you and me from falling in.  Well, that’s what I’ve lost, handrail.  Something to hold me back when I get too near the edge. It has to be strong and it has to be there.  Men call it God. I’m looking for it.
So are we all. All of us are looking for something or someone to hold us back when we get too near the edge.

May I boldly, declare: that SOMEONE we need  is JESUS. The whole point of the Bible is to reveal to us Jesus.  John states in his writing, “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing  you may have life in his name.”   John 20:31         God is saying thru His sacred writings, BEHOLD THE MAN.

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