Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.” Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written” (John 19:19-22 NIV).
Pilate was not an authority in the Jewish religion. But he insisted on writing a provocative statement, incensing Jewish authorities. Those protesting were not ordinary men, but Chief Priests, assuming to protect the values of the Jewish religion. Pilate even demanded that the sign be written in three major languages, for everyone not be mistaken for the Man being crucified.
“For it is written: ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.’ Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God, the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.
Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength” (1 Corinthians 1:21-25 NIV).
This blog does not produce what is acceptable to Christian authorities. I suppose it is assumed to be authored by a Christian renegade. Like the Chief Priests, embarrassed by Pilate’s inscription, Christian leaders may feel embarrassed, being challenged by an uneducated fellow. Like the Chief Priests, they behave without knowing what they would be doing.
Authority is glamorous but very deceptive. Scriptures like Matthew 18:1-6 are highly inflammatory to authoritarians, supposing Jesus was out of His mind when teaching those words. Paul surmised that such things were deliberately designed to confound the wise. “God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.” When rejected by authoritarians, one feels discouraged. Yet being rejected should make one feel encouraged.
Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let him who boasts boast in the Lord’” (1 Corinthians 1:26-31 NIV).
One wishes authoritarians could come out of their slumber and see God’s power, interpreted as weakness. However, just as it was impossible for the Chief Priest, it is impossible for authoritarians to see the truth. It takes God’s miracle to open their eyes. Otherwise, they ridicule; rather than take cognizance of God’s truth.
The one who knows; knows that he knows; but how does he convince those invalidating him? Paul revealed God as one who calls so that the messenger does not have to feel guilty when denounced. No one can show anyone, the exciting revelations, unless God opens that person’s eyes, as Jesus stated:
Jesus said, “For judgment, I have come into this world so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?” Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains” (John 9:39-41 NIV).
All problems of humanity need addressing through a spiritual perspective. The deception of humanity is physically induced. Those protesting against Jesus’ inference that they were blind were physically convinced, of not being blind. They could not perceive their Spiritual blindness.
They were completely oblivious to spiritual blindness, through the avenues of pride. Short of God’s miracle, it is impossible for theologians, to ever appreciate what comes from uneducated people.
What is even more amazing is that some of those uneducated people, actively defending authoritarians, are willing to commit murder on their behalf. They presume God would be pleased with their actions, defending those authoritarians. They project this without Scriptural support but being an aberration, condemning such people.
Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. “I have spoken openly to the world,” Jesus replied. “I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret. Why question me? Ask those who heard me. Surely they know what I said.” When Jesus said this, one of the officials nearby struck him in the face. “Is this the way you answer the high priest?” he demanded (John 18:19-22 NIV).
Protocol demands respecting high-ranking officials. There was nothing unusual about the official who struck Jesus in the face, but being terribly wrong. The accused man represented the Creator of the universe. In that official’s mind, the high priest represented God. The man was angry, on behalf of the high priest.