John 19:11 No Power

“Jesus answered, You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” John 19:11

Jesus had been arrested and brought to Pilate for a trial. The leaders who brought Jesus in wanted Him to be crucified…killed. Pilate tried to give Jesus a chance. He tried to have Jesus defend Himself, but Jesus did not say anything at all. He tells Jesus that he has the power to free Him or crucify Him. Jesus in turn points out that without God giving him power, he would have none at all.

People everywhere like to express their authority. They like to point out how powerful they are and what they can do. This especially happens when they want to use that power on someone else to get them to do something specific.

When a person expresses this type of power, most people get fearful. They look at the situation and feel they are backed into a corner. Many will back down and do what that person requested out of fear, even if they did nothing wrong.

This can often happen in a workplace for Christian believers. A believer does some witnessing and a supervisor states that he must stop or his job is threatened. Many believers will back down and stay quiet.

What you as a believer must do is first ask God on what to do. Does God want you to back down? If not, do not worry about the power the other person has. All the power any person has is what God has allowed them to have.

Pilate would not have had any power to crucify Jesus unless God had given him that power. The same goes for any person today.

Who do you fear more? The person in an authoritative position in this world? Or God?

Follow God and trust that He has the situation under His control. God may be using you to reach someone. Or He may be using the other position to move you so you can help someone else.

Are you willing to be used by God? Are you willing to trust His authority over all men?

I pray today that you will know that God is in control; that you will not fear what men threaten; that you will do what God wants you to do; and that Jesus will use you to draw many to Him.


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