Re: Verse reading–Matthew 26:47-50, 57-66; 27:11-26 (day four)
Jesus had already spent time in prayer before the arrest in the garden. (Matthew 26:36-46) He had once again confirmed with God that He must suffer and die for the sins of the world. It was settled in His mind. He was willing, if it was God’s will. Now, as He faced His accusers, He answered only one question…”are you the King of the Jews?” “It is as you say,” He said. Once He had answered that question, there was no other need to respond. Jesus saw the bigger picture…He would not be distracted by accusations and defenses that would not matter. It was unnerving to Pilate, but Jesus’ eyes were on the cross. Where are your eyes? Are you singularly focused on the will of God? Is it settled in your mind what God wants of you? Don’t be distracted…pray, discern, and then obey!