Behold the Man
December 23, 2011
"Then came Jesus forth wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, behold the man!" John 19:5 KJV
The word behold means to fix the eyes upon; to see with attention; to observe with care. We have before us the account of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Christ was betrayed by Judas and given over to the Roman soldiers. Christ was then led from mock trial to mock trial. He went from the high priest to Herod and Pilate. Pilate said I find no fault in Him. Pilate washed his hands to try to clear himself of the situation. Pilate passed the buck and put it in the hand of Jews on what to do with Christ. Once the crown of thorns and purple robe were put on Christ he came forth before all the Jews. Pilate then proclaimed behold the man. I want us to look at some things to behold about Christ. First let us behold His sinless life. The Bible tells us that Christ fulfilled the law. The law required complete perfection and holiness. No one but our Lord could have met every requirement of the law. He that knew no sin became sin that we might be made righteous. Next let us behold the great love that Christ had. No greater love than a man lay down his life for his friends. Christ died as a substitute for those whom He would save. Oh what love to behold. Lastly I want to behold the great suffering of Christ. He suffered like no other man and He did it for sinful man. Christ was beaten, stripped, scourged for me. Behold the man, sinner. Look unto Him and be saved. Amen!