Jesus then came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Behold, the Man!” John 19:5.

Today your LORD (יהוה) God (אלהים) says:

Eternal life is in My Son. To have eternal life you must receive it from Him for He obtained it for you and is living forever as true God and true Man. You must be in Him and He must be in you for you to share His life. You must come to Him to receive His life and you can only come if you believe.

You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life. John 5:39-40.

He is the great good Shepherd who gives eternal life to His sheep, that is, those who follow Him, and they shall never perish. John 10:27-28. And how did He give you His followers (His sheep) eternal life? He laid down His life for the sheep. John 10:11. He took all your sins, which are of the flesh, into His own eternal flesh, and paid for the eternal life you lost in Adam with His own precious, pure, eternal blood. By believing in Jesus, you have life in His Name. John 20:31. And Jesus told you, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life.” John 6:47-48.

Salvation has to do with the body that was given for you and the blood that was poured out for you. It all has to do with the Lamb known from the foundation of the world and slain before the foundation of the world. These are the things the prophets foretold and longed for, to see the day of the Son of Man, and into which angels long to search. But no one knows the Son as I do and no one knows Me as He does, and anyone to whom He chooses to reveal Me. I reveal Him and He reveals Me to those who love Me.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me. This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever.” John 6:53-58.

I know people have put many meanings on what it means to eat His flesh and drink His blood and about what it means that He is the bread of life, and it does have many layers and goes very deep and also very high, but I do not make it inaccessible to you, it is really very near you—in your heart and in your mouth for it all has to do with My Word.

“For this commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach. It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?’ Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross the sea for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?’ But the Word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it. Deuteronomy 30:11-14.

Meditating and pondering My Word day and night can be likened to chewing on it, like the cud, and hearing and taking it into your heart as to tasting and eating, and I have instructed you to do so, Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:1-3; Proverbs 4:20-27, and man does not live on bread alone but every Word that proceeds from My mouth, for My Words are life to you and health to all your flesh. But Jesus is My Word made flesh among you, and at the Passover seder the night He was betrayed and then gave His body and blood for you through His sufferings and death, He was very clear as to of what He was saying for you to do: While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:26-28.

And He told YOU to do so in remembrance of Him every time you eat the bread and drink the cup. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26. Every time and many times. When My apostle Paul prolonged teaching My Word with those gathered on the first day of the week, they partook of the breaking of the bread two times in one night when he was preaching My Word. Acts 20:7-11. And they had the joy of seeing a young man who died brought back to life.

Paul shared it wherever he went as you see in his letter to the Corinthian church. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26. He held it in great esteem and high honor and the early believers did as well, going from home to home to break bread together. And every time you do, you proclaim His death until He comes. And as you remember Him, you follow Him and live with Him all that death entailed in the Spirit.

So let us continue the journey in the Eucharist of the hidden manna in the sufferings, death, and resurrection of My Son. Because He lives, you also live.

After the soldiers had mocked Jesus and crowned Him with thorns, they brought Him back to Pilate to deliver Jesus to death. Pilate still had a problem with his conscience and was not ready to give up yet. He reasoned that seeing Jesus in the shocking condition the soldiers had left Him after the scourging and crowning with thorns would evoke pity and compassion in the people for the One that less than a week before they had led on a triumphal ride into the city, laying palm branches and cloaks before Him and crying out “Hosanna in the Highest.” So Pilate came out before the crowd again and said to them, “Behold, I am bringing Him out to you so that you may know that I find no guilt in Him.” Jesus then came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Behold, the Man!” John 19:4.

Again, Pilate pronounced Jesus innocent of all guilt. And He told them to behold Him. Do you remember what Jesus told those who searched for Him after He had fed them, a crowd of well over five thousand, with five loaves and two fish? “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.” John 6:40.

Even bound, beaten, crowned with thorns, and clothed in a purple robe, My Son stood there dignified and peaceful, gentle and humble, filled to overflowing with love as His precious blood dripped down His face from the piercing of the thorns. He was in terrible pain, the weight of all the sins committed from the beginning to the end of time was so heavy a burden it was crushing Him under its weight, but He was determined to carry it for you. He was looking ahead seeing each of you saved and joined with Him at His table in His Kingdom. The heavenly vision of the beauty of each born-again believer based upon His merits impelled Him to go forward with His mission.

For the love of Christ impels us, once we have come to the conviction that one died for all; therefore, all have died. He indeed died for all, so that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for Him who for their sake died and was raised. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15.

Seeing the outer man so marred and spit upon no one there could see all that was taking place in His heart. He would have had to be transfigured for them to know, the veil would have had to have been drawn back.

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18.

Everyone there had another opportunity to acknowledge Him as Lord. But they neglected so great a salvation and instead participated in the murder of My Son for the fleeting security of going with the crowd and their leaders. But that was not a wise choice, nor is it for anyone, it is folly, for the things you see and try so hard to hang onto are temporal and will change but the things of the Spirit are eternal. Earnestly desire spiritual gifts but above all pursue love. Until you know Me and how much I love you, you cannot have the true joy that no one can take from you nor make you back down from.

Pilate knew the right thing to do but for fear of losing his position of authority he did not do it. When you know the right thing to do and do not do it, it is sin. You are going against your conscience which is warning you of acting unwisely and shipwrecking your life. What does a man gain if he gains the whole world but suffers the loss of his soul? Ultimately nothing but torment.

When the chief priests and the officers saw Jesus, they had no pity, in fact they were enjoying finally having the upper hand since His words had so often trumped theirs. They cried out saying, “Crucify, crucify!” Pilate made another effort to wash his hands of the affair, saying to them, “Take Him yourselves and crucify Him, for I find no guilt in Him.” The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and by that law He ought to die because He made Himself out to be the Son of God.” John 19:7.

When Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid. He had a certain amount of respect for the spiritual realm though he did not understand it, but it was more a fear of the demonic than love for goodness. It was a form of fear and dread of evil befalling him which is of the realm of darkness. True love casts out all fear and takes authority and walks in the light.

Pilate entered into the Praetorium again and said to Jesus, “Where are You from?” He was seeking an answer but he was not going to change no matter what Jesus answered. Pilate was double minded.

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. James 1:5-8.

Jesus replied, “I have already told you, and you don’t believe me. The proof is the work I do in my Father’s name. But you don’t believe me because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:25-27.

So Jesus gave him no answer. So Pilate said to Him, “You do not speak to me? Do You not know that I have authority to release You, and I have authority to crucify You?”  Pilate was now frustrated and angry and he was taking offense at Jesus. Didn’t Jesus know who he was? He was the governor and the Jewish leaders had to get his approval to have Jesus put to death. He was amazed that Jesus did not seem to care about getting out of the serious position He was in.

Jesus answered, “You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above; for this reason he who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.” This caused Pilate to reconsider again. But he did not understand, just as no one there really did, of what Jesus was speaking.

Jesus, had an eternal life in the flesh. He was born of the incorruptible seed of My Word as Adam was on the day I created mankind. He had an indestructible life. But just as Adam had murdered and lost the eternal life in himself by sin, so Jesus by taking all your sins into His own sinless flesh had become sin on your behalf and the wages of sin is death—that is the law of sin and death. And having taken in all sin, He had to die.

Because Jesus’ answer worried him that he was interacting with a power beyond his, Pilate made efforts to release Him, but the Jews cried out saying, “If you release this Man, you are no friend of Caesar; everyone who makes himself out to be a king opposes Caesar.”

Pilate heard these words and he panicked. He feared that he would be reported to Caesar as supporting insurrection against the Roman government by releasing Jewish revolutionaries. So, he brought Jesus out, and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called The Pavement, but in Hebrew, Gabbatha. And he said to the Jews, “Behold, your King!” He no longer said “the Man,” but now he called Him a king. And so He is. But the crowd cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him, crucify Him!” Pilate *said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.”

This was a very unwise choice. To choose Caesar over Me and My Son would cause them great heartache, grief, and unnecessary suffering for years to come. Be careful under whose jurisdiction you choose to dwell. Caesar, a mere seventy years later, demolished the city and exiled and scattered the Jewish people, who did not die in the battle, all over the world, and there wherever they would begin to prosper they would be persecuted and killed by other Caesars. Return to Me with all your heart and you will find rest and perfect protection, like the chicks under their mother’s wings. Under My jurisdiction, like Elisha the prophet, you can be attacked by an entire army and have nothing to fear for I am the LORD of hosts and when you call I can send you more than twelve legions of angels. It is time you took advantage of so great a salvation. Jesus is your King.

It seemed the power of darkness had won, so Pilate then handed Jesus over to them to be crucified. He delivered Jesus to their will. But the darkness cannot overcome the Light. A new era of grace was about to dawn. It is always darkest before the dawn. Just keep your eyes on the Word.

We have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts. But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. 2 Peter 1:19-21.

I love you. A people walking in darkness have seen a great light, on those in a land of gloom light has shown. Glory in your land, Elohim. I am your reason to be. I am your eternity. In Me you have peace. Shalom.