In John 19:14, Pilate presents Jesus to the Jews and he tells them, “Behold your King!” Of course they don’t see Him as their King at all; they miss who Jesus is completely… But, beholding Him is exactly what they needed to do… Beholding Jesus is what we all need to do… You see, their problem was that they were not looking at Jesus rightly. When they saw Him, they saw a mere man; they didn’t look upon Him with eyes of faith… Of course, it takes a work of God in our lives to look upon Jesus rightly, by faith. But that’s what God, in His grace does: The, “God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ [shines] in our hearts [and gives us] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6 ESV). He enables us to see Jesus rightly; by faith we see the glory and the beauty of God in Jesus, and then we joyfully repent and believe, because we’ve seen the glory of the King… Through the power of the Holy Spirit we believe the gospel as revealed in God’s Word, we see Jesus in His glory through God’s Word, we behold our King and we are saved…

But, this isn’t only true of saving faith, but also of the daily faith we need to live the Christian life… If we are going to rightly live the Christian life we must behold our King in His glory again and again. The old Puritan, John Owen, once noted: “Some complain of their sad spiritual state. Some make great self-efforts to revive their souls, such as imposing on themselves many religious duties. But if they would only behold the glory of Christ by faith as he is revealed to us in the Scriptures they would be healed…”[1]And what He was getting at was that as we behold Jesus in His glory, our love for Him and delight in Him will grow, and our problems and preoccupations with this world will fade… As we love Jesus more we love sin and the world less. And we love Him more by beholding rightly more and more…

So as that old hymn says, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus; look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace…” Behold your King!!!

I am nothing; Christ is all!

Pastor Nick

[1]John Owen, The Glory of Christ (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 2009), 112.