This Week’s Power Play and Political Intrigue

This week was filled with so much political intrigue, behind the scenes political maneuvering, political spin, misrepresentations made to the masses by those in power, and politicians covering their tracks that I couldn’t wait to write about it in this week’s commentary.

If you’re reading this paragraph, you must be really curious. All that which I just described did happen this week at the state legislature (it really happens every week). But that’s not what I’m referring to this week. Rather, I’m referring to what happened this week back in 33 A.D.

Human beings have always loved and even coveted power and have always been willing to do what was necessary to preserve their power. Many who hold power in this world do not like the thought that there is a Higher Power to which their powers are subject and to whom they must give an account. And then there are those who do believe there is accountability but temporarily forget and get swept along by those who don’t.

That is what happens in the halls of government everywhere, in our workplaces and, yes, even in our homes and churches, and it is what happened in Jerusalem almost 2,000 years ago.

Jesus was put to death at the hands of those with earthly power who sought to preserve their power and position, but His resurrection is the triumph of the power of God over all other powers!

For me, one of the greatest exchanges in Scripture is the one between Pilate and Jesus found in John 19:10-11:

Pilate: “Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?”

Jesus: “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above.”

I once heard a prominent politician reference that exchange as Jesus blowing off Pilate and demonstrating His lack of real concern about political issues. What a tragic misunderstanding of that exchange; Jesus was putting the politician Pilate in his place by explaining that the very authority that Pilate used to crucify Jesus was given to him by God!

When that thought settles into our heads and our hearts, we come to see how great the lovingkindness of God is toward us. Who among us would allow the power we might hold to be used to bring about our own death for the sake of the very persons who had turned against us?

When I consider this, I can’t help but think of the words I’ve so often sung:

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul.

I concur with the words of the Psalmist (107:43 NKJV): “Whoever is wise will observe these things, And they will understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.”

God, give us a heart of wisdom this Easter that we might learn and experience the height and depth and width of Your lovingkindness.


David Fowler served in the Tennessee state Senate for 12 years before joining FACT as President in 2006. Read David’s complete bio.

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