Last week, we considered in summative terms, some significance of Gethsemane, and especially how it applies to us. We saw that it is the place of the press, the place of surrender. You can read about it here.
Tonight we consider Gabbatha.
When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha.
Gabbatha is the Hebrew tongue for the Pavement, which is the place where the Roman seat of Judgment stood. As I contemplated this scene and its significance, I found it steeped deeply in meaning. For on that fateful day, God stood on trial at the Judgment seat of men. The Judge of all the earth was now going to be judged by man. Why?
The Man was going to condemn God before the throne of Man so that in turn God will Justify man before the throne of God. It is the most humbling experience of man, that God allowed himself to be condemned by man, and he did that for the very good of man.
Today, we are beckoned to come boldly to the throne of Grace, but let’s not become conceited as to become arrogant, but rather let’s remember that, it was all God’s initiative bearing with and might I say, putting up with our ignorant arrogance, to the end that in his condemnation, we will find justification.
The Rulers of the day brought him like a transgressor to Pilate, laden with all kinds of accusations albeit falsely and in return he brought us before the throne bearing upon himself the rightful guilt and transgression of us all. In his defeat as it were, laid our truimph.
So as all the dust settled down, we find that God chose the most humiliating position so as to bring man to his highest position, the position of the freely justified.
Man condemned God to death and in turn God justified man unto life. Glory to God.
Romans 3:24-2624 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
Gabbatha. The Seat of Judgment.