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“What I Have Written I Have Written”

Because it is Easter, I thought I would share something I just learned as I read the book of John in the New Testament.

When the Jews brought Jesus Christ before Pilate, they wanted Pilate to sentence Him to death.  We all know the story of Pilate’s reluctance to sentence Christ because He could find no fault in Him.  Pilate very famously washed his hands of the matter and allowed the people to carry out the death.

But as the Lord was being crucified, Pilate did something I find interesting.  He wrote the words that hung above Jesus on the cross for all to see.

Here’s how the story goes in  John 19:19-22:

“And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.

20This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.

21Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.

22Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.”

In an unusual way, Pilate had written his testimony and hung it up for all to read.  But his testimony was cowardly because he didn’t live what he knew was true.

I want to write what I believe about Jesus Christ.  But I hope these words will always motivate every action of my life, like Elder Holland says in his beautiful Easter message, not just hang lifeless on a blog…

The things I write here I know through experience, mistakes, prayer, study, and the Holy Ghost.

  • I know that Jesus Christ came into this world as a baby and that His Father was so happy about His birth that he announced it with a new star in the sky.
  • I know that as Jesus grew, He became the man His Father wanted Him to be.  I know that He didn’t give into sin.
  • I know that Jesus loves the little children.  I have felt that love in my own home with my own children.
  • I know that although I can’t understand it, my brother, Jesus atoned for my sins, died, and was resurrected so I could be as well.  I know He did it because He loved me.  I have felt that love, even today as I was looking at a picture of the resurrected Christ.  I can get a tiny glimpse of This love when I think what I would do to help my own sisters and brothers who I know and love.
  • I know that the atonement relieves my pain and sadness as well paying for my pride and sin.
  • I know that being with my family and trying to help others is important.  But the only thing that will give me lasting peace and happiness and now and forever is if I repent and turn my heart to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ on a daily basis.  My personal relationship with Them gives the rest of my life meaning and happiness.
  • I know that I have to seek, search the scriptures, desire, ponder and work to have a relationship with Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father.  But the reward is eternal.
  • I know that because Jesus atoned for my sins, I can make covenants with God.  I know when I actively live these covenants they give me power and bless my life and my children’s life everyday.
  • I am eternally thankful that Jesus Christ is risen!