“We have no king but Caesar” (v15). Pilate put a sign over Jesus’ cross that read “King of the Jews,” though the religious leaders objected. The fact was that Jesus’ rule threatened the authority of every other power on earth: the power of religious leaders, the government, the family, and the individual. Jesus came to save us from our rebellion and to make a way for us to live as we were designed to live – free from sin’s bondage, citizens of His kingdom.
“You would have no authority at all unless it was given to you by above” (v11). Jesus the King gave himself up to humiliation, suffering, and death, because He loves us.