Then they shouted out, “Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!” Pilate asked, “Shall I crucify your king?” The high priests replied, “We have no king except Caesar!”
John 19:15 NET
Not even the Roman emperor was their king. Their king and god was their own ambition, which led them to deny the God they professed to serve. Who says this are the high priests and not just any Jew. They coordinated the temple service. Religious leaders of God’s people. They make it clear in this moment that God was nothing to them.
When our will conflicts with God’s will, when our vision of the kingdom contradicts the divine purpose, the moment will come when we deny the God we claim to serve.