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10/7 John 18-19

Chapters 18 and 19 deal with the arrest, trial, crucifixion, and death of Jesus.  In chapter 19, Pilate has Jesus beaten and then attempts to release him.  But the Jewish leaders want him dead and refuse to give in.

7The Jews insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.”

8When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, 9and he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10“Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?”

It is interesting that Pilate truly believes that he has all the power and is in total control of the situation.  Suffering from the beating that he received and no doubt in great pain, Jesus does not let pass one last chance to set Pilate straight.

11Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”

12From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jews kept shouting, “If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar.”

In reading this, one would think that John tries to paint Pilate as not all that bad of guy.  Just doing his job, you know.  But in reality Pilate is as much a coward as many of the rulers and leaders are today.

13When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge’s seat at a place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha). 14It was the day of Preparation of Passover Week, about the sixth hour.  “Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews.

15But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!” “Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked.  “We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered. 16Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.

Pilate suffers from what many leaders suffer from today, afraid of  the loud squeaky wheel minority.  The group that yells the loudest gets their way.  I suppose we could be upset that these things happened the way they did, but Jesus himself said this will happen.  By the way I have read ahead a bit and it gets really good tomorrow.  So hang in there.


October 7, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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