No King but Caesar

“Again, they continued screaming, ‘Take him up! Take him up! Crucify him!’ Pilate said to them, ‘Shall I crucify your King?’ And the chief priests answered, ‘We do not have a King except for Ceasar!’” (John 19:15)   Those final words, “we have no king but Ceasar,” would be scandalous were individuals had spoken them… Read More

Checkmate!

“From then, Pilate sought to release him, but the Jews screamed and said, ‘If you release this one, you are not devoted to Caesar — the one who make himself king works in opposition to Caesar!’” (John 19:12)   Were this trial a chess match, here would be the move that would lead Pilate into… Read More

King of the Jews… An Earthly or Divine King?

“Yet there is a custom with regard to you that I should release one to you during the Passover. Do you desire that I release to you the King of the Jews?” (John 18:39)   There is a lot of overlap between the different Gospel accounts at this point in the trial, each Gospel writer… Read More

The Path of Least Resistance

“Finding out that he was under Herod’s authority, he sent him to Herod — who was himself in Jerusalem on that day.” (Luke 23:7)   We have already alluded to this transition, but it should be noted that Luke, always interested in grounding his Gospel in historical events and names recognized by the Roman people,… Read More