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

Crucify! Crucify!

“Thus, when they saw him, the chief priests and the assistants screamed out, ‘Crucify! Crucify!’ Pilate said, ‘Take him yourself and crucify, for I find no cause in him.’” (John 19:6) Pilate is playing a dangerous political game with the Jews at this point. On one level, his contempt for being manipulated by these Jewish… Read More

Jesus in the Praetorium

“Then the governor’s soldiers took jurisdiction over him and brought him to the Praetorium where the whole Cohort was gathered.” (Matthew 27:27)   “But the soldiers led him inside of the courtyard, that is the Praetorium, and they gathered the whole Cohort together.” (Mark 15:16)   What strikes me about this passage is the number… Read More

Christians on the Sidelines

“Then he released Barabbas to them and scourging Jesus, he delivered him over that he should be crucified.” (Matthew 27:26)   “But Pilate, wanting to make the crowd satisfied, released Barabbas to them, and delivered Jesus to be scourged in order that he should be crucified.” (Mark 15:15)   “And Pilate had come to the… Read More

Washing Hands

“But when Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing but it was rather becoming an uproar, he took hold of water and washed his hands against the crowd, saying, ‘I am innocent of this one’s blood; see to it yourself.’” (Matthew 27:24)   As I write this, I am grieved by the events that are… Read More

Injustice Done

“But he said, ‘What evil has he done?’ But they screamed with more intensity, saying, “He should be crucified!’” (Matthew 27:23)   “Pilate said to them, ‘What evil has he done?’ But they screamed with more intensity, saying, ‘Crucify him!’” (Mark 15:14)   “And for the third time he said to them, ‘What evil has… Read More

Hills to Die On

“Pilate said to them, ‘Then what am I to do with Jesus whom is called Christ?’ And they all said, ‘He shall be crucified!’” (Matthew 27:22)   “And then Pilate again asked them saying, ‘What then do you wish for me to do with the one called King of the Jews?’ But they again shouted… Read More

To God be the Glory…Not to Man

“Now, when they were gathered, Pilate said to them, ‘Which would you desire that I should release to you, Jesus Barabbas or Jesus who is called Christ?” For he knew that it was from jealousy that they delivered him.” (Matthew 27:17-18) “And Pilate asked them saying, ‘Do you desire that I should release the King… Read More

To God be the Glory…not to Man

“Now, when they were gathered, Pilate said to them, ‘Which would you desire that I should release to you, Jesus Barabbas or Jesus who is called Christ?” For he knew that it was from jealousy that they delivered him.” (Matthew 27:17-18)   “And Pilate asked them saying, ‘Do you desire that I should release the… 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

See No Evil…

  1/20/14 “And Pilate said to him, ‘What is truth?’ After this he went out again to the Jews and said to them, ‘I find no grounds for a charge in him.’” (John 18:38)   “Pilate then summoned the chief priests and the leaders and the people, saying to them, ‘You brought me this man… Read More

What is Truth?

“And Pilate said to him, ‘What is truth?’ After this he went out again to the Jews and said to them, ‘I find no grounds for a charge in him.’” (John 18:38)   Pilate’s iconic statement, “What is Truth?” is one that not only sets the context of his Roman culture, but speaks across the… Read More

Jesus’ Kingdom…

“Pilate replied, ‘Am I a Jew? Your people and the chief priests have delivered you to me — what did you do?’ Jesus answered, ‘My Kingdom is not of this world. If my Kingdom were of this world, my subordinates would strive in order that I not be delivered over to the Jews. But at… Read More

Friendship with the World

“And there grew a brotherly love for each other between Pilate and Herod on that day. Prior to then, they had enmity toward one another.” (Luke 23:12)   Friendship probably is not adequate here. History has shown that oftentimes politics makes for strange bedfellows, and indeed, there are few stranger than this. The Galileans, over… Read More

Marvelling at Christ

“Then Pilate said to him, ‘Don’t you hear all of the things of which they are accusing you?’ Yet, he gave no answer to him, not even to one word, to the point that the Governor was quite amazed.” (Matthew 27:13-14) “And Pilate again asked him, saying, ‘Will you not answer? Look how many charges… Read More

Our God is an Awesome God

“But they were persistent, saying, ‘He disturbs the people, teaching through the whole of Judea — starting in Galilee but even here.’ When Pilate heard this, he asked if the man was Galilean.” (Luke 23:5-6)   Those Galileans were always stirring up trouble for the Roman leaders. This is something that the Priests knew and… Read More

No Basis for a Charge…

“And Pilate said to the chief priests and to the crowds, ‘I find no basis for a charge in this man.’” (Luke 23:4) As I read this, I can almost envision Pilate in his frustration kind of thinking to himself, “What now? Here I am, woken up early, trying to get some breakfast, and I… Read More

King of the Jews

“And Jesus was placed before the Governor and the Governor inquired of him, saying, ‘Are you the king of the Jews?’ But Jesus said, ‘You say so.’” (Matthew 27:11)   “And Pilate asked him, ‘Are you the king of the Jews?’ But he answered him saying, ‘You say so.’” (Mark 15:2)   “And Pilate questioned… Read More

Politics…

“Thus Pilate went out to them and said, ‘What charge do you bring against this man?” (John 18:29)   Interestingly, John is the only one of the four Gospel writers that records this question from Pilate. The other evangelists simply record the Jews coming to Pilate and accusing Jesus, but John inserts the proper protocol… Read More