Thursday, April 21, 2022
11 Jesus was placed before the governor, who questioned him: “Are you the ‘King of the Jews’?”
Jesus said, “If you say so.”
12-14 But when the accusations rained down hot and heavy from the high priests and religious leaders, he said nothing. Pilate asked him, “Do you hear that long list of accusations? Aren’t you going to say something?” Jesus kept silence—not a word from his mouth. The governor was impressed, really impressed.
-Matthew 27:11-14 The Message
Jesus Before Pilate
Verse 11: Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus said, “You have said so.”
Verse 12: But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer.
Verse 12 study: Religious leaders accused Jesus of other crimes than what he was charged with. They arrested him for blasphemy (claiming to be God); it didn’t mean a thing to the Roman government. So religious leaders had to accuse Jesus of crimes that would open the ears of the Roman government. So they came up with crimes like not paying taxes, not paying taxes, claiming to be king, and causing riots. These are not true, but religious leaders were fixed on killing Jesus, so they broke commandments to do so.
Verse 13: Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?”
Verse 14: But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.
Verse 14 study: Jesus’ silence fulfilled the words of the prophet. Pilate was amazed that Jesus didn’t try to defend himself. He did see the apparent plot against Jesus and wanted to let him go, but Pilate was under pressure from Rome to keep the peace in his territory. The last thing he needed was a rebellion over this quiet and seemingly insignificant man.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. -Isaiah 53:7 ESV