Jesus Standing Before Pilate

Thursday, April 21, 2022

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Pilate

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

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Jesus before Pilate

Verse 11: Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor questioned Him, saying, “So You are the King of the Jews?” And Jesus said to him, “It is as you say.”

Verse 12: And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He did not offer any answer.

Verse 12 study: When the religious leaders stood before Pilate, they accused Jesus of another crime other than what they wanted to charge him with. They tried to charge Jesus with blasphemy, meaning claiming to be God. This charge wouldn’t mean a thing to the court. So to make charges more interesting to the court, the religious leaders charged Jesus with crimes he didn’t commit, like encouraging people not to pay taxes, claiming to be king, and starting riots. This type of stuff they did showed how desperate the leaders were to want to have Jesus killed, and they broke several commandments to make it happen.

Verse 13: Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they are testifying against You?”

Verse 14: And still, He did not answer him regarding even a single charge, so the governor was incredibly amazed.

Verse 14 study: Isaiah 53:7; Jesus’ silence fulfilled the words of the prophet. Pilate was shocked that he (Jesus) didn’t try to defend himself. Pilate saw a plot against Jesus and wanted to let him go, but Pilate was under pressure from the Rome government to keep the peace in his terrority. The last thing Pilate wanted was rebellion over the quiet and seemingly insignificant man.

Father, I ask myself, how can this happen? But I shouldn’t ask that because you always have your plans, and it is a lot better than me asking how can this happen? So remind me and others that you have your plans and that we always follow along with them. In Jesus’ name. Amen!