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!