Posts Tagged ‘Jesus before Pilate’

John 18:33-40 For This Purpose

He wore both crowns with honor

Jesus is still before Pilate in our reading today. I wonder where “the other disciple” is at this point in time. Could he have been following along with Jesus? That would explain the increased amount of dialogue we have from John concerning Pilate’s questioning of Jesus. But the Holy Spirit could have just as easily have provided this information.

After questioning the religious leaders about why they brought Jesus to him, Pilate called Jesus into his headquarters for a private discussion. The religious leaders would not come in because they needed to remain clean to eat the Passover supper. They wanted Jesus dead but they weren’t willing to risk their own “holiness” in order to accomplish the task. Leave the dirty work to someone else. Did they really think they would escape their guilt this way?! They may not have carried the Read more »

John 18:28-32 Expecting The Rubber Stamp

Pilate wasn’t the push over they expected

We join Jesus as He is brought before Pilate that fateful morning. Jesus is brought to Pilate expecting him to treat Jesus as cruelly as possible. They expected Pilate to “rubber stamp” their verdict of death. They planned on Pilate carrying out what they were unable to do; crucify Jesus.

I have been searching the web for information on Pilate and his character. What I have found leaves me a little curious. I had heard that Pilate was a cruel and ruthless ruler. He is reported to have been quick to judgement and sentenced many to death without evidence of wrong doing. Is this reputation what the Jews were counting on to get their way? He is also reported to have antagonized the Jewish leaders by bringing in “idols” or symbols of the Roman Empire. I wonder if his antagonism is a result of his confrontation with the Jews over Jesus. Read more »

Luke 23:1-8 An Unwilling Participant

Choose wisely which path to follow

We join Jesus before Pilate today. He was brought here from the council of the Sanhedrin. They had just rubber stamped the “trial” from the night before. They wanted the Romans to carry out sentence on Jesus, so here we stand, in front of Pilate.

We looked at this scene in Matthew and Mark’s gospels too. We will visit it one more time in John’s gospel. In Matthew we put ourselves in the scene at Jesus’ trial before Pilate. In Mark we looked at the illegality of this portion of Jesus trial and commented on the fact that Pilate was amazed by Jesus’ composure. I honestly don’t know where to go with our study today, so I’m simply going to talk about some of the phrases that I find interesting in Luke’s account. We will let God lead us from there, as He so often does. Read more »

Mark 15:1-5 Pilate Was Amazed

Caiaphas' words only contained lies

Caiaphas’ words only contained lies

We are continuing on with Jesus in His progression of trials. Two days ago we looked at all the illegal happenings in His trial. As we leave Caiaphas’ home we will touch on a couple more illegal points.

Before we jump into Mark’s account I want to point you back to Matthew’s. We looked at this scene in the blog titled “Jesus Trial Before Pilate.” In that account we put ourselves in the story again. Feel free to go back and check it out. Read more »

Matthew 27:1-2 & 11-14 Jesus Trial Before Pilate

Are You the King of the Jews?

Are You the King of the Jews?

We join Jesus today in our reading as He is brought before Pilate, after His “trial” before the High Priest and Sanhedrin. Matthew breaks up the narrative of this portion of Jesus’ “trials” by placing the story of Judas in the middle of it. We will look at what became of Judas tomorrow and take both sides of Jesus’ Pilate sandwich today. We will not finish with Pilate’s involvement with Jesus, just Pilate’s examination of Him.

At the palace of Caiaphas the rooster has just crowed. This simple ordinary every day event held significance for many this day. The first is the sign that Peter was promised. The sound brought Peter up short when he heard it because Jesus had told him that he would deny Jesus three times before the rooster crowed. The second is the end of trial part 1. Read more »