From a legal standpoint, the Jews did everything possibly that they could wrong! They had no charge, no authority and no real reason to arrest, prosecute or kill Jesus. They performed their own hearing to no avail, they took him to the Governor, Pilate—who had no desire to appease or involve himself with this religious fight, none the less Jesus was completing his mission– so he withstood the ridiculous farce and simply spoke truth. Each time he did—it left his opponents in a bind.
We can look at the quiet sacrifice Jesus made and at every juncture, see his authority. Whether he was speaking to the guard or the Governor, Jesus was confident and truly in control. He was perfect, He was complete and He was God. Had he grown tired of the charade, he could have called a legion of angels to rescue him and wipe out the opposition.
Fear not, Jesus would die, as prophecy said he would. But, God, the father, had to make clear the fact that no one took the Savior’s life, he gave it willingly. That is how it had to be. We are without hope outside of Christ’s sacrifice. This circus was a great illustration of the entire point—men cannot save themselves.
Their best efforts are a car wreck. The only way any man will ever be truly free—is to submit to God’s authority and accept his very obvious and gracious gift of salvation. Pilate asked—What is truth? The truth is that we are loved and redeemed by a wonderful, wise and risen Savior and King. Thank You, Lord, that you put up with men’s inadequacy to give them eternal life.
God Bless You
Annas interrogated Jesus regarding his disciples and his teaching. Jesus answered, “I’ve spoken openly in public. I’ve taught regularly in meeting places and the Temple, where the Jews all come together. Everything has been out in the open. I’ve said nothing in secret. So why are you treating me like a conspirator? Question those who have been listening to me. They know well what I have said. My teachings have all been aboveboard.”
22 When he said this, one of the policemen standing there slapped Jesus across the face, saying, “How dare you speak to the Chief Priest like that!”
23 Jesus replied, “If I’ve said something wrong, prove it. But if I’ve spoken the plain truth, why this slapping around?”
24 Then Annas sent him, still tied up, to the Chief Priest Caiaphas….Ciaphas sent Jesus to Pilate… Pilate went back into the palace and called for Jesus. He said, “Are you the ‘King of the Jews’?”
34 Jesus answered, “Are you saying this on your own, or did others tell you this about me?”
35 Pilate said, “Do I look like a Jew? Your people and your high priests turned you over to me. What did you do?”
36 “My kingdom,” said Jesus, “doesn’t consist of what you see around you. If it did, my followers would fight so that I wouldn’t be handed over to the Jews. But I’m not that kind of king, not the world’s kind of king.”
37 Then Pilate said, “So, are you a king or not?”
Jesus answered, “You tell me. Because I am King, I was born and entered the world so that I could witness to the truth. Everyone who cares for truth, who has any feeling for the truth, recognizes my voice.”
38-39 Pilate said, “What is truth?”
Then he went back out to the Jews and told them, “I find nothing wrong in this man. It’s your custom that I pardon one prisoner at Passover. Do you want me to pardon the ‘King of the Jews’?”