Bible Journaling, Bible Study

Am I a Pilate?

As I begin a week of reflecting on the death, burial, and resurrection of our Savior, I ponder Pilate.

His words in Matthew 27:22-23 (ESV) resonate with my heart. 

“Pilate said to them, ‘Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?’ They all said, ‘Let him be crucified!’ And he said, ‘Why? What evil has he done?’ But they shouted all the more, ‘Let him be crucified!’ “

This is just one of the six times in scripture Pilate declared Jesus innocent and wanted to release him. Six times! Even the thief on the cross declared, “And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.”

Jesus was innocent of any and all crime. Pilate knew this, in Mark 14:55, we learn even the council and the chief priests could find no reason to put Jesus to death.

The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any.” Mark 15:55 (NIV)

Six times Pilate allowed the chants of the very people who celebrated the arrival of Jesus one week earlier, who now yelled “crucify him!” to override his better judgment.

How often do I do that in this life? How many times have I felt a conviction in my heart and allowed the views of others to influence me?

I know that the death, burial, and crucifixion of Jesus was an act of incomprehensible love from Our Father. I know it was the plan, but I still ask myself, “would you have supported Jesus’s release? Or would you have gone with the crowd?”

What about you my friend? What would you have done?


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9 thoughts on “Am I a Pilate?”

  1. That’s a good question we all need to ask ourselves in various circumstances when we find ourselves not speaking up when we know we are being led by the Spirit to proclaim Jesus. Our silence can be denial. Thanks for this thoughtful post!

  2. Dear Tonya

    The story of Pilate has so many perspectives we can learn from.

    It’s scare, as you mentioned in this blog post that these were the same people who adored Jesus Christ a few days before.

    Most of the time we know what’s right and wrong, but it’s not always easy to stay true to the correct beliefs.

    It’s difficult to say what I would have done; but I believe I’d have followed the crowd, we do most of the time, don’t we?

    God bless,
    Edna Davidsen.

  3. Such a great point here! We all have to be mindful not to follow the crowd- even when that crowd is filled with people who seem religious, who look like do-gooders, who seem like they should know what is right. We should always pray & seek discernment for ourselves. Thanks for this!

  4. A great lesson in political expediency. He thought he was doing something that would enhance his rule. It destroyed him. Choosing not to follow destroys us too. Nice reminder. Thanks. God bless! Happy Easter!

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