April 1, 2021

white concrete statue depicting Jesus on the cross under blue sky during daytime - Photo by Wim van 't Einde on Unsplash

John 19:5–6 (King James Version)
And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man! When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.

PASTOR’S COMMENTARY

If the evidence that led up to Jesus being crucified were presented in a court of law today, He would have been set free. The accusations against Jesus were not only false, but the trial was illegal.

The Roman-appointed governor over Judea, Pilate, understood that the religious leaders’ motives were political. But he also knew that his political future was at stake. So, Pilate made a decision that was in his best personal interest.

But, after being warned by his wife and to ease his conscience, Pilate did three things to demonstrate Jesus’ innocence. First, Pilate called for a bowl of water and washed his hands. Secondly, Pilate made a public statement that he found no fault in Jesus. Pilate's third action was designed to embarrass the Jewish religious leaders. But what the governor did was an undeniable truth.

All those who were crucified by the Roman government would have a plaque placed above their heads that listed the crime for their execution. Pilate placed the words, Jesus Christ King Of The Jews in several languages on the Cross above Jesus’ head.

As we approach Resurrection Sunday, let’s celebrate with joy. He is not only the King of the Jews but King of kings. Despite all the difficulties of the last 13 months, I find no fault in Him – do you?