WILL PONTIUS PILATE BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CRUCIFIXION OF CHRIST?
Editor’s Note: I want to take just a moment and elaborate again on how, exactly, I view these Thought Provokers! Their purpose, and my intent!, is to get the reader to go outside their boundaries of comprehension and consider possibilities they may never before have been considered. The concept I present does not necessarily represent my opinion, though quite often it does. The reader’s purpose, if you would, is to contemplate what I present, and, I guess, try to decide whether these ideas may be something they want to re-consider and even adopt as their new opinion on the subject!
On the surface, the answer to this question is a resounding, “Yes, of course he will!” And, there is a good deal of fodder to support that decision: After all, as the Roman Governor he, and only he, had the power to order the Crucifixion of Christ. But, let’s take a quick look at how he handled this power. (These points may or may not be in chronological order.)
First, he washed his hands of the entire matter. He said that this was not a decision for the leaders of the government, but, rather, for the religious leaders. As a follow up to this, he sent Jesus back to the Sanhedrin and to Herod to be dealt with.
Then, he sought Jesus’ release at the hands of the people. Jewish Law said that one “criminal” could be released, and he had the people choose between Jesus and Barabbas. Much to his surprise, and chagrin!, the people chose Barabbas! So, does this exonerate Pilate from the decision he made?
If you read Matthew 27:15-19, where we are told about the offer Pilate made to the people regarding the release of one prisoner, you will find in verse 19 that Pilate received some very special advice from his wife: When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him. I have often pondered on this verse of scripture, wondering why, exactly, God spoke to Pilate’s wife in a manner that would entice her to tell her husband to have nothing to do with “that just man.”
Well – – – do you have your answer yet? WILL PONTIUS PILATE BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CRUCIFIXION OF CHRIST? Before you cast your decision in stone let me share these points with you:
- John the Baptist said: “Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.”
- John the Beloved said: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son…”
- Jesus said: “Father, if there be any way take this cup from Me, but not My will but Thine.”
Knowing who Jesus was, and what He came to earth to do, and that thousands of years of Prophecy were riding on His shoulders, could Pilate have done anything other than Crucify Christ? And, if the answer to that question is “No,” can Pilate be held responsible for Crucifying Christ?
Now that, my friend, is a
REAL Thought Provoker!