Trial Before Pilate

Matthew 27:2,11-32, Mark 15:1-5, 11-22, Luke 23:1-16, 18-19, 24-31, John 18:28-40, 19:1-17

John 18:36-37 - Jesus shows such complete confidence under pressure in who he is, his relationship with God and his position and authority under God. I wish I could have some of that confidence. I spend to much time doubting myself and wondering what I ought to believe and stand for. I wonder if God is with me - or more accurately if I'm with God. I feel a little like Pilate in John 18:38, "What is truth?" I want to have Jesus' confidence and security.

Matthew 27:24-25 - I wonder if I had been Pilate what I would have done. It is clear that on some level he was convinced of Jesus' innocence and even tried on more than one occasion to get the crowd to let Him go. I can imagine myself feeling like I cannot let this go on, but hen faced with an angry, vocal mob and religious leaders inciting them, what could I do? If I let him go, the mob may kill him themselves. But to give in to a travesty of justice, one that would end in a man's death seems unthinkable. In the end the symbolic washing of hands and the declaring that it was not my problem anymore would have seemed like an attractive solution, even though it in no way could absolve me of responsibility. It would have felt like I had gotten out from under it, but in reality I could not have. Symbolism over substance.

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I think sometimes when I read scriptures like this, I think, "Well, if I were there..." Really, it is almost impossible to say, because I wasn't there. I think of Peter's reaction, John's reaction, and the sister's reaction, and wonder what I TRULY would have done? I tend to think the same way with, like the Hebrews in Exodus, and all their grumblings and inconsistancies. But realistically, there have been times that I have been unfaithful, or inconsistance, or grumbling, or what have you. I think when I look at these situations, I need to be more merciful!



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