Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Project 4:4--Day Three Hundred Twenty-One

Day Three Hundred Twenty-One, Matt. 27, John 18-19, Luke 23, Mark 15

Today we finish up Jesus' trials, as the Jewish leaders are ready to kill Jesus, but they don't have the power to do so themselves.  So they send Him to Pilate, the Roman governor...who's not really sure what to do with Him.  So he sends Him to Herod, the king of Judea.  Herod was curious and welcomed the opportunity to question Jesus, but when Jesus gave him no answer, he sent him back to Pilate.

Jesus' words with Pilate strike me as the most interesting of all that went on in His trial.  Perhaps it's because Pilate is not as familiar with the Jewish law?  Perhaps it's because he's not a believer in Yahweh, and as such, he sees that this man has honestly done nothing wrong?  I get the feeling Pilate is just trying to figure out what all the fuss is about.

Pilate asks if Jesus is a king, because that seems to be the main uproar.  (At least that's what the Jewish folks are saying.)  Jesus asks him, "Is that your own idea, or did others talk to you about me?"  Jesus tells him, "My kingdom is not of this world...my kingdom is from another place."

"So you are a king, then!" says Pilate.

Jesus answered him with, "You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.  Everyone on the side of truth listens to me."

Jesus is making even Pilate aware that He is who He claims to be.  Later when Pilate is questioning Jesus and Jesus does not answer, Pilate seems to threaten Him with, "Don't you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?"

Again Jesus doesn't hesitate to tell him how it is:  "You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above."

In the middle of all this going on, the strangest thing happens.  Pilate receives a message form his wife, saying, "Don't have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him."

That statement right there raises all the questions in the world to me.  What kind of a dream did she have?  How did she suffer in the dream?  How vivid must this dream have been for her to act upon it and send a message to Pilate?  What happened in the dream to convince her that He was innocent?

Regardless of Jesus' authoritative answers and Pilate's wife's request not to have anything to do with Jesus, Pilate can't seem to satisfy the crowd without Jesus' death.  So he gives into the crowd and has Jesus led out to be crucified.

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