by Robert Brock

Pilate Resorts to a Custom

Matthew 27:21-26

“Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified,” Matthew 27:22.

Pilate was not in charge. God had allowed the Pharisees to back him into a corner and force his hand. After Lazarus’ resurrection, the Jewish leaders met. “If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation” (John 11:48). Pilate proclaimed Jesus innocent several times and asked the Jews whether or not they wanted him to release their king. The Jews sprung their trap; He says He is king. If you release Him, you are no friend of Caesar’s.

In spite of the Jews’ vindictive plan, Pilate proclaimed under Roman law that Jesus of Nazareth was the King of the Jews and had that statement nailed to His cross. Pilate had asked Jesus whether He really was the King of the Jews, and Jesus had responded “To this end was I born” (John 18:37). The Pharisees pleaded for the release of a thief named Barabbas and the crucifixion of Jesus.

Even though Jesus was promised in Genesis 49:10, the Jewish religious leaders willingly gave him up to be crucified. The Jews wanted to protect their plush positions granted them by Caesar to rule the people and keep down riots.

The Pharisees paid the soldiers to spread a rumor that Jesus’ disci-ples carried away His body and hid it. Jesus raised many believers and sent them to town wrapped in grave clothes, implying to the religious leaders: “What are you going to do about this?”

THOUGHT: God springs His trap on His enemy in His own time.

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