Jesus went to the cross willingly, according to the will his Father in heaven. His purpose was other-worldly. His purpose was divine and eternal and gracious toward a world which didn’t even know what it was doing. Pilate couldn’t understand why he did what he did…
5 When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!”
6 As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!”
But Pilate answered, “You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.”
7 The Jewish leaders insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.”
8 When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, 9 and he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10 “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?”
11 Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”
They called for his crucifixion, yet Pilate found nothing wrong in Jesus. The Jewish leaders reminded Pilate of the charge and Jewish law. Claiming to be the Son of God is blasphemy which is punishable by death.
Who are you?!? “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus. Pilate couldn’t believe it. The idea that someone would commit this crime is crazy. In Pilate’s world, Caesar was the only one claiming deity status. You just don’t mess with that.
Jesus wouldn’t answer Pilate, at which point he stated the obvious. Your fate is in my hands. I have the power to free you or crucify you… Or not so obvious.
No you don’t. Jesus’ answer reiterated what he already told Pilate. His kingdom isn’t of this world. Jesus is king in eternity.
“You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above.”
Pilate is a pawn in the game. A pawn of Rome. A pawn of Israel. A pawn in the hands of the almighty God who is really and truly moving the chess pieces in Jesus’ death.
Jesus went to the cross willingly, according to the will and power of his Father in heaven. His purpose was other-worldly. His purpose was divine and eternal and gracious toward a world which didn’t even know what it was doing…
All hail King Jesus…