Found Righteous But Delivered To Be Crucified
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 10 April 2017
6 When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him. 7 The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God. 8 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid; 9 And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? 11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. 12 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar. 13 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. 14 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! 15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar. 16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.
24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
he sight of the scourged and humiliated Jesus did not change the heart of the unjust mob. They began to crave for His death. “They cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him.” Pilate’s reply to that crowd was equally gruesome. He said, “Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.” Crucifixion was a humiliating death, reserved for criminals, slaves, and especially political rebels. How could such a punishment be served to a guiltless Person? So the Jewish leaders gave Pilate their real reason: “We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God” (cf. Lev. 24:16). They totally defied the truth that Jesus is the Son of God, though His words and deeds had proved His claim.
Pilate’s response was one of fear. Perhaps the truth about Jesus began to trouble his conscience. So he went back to Jesus and asked where He came from. Jesus did not reply (cf. Isa 53:7). Disturbed by Jesus’ silence, he demanded an answer, saying that he had the power to release or crucify Him. Jesus denied his demand by saying that the ultimate authority is with God and he had no power of his own. Pilate had not rightly used his power, nonetheless Jesus was assured that even his cruelty was of the Father’s will. Then Jesus told him that the one who handed Him over to him was guilty of a greater sin. None is free from the responsibility of his action. Nonetheless if God would permit His crucifixion, Jesus was ready to take it as from the Father.
Pilate, probably under conviction, wanted to free Jesus, but the Jews now changed their tactic. To let Jesus go free, they argued, would be disloyalty to Caesar. To resolve the dilemma, Pilate sat on his judgment throne, and delivered Him to be crucified.
From the human standpoint, the trial of Jesus was the greatest crime and tragedy in history. From the divine viewpoint, it was the fulfillment of prophecy and the accomplishment of the will of God.
When I suffer for righteousness’ sake, may I find strength in You, my Righteous Saviour.