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Not Guilty... Again - John 19:4

Again Pilate came out and said to the Jewish leaders, "Look! I am bringing Jesus out to you. I want you to know that I find nothing I can charge against him." (ERV) Full Text

Key Thought

Pilate knows the truth, but can't bring himself to live by it! Jesus is innocent. He says it again and again. Only problem is, he won't live up to what he knows is true. For Christians, Pilate is a hideous and weak ruler, catering to the will of the mob rather than his conscience. Yet before we rake Pilate over the coals, let's be honest with ourselves about all the times we have not lived up to what we knew was right, honest, true, or honorable because we didn't want to go against the will of the crowd around us. God forgive us and indwelling Holy Spirit help us to be more courageous in the future.


Today's Prayer

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Forgive me, dear LORD my heavenly Father! I still struggle with knowing how to be courteous and not caving in to the pressures around me to conform to a worldly standard rather than living out my faith. Please give me courage, wisdom, and a proper sense of timing to live with integrity and grace wherever your path for me may lead. In Jesus' name. Amen.


Today's Verses in Context


Then Pilate ordered that Jesus be taken away and be whipped. The soldiers used some thorny branches to make a crown. They put this crown of thorns on Jesus' head. Then the soldiers put a purple robe around Jesus. The soldiers came to Jesus many times and said, "Hello, O king of the Jews!" They hit Jesus in the face. Again Pilate came out and said to the Jewish leaders, "Look! I am bringing Jesus out to you. I want you to know that I find nothing I can charge against him." Then Jesus came out. He was wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to the Jews, "Here is the man!" When the leading priests and the Jewish guards saw Jesus they yelled, "Kill him on a cross! Kill him on a cross!" But Pilate answered, "You take him and nail him to a cross yourselves. I find nothing I can charge against him." The Jewish leaders answered, "We have a law that says he must die, because he said that he is the Son of God." When Pilate heard this, he was more afraid. Pilate went back inside the palace. He asked Jesus, "Where are you from?" But Jesus did not answer him. Pilate said, "You refuse to speak to me? Remember, I have the power to make you free. I also have the power to kill you on a cross." Jesus answered, "The only power you have over me is the power given to you by God. So the man who gave me to you is guilty of a greater sin." After this, Pilate tried to let Jesus go free. But the Jewish leaders yelled, "Any person who makes himself a king is against Caesar. So if you let this man (Jesus) go free, that means you are not Caesar's friend." Pilate heard what these Jews said. So he brought Jesus out to the place called "The Stone Pavement." (In the Jewish language the name is "Gabbatha.") Pilate sat down on the judge's seat there. It was now almost noon on Preparation day of Passover week. Pilate said to the Jews, "Here is your king!" They yelled, "Take him away! Take him away! Kill him on a cross!" Pilate asked them, "Do you want me to kill your king on across?" The leading priests answered, "The only king we have is Caesar !"

John 19:1-15 (ERV)

 

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