The Pompous, Pious Pontius Pilate

In my previous write-up, “What is Truth?”, I wrote about the irony of that problem. Pilate stood and stared appropriate into the facial area of real truth and even now didn’t understand it. Then this prompted me to consider what it was about him that he didn’t identify Christ as the Real truth. I suppose it really is the similar explanations that people right now really don’t know what truth of the matter actually is.

This all starts with the ailment of a person’s coronary heart. Because the tumble of male, we are all sinful creatures not worthy to stand in the existence of 1 so holy and just. God’s Term states that like sheep, we have all absent astray. It truly is all-natural for men and women to do completely wrong things. It is not how God created us but what sin designed in us. The wonder is that any one particular of us should really appear to repentance and be saved. This is a supernatural occasion that a coronary heart built of stone must be remodeled into a person of flesh. God’s Word already tells us that we all drop limited of God’s glory because we all sin. I think the most difficult point for folks to recognize is that their great will work will not save them from God’s remaining judgment and wrath. Please understand that aside from His Son’s atoning blood sacrifice, there is very little we have to supply that God will accept as pure and holy. And I pray you will not likely skip this. The gospel information is not about us, it truly is about Christ and what He arrived to do in accordance to His Father’s will. The cause Christ walked the earth and willingly died a brutal loss of life was since of God’s love for us. So, make sure you fully grasp that it is not what we can do for God, but what He has performed for each a single of us who has or at any time will take the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross. It has almost nothing to do with who we believe we are in the eyes of the entire world. It’s not our attitudes that men and women judge us by that matter. Unless we have an ‘attitude of gratitude’ towards Jesus, our self worth will get us nowhere.

Pontius Pilate had this sort of an angle. On the surface area we go through how he uncovered Christ innocent and washed his hands of the complete point. It just about tends to make us truly feel sorry for him. He took the fall so to communicate. But, let’s be straightforward, shall we? His pompous and pious perspective was his choice simply because he had alterior motives. He cared additional about his own graphic and future energy than to consider the time and realize the Fact in the man or woman of Jesus. I am guaranteed we can figure out someone in our own lives like this. They are the people today who imagine they are in total control of their individual future. Two text appear to head for this type of attitude pious and pompous. After all, this is what drove Pontius Pilate to giving Christ above to be crucified. He was far more worried with his individual graphic prior to the Jews and the Romans.

In the Meriam-Webster dictionary, it describes pious as a hypocrite, deserving commendation. I arrived aross another which means that genuinely received my interest. It described pious as a cultural middle for tranquil resolutions of societal conflicts. The term pompous is explained as exhibiting self worth or conceitedness. Let’s dig deeper into what scripture is really stating about this male.

“Hence when Pilate heard this statement, he was even extra worried and he entered into the Praetorium once again and explained to Jesus, ‘Where are You from?’ But Jesus gave him no response.” John 18:8-9

Pilate realized that the Jews currently handed sentence on Jesus for blasphemy. It was a Levitical law that they experienced from Leviticus 24:16, “the just one who blasphemes the title of the Lord shall absolutely be set to demise.” But the Romans ended up a superstitious team of individuals. Due to the fact the Jews currently interpreted Jesus’ statements as messianic, supplied the title of “Son of God”, for the Romans, they thought of Him as a “divine guy”, gifted with supernatural powers. Pilate was apprehensive that he experienced just whipped and crushed someone who could provide down curses and vengeance upon him. Just precisely Who was he dealing with?

“So Pilate claimed to Him, ‘You do not communicate to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release You, and I have authority to crucify You?’ ” John 18:10

This was a little bit pompous and pious on Pilat’e component. He was exhibiting some pretty hefty self relevance at this point. But Jesus set the document straight.

“Jesus answered, ‘You would have NO authority around Me, except if it experienced been provided you from earlier mentioned for this explanation he who sent Me to you has the increased sin.’ ” John 18:11

Consider that, Jesus telling this potent ruler that ability is given by God. This is fairly a blow to his moi! So no subject what Pilate policies, Jesus is letting him know that he is just a pawn in this power perform for handle. Who was the one who shipped Jesus to Pilate? He couldve been talking about Ciaphas the substantial priest considering that he took these kinds of an energetic purpose in plotting from Him. Or Jesus could’ve meant Judas for his betrayal. What is crucial is not who, but what. What they did led to guilt. Their actions were being deliberate and premeditated. It was high handed and coldly calculated specially soon after viewing and listening to the undeniable truth of the matter that Jesus was the Messiah and the Son of God. Pilate was not guilty of this criminal offense. Right after listening to this, Pilate tried to persuade the people today once again into releasing Jesus.

“As a end result of this Pilate created efforts to launch Him, but the Jews cried out stating, ‘If you launch this Guy, you are no good friend of Caesar everybody who will make himself out to be a king opposes Caesar.’ ” John 18:12

This was so ironic for the Jews to even say. They hated Rome and they definitely were no good friends of Caesar’s. But they realized how significantly Pilate feared Tiberius Caesar. This impressive emporer ruled ruthlessly and since Pilate had now created some issues in Rome, he failed to want to be on Caesar’s black record.

Pilate’s worry of not doing the right thing for Caesar intended additional to him than carrying out what was ideal prior to the Lord. So getting pressed in at all sides, Pilate capitulated under force and organized to pass judgment on the authentic sedition towards Rome. His friendship with the earth meant additional than his friendship with God. So he went to the judgment seat to render the formal verdict.

“Consequently when Pilate listened to these words and phrases, he introduced Jesus out, and sat down on the judgment seat at a place termed The Pavement, but in Hebrew, Gabbatha.” John 18:13

Here is the fantastic irony of Pilate’s pompous and pious mind-set. While he rendered judgment on the A person whom the Father Himself entrusted with ALL judgment would be the exact same A person Who would also render a just condemnation on Pilate! God’s Phrase tells us that Christ is our mediator in heaven, all electrical power and authority belong to Him. When Satan stands right before Him as our accuser, Jesus defends all those who have been supplied to Him by our Heavenly Father.

“For not even the Father judges anymore, but He has supplied all judgment to the Son.” John 5:22

God did this so that all people will honor Christ as they honor God, they are One in the exact. If we never honor what Christ has accomplished on our behalf, then God claims it really is impossible for us to honor Him. He wishes us to have a partnership with His Son, simply because He enjoys us for ourselves, not for what other folks assume we ought to be. If you need Him to be your Lord and Savior but do not know Him yet, just repeat this simple prayer:

“Dear Heavenly Father, I am a sinner. Please forgive me of all my offenses versus You. Clean me white as snow. I consider that Your Son Jesus died for me on the Cross. I also feel He rose to lifestyle after 3 times and now sits at Your suitable hand in heaven and intercedes for me. I thank You for contacting me Your kid. Thank You Father, in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

If you reported this prayer and genuinely invited Jesus into coronary heart, just know there is a heavenly chorus singing proper now on your behalf! “Joyful Re-Birthday!”

If we could gain our salvation, Christ would not have died to provide it.

All scripture taken from the MacArthur Analyze Bible~American Conventional model


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