Gospel of John - Examine the Witnesses
Chapter 19 – the witness of Pilate – “He made Himself out to be the Son of God. When Pilate heard this statement, he was the more afraid.”
Jesus was brought to the Roman governor Pilate by the unbelieving Jews and John records several exchanges between the two. Pilate asks “What is truth” – a very important question as he was speaking to the Truth. He asked Jesus if He was a king and He replied His kingdom was not of this realm. When the crowd indicated Jesus claimed to be the Son of God, Pilate asked Him where He was from. When Jesus did not answer Pilate said, “Do you not know that I have the authority to release you or to crucify you?” Jesus responded that Pilate had no authority unless it was given to him.
So Pilate was faced with a decision – what to do with Jesus. Pilate chose to wash his hands of Jesus and turn Him over to be crucified. Concerning Jesus and himself, Pilate made the wrong choice. How about you?