DEVOTION – DAY 16
John 18: 28-38
The Sanhedrin met again early that morning to finalize the decision that Jesus was guilty of blasphemy (Mark 15:1). The punishment for blasphemy was death but the religious leaders did not have the authority to carry out the death penalty. The right to carry out the death penalty belonged to the Roman government. However Pilate, the Roman governor of Jerusalem did not care that Jesus said He was the Messiah.
To get Pilate’s attention the religious leaders had to make it seem that Jesus was guilty of breaking the Roman law. They told Pilate that Jesus did not pay taxes. Then they told Pilate that Jesus said He was a king (Luke 23:2). They knew Pilate did not want anyone other than himself to rule over the people.
Pilate asked Jesus questions, but did not find any laws that Jesus had disobeyed. Jesus told Pilate that He was a king but His kingdom was different from the kingdoms of this world. Pilate did not know that he was talking with the real King of the universe, who had made everything (Colossians 1:15-17). This was Pilate’s chance to believe the truth about Jesus. Pilate was not too different from the religious leaders. He did not want to believe the truth about Jesus.
Jesus is truth—He is the Messiah-King.
- Why did the Sanhedrin take Jesus to Pilate?
- What opportunity did Jesus give to Pilate?
- What is the truth about Jesus?