Pilate’s Power, Not of His Own

One can feel sorry for Pilate, as the one chosen to execute the order to kill the Savior of the world, when he did not want to do it, but at the same time, nothing did stop him from refraining to give such order, not even his wife, who warned  him through a message saying, Have nothing to do with that just and upright Man, for I have had a painful experience today in a dream because of Him (Matt. 27:19), neither did the words from YAHSHUA confirming His kingship. He said, My kingdom belongs not to this world, My followers would have been fighting to keep Me from being handed over the Jews. But as it is, My Kingdom is not from here… I am a King. This is why I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the Truth. Everyone who is of the Truth listens to My voice (John 18:36-37) Pilate wanted to know what was Truth, but not bad enough to remain to hear the answer YAHSHUA would give him. Because the Jews did not enter the Praetorium, Pilate had to go out to them often, trying to change the minds of the mob not to crucify YAHSHUA. But every time that happened, the people would shout louder and angrier at him. When people alarmed Pilate over the fact that “He (YAHSHUA) had claimed and made Himself out to be the Son of God,” Pilate then asked YAHSHUA the question, Where are You from? But He would not answer him. Showing frustration, Pilate said to Him, Will You not speak to me? Do You not know that I have power to crucify You? (John 19:7-10). YAHSHUA brilliantly answered him by warning him that his power had not come from man, neither from Pilate himself, nor from his position, but from God. He once more wanted to let YAHSHUA go, but Pilate was the man of the hour to execute the will of God through His Son for the salvation of the world. Pilate was just a figure head at that very important time with a crossroad in front of him, he could not avoid.  When Isaiah prophesized  about YAHSHUA’S death in Isaiah fifty-three, he confirmed the will of the Father by saying, And the Lord has made to light upon Him the guilt and iniquity of us all… and yet it was the will of the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief and made Him sick (Isaiah 53:5b, 10a). Pilate, unknowingly, made that happen. When YAHSHUA prayed, Not My will, but Your will be done, He completely surrendered His life to God first and to His enemies for the execution of God’s plan.

According to the Roman Laws Pilate could not understand why YAHSHUA had to be crucified. He found no fault in Him worthy of crucifixion, he said. As a Roman, he was not aware of the Jewish religious beliefs; several times, he tried to escape doing so, but in vain. It was only by the power of God that he went ahead with the ordeal. YAHSHUA , when He made known to Pilate where his power was coming from to order Him to be killed, He also said, For this reason the sin and guilt of the one who delivered Me over to you is greater (19:11b).  What reason was YAHSHUA referring to? The reason that Pilate, as a Roman was chosen for that task under the power of God; but on the other hand, the one who gave Him up to the Romans to be crucified, had come from one of His own. He knew the truth, but in his own power, decided to betray his Master. Therefore, condemnation stood harder for them than for Pilate. The choice he had to make to have the Lord crucified, I believe affected him for the rest of his life. It probably marked his conscience for a long time to come. In 36 A.D. Pilate became the victim of suicide.  With that, I am not saying that it had to do to with his decision to crucify the Lord. The book, The Archeological Writings of the Sanhedrim of the Jews, clarifies some doubt about Pilate’s feelings about his order to have YAHSHUA crucified. It is an eye opener to all who reads it.

Here is a summary of the report Pilate sent to Caesar on the arrest, trial and crucifixion of YAHSHUA:  “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!’ cried the relentless rabble. I then ordered JESUS to be scourged, hoping this might satisfy them; but it only increased their fury. I then called for a basin, and washed my hands in the presence of the clamorous multitude, thus testifying that in my judgment JESUS of Nazareth had done nothing deserving of death; but in vain. It was His life these wretches thirsted for. Often in our civil commotions have I witnessed the furious anger of the multitude, but nothing could be compared to what I witnessed on this occasion… Jerusalem had vomited forth her indwellers through the funeral gate that leads to Gemonica. An air of desolation and sadness enveloped me. I was left alone, and my breaking heart admonished me that what was passing at that moment appertained rather to the history of the gods that that of men. A loud clamor was heard proceeding from Golgotha, which borne of the winds, seemed to announce an agony such as was never heard by mortal ears. Dark clouds lowered over the pinnacle of the temple and setting over the city covered it as with a veil. So dreadful were the signs that men saw both in the heavens and on the earth that Dionysius the Aeropagite is reported to have exclaimed, ‘Either the author of nature is suffering or the universe is falling apart.’ Nowhere else have I read Pilate’s emotional feelings concerning the death of YAHSHUA. His decision, not one from his own power, as YAHSHUA so assured him, but one that brought anguish to his soul under conviction, might have change the way he thought about YAHSHUA.  It seems to me that Pilate’s experience made him realize Who YAHSHUA was and maybe together with Manlius- his centurion came to believe that YAHSHUA was “Truly the Son of God!”

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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