Pilate’s report details the measure in which the Jewish people rejected their Messiah: “After many fruitless attempts to protect Him (Jesus) from the fury of his merciless persecutors … I proposed as it was their custom to deliver a prisoner on such occasions, to release Jesus and let Him go free, that He might be the scapegoat, as they called it; but they said Jesus must be crucified. I then spoke to them of the inconsistency of their course as being incompatible with their laws, showing that no criminal judge could pass sentence on a criminal unless he had fasted one whole day; and that the sentence must have the consent of the Sanhedrim, and the signature of the president of that court; that no criminal could be executed on the same day his sentence was fixed, and the next day, on the day of his execution, the Sanhedrim was required to review the whole proceeding; also, according to their law, a man was stationed at the door of the court with a flag, and another a short way off on horseback to cry the name of the criminal and his crime, and the names of his witnesses, and to know if anyone could testify in his favor; and the prisoner on his way to execution had the right to turn back three times, and to plead any new thing in his favor. I urged all these pleas, hoping they might awe them into subjection; but they still cried, Crucify Him! Crucify Him! (The Archko Volume, pg. 140).
They despised, rejected and forsook Him, not knowing that they were looking at their own guilt and their iniquity printed on YAHSHUA’S face and entire body, as the Bible says, It was God the Father Who was making to light upon Him the guilt and iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53:6b). By oppression and judgment He was taken away; and as for His generation, who among them considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living for the transgression of my (Isaiah’s) people, to whom the stroke was due? (Isa. 53:8) No one considered their sin being the cause of the suffering of their Messiah; no one considered that the punishment he was going through due the nation of Israel and the world. So they considered Him stricken, smitten and afflicted by God, worthy of the punishment, due them.
Pilate was in a hard position, that of the judgment and crucifixion of the Son of God. However, the sin and guilt of the one who delivered YAHSHUA to Pilate was greater, so expressed YAHSHUA to him (John 19:11). The extent of the rejection and abandonment of YAHSHUA by His people went as far as desiring Him dead by crucifixion. Nothing would satisfy the nation until they saw Him dead. Isaiah, in his prophetic utterance in chapter 53 of his book, confirms what was to happen: He (YAHSHUA) is despised and rejected and forsaken by men, a Man of sorrows and pains, and acquainted with grief and sickness; and like One from Whom men will hide their faces, He is despised, and we are not to appreciate His worth or have any esteem for Him. His appearance being marred more than any man’s, was reflecting the sins of men. When He became an object of horror, He was carrying man’s sin of iniquity and guilt upon Himself. The floggings, the beatings applied on His body which caused disfigurement, He suffered to heal our physical and emotional diseases.
The time had arrived for the culmination of the hatred His people had for Him. They were oppressive toward Him when they spat in His face, when they struck Him with their fists; when they slapped Him in the face (Matt. 26:67). A blow on the face was to be a punishment for an offense against the high priest. But there stood a greater High priest however; one Who was sinless, the Son of God- God incarnate, besides all these, there stood their Messiah, ready to give His life for them, in exchange for their oppression. These were just the beginning of His sufferings which were dawning on Him while bound and taken to Caiaphas the high priest and subsequently taken to Pilate for judgment. There is however, a report of Caiaphas to the Sanhedrim on the resurrection of YAHSHUA and His life worth noting: here are his words in his defense for having been the means of Jesus crucifixion: “I feel some dreadful foreboding- a weight upon my heart. I cannot feel as a criminal from the fact that I was acting according to my best judgment with the evidence before me. I feel that I was in defense of God and my country, which I love better than my life… on this basis I shall clear myself of any charge, yet there is a conscious fear about myself of heart, so that I have no rest day and night. I feel sure that if I should meet Jesus I would fall dead at his feet….In this state of conscious dread I remained investigating the Scriptures to know more about the prophecies concerning this man, but found nothing to satisfy my mind. I locked the door and gave the guards orders to let no one in without first giving me notice. While thus engaged, with no one in the room but my wife and Annas, her father, when I lifted up my yes, behold Jesus of Nazareth stood before me. My breath stopped, my blood ran cold, and I was in the act of falling, when He spoke and said, ‘Be not afraid, it is I. You condemned me that you might go free. This is the work of my Father. Your only wrong is, you have a wicked heart; this you must repent of. This last lamb you have slain is the one that was appointed before the foundation; this sacrifice is made for all men. Your other lambs were for those who offered them; this is for all, this is the last; it is for you if you will accept it. I died that you and all mankind might be saved.’ At this he looked at me with such melting tenderness that it seemed to me I was nothing but tears, and my strength was all gone. I fell on my face at his feet as one that was dead. When Annas lifted me up Jesus was gone, and the door still locked… I do not feel that I can officiate as priest any more. If this strange personage is from God, and should prove to be the Savior we have looked for so long, and I have been the means of crucifying Him, I have no further offerings to make for sin…. (The Archko Volume pgs. 125-127).
The despised, rejected and forsaken Lamb of God came and revealed Himself to Israel’s high priest- Israel’s authority who demanded YAHSHUA to be crucified and as a result, desperately needing His forgiveness. Hopefully, in time Caiaphas accepted “This last Lamb’s” sacrifice done once and for all for his salvation, and you too, in case you have not yet accepted Him. Remember, that there is no other sacrifice to be offered that will atone for your sins. What the Lord did, it accomplished the will of God and satisfied Him. You will be rejected by Him if you choose another way, for there is no other way besides YAHSHUA’S way!