7 “We have a law,” the Jews replied to him, “and according to that law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.”
8 When Pilate heard this statement, he was more afraid than ever. 9 He went back into the headquarters and asked Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus did not give him an answer. 10 So Pilate said to him, “Do you refuse to speak to me? Don’t you know that I have the authority to release you and the authority to crucify you?”
11 “You would have no authority over me at all,” Jesus answered him, “if it hadn’t been given you from above. This is why the one who handed me over to you has the greater sin.”
We are currently experiencing one of the many symptoms of the world’s sin-affliction, its brokenness from which creation has been reeling since the fall of man in Genesis. By sin, the perfection of creation has been broken, but God’s redemptive plan is beautifully underway. God established the Law in the first five books of the Bible and then fulfilled it himself through the cross. Today, by that Law, we see why we are condemned and by Jesus’ resurrection, we see how we can be saved.
It is fascinating to consider who is actually in charge in this text. In his hubris, Pilate bragged ironically to Jesus about his authority to have Jesus released (v.10), but in the eternally more significant heavenly realm Jesus had legions of angels at his command ready to free Him (Matt. 26:53). Jesus went to the cross willingly, not because Pilate refused to release Him. This was all a fulfillment of Isaiah 53:7, “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughter and like a sheep silent before her shearers, he did not open his mouth.” At the time, Isaiah 53:7 was about 700 years old!
Jesus was the Innocent One being judged by sinners in this passage. We sinners will one day stand in judgement before Him. What is the one hope we have for that day?
Pray: Confess that Jesus is Lord and thank Him for His willing sacrifice.