SEIZE THE SOLACE DAY 2: John 19:12-16

12 From that moment Pilate kept trying to release him. But the Jews shouted, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar’s friend. Anyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar!”

13 When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus outside. He sat down on the judge’s seat in a place called the Stone Pavement (but in Aramaic, Gabbatha). 14 It was the preparation day for the Passover, and it was about noon. Then he told the Jews, “Here is your king!”

15 They shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Should I crucify your king?” “We have no king but Caesar!” the chief priests answered.

16 Then he handed him over to be crucified.

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The fake outrage of the Jewish leaders in this passage is appalling. In reality, they could not stand Caesar: they were just using Pilate to have Jesus crucified. Crucifixion as we understand it today was developed by the Romans in a brutal way that appealed to the Jewish authorities who hated Jesus. Meanwhile, because spineless Pilate was unsure of what was really true and untrue, he did exactly what he did not want to do.

In John 18:38, Pilate asked, “What is truth?” Some commentators believe this to have been asked with a sarcastic tone, but I believe it was genuine. Without a solid sense of truth in his worldview, Pilate did precisely what the murderous crowd wanted. Postmodernism, the view that truth is relative qua man, is an abhorrent basis from which to govern. Postmodernists like Pilate are in no position to govern because, without an authoritative basis for truth, one cannot authoritatively condemn evil and when evil cannot be condemned, the innocent suffer. See Pilate and Jesus. In verse 16, the guilty Postmodernist handed the Innocent One, the very Truth himself, over to be crucified.

What are some postmodernist views that may have crept into your heart to influence you, causing you to behave a little like Pilate? 

Pray: Commit to God that you will not be like Pilate, but instead stay faithful to His Word all your days even if you have to defy the crowd.