Suffered Under Pontius Pilate
Topic: The Gospel Passage: Matthew 19:1–19:16
The drama surrounding Jesus’ final appearance before Pontius Pilot can be divided into FOUR SECTIONS, all of which describe how Jesus suffered and died in order to fulfill God’s sacred Word and accomplish God’s sovereign will to send His Son to die on the cross to save us from our sins.
1. PILATE’S CONCILIATION (vv. 1-3)
Pilate was trying to figure out a way to exonerate Jesus while at the same time satisfying the Jew’s demand to put Him to death. He preferred to punish Jesus and then release Him (Luke 23:16), and although Pilate had already determined Jesus’ innocence, he had Him scourged as an attempt at appease the Jews. Moreover, the Roman guards took delight in abusing Jesus in numerous other ways.
2. PILATE’S CONTENTION (vv. 4-7)
Pilate’s contention was that the suffering of Jesus should clearly be enough to satisfy the Jew’s demand for His blood (Psalm 22:17; Isaiah 52:14). But the Jews would not be satisfied until Jesus was put to death. This was based on Jesus’ claim to be the Son of God (Leviticus 24:16), which for anyone else, would be blasphemous (John 20:31).
3. PILATE’S CONSTERNATION (vv. 8-12)
In spite of the warnings of his wife to have nothing to do with Jesus, Pilate decided to hear His case anyway. Thus, he entered into the trial in a very superstitious frame of mind. As far as he knew, Jesus could have been one of the gods who had become man (Acts 14:11-13), which meant that he could possibly have to sentence such a man to death.
4. PILATE’S CAPITULATION (vv. 13-16)
Pilate did not want to mishandle the situation of Jesus’ trial and risk revocation of his governorship and deposition by the Roman Emperor. So, under the threat of blackmail, Pilate succumbed to the will of the Jews to have Jesus crucified.
Praise God for sending His Son to save you from your sins. Thank Jesus for being willing to endure the brutal beating and unmerciful mocking that you deserved. Ask Him to help you be unwavering in your commitment to the truth and be pleasing to Him rather than giving in to the fear of men.