Mrs. Pilate

Matthew 27:28. “When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just Man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of Him.”

Pilate’s wife was named Claudia Procula.  Her presence in this drama is a good internal proof of the veracity of the book of Matthew, since it was only during the reign of the Emperor Tiberius that the governor’s wives were allowed to travel with their husbands.

Don’t you wish  you knew what those troubling dreams were? We aren’t given details, but my curiosity is intense.  I also have to admire this woman for being brave enough to send a message to her powerful husband, warning him to have nothing to do with Jesus, Whom she characterized as a “just Man.”  Had she heard Him teach?  Had she seen His miracles?  Did she perhaps have servants in the palace who believed in Him and who spoke of Him in her presence?

Pilate, while he may have been moved by her message, refused to go against the voice of the people.

I wonder how often he regretted it later in his life.


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