Power is from Above

John 19: 8-11.

When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid;

And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art Thou? But Jesus gave him no answer.

Then saith Pilate unto Him, Speakest Thou not unto me? Knowest Thou not that I have power to crucify Thee, and have power to release Thee?

Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against Me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.

Poor Pilate. Such a quandary he was in. He knew Jesus was no criminal. He also knew that if he didn’t give the Jews what they wanted, he would have insurrection on his hands, and Rome would blame him for losing control of the people. He was afraid because he found himself between a rock and a hard place. Matthew 29:17 tells us that Pilate’s wife had warned him against having anything to do with “that just Man.” He was beset by fear because no matter what he did, he would be in trouble.

He tried once again to talk with Jesus. “Where are You from?” When Jesus remained silent, Pilate blew up at Him. “How dare You refuse to answer me! Don’t You know that I have the power to crucify You or to release You? What are You thinking?”

Pilate was not accustomed to having accused people brought before him who remained calm, even after the horrors of scourging, and refused to be intimidated by his power. I believe, also, that Pilate was desperate to find a way to release Jesus that would not leave him in poor standing with Rome.

Jesus’ answer was calm, respectful, but to the point. “You would have no power over Me at all unless it is given to you by the. Father. Those who delivered me to you have the greater sin, because they have the truth but choose to ignore it!” (My own words)

One thought on “Power is from Above

  1. I do have a little sympathy for Pilate. As you said, if he’d set Jesus free he’d have that mob to deal with. And not just the physical mob, but all the undercurrents among the hypocritical Jewish leaders and the likelihood of their tattling. He finally decided that saving a life, even that of “this just man” wasn’t worth the hassle.

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