Jesus Faces Pilate

Now Jesus stood before the governor. And the governor asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?”

Jesus said to him, “It is as you say.” 12 And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing.

13 Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?” 14 But He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly. – Matthew 27:11-14.

Summary

Jesus bewilders and amazes Pilate, when accused before him by the chief priest and elders. He answers nothing. Pilate asks if He has heard what has been said against Him. He answered Pilate in private (John 18:33-37), but would not address the charges in the presence of the Jewish leaders or Herod.

This is an unconstitutional and unwarranted ‘kangaroo court’ despite its appearance of authority.

Analysis

“Are You the King of the Jews” (v.11) — This was the question which implied treason against Rome. It was the political issue that concerned Pilate.

“It is as you say” — Jesus’ answer was an enigmatic phrase which implied, “Yes!” but with qualification (cf. John 18:33-37), which shows His kingdom was not earthly.

Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again, called Jesus, and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?”
34 Jesus answered him, “Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning Me?”
35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?”
36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”
37 Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?”
Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” — John 18:33-37.

“accused” (v.12) See Luke 23:2:–

And they began to accuse Him, saying, “We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, saying that He Himself is Christ, a King.”

How brazenly false their charges and accusations!

“He answered nothing” (vv.12,14) — This relates to the Messianic prophecy of Isaiah 53:7:

“He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.”

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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