This obviously was inspired in some way by good friday a couple of weeks ago, but really it’s actually something that had been of interest to me since I was a kid and I was reminded on good friday that nothing has really changed. The question “Was Pontius Pilate really as bad as he is popularly portrayed?”
1.He said he knew not what crime Jesus commited. (“I find no reason to condemn this man”)
2.He sent Jesus away to Herod to avoid persecuting an innocent man
3.When Jesus was returned to him he said “you brought this Man to me……I have not found Him guilty of any crime you accuse Him of…I will have Him whipped and let Him go.
4.After much pressure he decided to bring up the barabbas choice and was asked by the crowd to free barabbas…
5.After that he appealed again to the crowd because he wanted to free Jesus, but they asked for his crucifixion
6.He washed his hands to free himself off any injustice…(for himself of course because that doesn’t mean much to us)
Now I’m not trying to say what he did was right but consider the circumstances…
1. He was not a believer in their religion…He was simply told that this Man broke some laws and deserved to die
2.He tried to give Jesus a chance to defend himself and got no response(Note that I do not disagree with Jesus’ decision not to speak… pls oh)
3.He offered a brigand in exchange in the hope that he’ll satisfy the crowd but that failed
4.He had a massive crowd to please… His people, his duty.
He was in some kind of a fix here… Every leader has his/her people to please at hand. He didn’t believe this was someone special yet he tried not to kill an innocent man.
Coming to present day; Think of how many innocent people are sentenced to death recklessly… Our legal system sef is similar to that. Someone’s fate is based on the crowd (we call it the jury), the crowd decides all (election ,or democracy). The people tend to have the final say…and a leader always tries to satisfy them or else kasala go burst. My main point is the chief priests and the crowd are much more to be blamed for the crucifixion of Jesus than Pontius Pilate, but we always say “…He suffered under Pontius Pilate…” and all. He was not such a bad guy… He didn’t do the most courageous thing (step up for what he believed in, but he did what most would’ve done – go with the Crowd. Thoughts