HOST: Ron House
When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death. And they bound him and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate the governor.Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus said, “You have said so.” But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer. Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?” But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.
According to Jewish law, one suspected of a crime could not be tried at night. All of the hearings, interrogations, and abuse that Jesus had endured the night before had been unlawful. But now the morning had come and the underhanded overnight tactics of the Jewish leaders gave way to the more “official” act of delivering Jesus to Pilate for trial. Pilate, the Roman governor, was not interested in Jewish law or in whatever infractions of that law Jesus might have been guilty of. He seemingly questioned Jesus more out of curiosity than anything else, but the thing that intrigued Pilate most was the silence of Jesus in the presence of His accusers. Why did He not speak up? Why did He not defend Himself? Pilate marveled at the quiet and humble spirit of Jesus in the face of such hatred and malice. This Man was no ordinary criminal. There was something special about Jesus.
Why do you think Jesus did not respond to the accusations of the Jews?
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