13.6 Jesus' First Trial Before Pilate
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Nov 24 13.6 Then the religious populace led Jesus bound from Caiaphas to the governor’s palace. They did not enter the palace to avoid defilement, lest they couldn’t eat the Passover feast. So Pilate came out and asked, “What is your charge against him?” They replied, “If he weren’t a criminal, we wouldn’t have brought him to you.” Pilate replied, “Take him and judge him by your law.”
“But we aren’t permitted to crucify anyone. We found him subverting the nation, opposing tax to Caesar and calling himself Christ the King,” they objected. They spoke this to fulfill Jesus’ prediction concerning the kind of death he would die.1
Nov 25 Pilate went inside the palace, called Jesus, and asked, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
Jesus asked, “Is that your idea or others’?”
Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your people and their chief priests brought you to me. What have you done?”
“My kingdom2 is not earthly, if it were, my officers would fight to prevent my arrest. My kingdom is elsewhere,” Jesus replied.
“You are a real king!” Pilate exclaimed.
Jesus replied, “As you say, I’m a king. I was born3 into this world to testify to this truth.4 Everyone who is of the truth believes me.”
Nov 26 Pilate asked, “What is truth?” Then he went outside and said to the religious populace, “I have no case against him.”5
The chief priests brought many charges, but he answered none. Pilate tried again, “Aren’t you going to answer their charges?” Pilate marveled that Jesus kept silent. But they insisted, “His teaching rouses the people throughout Judea, from Galilee to this city.” Then Pilate asked, “Is he a Galilean?” On hearing that he was and so under Herod’s jurisdiction, Pilate sent him to Herod, who also was in Jerusalem at that time.