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Daily Reading: 3rd January 2016

John 18.29-32 cont.

29 Then Pilate went outside and said to them: “What accusations do you bring against this Man?”

30 They answered and said: “If He was not doing evil we would not have handed Him over to you.”

31 Then Pilate said to them: “ You take Him and judge Him according to your Law.” They said to Him: “It is not lawful for us to kill anyone.”

32 This fulfilled the word of Jesus said when He spoke about the kind of death He was to die.

Have you been in a situation where someone has come to you with a complaint about someone you both know and with whom you both relate? However, you find yourself not agreeing with the complaint, and that you have no problem at all with them. You may have thought that the complaint was made because of some antipathy or class of personalities between them.

Pilate may have found himself in a similar situation. The Jews had brought Jesus to him, because they did not like Him. They were jealous of the popular support that Jesus received. They loathed His teaching, because it exposed their own hypocrisy. They saw Jesus as a heretic and a blasphemer. They feared that He would cause political unrest and so bring upon them the repression of Rome.

Yet Pilate could see that their complaint was nothing to do with Rome, but was an internal Jewish problem for them to deal with.

The word of God tells us that it is foolish to get involved in someone else’s argument:

Yanking a dog’s ears is as foolish as interfering in someone else’s argument – Proverbs 26.17 (NLT).

Pilate did not want to get involved, because He could not find anything of which Jesus was guilty.

There in no one who can bring a charge against Jesus of any sin. He is not guilty of any wrong doing. He never spoke a word that was wrong. He never thought a thought that was ungodly. He never had an attitude that was not the same as His Father’s. He never took any action that was not filled with His devotion to the Father.

Therefore, Pilate could find no basis for any charge against Him. He knew that the Jews had brought Jesus to Him because they wanted to get rid of Him.

God’s word tells us how we are to act in such situations:

23) Also avoid foolish and uninstructed questions, knowing that it fathers strife,

24) But it is not right for a slave (servant) of the Lord to quarrel, but to be gentle with all men, skilful in teaching, and patient – 2 Timothy 2.23-24.

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