THE TRIAL OF JESUS
Leslie M. John
The chief priests and the elders of the people delivered Jesus in the morning to the governor, Pontius Pilate, for executing Jesus to death.
If only they said Jesus violated their religious laws, Pilate would have let Jesus go even before the trial began, because Roman Government had no authority to deal with cases related to religious laws. Knowing this well, the Jews leveled false charges against Jesus; and the charges were related to treason, insurrection against Government.
It was only few years ago before the crucifixion of Jesus that Roman Government stripped Jews from their power to inflict Capital punishment on those who broke their religious laws.
It was because they did not have any powers over Him, neither did Roman Government, unless they were given from heaven above, no one by his power could execute Jesus.
Ultimately, after the trial of Jesus was over, He was found innocent. There was nothing, He did in His lifetime, whereby He deserved death penalty. Even secular law provides chance for the accused to be acquitted of unproved charges, but in the case of Jesus, Pontius Pilate, who boasted that he had the power to execute or release Jesus, delivered innocent Jesus to be crucified.
Lord Jesus did not plead for His innocence or acquittal because it pleased the Father to bruise Him for our sake. He purposed the death of Lord Jesus on behalf of us.
“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth” (Isaiah 53:4-7)
“Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand” (Isaiah 53:10)
All that Jesus did was good for mankind; such as healing the sick, casting away the devils from those who were afflicted by them. He taught repentance and the way to receive everlasting life.
The chief priests, the Jews and the elders of people feared that Jesus would become prominent among them, and would replace them in power. Therefore, they leveled false charges against Him and were determined to see that He was put to death. They even cried that the blood of Jesus to be upon them and their children. Pilate found no fault in Jesus.
Pilate’s wife was troubled in a dream about the illegal trial of Jesus and cautioned him; yet he delivered Jesus into their hands to do what they desired to do.
The last attempt Pilate made was to release either a criminal, named Barabbas or Jesus according to their choice, and they preferred Barabbas to be released instead of Jesus.
What a bad choice they made! They preferred to kill Jesus, who was good to them all His life, and to be robbed by Barabbas, the criminal.
They made a choice that the blood of Jesus to be on them, and their children, at the cost of some secular benefits. They preferred lies instead of truth saying Jesus resorted to insurrection.”The Son of man” would have gone as it was written about Him, but the tragedy was that they invited troubles for them, and preferred to receive punishment from God.
It is not that we loved God first but He loved us first, and that is the reason why He sent His one and only begotten Son into this world to die in our stead. He died for our sake and was buried. His body did not see corruption and He rose on the third day and after forty days He ascended into heaven.
”And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross”. (Philippians 2:8)