On this day more than 2000 years ago, Jesus stood before Pilate as a condemned man. He was rejected by His disciples, condemned by the council, and denied by Peter; Jesus now faces the merciless Roman authorities and the hostile crowd.
Pilate was governor in a region called Judea, it was a dusty outpost of the Roman Empire. Pilate main duty was to maintain the peace, and now he was faced with the possibility of a riot on his hand because the people were demanding the head of Jesus. Although Pilate saw no guilt in him, the people were threatening to report him to Caesar. Pilate knew that such a report accompanied by a riot, could cost him his position and hopes for advancement. This meant that Pilate had to answer what could be the most important question of his life. The question was this, “would he set free this innocent man at the risk of a major uproar in his region, or would he give in to their demands and condemn a man who, he was quite sure was innocent?’ Now watch this video clip of Jesus being brought before Pilate and then continue on the other side.
The charge was treason, so Pilate asked Jesus directly if he claimed to be the King of the Jews. Jesus’ answer was “yes” but with a qualification attached. Jesus did claim to be a king-to remain silent would be like denying it. Nevertheless, he was not claiming kingship in any way that would threaten Pilate, Caesar, or the Empire. Jesus’ kingship was spiritual. Pilate could sense that the Council’s case was embarrassingly weak and that the solemn rabbi standing before him was unlikely to lead a revolt against Rome. Therefore, Pilate made a critical decision that would forever change the history of the world on that day and we now celebrate it is Good Friday.
Good Friday celebrations are taking place all over the world, and it gives each of us an opportunity to reflect and examine our own salvation. Jesus shows us that in weakness we can be strong. The enemy threatens to take our life away, but when we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we now have eternal life. Jesus went to the cross willingly so that we can enjoy the fruits of this life. This Good Friday is our day to celebrate the Life, Death and Resurrection of the one who stood strong in the face of his and our enemies and gave us victory over death.
On this Good Friday, I leave you with my Peace, that you may be filled with the HOLY SPIRIT, and enjoy the VINE, [which is Jesus Christ], that has BLESSED YOU in His Favor. I remain your brother in JESUS CHRIST, PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER!
- Good Friday a Day of Relection (vineandbranchworldministries.com)
- Whose Really on Trial Here? Jesus, Pilate or You? (adw.org)
- Readings for Good Friday (alcplatteville.wordpress.com)
- Pontius Pilate (ronscoffeeandchocolates.wordpress.com)
- Good? Friday (nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com)
- The Passion of the Lord (tvaraj2inspirations.wordpress.com)
- Good Friday (johnnysstudies.wordpress.com)
- Good Friday Liturgy of the Word (No Mass) (catholicglasses.com)
- God Says “No” – Good Friday 2012 (dewildox.wordpress.com)