Pilate Declares Jesus Innocent

Time: Good Friday: – Approximately 8.00am

As Herod, finding Jesus innocent, mockingly returned Him to Pilate dressed in sovereign robes, the Jewish Experts in the Law, Chief Priests and other accusers were undoubtedly incensed at Herod’s inaction. Yet, their determination to have Jesus executed remained firm.

With Jesus now back in his custody, Pilate then, “called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people” to pronounce his judgement. (Luke 23:13) 

The gathering probably included most of the Sanhedrin with the exception of some such as Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus and probably Gamaliel. (Luke 23:51)

The Judgement

Scales of justice

Pilate stated:

  1. You brought me this man as one who was misleading the people.
  2. When I examined him before you, I did not find this man guilty of anything you accused him of doing.
  3. Neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us.
  4. He has done nothing deserving death. I will, therefore, have him flogged and release him. (Luke 23:13-16)
Thought

Pilate showed great conviction in his judgement but perhaps great weakness when he announced Jesus’ flogging. Why flog Jesus? In his own judgement, Jesus had done nothing wrong!

Reflection

Lord Jesus, help me to be a strong and honest leader to my friends, family and community. May I speak the truth as I proudly announce your Gospel and live as you ask.

Prayer: All Needs

We beg you, Lord,
to help and defend us.
Deliver the oppressed.
Pity the insignificant.
Raise the fallen.
Show yourself to the needy.
Heal the sick.
Bring back those of your people who have gone astray.
Feed the hungry.
Lift up the weak.
Take off the prisoner’s chains.

May every nation come to know that you alone are God,
that Jesus is your child,
that we are your people,
the sheep that you pasture. Amen.