I find no guilt in him

After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, “I find no guilt in him. But you have a custom that I should release one man for you at the Passover. So do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” They cried out again, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber. John 18:38b-40

When the Roman governor of a region thinks a person is not guilty they must really be not guilty. Pilate saw something in Jesus that caused him to be concerned about putting Jesus to death. Most likely it was the authority in Jesus’ voice when he spoke but what every it was Pilate knew that Jesus was not a guilty man.

Pilate will try everything he can to free Jesus. In today’s verses we see Pilate using the custom of freeing one Jewish prisoner at Passover. So Pilate gives the Jews a choice, Jesus their King or Barabbas. John calls Barabbas a robber but he was much more than that. Barabbas was a leader is the Jewish insurrection against Rome. He was most likely a murderer and was a big contrast to Jesus a man of peace. So that is the choice Pilate gave them, a criminal a man of the sword or Jesus a man without sin, a man of words and healing.

But the Jewish authorities are so intent on killing Jesus that they incite the crowd to call for the release of Barabbas. They would rather see a murderer and robber go free then let Jesus go. So much hate for a man who was teaching the Word of God.

Things have not changed today. Jesus still brings out hatred in those who oppose Him. They can no longer kill Jesus but they can persecute and kill His followers. All across the globe we see churches being looted and burned. We see Christians being beaten and murdered. Their only crime, telling others about Jesus. Loving others so much that they will risk their own lives to save others for all eternity.

And here in the West we do not usually have to worry about our churches being burned or being killed for our beliefs but many have been arrested for speaking their beliefs, it is called hate speech by others. And if we post something on the internet we run the risk of profane responses by people who do not believe in Jesus. Still, all things considered a minor price to pay to help one person see the truth that is Jesus.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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2 Responses to I find no guilt in him

  1. Shelly says:

    We in the U.S. have such religious freedom that I think we take it for granted and become complacent. It is easy for us to find a place to worship the Lord and people to worship with. There are churches of every kind and denomination available to us, but so few go. After having spent some time overseas with people who have to struggle to go to church and find other believers to fellowship with I have come to the conclusion that the depth of our faith might just be proportional to how hard we have to work to worship God.

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