Matthew 27: 1-26 (ESV)
Jesus Delivered to Pilate
1 When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death.2And they bound him and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate the governor.
Judas Hangs Himself
3Then when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, 4saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.” 5And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself. 6But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is blood money.” 7So they took counsel and bought with them the potter’s field as a burial place for strangers. 8Therefore that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. 9Then was fulfilled what had been spoken by the prophet Jeremiah, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him on whom a price had been set by some of the sons of Israel, 10and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord directed me.”
Jesus Before Pilate
11 Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus said, “You have said so.” 12But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer. 13Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?” 14But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.
The Crowd Chooses Barabbas
15 Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the crowd any one prisoner whom they wanted. 16And they had then a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. 17So when they had gathered, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” 18For he knew that it was out of envy that they had delivered him up. 19Besides, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much because of him today in a dream.” 20Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus.21The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.”22Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!” 23And he said, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!”
Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified
24So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.” 25And all the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!” 26Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.
1. Pilate lacked Character
a. Murderer, Thief, Corrupt Politician, despicable, liar, cheat, power hungry
b. Very few people in the ancient world were as sorry and low down as Pilate
c. ESUS was standing before a corrupt politician that HE was about to die for.
d. Jesus died for PILATE…and he died for YOU!
2. Pilate Lacked Courage
a. Pilate was afraid
- Pilate was afraid to go against the crowd…again
- Pilate was afraid to go against the Jewish council…again
- Pilate was afraid to go against his Roman superiors…again
- Pilate was afraid to go against His wife…again
b. So he tried to escape: send Jesus back to the Jews, Send Jesus to Herod, Wash His hands of the situation
c. The right thing and the easy thing are very seldom the same thing…like…never
d. We are people of the Bible and full of the HOLY SPIRIT: BE COURAGEOUS!
e. 2 Timothy 1:7: For God has not given us the Spirit of fear, but of power and love and sound mind.
3. Pilate lacked Conviction
a. Just because you declare your own innocence does not make you innocent.
b. Philosopher Thomas Carlyle says, “Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.”
c. I say, where there is no conduct, there is no conviction
d. The Bible says, FAITH without WORKS is dead