John 18:32-35 Numbers 14

32 This happened so that the words Jesus had spoken indicating the kind of death he was going to die would be fulfilled. 33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” 34 “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?” 35 “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “It was your people and your chief priests who handed you over to me. What is it you have done?”

5 responses to “John 18:32-35

  1. it looks to me like these people dont even know why they are putting jesus in this position..they are just doin it because they were told to??

  2. I look at this passage and I am reminded that Jesus is literally the central figure in the history of civilization. All history is built around this one man. He must have been an absolutely commanding and intriguing figure. Here was a death row inmate that the king took into his private chambers to sit and talk with Him. As the occupying ruler, Pilate would have had intelligence services and I am sure he was informed what this was all about and he may even have studied some of the prophecy. He wanted to speak to Christ and see for himself if Jesus was the “real thing”, the MEssiah of God.

    I think that we can become jaded and too comfortable with our Chrsitianity. We need to step back and realize who it is we are studying about, worshipping, and having a relationship with. This is the handpicked lamb of God, the heir to the universe. I am often struck with the majesty and awesomeness of who Christ is and it shakes up my personal walk and keeps me from getting stale.

  3. Interesting insight Rick, honestly never looked at it from that perspective but it definitely opend my eyes to some intersting thoughts.

    Reading the commentaries, many say that Pilate was not specifically asking a question, but was more making a general statement that Jesus was the king of the Jews…Jesus responds to Pilate with another question (again a great sign of a well educated Rabbi–knowing the art of answering with a question)…Jesus asked if Pilate came up with that revelation on his own or was it brought to His attention…and I think about Peter when he said to Jesus you are the Christ when others were saying JEsus was a prophet, etc etc…

    I belive its time for COFY and at times myself to come to my own understanding, my own revelation of who Jesus is based on my own studies, relationship and such…not based on stories and sermons I hear in church, based on parents faith and friends…When we are able to come to us having true revelation of Christ, we wont go back…but if we live on others faith and relationship, we will always struggle, waiver and falter in our committment.

  4. This straightaway reminded me of the passage in Mt 11–“13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.”

    Contrast here with Pilate, who has heard that Jesus had proclaimed to be something, and instead of letting it become real to him, is just kind of keeping it on the surface. He was not really believing that Jesus was who He claimed to be, Pilate just wanted Jesus to renounce this claim and then he would spank His hand (figuratively) and let HIm go. Pilate really didnt want to be influenced or dragged into the situation. I dont know if I’m making sense or not.

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