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“To day if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.” Hebrews 4:7.
Pilate’s golden opportunity had passed. Jesus desired Pilate to understand that He did not come to be an earthly king, and so said to him:—
“My kingdom is not of this world; if My kingdom were of this world, then would My servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now is My kingdom not from hence.”
Pilate then asked Him, “Art Thou a king then? “Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto to the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth My voice.”
Pilate had a desire to know the truth. Ideas of truth in the religious world were divided then, as they are now. His mind was confused. He eagerly grasped the words of the Saviour, and his heart was stirred with a great longing to know what it really was, and how he could obtain it. He asked Jesus:—
“What is truth?”
But Pilate did not wait for an answer. The tumult of the crowd outside the hall of justice had increased to a roar. He recalled from his position as learner at the feet of Christ, to that of the Roman Governor. He went out to the people, and declared in a positive voice:—
“I find in Him no fault at all.” John 18:33–38.
These words from a heathen judge were a scathing rebuke to the base perfidy and falsehood of the rulers of Israel who were accusing the Saviour.
As the priests and elders heard this from Pilate, their disappointment and rage knew no bounds. They had long plotted and waited for this opportunity. As they saw the prospect of the release of Jesus, they seemed ready to tear Him in pieces.
They lost all reason and self-control, and gave vent to curses, behaving more like demons than men. They loudly denounced Pilate, and threatened him with the censure of the Roman Government. They accused Pilate of refusing to condemn Jesus, who, they affirmed, had set Himself up against Caesar. They then set up the cry:—
“He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry, beginning from Galilee to this place.” Luke 23:5.
Pilate at this time had no thought of condemning Jesus. He was sure of His innocence. But when he heard that Christ was from Galilee, he decided to send Him to Herod, who was ruler of that province, and was in Jerusalem at that time. By this course, Pilate thought to shift the responsibility of the trial from himself to Herod.
Jesus was faint from hunger, and weary from loss of sleep. He was also suffering from the cruel treatment He had received. But Pilate delivered Him again to the soldiers, and He was dragged away amid the jeers and insults of the merciless mob.