Profiles from the Resurrection: Pontius Pilate

Pontius Pilate is a fascinating figure.  He is mentioned in only six books of the New Testament, but he is a key figure in the account of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  He was the Roman governor of the land of Judea.  He probably wished he could disappear during Jewish holidays, as they could get testy under Roman rule during their holidays.  The upcoming Passover was to be no exception!


Jesus was brought to Pilate by the chief priests, accusing Jesus of trying to overthrow Caesar to set Himself up at the King of the Jews.  After Pontius Pilate questions Christ about the accusations, he learns that Christ is from Galilee.  Pilate decides to shift the problem of Jesus to Herod, who had jurisdiction in Galilee.  This plan backfired as Herod sent Jesus back to Pilate.


Pilate could find no fault in Jesus, and decided to release Jesus to the crowd as part of the tradition to release a prisoner during Jewish holidays.  Surely this would satisfy the blood-lust of the maddening crowd before him.  Instead, they asked for a thief called Barabbas, and demanded that Jesus be crucified.  Pilate knew that Jesus was an innocent man, and had been warned by his wife that he should steer clear of any judgments concerning this Jesus of Galilee.  But Pilate was a weak governor.  Instead of delivering justice in Jesus’ case, he catered politically to the crowd so that Rome would not get another report that he had offended the Jews or could not control the situation in his region.  Instead of doing what was right, Pontius Pilate let outside influences control his actions.


If we as children of God are not careful, we can allow the same thing happen to us.  Sin can creep ever so slowly and cleverly by getting us to compromise a little bit at a time.  Before long, we will have gone further than we had ever imagined.


A little row boat that is not tied to a pier won’t go very far at first.  The little waves will slowly move it away from the pier.  Little by little the boat will slowly drift away, floating an inch at a time, until the boat is some hundreds of feet away from the pier.


Compromise in the Christian’s life can be a dangerous ploy by the evil one.  We may give a little here, and then give a little there.  It really doesn’t seem like much, and it certainly won’t harm anyone.  But with each little compromise we drift further from the truth, until we are so far away that the truth seems like a small point in our view.


We must never compromise the truth, for when we do, we become swayed by the wind and become unstable.  We must build our house on the solid rock of the truth of Jesus Christ and never lay our foundation on the shifting sand of popular opinion.  Sin will take us further than we ever wanted to go.  Just look at Pilate and see how a little compromise yielded him a complete mess.


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