In My Place Condemned He Stood
Pilate finds himself up against a rock and a hard place. Part of him wants to do the right thing and serve as a just judge over Jesus, yet he knows that he also must keep the peace. It was an easy job, simply keep the peace.
Pilate, however, had made some bad choices so far in his rule over the Jews. When he entered Jerusalem the first time he came with an attitude that he would show them who was boss. He came with the full pomp and splendor of a Roman Ruler with banners with Roman symbols and mottos. One such motto was Hail Caesar another was Hail Caesar God. He specifically rubbed the Jew’s noses in it and from the beginning they did not like Pilate.
He even had the arrogance to place Roman banners in the Temple. This act caused the Jewish leadership to go to the Emperor and complain. Tiberius, after hearing the Jew’s complaints made Pilate remove the banners from the Temple. This act gave the Jews the idea that if they scream loud enough and threaten Pilate, they could get their way.
On one occasion it is reported that Pilate even spent money that belonged to the Temple treasuring for one of his building projects. Then there was the event reported in Luke 13 when Pilate massacred Jews right inside the Temple. These acts also caused the Jewish leadership to go to Tiberius and demand that something be done about Pilate. Continue Reading