May 12th 2016
Faith is the Opposite of Fear
When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid; And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer. (John 19:8-9 KJV)
Pilate was a man who took careful stock of all that was happening around him. He was on high personal alert using both his eyes and ears to navigate through the unusual circumstances before him. He did not know what to make of recent events surrounding this man Jesus whom he was not himself personally familiar.
Pilate tried to fathom who this man Jesus was as he combed through recent events still fresh in his mind taking stock of his own wife’s comments and her insistent pleading before him about dreams she personally had about Jesus which left her uneasy.
Pilate reasoned about this man Jesus because he did not have any spiritual knowledge of God at work in his mind and heart. Therefore, could not make any sense of anything to do with Jesus.
Jesus had claimed He was the Son of God which both seemed and sounded absurd.
Fear began to rise up and resonate in the heart and mind of Pilate as he weighed these potent spiritual circumstances at hand.
Jesus Christ did not speak up to defend Himself or explain who He was even with Pilate’s insistence.
Jesus had claimed He was the Son of God and Pilate could find no fault or criminal charges to stick to Him as the popular crowd desired he do.
The silence of Jesus, wrought together with great fear in his heart, mixed together with the uproar of the crowd, made Pilate uneasy and restless about dealing with this man named Jesus.