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  • # 223 The Tragic Flaw of Pleasing

    Herod isn't about to condemn Jesus, so he sends him back to Pilate, who isn't happy to see him.

    Pilate's tragic flaw is indecision mixed with pleasing. Justice hasn't been his rule, and now he finds it difficult to oppose the clamoring of priests and people. "I told you I find no guilt in him. I will flog him and release him."

    Now the Jewish rulers know they have him. If he will punish an innocent man, he will also sentence him if we push hard enough.

    As Pilate hesitates, thinking; a messenger comes with a note from his wife.

    In answer to Jesus' prayer, Pilate's wife was given a dream showing her the trial, crucifixion, and second coming of Jesus. She awoke in horror and wrote to Pilate, "Don't have anything to do with that righteous man--I've just awakened in a panic from a dream about him."

    Pilate goes pale, and comes up with another angle. Every year at the Passover, Roman governors curried favor with the Jews by releasing a prisoner. Pilate hopes to set the people against the priests.

    "Shall I release Jesus for Passover according to custom?"

    The mob is stirred up by satanic energy, to yell, "We want Barabbas!"--a hardened criminal imprisoned under a death sentence for murder.

    "What then shall I do with Jesus, your Messiah?"

    "Crucify him!" came the answer.

    Pilate fights crucifying this innocent man, but he hasn't built the character needed to resist evil, and he has Jesus flogged before the people hoping to arouse their pity and sense of justice.

    Matthew 27:15-21, Mark 15:6-13, Luke 23:13-21, John 18:39-19:1

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