April 19, 2019
Across the nation, Capitol Commission proclaims the good news of Jesus Christ in the very ears of our leaders and the staff surrounding them. In history, this Good Friday and Resurrection weekend represent the climactic point of the awesome glorious love plan of Almighty God to you and all the people of this world.
Early on the day of Jesus's crucifixion, Good Friday in history, Jesus was brought by the Sanhedrin, the authority representing Israel in 33 A.D, to Pilate, the authority head of Jerusalem under Roman Rule. The reason – Roman law included a death penalty.
The scene that unfolded with the Sanhedrin and Pontius Pilate is written below in the scripture text of John’s gospel.
This past December my wife and I stood at an unknown gate, this unknown gate was an entrance into Herod’s Palace. Why is that important? This unknown gate could very well be the exact location where Pilate and the Sanhedrin met. It is just south of the Joppa Gate along the Western wall of the Old City of Jerusalem. This is a probable location of this setting. Especially since it is straight North of Caiaphas house along that Western wall of the Old City of Jerusalem. Click to see pictures: A Probable Historical Setting of Pilate and Sanhedrin
The Gospel of John, Chapter 19
1Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him. 2 And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe. 3 They came up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and struck him with their hands. 4 Pilate went out again and said to them, “See, I am bringing him out to you that you may know that I find no guilt in him.” 5 So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Behold the man!” 6 When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no guilt in him.” 7 The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has made himself the Son of God.” 8 When Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid. 9 He entered his headquarters again and said to Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 So Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?” 11 Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.”
Here are few points to ponder from this text.
- Jesus clearly made the claim that He was the Son of God. John 5:19, “…[Jesus] was calling God his own father, making himself equal to God.” The Sanhedrin knew exactly the claim of Jesus being God.
- Authority over government is pointed out. “You have no authority over me at all unless it had been given to you from above.”
In these crazy days when decisions made by political leaders around the world seem to be so immoral and out of God’s control at times, find comfort in this truth – they are not out of God’s control – heaven rules! (Cf. Daniel 4:34-36, Psalm 2, Philippians 2:5-11) Be comforted today with the promises and the facts from God’s Word.
This seemingly out of control scene set up the greatest victory of God. Jesus, the eternal Son of God, the perfect Lamb of God, took away the sin of the world and destroyed the dominion of sin and Satan. This is the climactic point in all of history! Why? Because God demonstrated his love for you! He created you in His image and He redeemed you at the cross! On that cross, Jesus's shed blood satisfied the demands of a Holy God. The proof of that is the resurrection of Jesus Christ!
This provision of forgiveness of our sin and simultaneously the declaration of our being righteous before God is the gift God offers to every person in this world. It is a gift, not to be earned. A gift received by putting complete faith in the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. F.A.I.T.H. Forsaking all I trust Him!
This is the glorious gospel that this ministry proclaims. May this weekend celebration with family, friends and loved ones cause you to stop and ponder that “…there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time." I Timothy 2:5,6
All Glory to God!
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 Reasons why this “unknown gate” could be the place where Pontius Pilate and the Sanhedrin met. 1. Many Bible Scholars believe Pontius Pilate would have stayed at the more lavish Herod’s Palace during the Passover celebration which brought 270,000 Jewish households (according to Josephus) to Jerusalem. 2. This “unknown gate” fits the context of leaving Caiaphas house which was about ¼ mile south of this gate. 3. There is a Bema seat at this gate – a place where Pilate could have sat and spoke to the Sanhedrin that would allow them to maintain their ceremonial cleanliness spoken of in the text. Entering Herods palace would have made them ceremonial unclean on this holy day.