Posted by: Postordinandy | January 5, 2015

John 18 (pt 8)

Dragged before the despotic ruler,

Since we cannot inflict the punishment we wish,

Under the limited terms of occupation.

We demand death, yet can only condemn,

We need Pilate to persecute to the fullest extent of his powers.

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The charges are laid, or rather, strongly hinted at.

No evidence presented, just insinuations,

We react more to the suggestion of our deceit,

Less effort made to construct a rigid case for the prosecution,

Certain of our righteousness, and the need of His passing.

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Then the Jewish leaders took Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness they did not enter the palace, because they wanted to be able to eat the Passover. So Pilate came out to them and asked, “What charges are you bringing against this man?” “If he were not a criminal,” they replied, “we would not have handed him over to you.” Pilate said, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.” “But we have no right to execute anyone,” they objected. This took place to fulfil what Jesus had said about the kind of death he was going to die.” [John 18:28-32]

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