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Pontius Pilate: Pawn Or Gutless Wonder

Updated on September 27, 2013
"Am I a Jew? It was your
 people and your chief priests
 who handed you over to me.
 What is it you have done?"
     ~Pontius Pilate~ 

Infamy

Blank bumper stickers are for people who don’t want to get involved. It’s possible that Pontius Pilate would’ve had one of those on his chariot.

As governor of Judea for ten years, Pontius Pilate is something of an enigma. Though he was center-stage for the infamous and highly irregular judicial action against Jesus of Nazareth, there are shadows surrounding him.

Was he politically connected or was it his wife Procula the one wired into a power base at Rome? Did he have ambitions for the glory of higher office or was he merely a good soldier?

The cinematic portrayals of him are often one-dimensional. We see him as a spineless wimp, a troubled and vindictive man, or he is presented as a sympathetic figure caught in the squeeze of a no-win scenario.

Like every other human being he was a bit more complex than what can be captured on film. His motivations can be examined, but not fully known. His heart cannot be dissected to glean its intent.

Was he a victim of circumstance? Was he a capon of a man, emasculated by a domineering wife? Was he a hero? Was he merely a pawn in God’s grand game?

There are so many different versions of the man that as in the TV show To Tell The Truth, we ask, “Will the real Pontius Pilate please stand up?”

Saint Or Tortured Soul

The Ethiopian Coptic Church recognizes both Pontius Pilate and his wife, Procula as saints. June 25th is Saint Pilate and Procula Day. 

The early church leader Tertullian believed that Pilate “was a Christian in his conscience”. The Greek Orthodox Church made his wife a saint.

Medieval legends have Pilate tortured, exiled, drowning, decapitated, or swallowed up by the earth. He is said to have compulsively washed his hands for his remaining days. 

The idea that death gave him no peace took root in some quarters. Some believed the corpse of Pilate roams the earth wringing his hands in torment. 

Even today that myth has its adherents. For them, Pilate is an eternal wanderer searching for cleansing waters. Haunted by the stain of blood, he is reminiscent of Lady Macbeth, who rubbed her hands together and paced castle halls at midnight saying, “Out damned spot! Out I say!”

Judea in the first century
Judea in the first century

Some History

Pontius Pilate is found in the writings of Josephus, Philo, and Cornelius Tactitus. All of these historians paint Pilate as a brutal despot who despised the Jewish people. He was determined to assert Roman supremacy.

Rome simply wanted no troubles from the frontier. Judea was a castaway section of its empire to be subdued and its resources exploited. To the disgruntlement of his superiors, Pilate often seemed to provoke his Jewish subjects to riots.

As the face of Rome in Judea, Pilate was in charge of administering all aspects of Roman law. He was head of its judicial system, collected taxes, allocated spending, and shipped the rest to Rome.

At least twice his Judean subjects pressured him by threatening to complain to Rome. According to Philo, it was one such complaint that brought the fury of Emperor Tiberius on Pilate.

In describing Pilate, Philo wrote of “his venality, his violence, his thefts, his assaults, his abusive behavior, his frequent executions of untried prisoners, and his endless savage ferocity.”

During his tenth year as governor, Pilate was confronted by a situation that required much tact and nuance. A group of Samaritans—some armed fanatics—gathered at Mt. Gerazim to recover holy artifacts from Moses supposedly buried there.

Pilate’s response was vicious. Lacking any understanding that the vast majority of the group was peaceful, he ordered a direct ambush which resulted in many deaths. He then executed a number of surviving leaders.

It was this tumultuous event that got Pilate sent back to Rome in March 37 AD. Some evidence says that he was then dispatched to Gaul, and that he committed suicide in 39 AD.

According to the historian Eusebius, Pilate remained unable to escape guilt for his role in the crucifixion of Christ. Eusebius asserts that Pilate even wrote a report about Christ and his resurrection to the Emperor Tiberius, which is astounding.

Eusebius wrote: “Tiberius referred the report to the Senate, which rejected it . . . for the old law still held good that no one could be regarded by the Romans as a god unless by vote and decree of the Senate.”

Then the Jews led Jesus from
Caiaphas to the palace of the
Roman governor. By now it was
early morning, and to avoid
ceremonial uncleanliness the
Jews did not enter the palace;
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?"
     ~John 18:28-29~

Rod Steiger as Pontius Pilate in Franco Zeffirelli's Jesus of Nazareth
Rod Steiger as Pontius Pilate in Franco Zeffirelli's Jesus of Nazareth
"You are a king, then!" said
Pilate. Jesus answered, "You
are right in saying I am a 
king. In fact, for this reason
I was born, and for this I
came into the world, to 
testify to the truth. Everyone
on the side of truth listens
to me." 
 
"What is truth?" Pilate asked.
With this he went out again to
the Jews and said, "I find no
basis for a charge against him."
      ~John 18:37-38~

What is truth?
What is truth?

Mobocracy

What does God’s Word have to say about Pontius Pilate?

Pilate saw Jesus as innocent but he tried to pass the buck. He attempted to have the Jewish petitioners deal with Christ, but they were determined to garner a death sentence for Jesus.

Capital punishment required the authority of Rome, so the chief priests and teachers of the law persisted. After a cursory inquiry, Pilate declared he found no fault in Jesus, hoping that would be the end of the matter.

Passions intensified as misguided and dubious religious leaders stirred the pot. Pilate discovered that Jesus was a Galilean, which was King Herod’s territory. Seeing a jurisdictional loophole Pilate sent him off to be judged by Herod, who was in Jerusalem at the time.

Herod, being a shady and manipulative operator, engaged in a bout of mockery at Christ’s expense, then returned the prisoner to Pilate.

The Roman examined the Nazarene in more depth. At one point of the questioning, Pilate seemed entirely perplexed by Jesus, especially when the answers spoke of kings, kingdoms, and truth.

“What is truth?” Pilate asked. We can’t hear the inflection in his voice, but my view is that he was mystified and nearly exasperated.

Unbeknownst to the governor, just the night before, Jesus had revealed a timeless response to that query. It was in an Upper Room while he was celebrating a Passover meal with his friends.

Jesus told them, “I am the way and the truth and the life.”

The statement remains profoundly real and loaded with mystery. It can generate levels of animosity that is a mirror reflection of the hatred the man of Galilee experienced in the final days of his earthly life.

However, comprehension—either by individuals or universally—is not a requirement for truth to be truth. The humble carpenter turned rabbi on trial in front of Pilate—wearing a royal purple robe placed on his shoulders by Herod—was and is truth.

After that exchange, Pilate had found no reason or precedent to execute Jesus. In an attempt to pacify the unruly crowd, he had him flogged.

The religious leaders remained intransigent. Pilate took a stroll down denial lane. A bloodlust was rising in the mob, yet he appealed to it for sympathy.

Remembering the custom of releasing a prisoner at Passover, Pilate wanted to set Jesus free and made that offer repeatedly. At the behest of the chief priests, those gathered as spectators, screamed in favor of a murderer and insurrectionist named Barabbas.

Mobocracy ruled. To satisfy the crowd, in an act of pure expediency, Pilate set Barabbas free and turned Jesus over to soldiers to be crucified.

C.S. Lewis Quote

A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things that Jesus said wouldn’t be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic on the level with the man who says he’s a poached egg—or else he would be the devil of hell; you must make your choice.

Either this was, and is the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a demon; or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. But don’t come up with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great moral teacher. He hasn’t left that alternative to us.

Will God's grace always fill in the gaps of our failings & mistakes?

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Our Verdict

Pontius Pilate had to make a decision about Jesus. Every human being who hears the gospel story has the same requirement.

What is our verdict? What is our judgment of Jesus? What do we do with Jesus? Do we treat him as a lunatic on the level of a man who says he’s a pouched egg, or do we treat him as the son of God, our Lord and Savior?

Like Pilate, many people today don’t possess the moral courage to stand for Jesus. For some it’s too easy to go along with the crowd, or to use the multitude wrongs of the church as an excuse not to follow Christ.

Others are steeped in pluralism and new age spirituality, so accept Jesus on the buffet plan, picking and choosing what they believe about him. Some reject the gospel for academic reasons couched in human-centric enlightenment.

Pilate saw Jesus as innocent. Reading the Biblical accounts we get a glimpse of his angst as he struggled to deliver a ruling that’d result in Christ’s release. Squeezed by the pliers of political and religious forces, he acquiesced. His notoriety is that he had all the intestinal fortitude of a jellyfish.

What do we say? Was Pontius Pilate simply a pawn or more darkly, was he a gutless wonder?

Here’s my best conclusion: The tumult and unrest of his times surely influenced him. When put to the test, when push came to shove, he capitulated to take the course of least resistance.

Therein lies a lesson for us: The intrigues and pressures of our days have some sway on us, but in my understanding of Scripture, there can be no middle of the road, wishy-washy, blank bumper sticker faith.

If Jesus is Lord and Savior then we must stand strong, confident that grace will always fill in the gaps of our failings and mistakes.

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      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Pratonix - One never has enough friends. :>) Peace, blessings & much encouragement to you.

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      Pratonix 7 years ago from Asia

      I was hoping we could become friends, but you already have too many!! I'm a newbie here, and a born-again Christian. Thought we could link up...

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      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Pratonix - Thank you for stopping in & sharing. Your words are much appreciated. Blessings.

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      Pratonix 7 years ago from Asia

      This is excellently written. As you said rightly, "there can be no middle of the road, wishy-washy, blank bumper sticker faith."

      Pilate was in a position of authority, but he compromised, capitulated and proved to be a coward. There are many in responsible positions whose cowardly compromises have spelled doom for their children, their churches, their societies, their nations.

      Sentimentalists may choose to sympathize with Pilate, but the Bible is made of sterner stuff. Revelation 21:8 consigns the cowardly (NASB) to the lake of fire.

      'Realists' know that Pilate and Herod became friends, by sacrificing Christ to the bloodthirsty mob, Luke 23:12.

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      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Thanks, Micky Dee. Appreciate your visit.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Great story. Great hub. We have a lot of "Pilots". We have a lot of Eva Brauns.

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      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      ris8994 - Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it. Blessings.

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      rls8994 7 years ago from Mississippi

      Great presentation in this hub. I enjoyed reading it and all the comments. I feel like I have learned something. Great job!

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      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      coffeesnob - Thanks for your vote. I appreciate your words & perspective. Blessings.

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      coffeesnob 7 years ago

      Ken,

      I vote gutless wonder! He stood face to face with the Living God and chose him not...because the crowds pressed him.. he buckled under the pressure.

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      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      HOOWANTSTONO - Thanks for your thoughtful comments. Peace & blessings to you.

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      HOOWANTSTONO 7 years ago

      Hi bro

      Thought provoking, but at the end of the day, Jesus was the selected Lamb for slaughter. If Pilot had found Jesus guilty then the prophecy would never have been fulfilled. Caiaphas the High Priest had to have selected Jesus and Jesus had to be found "I am innocent of the blood of this just person" by Pontius Pilate, a spotless Lamb which completed the Prophecy.

      Peace

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      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      janiek13 - Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it.

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      Mary Krenz 7 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

      Great explanation, I really enjoyed that!

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      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      A M - Thanks for sharing here. Good words. Peace, blessings & Happy Easter.

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      Allen Werner 7 years ago from West Allis

      Excellent research and presentation Ken. Got to admit, never gave the man much thought before. I have to believe he was a pawn simply because the Lord knows us all before we were in our mother's womb. I believe we live our lives as a story already told. I believe He already knows what we will choose but, to be free spirits, He must allow us the opportunity in the great scheme of heaven, to suffer tribulation and endure temptation, and make our choices. I have to believe Pilate was as much a disappointment to the Lord as any other who don't accept their responsibility in protecting the precious body of our Savior. Have a blessed Passover Weekend with your family Ken. Peace.

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      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      UlrikeGrace - Thank you for your thoughtful words. Peace, blessings & Happy Easter.

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      UlrikeGrace 7 years ago from Canada

      It seems to me by the description of Pilate as a ruthless, reprobate that it would be difficult for anyone to coerce him. I suspect He did what was best in the end for Pilate regardless of who or what he might have thought Jesus to be. His interest I'm sure was there of what kind of man this Jesus was that had aroused Jerusalem and its leaders to this kind of frenzy. Hence the questioning...but in the end Ken I think, all we can do is guess. As you said we cannot know what his heart in truth truly was.

      Blessings to you throughout this Easter celebration and remembrance time.

      UlrikeGrace

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      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Thank you, Pamela. Have a blessed & happy Easter.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Ken. I very much enjoyed you hub. I also think Pilate was a necessary pawn and part of God's plan.

      Have a Happy as it is a joyous day. God Bless.

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      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      sheila - Thanks for stopping in & reading. Yes, I think you are understanding me correctly. Blessings.

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      sheila b. 7 years ago

      I'm Jewish, and haven't studied the New Testament, so I'm replying to what you told me here. I'm inclined to go along with the description of Pilate as ruthless, etc. If I understand you correctly, there is a little known about him, but what is known is not good.

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      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Thanks, Dave. I appreciate your words & do not disagree. But there remains a tension between predestination & free will.

      Pilate had a choice, as do we all. Otherwise, we're all just preprogrammed automatons. I'm not sure we can or will resolve the predestination/free will tension this side of glory. There's a complexity to it that resides in the realm of God's soveriegnty & his ways are greater & different than our ways.

      No, I missed the Johnny Cash Special. Wish I had seen it. Have a blessed Easter, brother. Resurrection Day, indeed. I refer to it as the greatest event in history.

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      Dave Mathews 7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Dear Brother Ken, First off bro, have yourself a joyous Happy Easter, or "Happy Resurrection Day" as I call it.

      We are all looking to point a finger, to say, it's his fault, or it's their fault, what is wrong with realizing the truth? The one most important truth is all mankind are sinners, therefore to expunge our sins a perfect sinless sacrifice was demanded by God. Jesus Volunteered to be it.

      Kaie Arwen made my point exactly when she mentioned that God's predetermined and predestined paln was for Pilate to fulfill the prophetic writings of the Holy Scriptures especially those written in Isaiah.

      Jesus The Son of God, made man, was sent with the express purpose of fulfilling God's Holy Pre-Ordained Prophecies. Judas Had his part to play, Caiaphas and the pharisees, their part, and Pilate his part.

      If as Christians we are to accept the Holy Bible as God's Holy Book, expressing God's Holy Laws, God's Holy Pre-ordained prophetic writings, as well as Jesus'teachings as The Son of God Himself,including the writings of the Epistles of The Apostles, then ultimately we must accept that this was God's plan from start to finish and the players are those chosen by God to fulfill His word as written.

      Otherwise everything in the Holy Bible is merely stories, and Christians have for centuries believed in a fairytale.

      I for one believe it is all God's will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven.

      By the way did you see the Johnny Cash Special last night on the life of Jesus?

      Brother Dave.

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      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      dahoglund - Thank you for sharing your mixed feelings. I think you express well some of the difficulties with the subject. Blessings.

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I have mixed feelings on the subject. I don't like the pawn idea, as that would imply possible predestination and a manipulative God. I do understand that Pilate became a Christian at some point. He did have a duty as governor of the territory to enforce the law and loyalty to Rome. I think it is confusing because we have different sensibilities and would consider crucifixion crue and unusal punishemt, although it was usual then.

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      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      weepingfool - Thanks. Your conclusions are about where I come out on it all. The one-dimensional caricatures or portrayals of him drive me bonkers.

      Happy Easter. BTW, T.S. is a great idea.

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      weepingfool 7 years ago

      Great article... kind of a "Whatever happened to..."

      I especially enjoyed the historical details... never knew a lot of that...

      It's always been my opinion that the whole event was like dominoes, and everyone was placed in position... Judas, Pilate, the angry mob... and we look back and judge these figures harshly (heck, the fact that it was a Jewish mob yelling "crucify him!" is responsible for 2000 years of Anti-Semitism)but ultimately, they were, in part, responsible for our salvation as well. They played a role (though not a pretty one) just as Mary played a role. And Jesus willingly gave himself up to be crucified... it's not like these people had taken him by force and against his will. Jesus' own words wash down over the crowd from the cross: "Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do".

      Whatever the character of Pilate, I like to think that God used him -- spineless jellyfish or man of principle -- to make sure that it was Barabbas, and not Jesus that was set free that day. Pilate was another domino that had to fall in place.

      Happy Easter.

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      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Ann Nonymous - Thank you. Blessings, encouragement & a Happy Easter to you.

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      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Ghost Whisper 77 - Thank you for your thoughtful & thought-provoking comments. Would be an interesting topic for a "solving all the world's problems" session. Take care & Happy Easter.

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      Ann Nonymous 7 years ago from Virginia

      Very interesting take and hub, Ken! Wishing you a very blessed Easter to you and yours! God Bless!

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      The IGNITER vs Corrupted Governments 7 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

      Pontius Pilate..he took the course of least resistance..not too different than what we have now in the world. The "mob" mentality--against those who tell the truth. The truth often doesn't matter-the majority will win--the angry mob--gear their actions only in what individually fuels their anger and unrest. With some it is the satisfation of killing-others have great fear and some just want to be with the majority regardless of what mob scene is playing out.

      What happened to Jesus is no different than what we see in the world today. Nothing has changed it has only gotten worse. They killed our savior without caring to think-feel from one's soul about the truth. Pontius Pilate's exist all throughout the world--it is never ending. No lessons learned. History continues to repeat itself sadly.

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      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Earthbeat - You're welcome. Thank you for the visit & your thoughtful comments. Blessings.

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      Earthbeat 7 years ago

      There are so many ways to see Pilate. Yes, he had a critical role in the passion of Christ, yet he also acted in a way that one might expect of a Roman official trying to keep the peace among the colonized people, the Jews.

      What has always stood out for me, is that he at least recognized that Jesus was guilt-free. But then he passed the buck. A denial of Jesus in a sense, and as I write this, the image comes to mind of Peter, who denied Jesus three times, just a short before, and of the disciples who slept while Jesus prayed.

      And now the verse which flashes in front of me is from the time Jesus stood with the woman taken in adultery and said, "Let the person among you who is without sin throw the first stone."

      Ken, thanks so much for your thought provoking hub.

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      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      msorensson - Thank for stopping in & sharing. I'm not sure we disagree all that much. Blessings & Happy Easter.

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      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      scentualhealing - Thank you for sharing such deep comments. Lots of fodder to think about. Blessings to you.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      This is the first time I would disagree with you, Ken.

      He played a role that was assigned to him. No, I do not think he had a choice at that time.

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      scentualhealing 7 years ago from Georgia

      Pilate wasted nothing but to appease the people, he did not govern as we do with black or white laws and retrobution.

      I believe Pilate honestly thought the people would save Jesus or more than enough of them would have stepped forward to stop what was being said and done.

      I believe the crowd was to tired hungry and angry, they plotted/propganda this crowd for they knew it would go against what was in the name of Love and Jeusus and what the Jews at the time in authority wanted.

      And you know how mass thinking, that mass energy gets, just like when crowds started rioting or after a game win get and the energy is high and it breeds destruction.

      It has always been said the Pilate had counsel with Jesus many times and admired him for his ways even though it was not the ways of current times back then.

      All the people had to do was put into practice what Jesus had been saying all along and it MAYBE have been a different outcome. But I beleive the priests or rabbis at the time would have stepped in and forced their issues and whined to get their ways.

      Jesus threatened their authority/control over the people and the church at the time would not have that. The people would no longer live in fear or be under the thumb of the church authority any longer and grovel and be poor and be against one another and not trusting each other and the church was evil, and wanted to breed that rift more than anything to keep their power over the people.

      With Love and fellowship and brotherhood of man in existence the church had no power at all any more.

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      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Thank you, RevLady. Yes there is that whole free will aspect tied up into God's soveriegn plan, isn't there? This side of eternity I'm not sure we'll ever fully comprehend it. Happy Easter to you.

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      RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Great hub Ken,

      I also believe Pilate was being used for the higher purposes of God's plan, yet, he exercised his own free choice in valuing his position over innocence.

      Thanks for this Good Friday meditation.

      Forever His,

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      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Kaie Arwen - Thanks for stopping in & sharing thoughtful & thought-provoking comments. All that stuff ran through my head while I was writing it. Now you've given me more fodder to consider. Blessings to you.

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      Kaie Arwen 7 years ago

      This was very interesting; I've always felt that Pilate's role in the crucifixion was that of a pawn. Yes, he believed in Christ's innocence, and he gave the mob what he thought would be an option they wouldn't refuse---- Jesus or Barrabas--- and he was wrong! Was he gutless? Maybe, but Jesus already knew the end result, and I believe that Pilate's role was predestined................ Jesus was sent to die for us............ had Pilate done anything else it wouldn't have been in keeping with what had already been ordained. Jesus knew he'd be convicted; he knew that Judas would betray him, and he knew that Simon Peter would deny him............... the prophesies were fulfilled, Jesus' predictions all came true.

      My grandmother always told me that Pilate's wife was a Christian; I don't know if she had converted before or after, but my grandma always insisted that she had believed. She only appears in one place in Bible, and that is in Matthew 27:19. "…while he [Pilate] was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, 'Have nothing to do with that righteous, innocent man, for I have suffered much over him today in a dream.'"

      It was known that she had interest in the Jewish people, and that she'd made it a point to educate herself about the people that her husband governed, but I guess we will never know the truth. Was Pilate weak? Yes, he put the life of a man he knew to be innocent into the hands of those who wished him dead. Did he live with the guilt of that decision for the rest of his life.......... did he know the result of what were in essence his actions or even his inaction........... yeah, he did. Could he have changed what had been ordained by God? I don't think so, but he could have made it a different story. So, I guess after all of this I really can't answer the question at all.......... :-/

      but you certainly made me think this morning!

      Thanks for that!

      Kaie

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      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      50 Caliber a.k.a. Dusty - Thanks for your $.02 less tax. Appreciate your words a great deal. Blessings & Happy Easter to you.

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      50 Caliber 7 years ago from Arizona

      Ken, my thoughts on Pilot have always been simple and short as a necessary pawn in the Mission of Christ. It seems to me he loved his own life and felt no strength in loosing it for the sake of any one. He never heard the words, that any man who loves his own life, will surely loose it. Just my $.02 less tax as his role was important then, today, other than an example of the proverb, I find it not really to important, once the nails were driven and the cross, pole, torture stake, what ever ones choice, was stood up, those actions fade into the mist of 3 days and what followed.