Did Pilate Know?

Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.  And Pilate wrote  title, and put it on the cross.  And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.  This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.  Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.  Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.

John 19:18-22

As Jesus was going to be crucified, Pilate wrote a title for Jesus and put it on the cross to identify Him.  He wrote “Jesus of Nazareth the King of the Jews.”  And he wrote it in three different languages, just to make sure everybody was able to read it.  The chief priests were angry about it because they had just declared “we have no king but Caesar.”  They had rejected Jesus and were adamant about it.  They wanted the wording on the title changed.  But Pilate, unwilling to stand up to them any other time, stood up here and said “What I have written I have written.”

Pilate said numerous times that he found no fault in Jesus.  He then made a banner for the cross declaring that Jesus was indeed the King of the Jews.  He rejected the Jews’ attempts to get him to change the wording.  Did Pilate really believe?  Did Pilate know that Jesus was King of the Jews?  It is an interesting question.  He didn’t want to crucify Him, but he was afraid of the Jews, so he let them have Him and crucify Him.

Pilate may have known, but he didn’t act on his knowledge.  We know the truth; let us act on what we know.  Let us believe on Jesus and be bold in our faith!

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