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Jesus and Pilate
John 18:28-40 Commentary
by Craig A. Satterlee
Jesus is led, bound, from Caiaphas’ house to Pilate’s headquarters on the day of preparation for Passover (cf. John 18:24, 28.).
On the day of preparation for Passover, the religious leaders come to Pilate to sacrifice the Lamb of God. For it is as Jesus stands before Pilate that he is revealed to be both a king and the true Passover lamb. In actuality, two trials take place. Inside Pilate’s headquarters, Jesus stands trial before Pilate; outside Pilate’s headquarters, Pilate stands trial before the Judeans.
When they arrive with Jesus, the religious leaders remain outside the headquarters to maintain their ritual purity. Pilate goes out to the religious leaders (John 18:29-32) and the trial of Pilate begins. He asks what accusation they bring against Jesus. Rather than state the charges, the religious leaders respond that they have already determined that Jesus is a criminal. Pilate answers that, if the religious leaders found Jesus guilty, they should also punish him. The leaders indicate that Jesus must die at Roman hands. Jesus must be lifted up from the earth in order to draw people to himself, ...
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Narrative Lectionary 123: Jesus and Pilate
March 30, 2014
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker for "I Love to Tell the Story," a conversation on Year 4 of the narrative lectionary. This podcast covers the text for March 30, 2014: John 18:28-40. Accompanying reading: Psalm 145:10-13.