John bypasses the trial before Caiaphas and concentrates on the trial before Pilate. It is good to read this passage on the passion out aloud.
Well does C.S. Lewis give description of the slaying of Aslan, the depictions of mean and nasty creatures cackling and laughing and tormenting the King.
Because look here in this passage, see what the Jews who took Jesus to Pilate were about. They would not be denied, regardless of truth or law – This threat to their power had to go!
Time and again Pilate seeks to free Jesus, knowing that this was no ordinary man, no ordinary situation.
But Jesus speaks the truth of it to Pilate,
“You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above.”
It was God’s will to slay the Son, the Christ. Jesus, the lamb slain from before the foundation of the world, went obediently, meekly, to the cross – Walk under the will of His Father.
We will be put into very unjust situations. Times when it feels so very unfair.
It is good to remember how Jesus dealt with the most outrageously unfair situation in all of history.
He submitted under the will of the Father.
* Father God,
We pray that Your will would be done here on earth, as it is in heaven.
May we humbly submit under and go about Your will for us.