The Trial of Jesus

Continuing with the trial of Jesus, Luke 23:1-12 explains that the Jewish council brought Jesus before Pilate. Since Pilate was the Roman governor of Judea, the charge they brought before him was subverting the nation; opposing payment of taxes to Caesar along with claiming to be king. We know that the accusation about opposing payment of taxes is false from reading Luke 20:22-25 when Jesus said, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”

Pilate was a Roman governor and didn’t want to get involved in finding Jesus guilty because it would be risky for his political future. Also, he thought Jesus was innocent anyway so he didn’t immediately make a judgment. Instead, he sent Jesus to Herod who was the ruler of Galilee. Herod was the man who had murdered John the Baptist (vv. 6-7).

But Herod had heard many things about Jesus and was looking forward to meeting Him. The chief priests and scribes continued to accuse Jesus so like most politicians, Herod ended up torn between doing what was popular and doing what was right. He didn’t lead at all so rather than make a decision, he sent Jesus back to Pilate.

A leader has to know when to speak up and have the courage to make a stand and when to stay silent. Politicians seem to want to stay silent. Look at politicians today … they make decisions based on popularity rather than by leading and doing what is right.

But it is the same in any leadership role like leader of a group, an employee, or as a parent. There are times when Christians need to tell it like it is and stop trying to cover for those who are just wrong. It will come back and make us look like the one that’s wrong.

Father God, this day with You we pray for the ability to have good judgment about right and wrong and to have the courage to state what we believe is right. Not what is popular or what we think our boss wants to hear but what is accurate. Amen!

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4 Responses to The Trial of Jesus

  1. When a Christian speaks up and tells it like it is, we’re often accused of being judgmental. How many times do we hear, “Who made you judge?” or “How dare you judge the way I live!!” That how the world tries to silence us. But the truth is, God is the judge. God is the one who defined sin. And as evangelists, we’re called to share the gospel of Christ even though some will take offense. When we tell people that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), that’s not passing judgment. We’re simply declaring God’s truth. And at the very core of the gospel message is the truth found in the very next verse: “and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”


    • Mark Shields says:

      I believe if more would read and study the Bible, the more all the various groups would work together to find real solutions within societies. I think you hit the nail on the head. Thanks for sharing!



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