John 18:28–32 (ESV)
Jesus Before Pilate
Then they led Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the governor’s headquarters. It was early morning. They themselves did not enter the governor’s headquarters, so that they would not be defiled, but could eat the Passover. 29 So Pilate went outside
to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?” 30 They answered him, “If this man were not doing evil, we would not have delivered him over to you.” 31 Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and judge him
by your own law.” The Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death.” 32 This was to fulfill the word that Jesus had spoken to show by what kind of death he was going to die.
The Jews were not allowed to sentence someone to death, so they take Jesus to Pilate early in the morning. The Passover was beginning, so the Jews could not enter the home of a Gentile. So Pilate comes outside. Notice that Pilate
ask what are the charges, and they keep it real vague. The charges are trumped up and they don’t want to get into it with Pilate. Today’s passage can be challenging to piece together a time line in events. It brings a problem
with John’s timing of the Passover meal and the other accounts. What it boils down to is that many Jews used different calendars. What is also interesting is how they are trying to work within the law to receive a death penalty, yet they
are bending the laws over trumped up charges. There predicament shows that they are two-faced. We often proclaim our Christianity, yet cover our sins with more lies. In the long run, we are really no different.
I pray: O Lord, help me to not be two-faced in my Christian walk. I know that you see through it, and others see through it... help me to see it too and to be honest and deal with others fairly. Help me to not sin... and to not snowball
by covering sins with more sins. Amen.