Read today's scripture here: John 18:28-40
Pilate immediately follows the rules and asks, "What has this man done?" , the one question that was never established in Christ's arrest. The Jewish leaders, in a prominent profession to be trusted, reply, "If he hadn't done something we wouldn't have brought him to you." It's sad that these high officials, in a place of honor, had to lie to get what they wanted. They knew they had no charges, they knew they had no proof, they knew that they couldn't hold him, so perhaps they could make the Governor do it. Pilate immediately realizes they have nothing, so he tells them to take him back and judge him under their "own Jewish laws". In which the leaders replied, we can't kill him under our laws.
Do you know anyone that always tries to find loopholes to get what they want?
Next Pilate takes Jesus aside and does what should have been done in the beginning and he questions Jesus on his guilt. After Jesus responds, Pilate knows there is no guilt. He tells the people I find no fault. I guess I'm not sure why Jesus would be allowed to be held after the Governor pardons him, but he announces again under man made rules that it is the custom, or the law, to let a prisoner go, or pardon during Passover. I will say it again, people are careful to follow man made laws, but it's easy to forget God's. The people scream, let the murderer go free!!! Even based on truth, Pilate was swayed by what other's said and not by his own fair judgment.
Do we judge fairly and with educated responses? I'm fully in agreement we should judge sin....are we doing a good job?