Pilate gave in to the mob after declaring Jesus innocent; and illegally scourged Christ and sent him to be crucified.
John 19:1 Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. 19:2 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, 19:3 And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.
19:4 Pilate therefore went forth again [The priests would not enter the court house because they did not want to contract any physical uncleanness before the coming High Day of ULB.] and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him.
Pilate gives Yeshua [Jesus the Christ] to the mob
19:5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man! 19:6 When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.
The church elders of that day; proclaimed that Jesus ought to die because he transgressed their unscriptural traditions; yet they demanded that he die by a Roman method.
19:7 The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.
Pilate being a Roman was superstitious about the many gods of Rome and when he heard that Jesus claimed to be a God, by saying he was the son of God; Pilate became fearful and went back to question Jesus again.
19:8 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid; 19:9 And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer.
Jesus said that all power is in the hands of God the Father and that Pilate’s power could be easily broken by God, if the Father did not will his death.
The Father allows Satan to rule this world and exalt whoever Satan wills; within the limits set by God! God is the ultimate authority over even Satan!
Brethren, the present situation was allowed by God the Father, so that we may all learn the lessons that are needed to overcome and enter eternal life. Today he major corporate church of God groups are standing on their false traditions and rejecting the Word of God, having been deceived into man worship; yet they are getting a serious warning that they will remember, and in the tribulation they will remember that warning and repent!
Those who do turn to the Word of God NOW; will be spared the tribulation; however they tend to be more independent minded persons and they will be forced together and will have to learn to COOPERATE with one another and WORK TOGETHER “In the Lord”!
God is teaching each one of us the lessons that we need to learn; and when he is finished; He will bring all of his chosen together; at the Wedding Feast in heaven!
Brethren, the Master Builder, acting on instructions from God the Father, is building a spiritual Temple; a government to rule the whole earth [and ultimately the universe] and REPLACE Satan’s government! Satan is fighting that, tooth and claw, and the present discord among brethren is from Satan, allowed by God to teach us so very many things.
When we feel abused or are offended we need to understand that this is a spiritual battle and that many are being deceived and acting under false spiritual influences, while thinking they are serving God.
Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
John 19:10 Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?
Pilate is impressed and seeks to save Jesus, but is forced by the mob
19:11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.
The Jews then brought politics into the equation and accused Pilate of being against his emperor.
19:12 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar’s friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar. 19:13 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha.
19:14 And it was the preparation of the passover [the Passover day was the preparation day for the Feast of Unleavened Bread], and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! 19:15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar. 19:16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.
Jesus bore his stake for a time but fell under it and another was compelled to help
19:17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: 19:18 Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst. 19:19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. 19:20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.
Pilate wrote that Jesus WAS the King of the Jews and refused to take that title down; showing that he had more respect for Christ then for all the religious leaders of the Jews.
19:21 Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews. 19:22 Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.
Christ’s clothing was divided among the soldiers presiding over the crucifixion, but his coat they cast lots for fulfilling Psalm 22.
19:23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. 19:24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did. (Psalm 22)
Jesus makes provision for his family
19:25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. 19:26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple [John] standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! 19:27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.
19:28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. 19:29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.
19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
The Jews were urgent that the three bodies be buried on that preparation day before the first High Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread; that preparation day being the Passover; and asked Pilate to take steps to speed the dying process.
19:31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
19:32 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.
Jesus being already dead they speared him. Now blood and water came forth; the blood bearing record that his death was in sacrifice for humanity and covers the sins of the sincerely repentant with the blood of the Lamb of God, as in Egypt the blood of the Passover lamb was placed on the door posts that Israel might be delivered from the destroyer.
The water coming forth; bares record that Jesus Christ through his teachings and sacrifice coupled with our repentance and diligent faithful obedience: is the source of the Living Waters of eternal life! (John 4 and John 7).
19:33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: 19:34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.
John witnessed this personally and his record is true
19:35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe. 19:36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. 19:37 And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.
When Christ comes there shall be a great repenting; and humanity shall accept and welcome him with great repentance. This is speaking generally of humanity: Those who actually did the piercing will see him on the day of their own resurrection.
Psalm 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. 34:20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.
Zechariah 4:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
Joseph (Mark 15:43) and Nicodemus apparently being men of repute in Jerusalem had some influence and were given the body; then along with certain other disciples, they placed the body of Jesus in a new tomb.
John 19:38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.
19:39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. 19:40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.
19:41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid.
They placed the body in the tomb because it was close by and they needed to hurry and complete the burial before sunset ending Passover and beginning the High Day of Unleavened Bread.
This fact alone should make it clear that since Jesus [our Passover Lamb] died on Passover, and was buried BEFORE the High Day; that the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened bread are two different days! Jesus was killed and buried BEFORE the end of the Passover day as sunset approached; remember that he was to be in the grave for three full nights and three full days and was resurrected after sunset beginning Sunday as the Wave Sheaf was cut from the earth!
19:42 There laid they Jesus therefore because of [it was] the Jews’ preparation day [for the High Day of Unleavened Bread]; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.