main point –
This story turns our basic assumptions about power and authority on their head. Pilate is powerless to act on his own judgment — two reasons — God has pre-ordained this encounter — the Jews — the supposedly conquerored and broken people are calling the shots.
new light –
You would have no power over me unless it had been given you from above; therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.
Because Pilate is simply fulfilling God’s will here — the Jewish leaders are more guilty than Pilate? Seems a non sequitur to me. The way a person of faith fulfills God’s will is different from a person of non-faith. We can either do God’s work by cooperating with it or by fighting it. The Jewish authorities are acting like Romans here.
Haven’t attended too many capital trails lately.
But I think I have this tendency to do God’s will kicking and screaming as I go. A kind of hybrid between Pilate and Jesus perhaps — maybe more of Peter in me with a sprinkling of James and John — not too much Judas I hope.
Self-consecration. Prayer. Be ready to be faithful. All good things but not easily done in the waiting period before the marching orders are given.
None to think of. Whereas I saw anti-Jewish sentiments in earlier passages I see anti-authority here. I think Jesus’ way of power is power through mutual submission to one another and to God’s will — power with rather than power over. And this witnesses to the ultimate powerlessness of those who seek power over others.