Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews gathered there, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him.” When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!”
As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!”
But Pilate answered, “You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.”
The Jewish leaders insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.”
When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, and he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. John 19:4-9
It looks like Pilate wants to do the right thing in this situation, but not really. He knows what the right thing is but refuses to do it. He’s stalling, perhaps hoping the Jewish leaders will have a change of heart. He doesn’t seem like he’s in control here.
Have you ever known what the right thing was but did otherwise? Of course you have; we all have. Our reasons and excuses for not doing the right things are as varied as the number of people not doing them.
It really only boils down to a few reasons (there are others too):
- Peer pressure.
- Consequences of our truthful actions.
- Afraid it might offend.
- Just want to do what we want to do – rebellion.
- It’s too hard.
Then, we often try to convince ourselves we did the right thing when all along we knew it wasn’t the right thing.
Sometimes (and completely apart from salvation) we just have to ask God to save us from ourselves!