Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The Questions of Pilate: (John 18)
1. What accusation bring ye against this man? 29
2. Art thou the King of the Jews? 33
3. Am I a Jew? 35
4. What hast thou done? 35
5. Art thou a king then? 37
6. What is truth? 38
7. Will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews? 39
We know that answering questions with questions can sometimes be a very effective method of teaching and learning. Jesus employed this tactic to perfection. Pilate, on the other hand, used it to deflect responsibility. He had a responsibility to the truth, to himself, to God and to his subjects, yet he shunned it with whimsical questions designed to deflect and save face.
Some obvious things:
a. Pilate had more questions than answers.
b. He really didn't care about the answers.
c. He wasn't much of a leader.