Bible Commentary: “No Fault In Him” The Days Of Lent

March 26, 2015 at 8:35 am | Posted in Bible Commentary | Leave a comment
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“Pilate then went out again, and said to them, “Behold, I am bringing Him out to you, that you may know that I find no fault in Him.” (John 19:4 NKJV)

Thursday night Jesus was taken in the Mount of Olives and brought before Caiaphas the high priest where they worked very hard to bring accusation against Him. “The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death.  But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward” (Matthew 26:59-60 NIV). Then, “Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people came to the decision to put Jesus to death. They bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate, the governor.” (Matthew 27:1-2 NIV) Pilate then went out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this Man?” (John 18:29 NKJV  Through the whole course of Pilate’s interrogation Jesus does not defend Himself against any of the terrible things that are said against Him.  “So again Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.” But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed” (Mark 15:4-5 NIV).

This wasn’t the first time that Pilate had to judge a man’s sentence; this was part of Pilate’s job. It was Pilate who decided whether it was scourging, crucifixion or freedom for the persons brought to him.  Pilate was used to having men completely break down in front of him, begging for their lives, confessing to some of their crimes or completely pleading innocence, but he has never had a silent man who didn’t accuse his accusers of lying. Jesus neither defended Himself nor brought accusation against those that accused Him; He just stood silently, regally, nobly in front of Pilate. And Pilate was amazed!  Pilate knew that Jesus was innocent and should be set free and tried to
do that very thing but the crowd wouldn’t let him. “Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again” (Luke 23:20 NIV). Again and again Pilate goes out to the crowd to try to persuade them to allow him to let Jesus go but to no avail. And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all” (John 18:38 NKJV). “Pilate then went out again, and said to them, “Behold, I am bringing Him out to you, that you may know that I find no fault in Him.” Then Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said to them, “Behold the Man!” Therefore, when the chief priests and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “You take Him and crucify Him, for I find no fault in Him” (John 19:4-6 NKJV).

Pilate stood Jesus on the balcony so that all the crowd could see Him wearing the crown of thorns and a purple robe, with His face bloodied and His back whipped and Pilate declares “I find no fault in Him” and commands the crowd to behold Jesus, then, literally, washes his hands of the whole matter.

Child of God – Do you trust Jesus? Do you really trust Jesus? Have you ever asked why is God doing this to me? How could He let this happen to me? If those questions or something similar have ever escaped your lips then you do not trust Him completely. Jesus is completely worth of all your trust! Jesus at all times is in love with you and wants nothing but the best for you! Jesus has no fault in Him; He led a completely sinless life to be a ransom for us! Paul tells us, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV). Jesus had no sin in His own life so that He could take our sin to His death on the cross.  Pilate was correct when he could find no fault in Jesus. We need to be like Pilate and do the same, trusting in the love of Jesus that He will never leave us or forsake us and that He is making us into His own image and likeness.

Our prayer:
Lord, thank you for being willing to receive the punishment of sin on you, even when you never sinned, so I can become the righteousness of God. Help me to trust in you always. Even when the circumstances are not good to me. Help me to keep focus, knowing that your faithfulness endures forever. Amen.

If you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior pray: “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that out of love for me you willingly sacrificed your life so that I may live. I repent of all my sins and open my heart to you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer for the first time or if you have any questions please contact us. We would love to hear from you.

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