Crucify Him

"Crucify Him, crucify Him!"

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Crucify Him
JOHN 19 COMMENTARY

John 19:6-11 Crucify Him

John 19:12-16 Pontius Pilate
John 19:17-18 Golgotha
John 19:19-24 King of the Jews
JOHN 19:6  6 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.”

Did Pilate's attempt to appease the Jews by scourging Jesus work?
No, they cried out, saying, "Crucify Him, crucify Him!"

JOHN 19:7  7 The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to our law He ought to die, because He made Himself the Son of God.”

What do the Jews reveal?
Their real motivation for demanding that Pilate crucify Him, which had nothing to do with sedition against Rome.

Are the Jews then telling the truth?
Not quite. Jesus didn't 'make' "Himself the Son of God" (John 19:7); He is the Son of God.

JOHN 19:8-10  8 Therefore, when Pilate heard that saying, he was the more afraid, 9 and went again into the Praetorium, and said to Jesus, “Where are You from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 Then Pilate said to Him, “Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?”

What does, "Therefore, when Pilate heard that saying, he was the more afraid" (John 19:8) indicate?
"More afraid" means that Pilate was already afraid.

Why did Jesus give Pilate "no answer" (John 19:9)?
He knew that Pilate was now cornered and out of options. All that remained was for him to give in to the Jews' demand to crucify Him.

What is Pilate asking for in John 19:10?
Jesus' help in finding a way out of the corner and releasing Him.

JOHN 19:11  11 Jesus answered, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.”

Does Jesus comply?
No, Jesus responds as if His crucifixion is a foregone conclusion and almost sounds like He is consoling Pilate: his power "against" (John 19:11) Jesus had been delegated to him "from above" (John 19:11), meaning from God the Father, and he - Pilate - was less guilty than those who "delivered" (John 19:11) Jesus to him, meaning the Jews who were aware of His teachings and miracles and should have recognized and worshipped the Messiah foretold throughout the Old Testament instead of betraying Him.

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