Restraint During Injustice

There are so many things that Jesus hears through this that were SO WRONG but He didn’t protest. One way of protest would have been to stick up for Himself, to get Himself freed. What questions He DOES ask are more toward walking the fools around Him toward the truth. He is not concerned with rescueing Himself in this situation, but His accusers.John 18:31 “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death.” They are referring to Roman law, but in this case they are indicting themselves. It is not lawful for them to put anyone to death under God’s law either, without a proper trial. One person speaks up about this back in John 7:51 (it was Nicodemas from John 3:16!) but He is shouted down.

Jesus heard this and didn’t chime in to say yeah!

John 18:31 “Judge Him by your own law.” They can’t because if they did, they would find no guilt in this man. Jesus doesn’t shout an amen or a “YEAH!” but listens. That might even be why He doesn’t bother to argue with Pilate. He knows that none of these people are listening to arguments or reason.

John 18:37 “Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” [38] Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

It is too easy for people when they don’t understand Jesus, to write Him off and not wonder or think about if maybe, just maybe, He was true.