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John 18:28-19:16 TPT

Before dawn they took Jesus from his trial before Caiaphas to the Roman
governor’s palace. Now the Jews refused to go into the Roman governor’s residence
to avoid ceremonial defilement before eating the Passover meal. So
Pilate came outside where they waited and asked them pointedly, “Tell me, what
exactly is the accusation that you bring against this man? What has he done?”

They answered, “We wouldn’t be coming here to hand over this ‘criminal’
to you if he wasn’t guilty of some wrongdoing!”

Pilate said, “Very well, then you take him yourselves and go pass judgment
on him according to your Jewish laws!”

But the Jewish leaders complained and said, “We don’t have legal authority
to put anyone to death. You should have him crucified!” (This was to fulfill
the words of Jesus when he predicted the manner of death that he would die.)

Upon hearing this, Pilate went back inside his palace and summoned Jesus.
Looking him over, Pilate asked him, “Are you really the King of the Jews?”

Jesus replied, “Are you asking because you really want to know, or are
you only asking this because others have said it about me?

Pilate responded, “Only a Jew would care about this; do I look like a Jew?
It’s your own people and your religious leaders that have handed you over to
me. So tell me, Jesus, what have you done wrong?”

Jesus looked at Pilate and said, “The royal power of my kingdom doesn’t
come from this world. If it did, then my followers would be fighting to the end
to defend me from the Jewish leaders. My kingdom authority is not from this

Then Pilate responded, “Oh, so then you are a king?”

You are right.” Jesus said, “I was born a King, and I have come into this
world to prove what truth really is. And everyone who loves the truth will
receive my words.

Pilate looked at Jesus and said, “What is truth?”

As silence filled the room, Pilate went back out to where the Jewish leaders
were waiting and said to them, “He’s not guilty. I couldn’t even find one fault
with him. Now, you do know that we have a custom that I release one prisoner
every year at Passover—shall I release your king—the King of the Jews?”

They shouted out over and over, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” (Now
Barabbas was a robber and a troublemaker.)

Then Pilate ordered Jesus to be brutally beaten with a whip of leather straps
embedded with metal. And the soldiers also wove thorn-branches into a
crown and set it on his head and placed a purple robe over his shoulders.

Then, one by one, they came in front of him to mock him by saying, “Hail, to
the King of the Jews!” And one after the other, they repeatedly punched him
in the face.

Once more Pilate went out and said to the Jewish officials, “I will bring
him out once more so that you know that I’ve found nothing wrong with him.”

So when Jesus emerged, bleeding, wearing the purple robe and the crown of
thorns on his head, Pilate said to them, “Look at him! Here is your man!”

No sooner did the high priests and the temple guards see Jesus that they
all shouted in a frenzy, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”

Pilate replied, “You take him then and nail him to a cross yourselves! I told
you—he’s not guilty! I find no reason to condemn him.”

The Jewish leaders shouted back, “But we have the Law! And according to
our Law, he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God!”

Then Pilate was greatly alarmed when he heard that Jesus claimed to be the Son of God! So he took Jesus back inside and said to him, “Where have you come from?” But once again, silence filled the room. Perplexed, Pilate said, “Are you going to play deaf? Don’t you know that I have the power to grant you your freedom or nail you to a tree?”

Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me at all, unless it was
given to you from above. This is why the one who betrayed me is guilty of an
even greater sin.

From then on Pilate tried to find a way out of the situation and to set
him free, but the Jewish authorities shouted him down: “If you let this man go,
you’re no friend of Caesar! Anyone who declares himself a king is an enemy of
the emperor!”

So when Pilate heard this threat, he relented and had Jesus, who was torn
and bleeding, brought outside. Then he went up the elevated stone platform
and took his seat on the judgment bench—which in Aramaic is called Gabbatha,
or “The Pavement.” And it was now almost noon. And it was the same day
they were preparing to slay the Passover lambs.

Then Pilate said to the Jewish officials, “Look! Here is your king!”

But they screamed out, “Take him away! Take him away and crucify him!”

Pilate replied, “Shall I nail your king to a cross?”

The high priests answered, “We have no other king but Caesar!”

Then Pilate handed Jesus over to them. So the soldiers seized him and
took him away to be crucified.

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