This evening I was thinking of the political issues around the death of Jesus while of course acknowledging His saving grace and the power of the blood shed on calvary.
Then there was this man called Pontius Pilate. Pontius Pilate was the fifth prefect of the Roman province of Judaea from AD 26–36. By any standard, the Roman Empire was the epicenter of world order politically and stood tall militarily.
As the governor of Rome he also served as what you may call the chief justice or the principal judge in the case of Jesus vs State (there was no precedent but only accounts of ‘treason’).
The ultimate political dilemma was to sentence the son of God:
One who was the messiah.
One who was the saviour.
One who was equally popular and also unpopular.
One who was loved and hated in equal measure, yet he came as a gift of love.
He navigates through this paddle with a stroke of divine wisdom. Pilate declares in Luke’s Gospel. John has Pilate twice announce ‘I find no basis for a charge against him’. This was not popular. This made his a villain of sorts.
Have you ever thought critically why it is said that Jesus was crucified ‘under the reign of Pontius Pilate?’
Here is a man who believed in the truism of ‘Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews’.
Democracy and theocracy have a common meaning only when derived from the happenings in the heart of man. We have confused leadership with politics.
When Jesus died on the cross he changed our destinies through the divinity of his death and the power of resurrection that came with it. The power transcended every form of creation and defined every event on earth with Love.
His dilemma – to do the right thing or the popular thing – is every leaders’ puzzle to this date.
Dennis Okore Esq