“There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous.” -Blaise Pascal
Besides, while he was sitting on the judgement seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much because of him today in a dream.” (Matthew 27:19)
Sitting on the judgement seat, Pilate struggled between his desire for popularity and his conscience. His conscience told him Jesus was innocent. His desire for popularity fought against making an issue of this man’s innocence when the Jewish leaders so wanted to destroy him. Ah! Let the crowds decide! That removed him from the decision altogether. Salvaged his popularity and the peace and soothed his conscience.
But then another complicating factor arises. His wife arrives and makes a plea. Out loud. “Don’t do it! He is innocent!” The pressure increases, on both sides.
In general, wives and husbands tend to watch out for one another. They want to protect and serve each other. Dreams were considered to contain important signs and warnings. And it was a dream that forced Pilate’s wife to make the unusual announcement. Was this a warning to her husband to save him from the guilt of condemning an innocent man? Or was it designed to avoid a potentially vengeful reaction from the Heavens? Was she voicing a God-given testimony of Jesus’ innocence to highlight the sins of the Sanhedrin? Or was her dream one from the Devil to try and avoid the death sacrifice which would remove his authority on earth? Nobody truly knows the interpretation of Pilate’s wife’s dream.
But God knew. He knew that His son Jesus needed to be prosecuted, scourged and die on the cross to save the world. He knew that there were powers and principalities that would fight against that solution. He allowed the Sanhedrin to inflame the crowds and silenced the followers of Jesus. He wanted to make sure the plan unfolded as He designed. But He also continued to highlight Jesus’ innocence while the authorities continued to prosecute Him. There was to be no doubt that an innocent man was to be crucified. God’s plan to resurrect Jesus after providing a final blood sacrifice to save the world was still to come. His love was unfolding even as the drama continued. Keep loving…