“Pilate came out again and said to them, ‘Behold, I am bringing Him out to you so that you may know that I find no guilt in Him’” (John 19:4).
Three times in the span of nine verses (John 18:38-19:6), Pilate affirms the innocence of Jesus. There is something about the presence of Jesus, and the proclamation of his gospel message, that elicits a response and beckons us to render a verdict regarding our relationship to him. His desire is not that we answer with compassion, sympathy, or pity, but rather, with the declaration, “Jesus is Lord.” Judiciously, Pilate had a right opinion of Jesus, but introspectively, he made the wrong response. Opinions don’t matter. There is only one appropriate response — Jesus is Lord.