Wow! These Jewish leaders! They seem like such bitter and angry people!
Judas comes and seeks remorse and a restitution of sorts for his involvement in this situation. He knows he is wrong and that he is at fault. So he comes in remorse and repentance, and they basically say, “Yup! You da man! You are at fault and in judgment, and we’re not lifting a finger to help you.”
They bring Jesus before the secular, gentile law because they cannot sentence Him to death on their own. If they could have avoided Pilate and dealing with the spited gentiles, they would have. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, they could not sentence Jesus to death on their own. Pilate, having dealt with these Jews before, had some major issues with what was going on. He knew that the Pharisees and religious leaders were doing this because they were so angry and bitter, and they hated Jesus for what He did and stood for.
Pilate knows that this is a sham trial, and he tries to stop it. But what God / YHWH has put into place, Pilate certainly cannot stop. So Pilate does what he can to help end this fiasco, but to no avail! He risks a riot and if that happens again, he could lose his jurisdiction and even his life if Caesar is in a foul mood when he hears of it. His wife even sends him a message telling him to have nothing to do with this man because of a dream she has, but in all truth, there is nothing that he can truly do to stop it. It’s all going forward like a train wreck, and all he can do is stand back and watch. “Let it be…”
It’s sad when i consider the Pharisees. They go through all of this work and trouble. Why? Because they truly believe that Jesus is a threat to God / YHWH; because they are constantly trying to fight the Roman invasion and raping and pillaging of their culture, religion, and people and are taking it out on Jesus; or because their pride has been hurt hurt by this teacher that makes them look like fools and idiots when they are the most dedicated and learned men of their times? Here are “men of God” doing everything that they can to destroy what they should be rejoicing to have. The Pharisees have spent all of their lives pursuing the truth the only way they know and have been taught how. Now this young upstart turns around, is attempting to destroy so much of what they have worked so hard to build, and the only way to stop him is to break the very laws that they have spent their lives dedicated to studying, understanding, living and teaching. I look at that, and I come to the conclusion… “If not but for the grace of God, there go I”
Christ is on trial, but the trial is not His. It is theirs. It is mine. They have been placed in the balance and have been found lacking. Yet, if not for a 2000 years difference, and they could have been me. “If not but for the grace of God…”